Electrical Engineering, B.S. (Engineering)

Program Code: EE_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements:

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, a minimum of 127 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 109-112

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS 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
EE 200Design Tools3
EE 300WDesign Process3
EE 403WCapstone Design3
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
PHYS 214General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics Keystone/General Education Course2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
EE 210Circuits and Devices4
EE 310Electronic Circuit Design I4
EE 330Engineering Electromagnetics4
EE 340Introduction to Nanoelectronics4
EE 350Continuous-Time Linear Systems4
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
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar1
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
or CMPSC 132 Programming and Computation II: Data Structures
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 231
MATH 232
Calculus of Several Variables
and Integral Vector Calculus
or MATH 230 Calculus and Vector Analysis
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Process Quality Engineering
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
Experimental Methods
Introduction to Probability Theory
Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes for Engineering
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100B Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
or ENGL 138T Rhetoric and Civic Life II Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Digital Systems
and Digital Design Laboratory 1
or CMPEN 270 Digital Design: Theory and Practice
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
or CMPSC 131 Programming and Computation I: Fundamentals
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
or ENGL 137H Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations3-4
or MATH 251 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from program-approved list of 300-level courses6
Select 3 credits from program-approved lists of 300-level or 400-level courses3
Select 6 credits from program-approved list of 400-level courses6
Select 6 additional credits, which may include up to 6 credits of ROTC, up to 6 co-op credits, and others from a program-approved list6

Program Educational Objectives

The BSEE Program provides undergraduates with a broad technical education important for employment in the private or public sector, and it teaches them the fundamentals, current issues, and creative problem solving skills essential for future years of learning. At three to five years after graduation, we foresee our graduates able to accomplish the following:

  1. Electrical engineering practice in technical assignments such as design, product development, research, manufacturing, consulting, testing, sales, and management;
  2. Participation and leadership on teams comprised of individuals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds;
  3. Continued learning and professional development through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training, and membership in professional societies.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Electrical Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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.


University Park

David Salvia
Director of Academic Affairs
114 EE East
University Park, PA 16802

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).

Electrical Engineering, B.S. at University Park 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.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CMPSC 121 or 13113
EE 8 or 9 (or First Year Seminar)1ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3EDSGN 100*13
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
PHYS 211 (PHYS 211L and PHYS 211R (GN))*#†4PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and PHYS 212R (GN))*†4
 15 17
Second Year
CMPEN 270 or 271 and 275*4CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3
CMPSC 122 or 1323EE 2003
EE 210*4EE 310*4
MATH 2202-3MATH 2304
MATH 250*3PHYS 2142
 16-17 16
Third Year
EE 330*4EE 300W (Writing Intensive)3
EE 340*4ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
EE 350*4EE/CMPEN 300-Level Elective3
General Education Course3EE/CMPEN 300-Level Elective3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 16.5 15
Fourth Year
EE 403W3EE/CMPEN 400-Level Elective3
EE/CMPEN 300/400-Level Elective3EE/CMPEN 400-Level Elective3
Related Elective3Related Elective3
Statistics Elective3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Total Credits 127-128

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.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • EE/CMPEN 300-Level Elective: Select from department list.
  • EE/CMPEN 300/400-Level Elective: Select from department list.
  • EE/CMPEN 400-Level Elective: Select from department list.
  • Health and Physical Activity Elective: Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Related Elective.
  • Related Elective: Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Related Elective. Students who complete the Cooperative Education Program may substitute up to 6 co-op credits for the Related Electives.
  • Statistics Elective: Select from department list.

Career Paths


An electrical engineer is responsible for designing and integrating electronic/electrical systems in diverse industries such as defense, communications, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, power/energy, and entertainment. Some graduates work as design engineers in research labs where they help design state-of-the-art electronic circuits, devices, and systems. Others work in a manufacturing environment where they help improve the manufacturing of existing products. Still others may work in post-production jobs where they deal with technical sales, field testing, or trouble shooting. Some graduates even serve as consultants who are hired by companies to help solve their technical problems.

Some examples of career opportunities include: circuit design for consumer electronics; design of power systems and industrial automation for manufacturing; design of communications systems; signal processing software and hardware development for audio and video applications; image processing and computer vision for medical imaging; software design and algorithm development for artificial intelligence, cyber security, and other big data analytics.

The average entry-level salary for electrical engineers is $73,000.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A graduate degree can broaden your educational credentials and improve your marketability in the global workplace. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering are well-prepared to continue their technical education with a Master’s or PhD degree in electrical engineering or related fields such as physics or computer science and engineering. These technical graduate degrees prepare students for employment in research labs or higher education.

Penn State offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science and Engineering. All of these graduate programs are highly recognized for producing graduates with strong academic credentials who can perform both theoretical and experimental research.

In addition to traditional technical degrees, some of our graduates opt to get professional degrees in medicine, law or business administration so that they can pursue careers in fields such as medical imaging, patent law, and engineering management.


Professional Resources


The baccalaureate program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.


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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