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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Harrisburg

Electrical Engineering

Capital College (E ENG)

AB SHAFAYE, Program Chair, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering provides a solid background in electrical engineering sciences. It also provides an opportunity for students to pursue interests in electrical and electronic circuits, including digital circuits and VLSI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, and digital image processing and computer vision. Through participation in a senior capstone design, the curriculum emphasizes written as well as verbal communication and teamwork approach among the students to attain a common goal.

This program helps its graduates develop capabilities to analyze and design a variety of electrical and electronic systems found in many industrial and government settings as well as provide a foundation for further graduate studies. A strong background in the fundamentals is built through a broad base core in basic sciences (physics and chemistry) and mathematics as well as engineering sciences.

For a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering a minimum of 134 credits is required.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Electrical Engineering major requires that the student has completed: MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), and CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1). A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


ELECTIVES: 0-4 credits

(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3) (Sem: 1-2)
SSET 295(1) (Sem: 4)
MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPEN 271(3)[1], CMPEN 275(1)[1], E MCH 211(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPEH 472(4), E E 310(4)[1], E E 330(4), E E 341(3), E E 352(4)[1], E E 485(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CMPSC 436(3), E E 311(3), E E 405(1), E E 406W(3)[1], E E 461(4), E E 481(4) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-17 credits)
Select 3 credits from: ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 201 GQ(3), or CMPSC 121 GQ(3), or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from MATH 444(3)[1] or MATH 446(3)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 4-6)
Select 5-7 credits from E E 315(5)[1]; or E E 210(4)[1] and E E 314(3)[1] (Sem: 4-5)

Select 9 credits in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 7-8)

Integrated B.S./M.S. Program in Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering program offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables students to earn the two degrees in five years.

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. However, the total course load is reduced due to the maximum of 12 credits that can count towards both degrees. A minimum of 7 credits proposed to count for both degrees must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double counted. The fourth year of the IUG program differs from the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science program due to the courses that count toward the Master of Science Degree requirements. Student performance will be monitored on an on-going basis. In addition, a formal evaluation of student’s academic performance will be conducted at the end of the first semester of the senior year for a typical student in the program. Students who have not maintained a 3.4 GPA in their Math and Electrical Engineering courses will be put on probationary status with respect to the IUG program. Their ability to continue in the IUG program will be based on academic performance in the last semester of their senior year. As part of the review in the senior year, students will be advised about the thesis requirement in the graduate program.

Students have the choice of receiving the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year or waiting until the end of the fifth year to receive both degrees. Students who elect to receive the B.S. degree at the end of the fourth year will pay graduate tuition for courses taken in the fifth year; students opting to receive both degrees at the end of the fifth year will pay undergraduate tuition for all five years. If for any reason a student admitted to the IUG program is unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree, the student will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed. If students successfully complete courses listed in the recommended schedule, they will satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree by the end of their fourth year.

Admission Requirements

To initiate the application process, students must submit an Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree in Electrical Engineering Application Form, an official transcript, three letters of professional recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential, and a personal statement of technical interest and goals. A faculty adviser will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program. In order to apply for the IUG program, students must have completed a minimum of 81 credits; therefore a typical student would apply after completing the fifth semester and before the end of the sixth semester. For consideration for acceptance into the program, students must have cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better and collective GPA of 3.4 or better in the following courses: CMPEN 271, CMPEN 275, E E 315 (or equivalent), E E 341, CMPEH 472 and all the designated MATH, PHYS, and CMPSC courses. Applications will be evaluated based on students’ overall academic performance, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Electrical Engineering program.

Degree Requirements

Students in the IUG program must satisfy the degree requirements for both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. The total course load is reduced due to the maximum of 12 credits that can count towards both degrees. The minimum of 7 credits double-counted must be at the 500 level. Thesis credits may not be double counted.

B.S. Degree Portion:

(12 double-counted with the M.S. Requirements)

General Education: 45 credits
(21 of these are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR)

Electives: 0-4 credits

Requirements for the Major: 110-113 credits

Prescribed Courses: 87 credits
As listed by the B.S. E ENG bulletin with the following change
CMPSC 436 can be replaced by an EEO 400 or System 400 Elective

Additional Courses: 14-17 credits
Select 3 credits from ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) or ECON 014 GS(3)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 121 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)
Select 3-4 credits from MATH 444(3)or MATH 446(3) or STAT 200 GQ(4)
Select 5-7 credits from E E 315(5) or E E 210(4) and E E 314(3)

Supporting Courses and Related Areas: 9 credits
E MCH 524A (3), and
Electronics-Electromagnetics- Optics Option: one EEO 400-level (3) and One EEO 500-level (3), or

Systems Option: one System 400 (3) and One System 500-level (3).

M.S. Degree Portion:
(12 double-counted with B.S. Requirements)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-05-025A

Review Date: 02/24/2015

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07