Electrical Engineering

Major Requirements

Major: Electrical Engineering

Degree Type: B.S.E.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

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 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

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

University General Education Requirements

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

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 I3
ECE 321Electronics II2
ECE 331Energy Conversion4
ECE 341Random Processes3
ECE 343Signals & Systems4
ECE 351Applied Electromagnetics4
ECE 376Embedded Systems4
ECE 401Design I (capstone)1
ECE 403Design II (capstone)2
ECE 405Design III (capstone)3
MATH Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *3
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
MATH 166Calculus II *4
MATH 265Calculus III (w/ vectors) *4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations *3
Other Courses Required
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (May satisfy general education category S)3
EE 206Circuit Analysis I *4
Select one of the following: (May satisfy general education category C)3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing in the Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
PHYS 251University Physics I (May satisfy general education category S)4
PHYS 252University Physics II (May satisfy general education category S)4
Select one of the following lab courses (May satisfy general education category S):1
General Chemistry I Laboratory
University Physics I Laboratory
University Physics II Laboratory
ECE ElectivesSelect 9 credits of ECE 400 level electives (excluding 494 and 496)9
Includes the cross listed courses of ECE 427/IME 427; ECE 429/IME 429; ECE 411/PHYS 411; & ECE 411L/PHYS 411L
Tech Electives: Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Biobased Energy
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
and Genetics Laboratory
Fluid Mechanics
and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Physical Chemistry I
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry I
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Computer Science II
Discrete Mathematics
Theoretical Computer Science
Database Systems
Comparative Programming Languages
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Computer Graphics
Foundations of Computer Networks
Algorithm Analysis
Operating Systems Concepts
Object-Oriented Systems
Computer Organization
Individual Study (max. of 6 cr.)
Any ECE 400 level didactic course
Field Experience (max. of 3 cr.)
Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Scientists
Engineering Economy
Program and Project Management
Quality Assurance and Control
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
Abstract Algebra I
Abstract Algebra II
Topics in Linear Algebra
Real Analysis I
Real Analysis II
Complex Analysis
Applied Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis
Numerical Analysis II
Engineering Mechanics I
Engineering Mechanics II
Mechanics of Materials
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Renewable Energy Technology
Animal Cell Culture Techniques
Modern Physics
Modern Physics II
Lasers for Scientists and Engineers
Elements of Photonics
Quantum Mechanics I
Stochastic Processes
Probability and Mathematical Statistics II
Animal Physiology
Total Credits104

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • In order to graduate, an ECE student must have at least a 2.0 GPA in all required EE and ECE courses taken at NDSU.  Elective ECE courses are not included in this GPA requirement.
  • Transfer Students – Transfer courses with grades less than ‘C’ in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and any type of engineering class will not be accepted as a major requirement.
  • All Students – Students are required to attain a grade of ‘C’ or better in ECE 173 Introduction to Computing, ECE 275 Digital Design, EE 206 Circuit Analysis I, and all required MATH courses.

Note: For students interested in pursuing one of the areas of specialization, lists of recommendations for specific electives are available from the ECE Department.