Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is one of the broadest of all engineering majors and is much more than just building electrical circuits. EE is the application of electronics, electrical science and technology, and computer systems to the needs of society. An electrical engineer is responsible for designing and integrating electronic/electrical systems in diverse industries such as defense, communications, transportation, manufacturing, health care, construction, power/energy, and entertainment.

The B.S. degree in EE begins with a first-year emphasis on math, physics, and chemistry common to all engineering students. In the second and third years, most of the course work consists of required E E lecture and laboratory courses that provide a broad exposure to the many aspects of EE. Below is a sample of the courses students will take each semester as electrical engineering majors. Check out the AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION in EE.

A description of all electrical engineering courses can be found in Lion Path.

Below is a typical 4-year course load for electrical engineering students:

First Semester (16 credits)

  • MATH 140 Calculus w/Analytical Geometry
  • PHYS 211 Mechanics
  • ENGL 15/30 Rhetoric & Composition
  • CHEM 110 Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 111 Experimental Chemistry
  • First-year seminar

Second Semester (17 credits)

  • MATH 141 Calculus w/Analytical Geometry II
  • PHYS 212 Electricity & Magnetism
  • EDSGN 100 Engineering Design
  • CMPSC 201 Programming with C++
  • ECON 102/104 Micro/Macro Economics

Third Semester (17 credits)

  • EE 210 Circuits and Devices
  • CMPEN 270 Logic Desgn: Theory and Practice
  • MATH 220 Matrices
  • MATH 250 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • PHYS 213 Fluids and Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 214 Waves and Quantum Physics

Fourth Semester (17 credits)

  • EE 200 Design Tools
  • EE 310 Electronic Circuit Design
  • MATH 230 Calculus and Vector Analysis
  • CAS 100 A/B Effective Speech
  • AHS elective

Fifth Semester (16.5 credits)

  • EE 330 Electromagnetics
  • EE 340 Intro Nanelectronics
  • EE 350 Continuous-time Linear Systems
  • AHS elective
  • Health and physical activity

Sixth Semester (15 credits)

  • EE 300W Design Process
  • EE/CMPEN 300 level elective
  • EE/CMPEN 300 level elective
  • ENGL 202C Technical Writing
  • AHS Elective

Seventh and Eighth Semesters (31.5 credits)

The order in which you take these courses may vary; please consult your adviser.

  • EE 403W Capstone Design
  • EE/CMPEN 300/400 level elective
  • Statistics elective
  • AHS elective
  • Related elective
  • Health & Physical Activity
  • EE/CMPEN 400 level elective
  • EE/CMPEN 400 level elective
  • Engineering/Science elective
  • AHS elective
  • Related elective

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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

209 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering