Electrical Engineering Technology, B.S. (Engineering)

Program Code: EETEN_BS

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Electrical Engineering Technology major requires a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

Re-enrollment

Associate degree students should file a re-enrollment form during the final semester of their associate degree. Students re-enrolling from an associate's degree into the bachelor's degree should run a degree audit from LionPATH, using the EET major code, to determine their curriculum requirements. Similar considerations apply to students changing majors from programs in science or engineering.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students:

Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and have attempted at least 18 semester credits at a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). The evaluation of prior college work is done on an individual basis by the Office of Enrollment Services at Penn State Harrisburg.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 128 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 5-16
Requirements for the Major 85-96

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS 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.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
EET 419Project Proposal Preparation1
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
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EET 312Electric Transients4
EET 331Electronic Design4
EET 420WElectrical Design Project3
Additional Courses
Select 2-3 credits of the following: 12-3
Cornerstone Engineering Design
EGT 101
EGT 102

and Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6-8 credits of the following: 16-8
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits of the following:3-4
Calculus and Vector Analysis
Ordinary Differential Equations
Ordinary Differential Equations
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 4 credits of the following: 14
Introduction to Digital Systems
and Digital Design Laboratory
Digital Electronics
and Digital Electronics Laboratory
Select 3-4 credits of the following: 13-4
Microprocessors
Embedded Processors and DSP
Select 3-4 credits of the following: 13-4
Electronic Circuit Design I
EET 205
& EET 210

and
Select 3-5 credits of the following: 13-5
Energy Systems and Conversion
Fundamentals of Electrical Machines Using Writing Skills
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 5-8 credits of the following: 15-8
Circuits and Devices
and Signals and Circuits II
Electrical Signals and Circuits with Lab
Alternating Current Circuits
and Electrical Circuits II 2
Requirements for the Option
Select an option26

Requirements for the Option

Computer Engineering Technology Option (26 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre

Prescribed Courses
CMPEN 431Introduction to Computer Architecture3
CMPET 401Data Communication and Networking3
CMPET 402Data Communication and Networking Laboratory1
CMPET 403Switching Circuit Design4
Additional Courses
2nd Programming Elective
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Intermediate Programming
CMPSC 402
Applications Elective
Select 4 credits of technical electives of the following:4
Microcomputers
Automation and Robotics
CMPET Technical Electives
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Semiconductor Device Principles
Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology
Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
High-Frequency Circuit Design
Communication System Design
Optoelectronics
Biomedical Instrumentation
Advanced Electronic Design
Control System Analysis and Design
Digital Communication Systems
Independent Studies
General Electrical Engineering Technology Option (26 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre

Additional Courses
System Elective
Select 8 credits of technical electives of the following:8
Communication System Design
Power System Analysis I
Control System Analysis and Design
Electronics Elective
Select 4 credits of the following:4
High-Frequency Circuit Design
Advanced Electronic Design
GEET Technical Electives
Select 8 credits of GEET technical electives of the following:8
Introduction to Computer Architecture
Data Communication and Networking
Data Communication and Networking Laboratory
Switching Circuit Design
Microcomputers
Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology
Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision
Power System Analysis II
Optoelectronics
Biomedical Instrumentation
Automation and Robotics
Digital Communication Systems
Independent Studies
Select 6 credits from any previous elective list plus the following:6
CMPSC 452
Statics
Dynamics
Introduction to Thermal Science

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

Wilkes-Barre

Timothy Sichler
Program Co-Coordinator, Electrical Engineering Technology
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9135
tjs37@psu.edu

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).

Wilkes-Barre Campus

General Option

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
MATH 22 or higher placement on ALEKS3EET 1144
MATH 26 or higher placement on ALEKS3EET 1181
EET 1053CMPET 1173
ENGL 153CMPET 1201
PSU 81MATH 1404
CMPSC 1013EDSGN 1003
 PHYS 150 or 2503-4
 16 19-20
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EET 212W4General Education Course3
EET 2143General Education Course3
EET 2151General Education Course3
MATH 1414CMPET 2113
PHYS 151 or 2513-4CAS 100A3
 General Education Course (GHW)3
 15-16 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1103EET 312* 4
CHEM 1111EET 331* 4
EET 311* 4ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
STAT 20014General Education Course3
 15 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EET 4191EET 420W3
EET 43134EET 45624
EET 41424EET 40844
EET 47824EET 4XX elective from list4
EET 43344 
 17 15
Total Credits 132-134

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.

Career Paths

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical engineering technologists work closely with electrical and electronics engineers and computer hardware engineers in the computer systems design services industry. Opportunities can be found in a variety of firms engaged in electronic manufacturing, industrial control, applications engineering, and in power utilities. EET graduates are encouraged to continue their professional development by taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination at the end of their senior year; the FE exam is a prerequisite for taking the Professional Engineering Examination.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Contact

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9135
tjs37@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/eet

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-technology