College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2012-2013

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Computer Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
  • Electrical Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

This degree is the first step towards immediate employment or further study in electrical engineering. It opens the door to technical exploration in design, production, renewable energy, and future problem-solving.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering?

Can you imagine what your world would be like without electric lights, your IPod and IPad, your smart phone, your refrigerator, air conditioning, cars, planes, computers, pacemakers, CAT scanners, and other medical equipment? Have you taken apart a radio or computer, just for fun? Are you fascinated by the microminiature world of the electronic chips that we find in almost every  piece of technology we use everyday?  Do you want to help solve some of the grand challenges of our society?  Then you could be wired for a high-powered career in electrical or computer engineering.

We will challenge your inquisitive mind and prepare you to succeed through an emphasis on innovation, real-world applications, and evolving technologies. Learn the technical and people skills employers are looking for in our innovative and award-winning Design4Practice Program. Develop your tech-savvy by using industry caliber design, simulation, and analysis tools. Build your teamwork, communication, and thinking skills by collaborating on student design projects.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Consumer products
  • Communication and entertainment technologies
  • Medical products
  • Power industry

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Sustainable designer
  • Research and development
  • Electrical engineering management
  • Inventor and innovator

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 42 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 65-66 units of professional requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an EE prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 127 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 127
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 239
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
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Major Requirements
  • Take the following 107 - 108 units:

    Preprofessional Requirements (42 units)
    • Emphasis Requirements (Select One):
      • Computer Engineering Emphasis  (23 units)Electrical Engineering Emphasis (24 units)
        • EE 222 (3 units)
        • PHY 263 (3 units)
        • Additional units from any other course with a prefix of AST, BIO, CENE, CENS, CHM, CM, CS, EGR, ENV, FOR, GLG, MAT, ME, PHY, PHS, or STA - with the following exceptions (3 units):
        • Additional units from any 400-level EE courses (9 units)
        • Additional units from any 400- or 500-level EE courses (6 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 127 units of credit.

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Also note:
    • You must earn a "C" or better in all required courses.
    • No more than two grades of "D" in your major elective courses.
    • Three units of letter-graded individualized study (EE 485 or EE 497) may be used to meet degree requirements.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.

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