Dec 11, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

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Program: B.S.E.E.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362 ~


Electrical Engineering is a professional engineering disciplin that deals with the study and application of electrical, electronics, and electromagnetism. IPFW offers a four-year electrical engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

Electrical engineers design, develop, and operate systems that generate and use electrical signals and power. The scope of electrical engineering has expanded tremendously in recent years. It is now the largest branch in engineering, with most graduates employed by manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, aircraft, business machines, and professional and scientific equipment.

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. IPFW delivers an exceptional education experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Electrical Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3 - 5 years after graduation.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

1. Function and communicate effectively to solve technical problems

2. Advance professionally to roles of greater electrical engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education

3. Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s) professional development, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure

4. Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities

The graduates from the Electrical Engineering program will demonstrate that they have:

a. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. An ability to design electrical systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health & safety, manufacturability and sustainability

d. An ability to function as a team member on engineering projects, laboratory experiments, and/or multidisciplinary activities

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

j. A broad knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for electrical engineering practice


The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Delivery

The BSEE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, some of the required General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses, and those can be used to satisfy the program requirements.

Declaring This Major

Students interested in declaring Electrical Engineering as their major may do so in one of two ways:

  1. On their application when they first apply to IPFW
  2. After meeting with an ECE faculty advisor, who will determine that the student has the required math and chemistry background to begin our program

Program Requirements

In order to start in the Electrical Engineering program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Math Placement at or above MA 15400
  2. Have taken CHM 11100 or 1 year of high school chemistry in the last five (5) years

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirements for the Electrical Engineering program is provided below. This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirement.

Category Competency Course Credit Hours
A 1 ENG W131 Elementary Composition  3
A 2 COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech  3



MA 16500 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
MA 16600 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

B 4 CHM 11500 General Chemistry I
PHYS 15200 Mechanics
B 5 Select from the list of approved courses
(all Competency outcomes must be met)
B 6 Select from the list of approved courses
(all Competency outcomes must be met)
B 7 PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity and Optics  5
C 8 ECE 40500 Senior Design I  3
    Total Credit Hours 37
  1. If a student selects a course from categories B5 or B6 that meets only some outcomes but not ALL, the student will be required to take another course from these categories that meet the remaining competency outcomes.
  2. All courses used to satisfy the General Education Requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Technical Elective Requirements

Following are the lists of approved Technical Electives for the Electrical Engineering program.  The BSEE requires 12 hours of Technical Electives.  All Electrical Engineering Technical Electives have design content.

Group I Technical Electives

 An Electrical Engineering students must take two (2) courses from the Group I list:

Group II Technical Electives

 All Electrical Engineering students must take two (2) courses from the Group II list:

Special Content Courses for the BSEE

In general, seminars, survey courses, project courses, special topic course, and informal laboratory courses are considered to be Special Content Courses. A complete list of these courses, as approved by the EE curriculum committee, is given below.

The procedure for offering a Special Content Course is outlined below:

• The proposal for offering the course in a semester must be submitted to the Chair of the EE Curriculum Committee three (3) weeks before the end of the previous semester. The course proposal is simply the course syllabus which includes the following information:

  1. Course/Project title
  2. Course/Project description
  3. Number of credit hours
  4. Semester
  5. Design content
  6. Topics Covered
  7. Name of instructor

• If the course is to be counted toward the EE degree program (i.e., as a technical elective), the proposal must also be approved by the EE curriculum committee before the course is offered.
• The instructor is required to submit a written report to the Department of Engineering, at the end of the semester, at the same time the course grade is submitted. The format and length of the report is at the discretion of the instructor, but at a minimum it should include the course syllabus and a summary of the results.

GPA Requirement

All engineering & technical elective courses used to satisfy any BSEE degree requirements must have a combined minimum GPA of 2.0

Student Responsibilities

All Electrical Engineering students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for the BSEE program.  Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the re quired courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.

All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

Total Credits Required: 121

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