Electrical Engineering

Home Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department Head:

Karen I. Palmer, Ph.D.
Room 2-939 AB, 810-762-7900
ece@kettering.edu

Program Overview

Electrical Engineering is a broad engineering discipline that integrates mathematical and scientific principles of electricity and magnetism to analyze electrical phenomena and to design electrical systems. The Electrical Engineering program prepares students for a wide range of careers involving design and implementation of electrical systems. 

The program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  

Program Educational Objectives

The Electrical Engineering Program is designed to provide its graduates a solid educational foundation on which they can build successful and sustainable careers in electrical engineering or a related field.  In particular, graduates of the Electrical Engineering Program will:

  • Be employed or pursuing an advanced degree in the field of electrical engineering or other related disciplines.

  • Be productive members of interdisciplinary teams.

  • Assume leadership positions in their industry, their continuing education, or in their communities, as their careers develop.

  • Continue their professional development and engage in the life-long learning necessary for a sustainable career.

The Electrical Engineering program is designed to meet its objectives through its curriculum, experiential learning including cooperative education, and co-curricular activities sponsored by the department and the university. 

The curriculum includes a strong sequence of mathematics and basic science courses that provides the solid foundation in these areas that is common to all engineering programs at Kettering University.  Engineering design and basic engineering concepts from a variety of disciplines are introduced in the freshman year in IME-100. Basic and practical computer programming and problem solving is introduced, also in the freshman year, in ECE-101.

The “core” curriculum include fundamental courses in electrical circuits, electronics, electrical signals and systems, electromagnetic fields and waves, digital systems, and embedded computer systems.  Fully half of the courses in the core curriculum include a strong laboratory experience, which both enhances students’ learning and hones their abilities to apply technology effectively in the workplace. A flexible selection of electives allow students to deepen their knowledge in specific areas or applications of electrical engineering, or to broaden their background through dual majors or minors, or simply well chosen combinations of courses that meet their individual educational goals.

The culminating experience in the curriculum takes place in EE-490, which gives students experience working in a team environment to complete a large engineering project that builds on the knowledge and skills they have gained in their coursework.

The curriculum is supported by modern lab facilities for analog and digital circuits and electronics, electrical machines, power electronics, control systems, high-voltage studies, haptic systems, and embedded computer systems.

Electrical Engineering Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
HUMN-201Introduction to Humanities4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
SSCI-201Introduction to the Social Sciences4
Advanced Humanities Elective4
Advanced Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Mathematics and Basic Science
CHEM-135
CHEM-136
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
4
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203H Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-204Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms4
or MATH-204H Differential Equations and Laplace Transforms - Honors
MATH-307Matrix Algebra4
MATH-408Probability and Statistics4
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
PHYS-224
PHYS-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Math/Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 40
Engineering Topics
CE-210Digital Systems I4
CE-320Microcomputers I4
ECE-101MATLAB and C Programming4
EE-210
EE-211
Circuits I
and Circuits I Lab
4
EE-240Electromagnetic Fields and Applications4
EE-310Circuits II4
EE-320
EE-321
Electronics I
and Electronics I Laboratory
4
EE-336Continuous-Time Signals and Systems4
EE-338Discrete-Time Signals and Systems4
EE-490Senior Electrical Engineering Design Project4
IME-100Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing4
Electrical Engineering Electives16
Electrical or Computer Engineering Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 64
Electives
Free Electives8
Technical Electives12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course (No credit, Pass/Fail)
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

Electives

Electrical Engineering Electives

An electrical engineering elective may be any course with an EE prefix, except EE-212 and EE-322. At least 8 credits of electrical engineering electives must be at the 400 level or above.

Electrical or Computer Engineering Electives

The electrical or computer engineering elective may be an electrical engineering elective or any course with a CE prefix.

Free Elective

COMM-435, MATH-100 and MATH-305 are NOT accepted for free elective credit.

Math/Science Elective

The math/science elective may be CS-211, or any course with a BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS prefix, except MATH-100 and MATH-305 .

Technical Electives

A technical elective may be any course with an EE, CE, CS, MECH, IME, CHME, MATH, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS prefix, except EE-212, EE-322, MATH-100 and MATH-305

Representative Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-135 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
IME-100 Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
ECE-101 MATLAB and C Programming 4
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
CE-210 Digital Systems I 4
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore II
EE-210 Circuits I 3
EE-211 Circuits I Lab 1
EE-240 Electromagnetic Fields and Applications 4
MATH-204 Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms 4
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
EE-336 Continuous-Time Signals and Systems 4
EE-310 Circuits II 4
EE-320 Electronics I 3
EE-321 Electronics I Laboratory 1
MATH-408 Probability and Statistics 4
 Credit Hours20
Junior II
CE-320 Microcomputers I 4
EE-338 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 4
MATH-307 Matrix Algebra 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Electrical or Computer Engineering Elective 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
Math/Science Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
Free Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
EE-490 Senior Electrical Engineering Design Project 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
Free Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161