Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is one of the broadest of all engineering majors and is much more than just building electrical circuits. EE is the application of electronics, electrical science and technology, and computer systems to the needs of society. An electrical engineer is responsible for designing and integrating electronic/electrical systems in diverse industries such as defense, communications, transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction, power/energy, and entertainment.

The B.S. in electrical engineering program provides undergraduates with a broad technical education important for employment in the private or public sector, and it teaches them the fundamentals, current issues, and creative problem solving skills essential for future years of learning.  At three to five years after graduation, we foresee our graduates being capable of exhibiting:

  1. Electrical engineering practice in technical assignments such as design, product development, research, manufacturing, consulting, testing, sales, and management.
  2. An ability to learn new instrumentation and design tools.
  3. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Continued learning through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training, and membership in professional societies.
  5. Participation and leadership on teams comprised of individuals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
  6. Appreciation of the implications of design in a global, societal, and ethical context.

The B.S. degree in EE begins with a first-year emphasis on math, physics, and chemistry common to all engineering students. In the second and third years, most of the course work consists of required EE lecture and laboratory courses that provide a broad exposure to the many aspects of EE. Below is a sample of the courses students will take each semester as electrical engineering majors. Check out the AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION in EE.

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A description of all electrical engineering courses can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Below is a typical 4-year course load for electrical engineering students:

First Semester (15 credits)

  • MATH 140 Calculus w/Analytical Geometry
  • PHYS 211 Mechanics
  • ENGL 15/30 Rhetoric & Composition
  • CHEM 110 Chemical Principles
  • First-year seminar

Second Semester (17 credits)

  • MATH 141 Calculus w/Analytical Geometry II
  • PHYS 212 Electricity & Magnetism
  • EDSGN 100 Engineering Design
  • CMPSC 121/131 Into Programming
  • ECON 102/104 Micro/Macro Economics

Third Semester (16 credits)

  • EE 210 Circuits and Devices
  • CMPEN 270 Logic Desgn: Theory and Practice
  • CMPSC 122/132 Intermediate Programming
  • MATH 220 Matrices
  • MATH 250 Ordinary Differential Equations

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

  • EE 200 Design Tools
  • EE 310 Electronic Circuit Design
  • MATH 230 Calculus and Vector Analysis
  • CAS 100 A/B Effective Speech
  • PHYS 214

Fifth Semester (16.5 credits)

  • EE 330 Electromagnetics
  • EE 340 Intro Nanelectronics
  • EE 350 Continuous-time Linear Systems
  • AHS Elective
  • Health & Physical Activity

Sixth Semester (15 credits)

  • EE 300W Design Process
  • EE/CMPEN 300-level Elective
  • EE/CMPEN 300-level Elective
  • ENGL 202C Technical Writing
  • AHS Elective

Seventh and Eighth Semesters (31.5 credits)

The order in which you take these courses may vary; please consult your adviser.

  • EE 403W Capstone Design
  • EE/CMPEN 300/400-level Elective
  • Statistics Elective
  • AHS Elective
  • Related Elective
  • Health & Physical Activity
  • EE/CMPEN 400-level Elective
  • EE/CMPEN 400-level Elective
  • AHS Elective
  • AHS Elective
  • Related Elective


The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

207 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering