Electrical Engineering Technology, B.S. (Engineering)

Program Code: EETEN_BS

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science graduate with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) is an engineering technologist who can bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems. Research in all fields of electrical engineering has produced an abundance of new knowledge in recent years. Many of these advanced scientific achievements have been unused due to the shortage of engineering technologists specifically educated to convert scientific information into practical devices and systems.

The EET major helps equip students with the various skills necessary to adapt new scientific knowledge to new products. Technical selections are offered in the senior year to provide some degree of specialization, but all graduates receive a well-rounded basic education in electrical and electronic design principles. The strengths of the program include: an applied hands-on program; extensive laboratory experience; promising job placement; and accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

EET graduates who wish to continue their professional development can take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in Pennsylvania, a prerequisite for taking the Professional Engineering examination.

Students are directed to https://bulletins.psu.edu/undergraduate/general-education/ for an explanation of the Penn State General Education requirements.

What is Electrical Engineering Technology?

Electrical engineering technology (EET) is an engineering technology field that implements and applies the principles of electrical engineering. Like electrical engineering, EET deals with the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation or maintenance of electrical/electronic systems. However, EET is a specialized discipline that has more focus on application, theory, and applied design, and implementation, while electrical engineering may have more of a generalized emphasis on theory and conceptual design.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You enjoy problem-solving and math.
  • You prefer practical rather than theoretical solutions, and application and implementation over conceptual modeling.
  • You enjoy working on multidisciplinary teams on complex problems.
  • You want to acquire knowledge to get a good job in industry.
  • You want to pursue a career as a technologist in sectors such as manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales.

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

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.

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
Embedded Processors and DSP
Select 3-4 credits of the following: 13-4
Electronic Circuit Design I
EET 205
& EET 210

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

Courses required by PSU 2 EET programs.


EET 114 does not require a grade of C or better.

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
Applications Elective
Select 4 credits of technical electives of the following:4
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
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
Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology
Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision
Power System Analysis II
Biomedical Instrumentation
Automation and Robotics
Digital Communication Systems
Independent Studies
Select 6 credits from any previous elective list plus the following:6
Introduction to Thermal Science

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, GHW, 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.

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.



Timothy Sichler
Assistant Teaching Professor
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612


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 2023-24 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contains suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Option: Electrical Engineering Technology, B.S. at Wilkes-Barre 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
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
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
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
EET 4191EET 420W3
EET 43134EET 45624
EET 41424EET 40844
EET 47824EET 4XX elective from list4
EET 43344 
 17 15
Total Credits 132-134

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

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.


Math electives include:

MATH 230MATH 250MATH 408MATH 411MATH 444MATH 446, STAT 200.


GEET electives include:

&CMPEH 449, CMPET 401, CMPET 402, CMPET 403, CMPET 412, CMPEN 431, EET 441, EE 453, EET 410, EET 413, EET 414, EET 456, EET 478, ET 496


Electronics Elective:

Select 4 credits from: EET 402, EET 423, EET 431.


System Elective:

Select 8 credits of technical electives from: EET 408, EET 409, EET 433.

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.


  • Design, maintain, troubleshoot electronic circuits and systems. These range from power electronics, fiber optics, control systems, networking technologies, electronic systems, etc.
  • Strong focus on power generation and distribution.
  • Strong introduction to embedded systems.
  • Automation of facilities: From distribution centers to manufacturing plants.
  • Experience in the use of hardware used in instrumentation laboratories.
  • This program trains students in the same software as currently used by industry.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates of the EET program are eligible to pursue graduate studies in a variety of programs such as Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, etc.  In some cases prior to being accepted to these programs, graduates of the EET program may be required to take additional math courses.


The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology Program Criteria.

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.



44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612



Olmsted Building W256
Middletown, PA 17057