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Electrical Engineering and Physics

This dual program will appeal to students with broad interests in both fundamental physical sciences and applied engineering methods. Graduates, equipped with analytical problem-solving skills and technical knowledge, will be well prepared to pursue careers in a wide range of fields within industry, government, and higher education.

Major Requirements

Double Major: Electrical Engineering & Physics

Degree Type: B.S.E.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 136

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

Electrical Engineering Core Requirements
ECE 111Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 173Introduction to Computing *4
ECE 275Digital Design *4
ECE 311Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 320Electronics for Computer Engineers3
ECE 321Electronics for Electrical Engineers2
ECE 331Energy Conversion4
ECE 341Random Processes3
ECE 343Signals & Systems4
ECE 351Applied Electromagnetics4
ECE 376Embedded Systems4
ECE 401Design I1
ECE 403Design II2
ECE 405Design III3
ECE Electives
Select 6 credits of ECE 400 level electives (excluding 494 & 496).6
Physics Core Requirements
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics *1
PHYS 251University Physics I *4
PHYS 251LUniversity Physics I Laboratory *1
PHYS 251RUniversity Physics I Recitation *1
PHYS 252University Physics II *4
PHYS 252LUniversity Physics II Laboratory *1
PHYS 252RUniversity Physics II Recitation *1
PHYS 350Modern Physics *3
PHYS 355Classical Mechanics *3
PHYS 360Modern Physics II *3
PHYS 370Introduction to Computational Physics *3
PHYS 462Thermal and Statistical Physics *3
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I *3
Select one from the following: *3-4
Optics for Scientists & Engineers
and Optics for Scientists and Engineers Lab (or ECE 411 & ECE 411L))
Lasers for Scientists and Engineers
Elements of Photonics
Physics Electives: Select one from the following *3
Research For Undergraduates (2 credit minimum)
Condensed Matter Physics
Quantum Mechanics II
Senior Project II
MSUM Astronomy Courses (AST 300-400 level - with dept. permission)
Mathematics Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *3
MATH 165Calculus I *4
MATH 166Calculus II *4
MATH 265Calculus III *4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations *3
Other Required Courses
EE 206Circuit Analysis I *4
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
Select one upper division writing course from the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing in the Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
Total Credits114-115

 No grade less than a 'C' accepted in these courses and before enrolling in ECE 300 level courses, excluding ECE 311.

Degree Requirements and Notes:

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the College of Engineering.  Students transferring into the College of Engineering from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU. 
  • In order to graduate, an EE/PHYS student must have at least a 2.00 GPA in all required EE, ECE, and PHYS courses taken at NDSU.  Elective ECE and PHYS courses are not included in this GPA requirement.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer courses with grades less than a 'C' in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and any type of engineering class will not be accepted as a major in this program.
  • All Students: See footnote regarding a grade of 'C' required in identified courses.
PHYS 1711ECE 1113
Gen Ed Wellness2ENGL 120 (Will satisfy gen ed category C)3
COMM 110 (Will satisfy gen ed category C)3MATH 1293
ECE 1734MATH 1664
ENGL 110 (Will satisfy gen ed category C)4PHYS 251 (Will satisfy gen ed category S)4
MATH 165 (Will satisfy gen ed category R)4PHYS 251L (Will satisfy gen ed category S)1
 PHYS 251R1
 18 19
EE 2064PHYS 3703
MATH 2654ECE 3114
ECE 2754MATH 2663
PHYS 252 (Will satisfy gen ed category S)4Gen Ed Humanities/Fine Arts3
PHYS 252L (Will satisfy gen ed category S)1PHYS 3503
PHYS 252R1 
 18 16
ECE 3203ECE 3314
ECE 3212ECE 3434
PHYS 3553ECE 3514
PHYS 3603ECE 3764
PHYS 4623ECE 4011
ENGL 320, 321, 324, or 459 (Will satisfy gen ed category C)3 
 17 17
ECE 4032ECE 4053
ENGR 4021ECE Elective3
PHYS 4853ECE Elective3
ECE 3413Gen Ed Humanities/Fine Arts3
PHYS Elective2Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences3
ECE/PHYS Elective3 
Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences3 
 17 15
Total Credits: 137