Academic Catalog

Electrical Engineering

Three students working in the machines lab.

Home Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department Head:

Mark Thompson, Ph.D.
Room 2-703 AB, 810-762-7900

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 Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) 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, virtual reality systems, and embedded computer systems.


Undergraduate students also have an opportunity to get their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years with the BS/MASTERS Pathway

Electrical Engineering Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
CILE-101First Year Foundations1
General Education
COMM-101Rhetoric & Writing4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
LA-201Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition4
LA-489Sr. Seminar:Leadership, Ethics4
Advanced Humanities Electives 18
Advanced Social Science Electives 18
Total Credit Hours33

Humanities and Social Science advanced electives must be selected from approved 300 and 400 level courses.

Mathematics and Basic Science
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
MATH-102Calculus II4
or MATH-102X Calculus II
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203X Multivariate Calculus
MATH-204Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms4
MATH-258Probability and Statistics4
MATH-307Matrix Algebra4
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
Math/Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 40
Engineering Topics
CE-210Intro to Digital Systems Design4
CE-320Intro to Microcomputers4
ECE-101MATLAB and C Programming4
Circuits I
and Circuits I Lab
EE-240Electromagnetic Fields and Applications4
EE-310Circuits II4
Electronics I
and Electronics I Laboratory
EE-336Continuous-Time Signals and Systems4
EE-338Discrete-Time Signals and Systems4
EE-432Feedback Control Systems4
EE-490Senior Electrical Engineering Design Project4
IME-100Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing4
Electrical Engineering Electives8
Upper Level Electrical Engineering Elective (400 level)4
Electrical or Computer Engineering Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 64
Free Electives8
Technical Electives12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
CILE-400Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis 24
Total Credit Hours128

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161


Students are automatically registered for CILE-400 in a co-op term when they reach Junior II status. 


Electrical Engineering Electives

An electrical engineering elective may be any course with an EE prefix, except EE-212. At least 4 credits of electrical engineering electives must be at the 400 level.

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 and MATH-100 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, EP, MATH, PHYS prefix, except MATH-100 and EP-235.

Technical Electives

A technical elective may be any course with an BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, EE, EP, IME, MATH, MECH or PHYS prefix, BUSN-303BUSN-304, and MGMT-419except EE-212, EP-235, and MATH-100

Representative Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
CILE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-135 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COMM-101 Rhetoric & Writing 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 Intro to Digital Systems Design 4
LA-201 Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition 4
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
 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
Advanced Humanities Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
EE-310 Circuits II 4
EE-320 Electronics I 3
EE-321 Electronics I Laboratory 1
EE-336 Continuous-Time Signals and Systems 4
MATH-307 Matrix Algebra 4
Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Junior II
CE-320 Intro to Microcomputers 4
EE-338 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 4
MATH-258 Probability and Statistics 4
Advanced Humanities Elective 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
EE-432 Feedback Control Systems 4
Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Electrical or Computer Engineering Elective 4
Math/Science Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
LA-489 Sr. Seminar:Leadership, Ethics 4
Electrical Engineering Elective 4
Free Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
EE-490 Senior Electrical Engineering Design Project 4
Free Elective 4
Upper Level Electrical Engineering Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CILE-400 Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161