College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2017-2018

School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems

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 plan will become the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Fall, 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 37 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 66 units of professional requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 126 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 126
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 239
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S Recommended
Progression Plan Link View Progression Plan

Purpose Statement
Electrical, computer and electronics engineering is a diverse discipline that applies the principles of mathematics, physics, and science for the analysis, design, test, manufacture, and maintenance of electrical and electronic systems.  Electrical engineers work with other engineers and scientists to develop innovative consumer electronics, sensors and instrumentation, integrated circuits, communication systems, radar systems, computers, control systems, power generation and storage systems, navigation and guidance systems, and much more.   In addition to the underlying principles of electricity and electromagnetics, our curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in problem-solving, analysis, design, project management and preparation for professional licensure.
Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or are simply interested in a minor, our rigorous curriculum will help you pursue a career designing and developing the latest smart phone, renewable energy system, and all the electronic chips, equipment and products in between that benefit people by connecting, healing, informing, entertaining, defending, and providing the essentials for life. 
Students in the computer engineering emphasis will have gained greater software skills to work with embedded microcontrollers and the software side of many “smart” products and systems. 
Students in the electrical engineering emphasis have more opportunities to specialize by taking more elective classes in one or more specialty areas such as control systems, communication systems, digital signal processing, power systems, digital design, and VLSI circuits, to name a few. 
Student Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate in our undergraduate program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, you will have achieved the following student learning outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of physics and mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, complex variables and differential equations
  • Apply knowledge of probability, statistics and transform methods
  • Construct and test hypotheses about system behavior by designing and conducting engineering experiments and analyzing and interpreting data and information
  • Employ professional skills and knowledge of the engineering design process within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Function effectively in diverse disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Identify engineering problems, formulate descriptive models, and create, evaluate and synthesize solution
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical theories and codes and their application to professional engineering responsibility
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Relate a broad education and contemporary issues to engineering solutions and express the interactions of global and societal events and engineering 
  • Demonstrate global cultural competency
  • Demonstrate the motivation and skills needed for life-long learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply techniques, skills and engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


Major Requirements
  • Take the following 103 - 105 units:

    Preprofessional Requirements (39 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)
  • Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program 

    This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan.  Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees.  Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission.  Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year.  Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 126 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
  • Required courses must be completed with a C or better. No more than one D is allowed in major electives. 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 once students have transferred or completed 60 or more units has been approved for this program.

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