Jan 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BS

Electrical Engineers develop electrical systems using knowledge of physics, mathematics, circuit design, electromagnetic theory, communication theory, control systems and signal processing.  Electrical engineering historically involved how the generation, transmission and utilization of electrical energy. Today, electrical engineering applications also include control systems, robotics, automation, plasma, sensors, computers and imaging.  The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program emphasizes service, systems-based knowledge, and sustainability with an eye toward the interface of traditional electrical engineering with new and emerging fields, in particular unmanned aircraft systems, maritime sciences and marine biology that directly impact the Gulf Coast.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) describe the professional accomplishments that Electrical Engineering graduates are expected to achieve, within a few years of graduation. The PEOs are:

  • Practice the electrical engineering discipline successfully within accepted professional standards.
  • Continue to develop teamwork and communications skills to support a successful career in electrical engineering, including the ability to work with a diverse group of co-workers and others inside and outside the profession.
  • Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of electrical engineering, including social, environmental and economic considerations.
  • Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service.
  • Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops, and develop mentee and mentor relationships.
  • Become a leader of his/her chosen profession, including the assumption of management roles.
  • Achieve recognition as a subject matter expert in electrical engineering, particularly by obtaining licensure as a professional engineer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret dat
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. an ability to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software and systems containing hardware and software components

Degree Requirements

The Electrical Engineering curriculum consists of a minimum of 128 credit hours.  It can be divided into four main areas:

         Sem. Hrs.                  
     First-Year Seminars (as applicable)*               (2)
II. Common Engineering, Math and Science courses             43
III. Required Electrical Engineering courses             34
IV. Technical Elective Block               9
Total      128 (130)

*Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Students are encouraged to take the NCEES (National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year.  The FE exam is the first step in the process that leads to licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).

University Core Curriculum and other General Education Requirements

See “Core Curriculum Program “ in this catalog.  Electrical Engineering students should take the following courses in fulfillment of the mathematics and natural science components of the University Core Curriculum:


Electrical Engineering students must take two courses in physics even if the natural science portion of the core curriculum is satisfied by other means.  Students transferring to Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means for fulfilling the core curriculum.  Please refer to the “General Education Requirement” in the catalog section entitled “Undergraduate Programs.“ 

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Common Engineering, Math and Science Courses

Note: 15 of the 58 hours of courses listed in this section are used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements. 

Technical Electives Block

These electives provide students with the option to take courses that apply to their field of study.

Select three courses (9 sem. hrs. total) from the following list. 

Capstone Project

All electrical engineering students must complete a senior-level capstone project in ENGR 4370 .  Students will work with practicing engineers and mechanical engineering faculty.  The Capstone Project will give engineering students practical, professional experience to prepare them for careers in electrical engineering.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Option

Electrical engineering students who have completed 96 credit hours toward the Electrical Engineering B.S. degree and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may elect the MBA option in senior year. Students who elect the MBA option are required to take three MBA foundation courses to satisfy the Technical Elective Block requirements:

  • ACCT 5312 - Foundations of Accounting 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECON 5311 - Foundations of Economics 3 sem. hrs.
  • FINA 5311 - Financial Management Concepts 3 sem. hrs.

Students who plan to elect the MBA Option are encouraged to have summer internship experience before senior year, and will be able to complete an MBA degree study with 2 regular semesters and 1 summer session beyond an Electrical Engineering B.S. degree study.