Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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 (32)
ECE 100Intro to the Profession I3
ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers&Computing3
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
ECE 319Fndmntls of Power Engrn4
Professional ECE Electives (17-20)
Select 17-20 credit hours 117-20
Mathematics Requirements (24)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate & Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Diff Equations4
MATH 333Matrix Alg & Complex Variables3
MATH 374Probability/Statistics for ECE3
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
Chemistry Requirement (3)
CHEM 122Principles of Chem I w/out Lab3
Computer Science Requirements (16)
CS 115Object-Oriented Programming I2
CS 116Object-Oriented Programming II2
Career Electives 212
Career Elective I
3
Career Elective II
3
Career Elective III
3
Career Elective IV
3
Free Elective (3)
Select three credit hours3
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours130-133
1

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. At least one of the Professional  Elective courses must be a Major Design Experience (M) course. Note: ECE 441 is an (M) course. A maximum of three credit hours of Undergraduate Research (ECE 491) or Special Problems (ECE 497) may be used as professional ECE electives with adviser approval.

2

Career Elective: An advisor-approved course from engineering, science, math, computer science, business, and law that is the same level or more advanced than the academic level of the student. Career Elective I is 100-level or above, Career Elective II is 200-level or above, Career Elective III is 300-level or above, Career Elective 4 is 400-level. 

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 1515MATH 1525
CHEM 1223PHYS 1234
CS 1152Career Elective I13
ECE 1003CS 1162
Humanities 200-level course3Social Sciences Elective3
 16 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 2524MATH 2514
PHYS 2214Career Elective II13
ECE 2113ECE 2134
ECE 2184ECE 2423
 Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MATH 3333ECE 3083
IPRO Elective I3ECE 3194
ECE 3074MATH 3743
ECE 3114Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Career Elective III13
 17 16
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
IPRO Elective II3Major Design Exp. (M) Elective Course44
Professional ECE Elective24Professional ECE Elective23-4
Professional ECE Elective23-4Professional ECE Elective23-4
Free Elective33Career Elective IV13
Humanities Elective (300+)3Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
 16-17 16-18
Total Credit Hours: 130-133
1

Career Elective : An advisor-approved course from engineering, science, math, computer science, business, and law that is the same level or more advanced than the academic level of the student. Career Elective I is 100-level or above, Career Elective II is 200-level or above, Career Elective III is 300-level or above, Career Elective 4 is 400-level. 

2

Professional ECE Elective: Any of the 400-level ECE courses identified with a (P) in the course descriptions and/or 500- level with the written consent of the instructor. At least two of the Professional Electives must contain laboratories.

3

 Free Elective: Advisor approved course from any field of interest to the student. 

4

At least one of the professional ECE elective courses must be identified as a Major Design Experience (M) course. Note: ECE 441 is an (M) course.

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