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  Aug 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Electrical Engineering (B.S.)



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Program Coordinator/Contact
George Hamer, Assistant Department Head
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Daktronics Engineering Hall Building 214
605-688-4526
E-mail: george.hamer@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science
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Program Information
Electrical engineers play key roles in solving technical problems in many areas including biomedical engineering, communications, computers and digital hardware, electronic materials and sensor devices, image processing, control systems, alternative energy and power systems.

The program begins the first year developing a strong foundation in mathematics, science, and communication. Following this are two intensive years of study in circuit and machine theory, electronics, signal and systems theory, electronic material and devices, digital and microprocessor systems. The junior and senior years include courses that cover the breadth and depth of the field.  During their senior year, students will select a specialization and take technical electives in their chosen area. The capstone of the program is Senior Design I and II, a two-semester sequence taken in the senior year that places every student on a team that designs, builds, tests, and demonstrates a significant electrical engineering project; students also take a Project Management and Economics course that support this sequence. The projects are developed in collaboration with SDSU researchers or industry and provide students valuable “real world” team design experience.

Student Learning Outcomes
All graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skill, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

Academic Requirements
Students will be admitted into junior level EE courses only after they have completed EE 216-216L, EE 218-218L, EE222-222L, EE 245-245L and EE 260 with minimum grades of “C.” Students will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent courses for which EE 216, EE 218, EE 222, EE 245 or EE 260 is a prerequisite until the above requirement has been met. Students must also pass all junior electrical engineering courses (with the exception of EE 315 and EE 385) prior to taking EE 464 (Senior Design I). In addition to the graduation requirements and academic performance specified in this catalog, to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering a student must earn a CGPA of 2.0 or higher for all his/her Electrical Engineering courses combined. All graduating seniors are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination which leads to professional registration.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The undergraduate Electrical Engineering (EE) major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Upon successful completion of both the Electrical Engineering curriculum and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, and five years of engineering work experience under a professional engineer (PE), the student is allowed to take the PE exam to become a licensed PE.

Course Delivery Format
A majority of the courses are taught on campus in smart classrooms. A significant number of courses have an associated lab component that strengthens students’ hand-on practical experience. The smart classrooms allow for a variety of methods for student engagement and faculty are able to record and post their lectures on-line.  

Requirements for Electrical Engineering Major: 130 Credits


Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements


Technical Electives


The 12 required technical electives must be from Electrical Engineering courses at the 400 level. These may be selected from specialization areas: Biomedical, Communications, Computers, Electronic Devices, Image Processing, or Power Systems. All EE majors are strongly advised to select technical electives in a coherent manner to meet desired professional/employment goals. 

Some suggested areas of emphasis are listed below, which also identify courses outside of EE (courses outside of EE do not apply toward the required technical elective credits). Thus, students are not required to take all courses in an emphasis area. Following are some suggested areas and supporting courses.

Total Required Credits: 130


Cooperative Education Program


Students have the opportunity to work in industry and receive technical elective credit for the experience through EE 494 (Internship). A formal work plan must be approved by the Electrical Engineering administration prior to the work experience. Further information can be found in the Program’s Internship and Cooperative Education policy, located on the program’s Web site.

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