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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

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Program: B.S.E.E.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362

URL: http://www.pfw.edu/ece,  email: ece@pfw.edu

Electrical Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electrical, electronics, and electromagnetism. Purdue University Fort Wayne offers a four-year electrical engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

Electrical engineers design, develop, and operate systems that generate and use electrical signals and power. The scope of electrical engineering has expanded tremendously in recent years. It is now the largest branch in engineering, with most graduates employed by manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, aircraft, business machines, and professional and scientific equipment.

Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. Purdue Fort Wayne delivers an exceptional education experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes:

As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Electrical Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates within a few years after graduation.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:

1. Function and communicate effectively to solve technical problems

2. Advance professionally to roles of greater electrical engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education

3. Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s) professional development, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure

4. Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities

The graduates from the Electrical Engineering program will demonstrate that they have:

  1. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. The ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. The ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgment, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  5. The 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. The ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions.
  7. The ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


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

Program Delivery:

  • The BSEE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, some of the required General Education courses are available as hybrid and/or on-line courses, and those can be used to satisfy the program requirements.

Declaring this Major:

Students interested in declaring Electrical Engineering as their major may do so in one of two ways:

  • On their application when they first apply to Purdue Fort Wayne
  • After meeting with an ECE faculty advisor, who will determine that the student has the required math and chemistry background to begin our program

General Requirements:


Students in the Electrical Engineering program and Computer Engineering program take many common courses and are encouraged to explore the possibility of dual majors in BSEE and BSCmpE.  Please contact your advisor for further information.

Program Requirements:

Electrical Engineering 4-Yr. Plan:  

In order to start in the Electrical Engineering program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Math Placement at or above MA 15400

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirements for the Electrical Engineering program is provided below. This plan satisfies the competency requirements and the credit hour requirement.

Category Competency Course Credit Hours
A 1 ENGL 13100 Elementary Composition  3
A 2 COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech  3



MA 16500 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
MA 16600 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

B 4 CHM 11500 General Chemistry I
PHYS 15200 Mechanics
B 5 Select from the list of approved courses
(all Competency outcomes must be met)
B 6 Select from the list of approved courses
(all Competency outcomes must be met)
B 7 PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity and Optics  5
C 8 ECE 40500 Senior Design I  3
    Total Credit Hours 37
  1. If a student selects a course from categories B5 or B6 that meets only some outcomes but not ALL, the student will be required to take another course from these categories that meet the remaining competency outcomes.
  2. All courses used to satisfy the General Education Requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Technical Elective Requirements

Following are the lists of approved Technical Electives for the Electrical Engineering program.  The BSEE requires 15 hours of Technical Electives.  All Electrical Engineering Technical Electives have design content. Among 15 credit hours of technical electives, six credit hours must come from group 1 and six credit hours must come from group 2. Three credit hours can come from either group 1 or group 2.

Group I Technical Electives

 All Electrical Engineering students must take two (2) courses from the Group I list:

Group II Technical Electives

 All Electrical Engineering students must take two (2) courses from the Group II list:

  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 4.
  • Cr. 4.

  • Cr. 3. OR
  • Cr. 3.

  • Cr. 3. OR
  • Cr. 3.

  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.

  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.
  • Cr. 3.

    1. ECE 49600, ECE 49700, and ECE 49800 can be counted as Group II technical electives, with the maximum of 3 credit hours each, upon the approval by the EE curriculum committee.
    2. Students may take either SE 52000 or SE 54000, but not both, to count for this Group II Technical Elective requirement.
    3. Students may take either SE 53000 or SE 55000, but not both, to count for this Group II Technical Elective requirement.
    4. ECE 39595, ECE 49500, or other 5XX-level or above courses offered by ECE, math, or physics departments may be taken by the student as Group II technical electives with the approval of the advisor.



    1. A course cannot be counted toward both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, with the exception of the students enrolled in the 5-Year BS/MSE Combined Degree Program.
    2. For students admitted to the 5 year combined BS/MSE program, additional graduate-level courses have been approved as technical electives. A list of such courses can be located in the section of 5 Year BS/MSE Program on the ECE Department website.
    3. Overall major GPA should be 2.00 or higher.
    4. A student is only allowed to attempt ENGR 12700 three times and ENGR 12800 three times. This includes all attempts that have earned a withdrawal, letter grade, or pass/no pass. If a student fails to earn a successful grade (C- or higher or pass) after three attempts in either course, the student is removed from the mechanical, civil, electrical, and computer engineering programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne and is not eligible for re-entry.
    5. A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for certain courses only. All required and technical elective courses for BSEE and BSCmpE with the title of ENGR12800, ECE 2xxxx,3xxxx,4xxxx, 5xxxx CANNOT be taken as Pass/No-pass option. A maximum of 24 credits can be elected as Pass/No-pass grading options.
    6. Electrical Engineering majors are encouraged to explore the requirements for a minor in Math or Physics.  For more information, visit the ECE Department website.

Special Content Courses for the BSEE

In general, seminars, survey courses, project courses, special topic course, and informal laboratory courses are considered to be Special Content Courses. A complete list of these courses, as approved by the EE curriculum committee, is given below.

The procedure for offering a Special Content Course is outlined below:

• The proposal for offering the course in a semester must be submitted to the Chair of the EE Curriculum Committee three (3) weeks before the end of the previous semester. The course proposal is simply the course syllabus which includes the following information:

  1. Course/Project title
  2. Course/Project description
  3. Number of credit hours
  4. Semester
  5. Design content
  6. Topics Covered
  7. Name of instructor

• If the course is to be counted toward the EE degree program (i.e., as a technical elective), the proposal must also be approved by the EE curriculum committee before the course is offered.
• The instructor is required to submit a written report to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the end of the semester, at the same time the course grade is submitted. The format and length of the report is at the discretion of the instructor, but at a minimum it should include the course syllabus and a summary of the results.

GPA Requirement

You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the 120 credits required for this major.

Total Credits Required: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

Additional Course Use:

  • ECE 20700 required, ECE 29300 accepted
  • ECE 22900 required, CS 22900 accepted
  • ECE 40601 + ECE 40602 can replace ECE 40600.
  • For students in 2+3 programs who have completed the first two years in the School of Polytech, the following transfer credits can be applied
    • MA 16500, CPET 19000 & ECET 11100 –> ENGR12800 + MA 16500
    • ECET 11100 + ECET 14600 + self study of State Machine  –> ECE 27000
    • ECET 10200 , ECET 15200 + ECET 20400 –> ECE 20700
  • New technical elective courses approved and added to the curriculum in future Catalogs may also be used as technical electives.

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