A tour of the Valpo Solar Energy Research Facility

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering students study the cutting edge of emerging technologies in electronics, microcontrollers, power, and communication systems.

The electrical engineering department prepares students with the engineering expertise and well-rounded education necessary to lead and serve society. Valpo electrical engineering students have the opportunity to explore:

Circuit Design: Circuit analysis and design goes from theory to practice. Valpo engineers get practical skills from the five circuit labs in the curriculum.

Signal Processing: Students use computer technology to filter, encrypt, compress, and modify digital audio and video signals like those found on a cell phone.

Power Systems: Power systems is a specialty of Valpo’s ECE curriculum, including a strong tie to industry and two advanced classes in power systems and power electronics.

Nanotechnology: The study of the very small; represents one of the fastest growing multidisciplinary fields.

  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
  • Exclusive undergraduate program featuring small class sizes
  • Comprehensive course offerings including computer hardware and software, digital systems, microcontrollers, and communication systems
  • Interdisciplinary design projects and small laboratory groups that foster teamwork
  • Extensive computational and laboratory facilities
  • Opportunities for participation in funded undergraduate research programs
  • A learning environment that welcomes all people regardless of gender,  age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
  • Co-operative Education program with employment opportunities throughout the U.S.

Training in electrical engineering prepares graduates for a variety of careers. Among them are:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Electronics
  • Marine engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Oil and gas industry engineer
  • Consulting engineering
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Professor
  • Robotics engineer
  • Researcher
  • Application engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Microelectronics engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer
GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
GE 199 Engineering Seminar 0 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
MATH 131 Analytic Geom. & Calc. I 4 Cr.
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 Cr.
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 Cr.
ECE 100 Fundamentals of ECE 3 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
MATH 132 Analytic Geom. & Calc. II 4 Cr.
KIN 101 Wellness & Stress 1 Cr.
PHYS 142 Elec., Mag., & Waves 3 Cr.
ECE 211 Technical Writing for ECE 1 Cr.
ECE 263 Linear Circuit Theory I 4 Cr.
ECE 251 Fund. of Programming I 3 Cr.
ECE 221/ Lab Digital Logic Design 3 Cr.
MATH 260 Linear Systems & Matrices 1 Cr.
MATH 270 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 Cr.
World Lang./ or Cultural Diversity Elec. 3 Cr.
MATH 253 Calculus III 4 Cr.
ECE 212  Design Proc. for ECE 1 Cr.
ECE 264/ Lab Linear Circ. Theory II 4 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 Cr.
ECE 340/ Lab Electronics I 3 Cr.
ECE 360 Signals and Systems 3 Cr.
ECE 322/ Lab Embedded Microcon. 3 Cr.
Humanities, Social Sci, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 Cr.
ECE 341 Electronics II 3 Cr.
STAT 240 Statistical Analysis 3 Cr.
GE 311 Financial Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
GE 312 Ethical Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
Humanities, Social Sci, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
ECE 430 Electromagnetic Field Theory 3 Cr.
GE 497 Senior Design Project I 3 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
Professional Elective 3 Cr.
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 Cr.
Professional Elective 3 Cr.
GE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
Electrical Engineering Elective 3 Cr.
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 Cr.
Total credits required for graduation = 125 Credits  


Electrical Engineering Electives: Eighteen (18) credits must be taken from the following courses: ECE 222, 252, 323, 324, 422, 424, 429, 450, 452, 453, 455, 456, 460, 464, 471, 472, 473, 490 and 499.  Other courses may be used to satisfy this elective with the approval of the department faculty.  A maximum of 3 credits of ECE 499 may be applied to this requirement unless approved by the department faculty.  Multiple sections of ECE 490 can be counted towards this requirement provided the topics are different.

Humanities, Social Science, Theology Electives: Students may take six credits from the approved list of Humanities courses, Social Science courses, or Theology courses.  Courses may be from the same area or from different areas.  List of approved Humanities, Social Science, Theology Electives

World Language/Diversity Electives: Students will take three credits from either world language courses at the 102 level or above or from the diversity list.  List of approved World Language/Diversity Electives

Writing Intensive Course (as indicated by a superscript “w”): At least one course taken to satisfy the World Languages/Diversity Elective, Humanities, Social Science, and Theology Electives, THEO 200:  The Christian Tradition, or ECE 211 must be a Writing Intensive Course.  List of approved Writing Intensive Courses

Math/Science Elective: The Mathematics/Science Elective requirement may be met by taking nine credits from the approved list of courses.  Other choices may be made available by petition to the ECE Department. 

These electives can be chosen from among the following courses:

  • Astronomy 252 and 253
  • Biology: 151, 152, 171, 172, 210, 260, and 270.
  • Chemistry: Any courses numbered 115 and above
  • Mathematics: 220, 264, 314, 320, 321, 322, 323, 330, 334, 370, 371, 373, 374, 421, 422, 451, 452, 461, and 462.
  • Statistics: IDS 340, STAT 340, 343, and 344.
  • Meteorology: 215, 216, and 240.
  • Physics: 142L, 243, 245, 250, 345, 360, 371, 372, 381, 421, 422, 430, 430L, and 440.

Cooperative Education: Six credits of GE 481 through GE 483 may be used to satisfy the Professional Electives requirement, if a minimum of six credits of cooperative education have been completed.  All courses are graded S/U only.

Professional Electives: These courses are selected, in consultation with the advisor, to support the student’s specific career goals.  Other choices may be made available by petition to the ECE Department.
List of approved Professional Electives

Computer Specifications: When looking for a computer to use for engineering classes, click here for the specifications.

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The Program Educational Objectives help to direct and measure the success of the Electrical Engineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Educational Objectives is an integral part of the annual assessment process.

Within a few years of graduation, electrical engineering alumni will be expected to:

  • Our graduates will be highly sought for their world-class electrical engineering expertise and well-rounded education.
  • Our graduates will respond to a rapidly changing global environment with an entrepreneurial mindset, demonstrating persistence, creativity, innovation, and adaptability.
  • Our graduates will communicate effectively and persuasively and function as integral members of diverse teams.
  • Our graduates will demonstrate character and values by making ethical decisions throughout their lives.
  • Our graduates will strive to serve society in pursuing their chosen vocation.
Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The Student Outcomes help to direct and measure the success of the electrical engineering program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the student outcomes is an integral part of the annual assessment process.

After ompleting the program, the electrical engineering graduate will be prepared to enter the practice of electrical engineering or pursue an advanced degree and will have demonstrated:

  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.
Enrollment and Graduation Data

The College of Engineering tracks its enrollment and graduation data, click the link below to view our data over the past five years.