Electrical Engineering, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: EENG_BS

Program Description

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.

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is a broad discipline of study that includes circuit design, analog and digital electronics, electromagnetics, electro-optics, control systems, power systems, communications, and signal/image processing. Electrical engineers study and apply physics and mathematics to design electrical and electronic systems and their components for a wide range of applications such as mobile phones, wireless communications, consumer electronics, computers, computer networks, power generation, machine learning, robotics, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, bioelectronics, autonomous transportation, wearable electronics, and metamaterials.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You enjoy problem-solving and math.
  • You prefer to use analysis and the scientific method to understand things.
  • You enjoy working on multidisciplinary teams on complex problems.
  • You want to pursue a career in electrical engineering or its sub-branches.

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Electrical Engineering major requires that the student earned a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 and has completed with a grade of C or better: MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211, and CHEM 110.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering a minimum of 134 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 113-115

24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CMPEH 472Microprocessors4
EDSGN 100SIntroduction to Engineering Design3
EE 311Electronic Circuit Design II3
EE 330Engineering Electromagnetics4
EE 341Semiconductor Device Principles3
EE 405Capstone Proposal Preparation1
EE 461Communications I4
EE 481Control Systems4
EE 485Energy Systems and Conversion3
EMCH 211Statics3
ENGR 320YDesign for Global Society Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 213General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
PHYS 214General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
SSET 295Internship1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPEN 271Introduction to Digital Systems3
CMPEN 275Digital Design Laboratory1
EE 210Circuits and Devices4
EE 310Electronic Circuit Design I4
EE 317Circuits II and Data Acquisition2
EE 352Signals and Systems: Continuous and Discrete-Time4
EE 406WElectrical Engineering Capstone Design3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
CMPSC 201Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course3
or CMPSC 121 Introduction to Programming Techniques
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course (requires a grade of C or better)
Experimental Methods
Introduction to Probability Theory
Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes for Engineering
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 11-12 credits in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests11-12

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits


  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Integrated B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



AB Shafaye, M.S.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building W256a
Middletown, PA 17057

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

Electrical Engineering, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
CHEM 110*#†3CAS 100A or 100S‡13
CHEM 1111EDSGN 100 or 100S13
ENGL 15, 15S, 30T, or ESL 15‡13MATH 141*#†4
MATH 140*#†4PHYS 211*#†4
General Education Course (Inter-Domain)23General Education Course (Inter-Domain)23
General Education Course (GHW)21.5 
General Education Course (GHW)21.5 
 17 17
Second Year
CMPEN 271*3CMPSC 121, 131, or 20133
CMPEN 275*1ECON 102, 104, or 143
EMCH 2113ENGL 202C‡†3
MATH 2202MATH 2503
MATH 2304PHYS 2132
PHYS 212*†4PHYS 2142
 SSET 295 (see footnotes)41
 17 17
Third Year
EE 210*4EE 310*4
EE 34153EE 317*2
CMPEH 4724EE 33074
STAT 200, 401, 414, or 41863-4EE 352*4
General Education Course (GH)23EE 48573
 17-18 17
Fourth Year
EE 3113EE 406W*†3
EE 4051Technical Elective II3
EE 46154Technical Elective III3
EE 4814Technical Elective IV2-3
Technical Elective I3ENGR 320Y3
General Education Course (GA)23 
 18 14-15
Total Credits 134-136

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement


First-year students at Penn State Harrisburg must take 1 to 3 credits of a First-Year Seminar course, as indicated by the "S" designation at the end of the course number. The program recommends students complete this during their first semester with one of the following courses: ENGL 15S, EDSGN 100S, or CAS 100S.


One of the General Education courses must satisfy the US or IL requirement (ENGR 320Y satisfies the other). The knowledge domains that must be satisfied are indicated in parentheses, but these courses may be taken in any order.


CMPSC 131 recommended.


Most students complete their SSET 295 credit during a summer semester while working at a paid internship with an engineering company.


EE 341 and EE 461 are only offered during Fall semesters.


STAT 200 requires a grade of C or better.


EE 330 and EE 485 are only offered during Spring semesters.

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Career Paths

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electrical engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The rapid pace of technological innovation will likely drive demand for electrical and electronics engineers in research and development, an area in which engineering expertise will be needed to design distribution systems related to new technologies. These engineers will play key roles in new developments with solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications technologies.


Graduates of the program have gained positions in a number of specialty areas including digital circuits and VSLI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, digital image processing, and computer engineering. Career opportunities for these specialties are available in a multitude of industries including computers, automobile, power, communications, manufacturing, pure and applied research, and biomedical and environmental fields.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide a solid background for students who plan to pursue graduate studies, including Penn State's Master of Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering programs.



The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Penn State Harrisburg is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s), and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.



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