Department of Engineering

BS in Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • function as engineers in technologically intensive firms;
  • succeed in post-baccalaureate study;
  • transfer their engineering skills to different environments; and
  • contribute to society as broadly educated, articulate, and ethical professionals and citizens.

These objectives are complementary to and in addition to the general education objectives of the University.

The course requirements are as follows (concurrent core curriculum requirements are noted in parenthesis for reference):

Mathematics
     MAT 152 Calculus A (Core: Quantitative Reasoning)
     MAT 153 Calculus B
     MAT 252 Calculus C
     MAT 380 Probability and Statistics

Computer Science
     COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java
     COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory

Basic Science
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (Core: Science Explorations)
     CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I (Core: Science Explorations)
     PHY 121 General Physics I
     PHY 114 Introductory Physics Laboratory I
     PHY 123 General Physics II
     PHY 116 Introductory Physics Laboratory II

Creative Expression (Core)
     THE 170 Public Speaking

Engineering Core
     EYE 112 Built Environment: Energy (Core: Entry Year Experience)
     ELE 216 Circuits I: Steady-State Analysis
     ELE 217 Circuits II: System Dynamics
     ELE 219 Circuits Laboratory
     EGN 248 Introduction to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
     EGN 260 Materials Science for Engineers
     EGN 301 Junior Design Project and the Engineering Profession
     EGN 304 Engineering Economics (Core: Professional Practices Cluster)
     ELE 323 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
     EGN 402 Senior Design Project (Core: Capstone)

Electrical Engineering
     ELE 172 Digital Logic
     ELE 271 Microprocessor Systems
     ELE 314 Linear Signals and Systems
     EGN 325 Control Systems
     EGN 329 Electromechanical and Control Systems Laboratory
     ELE 342 Electronics I: Devices and Circuits
     ELE 343 Electronics II: Electronic Design
     ELE 351 Electromagnetic Fields
     ELE 486 Digital Signal Processing
     ELE 489 Analog and Digital Signals Laboratory

Technical Electives

  • Completion of four (4) engineering courses with 3 or more credits each at the junior or senior level (ELE, EGN or MEE >300), in addition to those explicitly required above.
For graduation, electrical engineering majors must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in engineering courses.

Permission from the student's advisor is required before taking any course outside USM to satisfy a requirement of the major.

University Core Curriculum requirements are outlined elsewhere in this catalog. Some requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program also satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, as noted.

Credits to graduate: 125

Computer Engineering Concentration

Students with a particular interest in the design and application of computer hardware and software systems may choose the computer engineering concentration. The requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Concentration in Computer Engineering differ from the standard electrical engineering degree as follows: Students in the concentration are not required to take ELE 323, EGN 325, EGN 329, and ELE 351. Instead, they are required to take COS 161, COS 285, COS 350, and a junior- or higher-level computer science elective, as approved by the student's advisor.

For graduation, majors of electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in engineering and computer science courses.

Credits to graduate: 127

Preparation for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program should include a high school degree with 4 units of English, 2 units of social science, 1 unit of chemistry with lab, 1 unit of physics with lab, and 4 units of mathematics including algebra II and trigonometry. Incoming students who do not satisfy the admission requirements may enroll in remedial courses provided by the University. Transfer students require a transfer GPA of 2.25.

The recommended course sequence in tabular and in graphical form can be viewed at www.usm.maine.edu/engineering/engineering-curricula.