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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.

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Requirements for the major in electrical engineering, B.S.E. program

Electrical engineering is a broad field encompassing a number of disciplines. Oakland University’s undergraduate program in electrical engineering is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills for challenging careers in electrical engineering in the coming decades. The curriculum offers strong fundamentals in analog and digital circuits, communications, computers, controls, electromagnetics, electronics including VLSI systems, electronic devices, and power systems. In addition, a strong laboratory component of the program offers numerous design opportunities and allows students to relate theoretical ideas to practical problems using modern equipment and hardware/software tools. The program also provides numerous engineering design experiences. Electrical and computer engineering faculty members are engaged in research related to new developments in the field. Their activities contribute to a well-developed, up-to-date curriculum. The BSE in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program educational objectives

The undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering will provide educational experiences aimed toward producing graduates who will:

  • Become successful practitioners in an engineering or related career.
  • Pursue graduate study and/or continuing education opportunities in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or other related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate leadership and excel in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments.
  • Function as responsible members of society with an awareness of the ethical and social ramifications of their work.

Course requirements (minimum of 129 total credits)

To earn the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering, students must complete a minimum of 129 credits, demonstrate writing proficiency (see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General education (excluding math and science) – 28 credits

  • Students are required to take PHL 104 - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering  to satisfy the general education requirement in Western Civilization.
  • In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses. 


*Neither PHY 161  nor PHY 162  satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area. Credit for both PHY 151  and PHY 161  is not permitted, and credit for both PHY 152  and PHY 162  is not permitted.

Professional electives – 16

Electrical engineering students must select two (2) professional depth areas. In one depth area, students are required to take the key course and one of the two listed professional electives. In the other depth area, students are only required to take the key course. In addition, students must select one (1) free elective from any 400-level ECE course. Prior approval of the chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is required for ECE 490 , ECE 494 , and any 500-level course.The professional depth areas are:

Economics requirement

In addition to the requirements stated above, electrical engineering students must fulfill the economics requirement. This may be met by completion of ECN 150 , ECN 201 , ECN 202  or ECN 210 .

Performance requirements

In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.0 within each required group: namely, mathematics and science, core subjects and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.1 are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated and a total of three attempts is permitted.

Sample electrical engineering program schedule

Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

  • Approved math/science elective (4)
  • Key course-area 1 (4)
  • Key course-area 2 (4)
  • General education (4)
Winter semester – 16 credits

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