Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineering is concerned with the generation, transmission, and utilization of electrical energy and with the transmitting and processing of information. Electrical engineers are involved in the analysis, design, and production of electric power, radio, radar, television, computing, telecommunication, control, and information systems. These engineers find solutions to the challenging technical problems that arise in our rapidly changing society. They impact virtually every aspect of daily life, as evidenced by examples such as wireless communications, audio and video equipment, power distribution, computerized traffic control, noise pollution monitoring and abatement, and medical instrumentation.

The electrical engineering curriculum puts emphasis on both theory and practical applications by providing a solid background in engineering science and mathematics, followed by a sequence of core courses in electrical engineering. Design skills are fostered in the professional elective courses in the senior year, along with the project experience instilled by Interprofessional Projects (IPROs).

The objectives of the ECE undergraduate electrical engineering program are to produce electrical engineering graduates who are prepared to:

  • Enter their profession and make intellectual contributions to it.
  • Embark on a lifelong career of personal and professional growth.
  • Take advanced courses at the graduate level.

Required Courses

Electrical Engineering Requirements (36)
ECE 100Introduction to the Profession I3
ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers and Computing3
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals and Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
ECE 312Electronic Circuits4
ECE 319Fundamentals of Power Engineering4
Professional ECE Electives (17-20)
Select 17-20 credit hours17-20
Mathematics Requirements (24)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 333Matrix Algebra and Complex Variables3
MATH 374Probability and Statistics for Electrical and Computer Engineers3
Physics Requirements (11)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 224General Physics III for Engineers3
Chemistry Requirement (3)
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry I Without Laboratory3
Engineering Science Requirement (3)
MMAE 200Introduction to Mechanics3
or MMAE 320 Thermodynamics
Computer Science Requirements (4)
CS 115Object-Oriented Programming I2
CS 116Object-Oriented Programming II2
Science Elective (3)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Biology3
Introduction to Human Biology3
Principles of Chemistry II Without Laboratory3
Materials Science3
Technical Elective (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours131-134

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ECE 1003MATH 1525
MATH 1515PHYS 1234
CHEM 1223CS 1162
CS 1152Science Elective13
Humanities 200-level Course3Social Sciences Elective3
 16 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 2524MATH 2514
PHYS 2214PHYS 2243
ECE 2113ECE 2134
ECE 2184ECE 2423
 Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 3333ECE 3083
ECE 3074ECE 3124
ECE 3114ECE 3194
IPRO Elective I3MATH 3743
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 17 17
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
IPRO Elective II3Professional ECE Elective24
Professional ECE Elective24Professional ECE Elective23-4
Professional ECE Elective23-4Professional ECE Elective23-4
Technical Elective33MMAE 200 or 3203
Humanities Elective (300+)3Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
 16-17 16-18
Total Credit Hours: 131-134

Science elective must be BIOL 105, BIOL 114, CHEM 126, or MS 201.


Professional ECE electives may be chosen from any of the 400-level ECE courses identified with (P) in the course descriptions. Courses at the 500-level may be taken with the written consent of the instructor, faculty adviser, and the ECE department chair. At least two of the electives must contain laboratories. A maximum of 3 credit hours of Undergraduate Research (ECE 491) or Special Problems (ECE 497) may be used as professional ECE electives with adviser approval.


Adviser-approved course from engineering, science, mathematics, or computer science that is more advanced than the academic level of the student.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).