Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (EE) is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Common EE tasks include designing communication systems, energy conversion and power delivery, control systems applications, design of analog and digital systems, and others. Below is a recommended plan of study for EE.

EE Program Educational Objectives

Electrical Engineering graduates shall:

  1. Practice excellence in their profession using a systems approach encompassing technological, economic, ethical, environmental, social, and human issues within a changing global environment;
  2. Function independently and in leadership positions within multidisciplinary teams;
  3. Continue life-long learning by acquiring new knowledge, mastering emerging technologies, and using  appropriate tools and methods;
  4. Adapt and independently extend their learning to excel in fields about which they are passionate;
  5. Strengthen teams and communities through collaboration, effective communication, public service, and leadership.

EE Student Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students 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, 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.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s), and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Required Credits

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECE160 Engineering Practice 2
ECE180 Introduction to Signal Processing 4
ECE203 DC Circuits 4
ECE204 AC Circuits 4
ECE205 Circuits and Systems 4
ECE230 Introduction to Microcontrollers 4
ECE233 Introduction to Digital Systems 4
ECE250 Electronic Device Modeling 4
ECE300 Continuous-Time Signals Systems 4
ECE310 Communication Systems 4
ECE320 Linear Control Systems 4
ECE340 Electromagnetic Fields 4
ECE341 Electromagnetic Waves 4
ECE351 Analog Electronics 4
ECE362 Principles of Design 3
ECE370 or ECE 371 Power & Energy Systems or Sustainable Energy Systems 4
ECE380 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 4
ECE460 Engineering Design I 3
ECE461 Engineering Design II 4
ECE462 Engineering Design III 2
CSSE120 Introduction to Software Development 4
CSSE220 Object Oriented Software Development 4
PH111 Physics I 4
PH112 Physics II 4
PH113 Physics III 4
MA111 Calculus I 5
MA112 Calculus II 5
MA113 Calculus III 5
MA221 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations I 4
MA222 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations II 4
MA381 Intro to Probability 4
HUMH190 First-Year Writing Seminar 4
ENGLH290 Technical & Professional Communication 4
RHIT100 Foundations for RHIT Success 1
ECE Area Electives 12
HSSA Electives 28
Math/Sci Elective 4
Math Elective 4
Restricted Science Elective 4
Tech Elective 4
Free Electives 8


The ECE Department will not allow the following second major combinations:

  1. Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Second Major in Computer Engineering.
  2. Degree in Computer Engineering and a Second Major in Electrical Engineering.


The Minor in ECE is designed to allow students to add another dimension to their Rose-Hulman degree.

Advisor - ECE Department Head

Requirements for Minor in ECE

  • One of ECE203 , or ES203 , or both ES213 and ES213L
  • Plus five additional ECE courses, except ECE160, ECE203, ECE362, ECE460, ECE461, ECE462, ECE466, and ECE206


Information about Available Certificates

For further information about the certificate program, please contact Tina Hudson ( hudson@rose-hulman.edu). 

Plan of Study

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Total credits required: 194

AREA ELECTIVES - A total of 12 credit hours are required in this category. Eight of these credit hours must bear an ECE prefix; the other four can bear either ECE or CSSE prefix. At least eight of these credit hours must be at the 400 level or above; the other four can be at the 300 level or above.  No more than 4 credit hours of ECE498 can be counted towards Area Electives and ECE398 cannot be counted as Area Elective credit. Exceptions can be made to these requirements with ECE Department Head and Advisor approval.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVE - CHEM and BIO 100 level courses or other courses at the 200 level or above NOT bearing an HSSA prefix.  Exceptions can be made for the 200 level requirement with Department Head and Advisor approval.

FREE ELECTIVE - Free electives may be selected from any RHIT courses other than ECE206, ES213, or ES213L.

RESTRICTED SCIENCE ELECTIVE - (4 credit hours required) Must take one of the following electives including the lab: CHEM111, PH255, PH405, BIO110, BIO120, BIO130.

MATH AND MATH/SCIENCE ELECTIVES - MA100-Lvl and PH100-Lvl credits cannot be used to satisfy these electives. EE Students are strongly encouraged to take MA 371 Linear Algebra I or MA 373 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers. MA 351-356 Problem Solving Seminar may not be used for these electives. Courses that are cross-listed with any engineering courses will not satisfy these elective requirements.


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