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Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering


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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Electrical Engineering Graduates, within a few years of graduation, should:

  1. Use their understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals to solve problems in professional practice while exhibiting rigorous analysis and creative design skills that reflect their technical depth and ability to draw on multiple disciplines;
  2. Continue their intellectual development through professional development courses, including online learning opportunities, and/or graduate education; and
  3. Practice their career in a manner consistent with a high degree of professional ethics, and participate in their community and professional organizations.

(For up-to-date program educational objectives and learning outcomes, see the Department web page at www.wmich.edu/electrical-computer)

Admission

  1. To be admitted to this Engineering curriculum, a student must complete all pre-engineering requirements with grades of “C” or better. These requirements may be found in the beginning of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences section.
  2. Students seeking admission to this curriculum must submit an application following procedures established by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Upper level transfer students may complete an application prior to their first semester of enrollment. Only students in good academic standing as defined by the University will be admitted to this curriculum.

WMU Essential Studies Program Requirements

Students who have chosen the Electrical Engineering curriculum will satisfy the WMU Essential Studies Program Requirements as outlined within the course listings below. To satisfy these requirements student take courses in twelve (12) categories. Six (6) of the courses are designated within the electrical engineering program requirements and six (6) are free electives which students choose from a list of courses in the corresponding course category. Students will meet the planetary sustainability outcome in ECE 4820: Senior Project and must select a course that satisfies the Diversity and Inclusion outcome when choosing a course in the other six (6) categories.

Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical) must satisfy the following requirements in addition to those required by Western Michigan University:

  1. A grade point average of 2.0 or better must be earned in courses presented for graduation with ECE, IEE, and ME prefixes.
  2. Students may enroll in an ECE course only after earning at least a “C” in its prerequisite course(s).
  3. No more than two grades of “D” or “DC” in courses presented for graduation may be counted for graduation.
  4. The following program of 126 or more semester credit hours must be completed. For transfer students at least 16 credit hours of ECE course work must be completed at WMU. The schedule below is an example of one leading to graduation in eight semesters, beginning in fall. Pre-engineering requirements are indicated.

Electrical Engineering Major


A major in Electrical Engineering leading to a BSE degree will consist of the following required courses:

Plus three courses from the following list:


Required Cognates


A major in Electrical Engineering leading to a BSE degree does not require a minor, however, it does require the following cognate courses:

  • Engineering Science Electives (see  your academic advisor)   Credits: 12 hours

Electrical Engineering Electives


Engineering Mathematics and Science Electives


Students must complete a total of four elective courses (minimum of 12 credit hours).

Note:


Other courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisor and Department Chair.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Elective Group


Students must complete a total of three elective courses (minimum of 9 credit hours).

Note:


Other 4000 or 5000 level Electrical and Computer Engineering courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisor and Department Chair.

First Semester (17 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – Personal Wellness Category Course Elective   Credits: 2 hours

Second Semester (15-16 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – Artistic Theory and Practice Category Course Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Third Semester (16 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – Societies and Cultures Category Course Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Fourth Semester (15-16 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 1: Foundations – Inquiry and Engagement: Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities Category Course Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Science Elective Credits (4 hours)


Select one of the following:

Fifth Semester (17 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 2: Exploration and Discovery – World Language and Culture Category Course Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Engineering Science Elective  Credits: 3 hours

Sixth Semester (16 hours)


  •  Engineering Science Elective  Credits: 3 hours

Seventh Semester (15 hours)


  • Engineering Science Elective  Credits: 3 hours
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Elective Group  Credits: 3 hours

Eighth Semester (15 hours)


  • WMU Essential Studies Level 3: Connections – Global Perspectives Category Course Elective   Credits: 3 hours 
  • Engineering Science Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Elective Group   Credits: 3 hours
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Elective Group   Credits: 3 hours

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