The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program focuses on the theories, practices, competencies, tools, and technologies associated with electrical engineering. You will get both online classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience to help prepare you to excel as an electrical engineer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 4% job growth by 2022 for electrical and electronics engineers due to the engineer’s versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies. Because this program fills a market-driven educational need, earning your BSEE could give you a step up in starting a career in aerospace, telecommunications, defense, automotive, medical, construction, chemical, and more. Within a few years after graduation, you should be able to use your skills and knowledge in electrical engineering to:

  1. Become a valuable contributor in their chosen field.
  2. Continue life-long learning through advanced degrees, training, and/or professional development.
  3. Advance in their chosen field to a position of increased technical, supervisory, or creative ability.
  4. Develop a full appreciation of the importance of ethical practice and the ethical responsibility to the public.

Courses in the BSEE include foundations in math, computer science, and physical sciences. Course topics include:

  • Essential elements of analog circuit design
  • Fundamentals of circuit analysis - Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s law, etc.
  • International System of Units
  • Digital and logic circuit analysis and design in 6 main parts
  • Energy conversion and transport
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Passive microwave circuit analysis and design
  • Radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception

Note: The technology fee for the engineering courses (those with the ENGR and ELEN prefix) is $100/per course (covered by grants for military students). In addition, at-home lab exercises require you to purchase additional course materials which are estimated to be up to $12,000. These materials are not covered by the university undergraduate book grant.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to 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
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to 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
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

 

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required72
Select one of the following concentrations:18
Final Program Requirements6
Total Semester Hours126

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
PHIL200Introduction to Ethics3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL220Technical Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH111College Trigonometry3
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
SCIN233Physics I with Lab4
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (72 semester hours)

ELEN100Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
ENGR200Introduction to Engineering and Computing3
MATH200Analytic Geometry3
MATH225Calculus3
MATH226Calculus II3
MATH220Linear Algebra3
MATH210Discrete Mathematics3
SCIN234Physics II with Lab4
MATH240Differential Equations3
MATH227Calculus III3
MATH328Probability Theory with Applications3
ELEN300Electrical Engineering Fundamentals4
ELEN303Measurements and Instrumentation3
ENGR300Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering3
ELEN305Electrical Circuit Analysis4
ELEN310Continuous and Discrete Signals and Systems4
ELEN325Field Theory3
ELEN306Analog Circuit Theory4
ELEN307Digital Circuit Theory4
ELEN416Control Systems Theory and Design3
ELEN420Communication Systems3
ELEN312Energy Conversion Processes and Systems3
Total Semester Hours72

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the General Concentration, Concentration in Communication Systems, or a Concentration in Mechatronics.

Transfer students from an engineering program who select the General Concentration may apply up to 18 semester hours of STEM courses in place of the General Concentration courses

General Concentration (18 semester hours)

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

Transfer students from an ABET accredited engineering program who select the General Concentration may apply up to 18 semester hours of upper-division engineering courses in place of the General Concentration courses with the Program Director's approval.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

Select 2 courses from the following:6
RF/Microwave Engineering I
Antennas-Theory and Applications
Embedded Systems Design
Microcontroller Based Systems
Select 3 courses from the following:12
RF/Microwave Engineering II
Wireless Communications
Radar Systems Theory
Introduction to Power Electronics
Advanced Power Electronics
Mechatronics
Total Semester Hours18

Concentration in Communications (18 semester hours)

Examines the fundamental concepts of passive microwave circuit analysis and design. Offers an understanding of the key concepts and basic theories associated with microwave circuits and systems, and the basic components of a wireless communication system. Has in-depth coverage of the basic properties of antenna theory, analysis, and design as well as radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

ELEN421RF/Microwave Engineering I3
ELEN422RF/Microwave Engineering II4
ELEN426Antennas-Theory and Applications3
ELEN427Radar Systems Theory4
ELEN423Wireless Communications4
Total Semester Hours18

Concentration in Mechatronic Systems (18 semester hours)

Covers the fundamentals of embedded system hardware and firmware design. Includes a basic understanding of circuit analysis and the functionality, topography, and regulation of power electronic devices. Provides knowledge of advances in power electronics such as modeling DC motor drives and machines, various modes of operation, multi-phase control converters, and choppers.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

ELEN430Embedded Systems Design3
ELEN432Microcontroller Based Systems3
ELEN435Introduction to Power Electronics4
ELEN436Advanced Power Electronics4
ELEN440Mechatronics4
Total Semester Hours18

Final Program Requirements (6 semester hours)

ELEN498Senior Seminar Design3
ELEN499Senior Seminar Project (to be taken as the last course before graduation)3
Total Semester Hours6