Electrical Engineering & Physics

Major Requirements

Double Major: Electrical Engineering & Physics

Degree Type: B.S.E.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 135

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Electrical Engineering Core Requirements 1
ECE 111Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 173Introduction to Computing 24
ECE 275Digital Design 24
ECE 311Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 320Electronics I3
ECE 321Electronics II2
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 4XX level prefix electives (excluding 494 & 496).6
Physics Core Requirements
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics 21
PHYS 251University Physics I 24
PHYS 251LUniversity Physics I Laboratory 21
PHYS 252University Physics II 24
PHYS 252LUniversity Physics II Laboratory 21
PHYS 350Modern Physics 23
PHYS 355 2
PHYS 360Modern Physics II 23
PHYS 370Introduction to Computational Physics 23
PHYS 462Thermal and Statistical Physics 23
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I 23
Select one from the following: 23-4
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 23
Research For Undergraduates (2 credit minimum)
Materials Physics
Quantum Mechanics II
Senior Project II
MSUM Astronomy Courses (AST 300-400 level - with dept. permission)
Mathematics Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra 23
MATH 165Calculus I 24
MATH 166Calculus II 24
MATH 265Calculus III 24
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations 23
Other Required Courses
EE 206Circuit Analysis I 24
ENGR 327Ethics, Engineering, and Technology3
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 Credits111-112

Students must complete all of the courses listed in the Electrical Engineering Core Requirements section with a 2.00 GPA.


 No grade less than a 'C' is accepted in these course and before enrolling in ECE 3XX level prefix courses, excluding ECE 311.