Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (537P, 537)


Program Coordinator

Mark E. Cambron, mark.cambron@wku.edu, (270) 745-8868

Electrical engineering touches virtually every aspect of life in the twenty-first century. Electrical engineers are experts in dealing with electricity, electromagnetism, and electronics. Electrical engineers are employed in a variety of industries including:

  • Circuits and Electronics
  • Communication and Signal Processing
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Computer Hardware and Embedded Systems
  • Robotics, Control Systems and Automation
  • Biomedical Applications
  • Automotive and Aerospace Systems
  • Manufacturing plants

The mission of our Electrical Engineering Program at WKU is to build a foundation of knowledge in electrical engineering by integrating a variety of project experiences at every level throughout the curriculum. Our program is to be relevant to our region and to produce graduates who can immediately contribute to the profitability of their employer. Our electrical engineering curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics to prepare them for careers as engineers.

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

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program achieves its mission by focusing on specific educational objectives. A few years after graduation, WKU EE graduates are expected to be:

Objective 1:  Pursuing successful and productive careers;
Objective 2:  Applying their engineering education to address real-world problems;
Objective 3:  Continuing their professional development and engaging in lifelong learning; and
Objective 4:  Emerging as leaders in their companies, professions, and communities.

For detailed information on the electrical engineering program, please see http://wku.edu/seas and/or contact your advisor.

Academic Standards for the Electrical Engineering Program

Students are admitted as a pre-major in Electrical Engineering. In order to transition from the pre-major to major and to graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering, students must complete the following courses earning a grade of “C” or better in each course.

EE 210Circuits & Networks I3.5
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
Human Communication (F-OC)3
MATH 136Calculus I4
MATH 137Calculus II4
PHYS 255University Physics I4
PHYS 265University Physics II4

For detailed information on the electrical engineering program, please see http://wku.edu/seas and/or contact your advisor.

Program Requirements (58 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Courses Required for Major

Program Courses
EE 101Electrical Engineering Design I1
EE 180Digital Circuits3
EE 200Electrical Engineering Design II2
EE 210Circuits & Networks I3.5
EE 211Circuits & Networks II3.5
EE 300Electrical Engineering Design III1
EE 345Electronics4
EE 380Microprocessors4
ENGR 490Senior Project 12
ENGR 491Senior Project II3
EE 420Signals and Linear Systems3
EE 431Introduction to Power Systems3.5
EE 460Continuous Control Systems3.5
EE 473Electromagnetics I3
or PHYS 440 Electricity and Magnetism I
Select 12 hours of the following technical electives:12
System Dynamics and Modeling
EE Senior Research Seminar
Computer Design
and Computer Design Lab
Power Systems II
Electric Machines and Drives
Microfabrication and MEMS
Advanced Electronics
Digital Signal Processing
and Digital Signal Processing Lab
Discrete Control Systems
Special Topics in Control Systems
Communications and Modulation
and Communication Systems Lab
Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
Optoelectronics
Embedded Systems
Introduction to Robotics
Select six hours of the following engineering/science electives:6
Statics
Classical Mechanics I
Engineering Thermodynamics I
Thermodynamics
Materials and Methods of Manufacturing
Fluid Mechanics
Fluid Thermal Science
Classical Mechanics II
Data Acquisition Using Labview
Principles of Systems Engineering
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Computational Physics
Total Hours58

Additional Courses 

MATH 237Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 331Differential Equations3
STAT 301Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics3
ECON 202Principles of Economics (Micro)3
or ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro)
PHYS 256University Physics I Lab1
CS 239Problem Solving with Computational Techniques3
Select one of the following 3-hour math electives:3
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Applied Techniques in Mathematics
Select one of the following 3-hour science electives:3
Introduction to College Chemistry
College Chemistry I
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Environmental Science
The Earth
Meteorology
Total Hours23

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EE 1803EE 1011
MATH 1364MATH 1374
ENG 1003PHYS 2554
CHEM 116, CHEM 120, BIOL 120, ENV 280, GEOL 111, BIOL 122, BIOL 131, or METR 1213PHYS 2561
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3COMM 1453
 ENG 2003
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EE 2002EE 2113.5
EE 2103.5EE 3804
MATH 2374MATH 3313
PHYS 2654ECON 2023
CS 2393ENG 3003
 16.5 16.5
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
EE 3454EE 3001
EE 4733EE 4313.5
EE 4203EE Elective3
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENGR/Science Elective3
Math Elective3STAT 3013
 Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
 16 16.5
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGR 4902ENGR 4913
EE 4603.5EE Elective3
EE Elective3EE Elective3
ENGR/Science Elective3Colonnade - Systems3
Colonnade - Local to Global3 
 14.5 12
Total Hours 124