Electrical Engineering

Major Requirements

Major: Electrical Engineering

Degree Type: B.S.E.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 126

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 I (capstone)1
ECE 403Design II (capstone)2
ECE 405Design III (capstone)3
MATH Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra 23
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R) 24
MATH 166Calculus II 24
MATH 265Calculus III (w/ vectors) 24
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations 23
Other Courses Required
CHEM 121General Chemistry I (May satisfy general education category S)3
EE 206Circuit Analysis I 24
ENGR 327Ethics, Engineering, and Technology3
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: (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
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 Electives
Select 9 credits of ECE 4XX level prefix electives. Includes the cross listed courses of ECE 427/IME 427; ECE 429/IME 429; ECE 411/PHYS 411; & ECE 411L/PHYS 411L (excluding 494 and 496).9
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
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
Complex Analysis
Applied Differential Equations
Fourier Analysis
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis
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
Total Credits106

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 courses and before enrolling in ECE 3XX level prefix courses, excluding ECE 311.

Degree Requirements and Notes

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