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Electrical Engineering Major

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.

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  • 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 111 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
MATH 132 Analytic Geom. & Calc. II 4 Cr.
KIN 100/101 Healthy Lifestyles 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.
Foreign 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: Fifteen (15) credits must be taken by completing five (5) of the following Eleven (11) courses: ECE 252, ECE 424, ECE 429, ECE 450, ECE 452, ECE 453, ECE 460, ECE 471,ECE 472, ECE 490, or ECE 499. However, a combined maximum of 3 credits can be taken from ECE 490 and/ or 499.

Math/Science Elective: Electrical engineering students are required to take nine credits of math/science electives.
Computer engineering students are required to take three credits of math/science electives.

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, 266, 314, 320, 321, 322, 323, 330, 334, 370, 371, 421, 422, 451, 452, 461, and 462.
  • Statistics: IDS 340, STAT 340, 343, and 344.
  • Meteorology: 215, 216, and 240.
  • ECE 357 (Electrical engineers only)
  • Physics: 142L, 243, 245, 250, 345, 360, 371, 372, 381, 421, 422, 430, 430L, and 440.

Cooperative Education: Students may request that up to six credits of GE 481 through GE 483 be used to satisfy the professional elective, if a minimum of six credits of cooperative education have been completed.

Professional Electives: These courses are selected, in consultation with the advisor, to support the student’s specific career goals.
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, http://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 for the betterment of 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.

Completing 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.