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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Electrical Engineering

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/ecet/programs/ee.html

Let us remember, we as teachers educate technologists to use and improve existing technology and engineers who design and research new concepts.


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering is offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology (ECET) Department.

Electrical Engineering (EE) encompasses research, development, design and operation of electrical and electronic systems and their components. This program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). The primary objective of the Electrical Engineering program is to educate engineering professionals who possess a sound design and analytical background coupled with a strong laboratory experience. This means that the department prepares its graduates for:

  1. Entry into the engineering work environment with well-developed design and laboratory skills.
  2. Further study toward advanced degrees in engineering and other related disciplines.
  3. Advancement into managerial ranks and/or entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Educational objectives for our Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree are to prepare our graduates to:

  1. Function as responsible members of society with an awareness of the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of their work.
  2. Become successful practitioners in engineering and other diverse careers.
  3. Succeed in full time graduate and professional studies.
  4. Pursue continuing and life-long learning opportunities.
  5. Pursue professional registration.
  6. Provide foundational education that allow for personal growth and flexibility through their career.

Our metrics for determining success in meeting these objectives will include:

  1. Assessment of societal, economic awareness, and ethical performance of our graduates by the graduate and employer.
  2. Monitoring of the success of our graduates in the work force.
  3. Monitoring of the success of our graduates in graduate and professional programs.
  4. Assessment of continuing and life-long learning by the graduate (and their employer as applicable).
  5. Reviewing the number and success of our students completing professional registration to advance their careers.

The Student Outcomes used in the Electrical Engineering program are identical to the ABET a – k Outcomes. The department faculty believe this list of outcomes is appropriate and are excellent indicators of what today’s electrical engineering students require for a successful career. The Student Outcomes are listed below for reference:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) 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
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The Electrical Engineering degree curriculum includes the following components:

  1. A strong background in the physical sciences, mathematics, and the engineering sciences including extensive hands-on laboratory instruction.
  2. An integrated design component including instruction in basic practices and procedures, creativity, control, economics, and synthesis. The process begins with basic instruction during the freshman year and concludes with a capstone design project.
  3. A choice of several sub-disciplines in their senior level elective offerings (digital, controls, communications, microelectronics design and fabrication).
  4. Opportunities for students to develop sensitivity to the social and humanistic implications of technology and motivate them to make worth while contributions to the profession and society, while upholding the highest standards of professional ethics.
  5. Courses in business and economics to promote awareness of management and the economic aspects of engineering.
  6. Preparation for continuing study and professional development.

The curriculum offers students the opportunity to emphasize a number of specialized areas including digital systems, electric power, communications, controls, and microelectronic design and fabrication.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by ABET, www.abet.org.

Enrollment Facts

2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014
Incoming Freshmen1 26 58 59 57
Graduating Seniors2 28 19 13 17
Total Student Enrollment3 148 156 168 146
Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination4 100% 80% 30% N.A.5

1Estimated from declared CE majors enrolled in the EE 106 course.
2Expected by enrollment in EE 477 Senior Design course.
3Declared CE majors during Fall semester. Data from Institutional Assessment.
4Data obtained from NCEES Fall and Spring reports. Includes graduates and currently enrolled students.
5Lack of data due to no participants in FE exams.