Nov 12, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 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 Electrical Engineering program is structured to give students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to be successful as an entry level engineer upon graduation. To accomplish this, students will have achieved the following key student outcomes by the time they graduate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Engineering Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op)

Students are required to complete three semesters of co-op (six credits) prior to graduation.  One co-op (two credits) will be waived for students who successfully complete a semester-long study abroad experience and with prior permission of the department chair.  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


Spring (17 credits)


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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