Dec 10, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Electrical Engineering, B.S.


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The Electrical Engineering major encompasses a wide range of fields such as power conversion, automated controls and manufacturing, robotics, communications, and embedded systems. The engineering component of the program places strong emphasis on hands-on experience and the art of engineering design. The curriculum provides for both breadth and depth through concentration areas and elective engineering courses. The Electrical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

A wide array of career options are available for graduates from the Electrical Engineering major including applied engineers in industry, design engineers, research, consulting, and graduate study leading to advanced degrees.

Program Educational Objectives

The Electrical Engineering major is structured to give students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to be successful as an entry level engineer upon graduation. With this educational foundation, it is our objective that within a few years following graduation, our alumni will have:

  1. Made meaningful contributions to the electrical or electronic engineering profession through (for example) service as applied engineers in industry or consulting, professional licensure, advanced degrees and/or publications.
  2. Acquired new, specialized skills needed for professional mobility and growth.
  3. Been effective members of a professional team displaying proficiency at (for example) engineering design, communications, and teamwork skills.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the Electrical Engineering degree program are listed below and are identical to the student outcomes listed in Criterion 3 of the Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (2018-2019 Accreditation Cycle), as published by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. The Electrical Engineering degree program does not have any additional student
outcomes beyond these eleven, as none appear required to enable our objectives.

A) An ability to apply 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 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.

D) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

E) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve 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 knowledge of contemporary issues.

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

Engineering Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op)

Students are required to complete three semesters of co-op (six credits) prior to graduation. Through this program, students gain practical hands-on experience in industry and other engineering-related enterprises. After their first two years of study, students alternate academic semesters with semesters of full-time paid professional engineering experience in industry. One or more co-ops may be waived for students with a history of qualified engineering work.

To be eligible for co-op, a student must have:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completed a minimum of 64 credits of coursework
  • Completed (with a grade of 2 or better) or be currently enrolled in ECE 280  and ECE 260  

Student Policy Manual

The requirements, policies, procedures and other important details concerning the Electrical Engineering major can be located in the Student Policy Manual.

Requirements for Graduation:


To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Electrical Engineering must complete a minimum of 138 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.  A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all required major courses, engineering electives, and upper-division ECE stem elective sequences.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirement


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Choose two Upper-division ECE Stem Elective sequences (12 credits)


Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshman Year


Fall (16 credits)


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Fall (17 credits)


Summer (15 credits)


Senior Year


Spring (18 credits)


  • ECE 402 Capstone Design II 3 credit hours
  • Upper Division ECE Stem Electives or Engineering Electives 6 credit hours
  • Constellation courses 6 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives or Foundations Course​ 3 credit hours

Summer (15 credits)


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