Electrical Engineering, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: EENG_BS

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Electrical Engineering major requires that the student has completed: MATH 140, MATH 141, PHYS 211, CHEM 110, and CHEM 111.

A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering a minimum of 135 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 114

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.

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.)

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

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 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.

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 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CMPEH 472Microprocessors4
EDSGN 100SIntroduction to Engineering Design3
EE 210Circuits and Devices4
EE 311Electronic Circuit Design II3
EE 317Circuits II and Data Acquisition2
EE 330Engineering Electromagnetics4
EE 341Semiconductor Device Principles3
EE 405Capstone Proposal Preparation1
EE 461Communications I4
EE 481Control Systems4
EE 485Energy Systems and Conversion3
EMCH 211Statics3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
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
CMPEN 271Introduction to Digital Systems3
CMPEN 275Digital Design Laboratory1
EE 310Electronic Circuit Design I4
EE 352Signals and Systems: Continuous and Discrete-Time4
EE 406WElectrical Engineering Capstone Design3
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
Select one of 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 one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select one of 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

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

AB Shafaye, M.S.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building W256a
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6349
mes121@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Ending 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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110#†3CAS 1003
CHEM 111#†1EDSGN 1003
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303MATH 141*#†4
MATH 140*#†4PHYS 211*#†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CMPEN 271*3CMPSC 121, 201, or CMPSC 20213
CMPEN 275*1ECON 102, 104, or 143
EMCH 2113ENGL 202C‡†3
MATH 2202MATH 2503
MATH 2304PHYS 2132
PHYS 212*†4PHYS 2142
 SSET 2951
 17 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EE 210*4EE 310*4
EE 3413EE 317*2
CMPEH 4724EE 3304
STAT 200, 401, 414, or 41823-4EE 352*4
SSET 295 (if not previously done)1EE 4853
General Education Course3 
 17-19 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EE 3113EE 406W3
EE 4051Technical Elective II3
EE 4614Technical Elective III3
EE 4814Technical Elective IV2-3
Technical Elective I3ENGR 320Y3
General Education Course3 
 18 14-15
Total Credits 134-137

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University 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.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

program Notes:

Following courses are offered only in semesters as listed below:

Fall: EE 341, EE 311, EE 461

Spring: EE 330, EE 485

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United State Culture (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

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.

Careers

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

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.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Olmsted Building W256
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6093
dmm79@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/science-engineering-technology/ee-eet/bachelor-science-electrical-engineering