2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Electrical Engineering, BSEE

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Program Description

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) and Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (B.S.E.C.E.T.) degrees. The Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.


Electrical Engineering is the problem-solving foundation of our technological society. Electrical engineers combine creativity with math and physics to innovate, design and create anything involving the movement of electrons. To name a few, electrical engineers develop computers; cell phones; DVD players; digital control systems in modern transportation systems, air and space craft; satellite imaging and communications systems; signal and image processors; advanced robots for commercial use and manufacturing; and emerging technologies for hybrid electric and automous cars. The technical skills of electrical engineers enables them to design, test, and fabricate products ranging from the integrated circuit chips that make virtually all electronic devices possible to complex electronic systems as in driverless vehicles.

Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program, in support of the missions of the University and College, are to produce engineers who

  • Objective 1: Will be professionally employed in a technical position, pursuing an advanced degree, or pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Objective 2: Will be interacting with their peers through professional societies and communications such as technical articles, reports, design documents, or presentations.
  • Objective 3: Will be leading or participating as a member of project teams.
  • Objective 4: Will be developing expertise in an area of emphasis, involving specialized software or laboratory instrumentation, or broadening their base of knowledge, including pursuit of professional or technical license.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the B.S.E.E. program, students must first satisfy university admission requirements.  Admitted students begin as pre-EE majors, or EE pre-majors. While in EE pre-major status, students take foundational math, science, and engineering courses and beginning WSU CORE courses (http://www.wright.edu/academic-affairs/programs/general-education/program-requirements). Once the EE pre-major courses are completed satisfactorily, students are promoted to EE full-major and may enroll in upper level courses (typically 3000-level and above).

To be promoted as EE full major, students must complete ENG 1100 (or any WSU Core First-Year Writing Course) with a C or higher and must complete the following courses (or approved equivalent course) with at least a 2.25 GPA:

Courses required for promotion to EE full major.
Engineering and Computer Science Math Science WSU CORE
EE 2000 (3 hrs) and EE 2000L (1 hr) MTH 2300 (4 hrs)    
Total: 4 hrs Total: 4 hrs Total: 0 hrs Total: 0 hrs

By completing the courses listed above with at least a 2.25 GPA, students will satisfy requirements set by the College of Engineering and Computer Science:

  • Completion of 24 or more semester hours of college level work
  • 2.25 cumulative GPA at WSU 
  • C or higher in: ENG 1100  (or any WSU Core First-Year Writing Course)

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

For More Information

Program Requirements:

The program includes WSU CORE, EE pre-major, EE full-major, and technical and non-technical electives.

I. Wright State CORE: 43 Hours

Mathematics: 4 Hours

Global Traditions - Interdisciplinary Global Studies: 3 Hours

Select Interdisciplinary Global Studies course from the list of WSU CORE Element 3 courses that also satisfy Intensive Writing (IW) and Multicultural (MC) competencies.

Global Traditions - History: 3 Hours

Arts/Humanities: 3 Hours

Select one course from WSU CORE Element 4.

Social Science: 6 Hours

Select WSU CORE courses from two different disciplines that satisfy Intensive Writing (IW) and Multicultural (MC) competencies.  EE students are advised to take one 3-hour course from the economics (EC) courses in WSU CORE Element 5.

Natural Science: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 8 Hours

II. Required Courses: 71 Hours

EE pre-major courses beyond WSU CORE: 13 Hours

EE pre-major courses must be completed with at least a 2.25 GPA before promotion to EE full major. 

EE full-major courses beyond WSU CORE: 50 Hours

Full major courses emphasize the design of electronic and electrical components, devices, algorithms, and systems.  A student must have completed a graduation plan that shows that they will graduate within the next two academic semesters to receive Departmental approval to enroll in EE 4910 Senior Design 1 and EE 4920 Senior Design 2.

Technical Electives: 8 Hours

Technical electives are 2000+ level courses from colleges of Engineering and Computer Science; Science and Math; or Business. Science courses must be natural or physical science courses. Students may take one of the following 1000-level courses: EGR1010, MTH1350, EGR1980, or ME1020, or a second course in computer programming. Redundant coursework (e.g., EE 2011/L, EE 3510, ISE 2211, MS 2040, STT 3630, STT 2640) will not be accepted. Technical electives may also include 1 semester hour of internship credit (EE4810, EE4820, or EE4830), and may include 3 hours of study abroad (EGR4980) with department approval.

III. General Electives: 6 Hours

Redundant courses, e.g., EE 2011/L, EE 3510, ISE 2211, MS 2040, STT 3630, ST 2640 will not be accepted. 

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Four Year Degree Plan:

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