2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering (EE) Major

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Electrical Engineering (EE)


Dennis Helder, Head
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building 214




Professor Helder, Head; Professors A. Andrawis, M. Andrawis, Brown, Galipeau, Hietpas; Professors Emeriti, Ellerbruch, Knabach, Sander; Associate Professor Ropp; Assistant Professors Fourney, Tan, Baroughi, Qiao, Bommisetty, Yan, He.




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 mission of the Electrical Engineering program is to provide a rigorous, practical education for our students oriented toward problem solving; to conduct world-class research with a regional emphasis; and to provide technical assistance to existing and emerging businesses, industry, and government.


The Electrical Engineering program educational objectives are to equip individuals who, after graduation and initial work experience,

  1. Are able to use mathematics, science and engineering knowledge, along with appropriate engineering tools, to solve problems.
  2. Actively contribute to multi-disciplinary teams, communicate effectively, and are able to solve, as engineering problems, contemporary issues arising from society.
  3. Utilize approaches and solutions to engineering problems that are always framed in a morally and ethically responsible manner, and whose approaches and solutions indicate an awareness of the impact of their work on society at local to global scales, and who continue to learn in order to best solve such problems. 

The program begins the first year developing a strong foundation in mathematics, science, and communications. Following this are two intensive years of study in circuit theory, electronics, signal and system theory, material science, and digital systems/microprocessors. The capstone of the program is Senior Design I-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. The projects are often in collaboration with industry and provide students valuable “real world” team design experience.


Academic and Graduation Requirements

Realizing that each student is an individual, the degree program is arranged to include 28 credits of elective coursework. This elective flexibility allows a student to pick a technical and non-technical course program that best suits his/her needs and interests. Students will be admitted into junior level EE courses only after they have completed EE 220, 220L, 221, 221L, 245 and 245L with minimum grades of “C.” Students will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent courses for which EE 220, EE 221, or EE 245 is a prerequisite until the above requirement has been met. Students must also pass all junior electrical engineering courses (with the exception of 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.


The non-technical (18), technical (10 EE 400 level), and required (108) credits comprise the 136 credit degree.


The 18 required non-technical electives must be from a list of approved courses to meet graduation requirements. To meet the 12 credits of the South Dakota Regental System’s General Education requirements, students are required to take a minimum of six approved credits in Social Science/Diversity (SGR Goal 3) and six approved credits in Humanities and Arts/Diversity (SGR Goal 4). To meet the six credits of the Institutional Graduation requirements, students are required to take a minimum of three approved credits in Social Responsibility/ Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness (IGR Goal 1) and three approved credits in Land and Natural Resources (IGR Goal 3).


The 10 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.


Many students benefit from the Department’s Cooperative Education program which allows students to receive limited technical elective credit for working in industry while they complete their degree in Electrical Engineering. Many such students gain valuable work experience in industry during the summer months without extending the time required to complete the BS degree. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science provides assistance to students desiring this practical experience. The Department also provides assistance in resume preparation and job placement.

Requirements for Electrical Engineering Major - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering:

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Freshman Year:

Sophomore Year:

Junior Year:

Senior Year:


  • SGR Goal 4*: Humanities and Arts/Diversity Credits: 3*
  • IGR Goal 3**: Social Responsibility/Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness Credits: 3**
  • IGR Goal 2**: Personal Wellness Credits:2**
  • Approved EE Technical Electives Credits: 4

Technical Electives:

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. Ten (10) approved EE technical elective credits are required to complete the program. Thus, students are not required to take all courses in an emphasis area. Following are some suggested areas and supporting courses.

Cooperative Education Program:

Students have the opportunity to work in industry and receive technical elective credit for the experience through EE 497. A formal work plan must be approved by the Electrical Engineering Program Coordinator prior to the work experience. Further information can be found in the Program’s Cooperative Education policy, located on the program’s website.

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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