2018-19 Catalogs

BS in Electrical Engineering

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

Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  1. excel as engineers in technologically-intensive environments;
  2. succeed in post-baccalaureate and graduate studies;
  3. transfer their acquired skills to a variety of contexts and endeavors; and
  4. 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 electrical engineering program may be augmented with a Concentration in Computer Engineering or an Engineering M.B.A.

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

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

Computer Programming
     EGN 160 Introduction to Programming: The C Language; or
     COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java; and
     COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory

Basic Science
     CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I (Core: Science Exploration)
     CHY 114 Laboratory Techniques I (Core: Science Exploration)
     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 or HON 175 Oral Interpretation of Texts

Engineering Core
     EYE 112 Built Environment: Energy (Core: Entry Year Experience)
     EGN 210 or ITP 210 Technical Writing
     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 five (5) 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 B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree program also satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, as noted.

Credits to graduate: 125.5

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 Electromechanical Energy Conversion, EGN 325 Control Systems, EGN 329 Electromechanical and Control Systems Laboratory, and ELE 351 Electromagnetic Fields. Instead, they are required to take COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java, COS 161 Algorithms in Programming, COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory, COS 285 Data Structures, a junior- or higher-level computer science elective, and one additional computer science or engineering elective > 300, 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: 129.5

Preparation for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree program should include a high school transcript 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 preparatory 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.