Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Overview

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

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.

Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Overview

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Computer engineering (CE) is a discipline that integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science required to develop computer hardware and software. CE program leads to Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSEC). Computer Engineering is a relatively new discipline, having evolved over the last decade in response to the expanding demand for the applications of computers in government, defense, industry and our daily lives. The Computer Engineering program at MSU Mankato focuses on two basic subdisciplines: Embedded systems/ Internet of Things (IoT) and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC).

Two examples of the applications and research of CE are, 1. the chip in computer or smartphone you purchased recently is a masterpiece of computer engineering design. 2. next generation robots/AI and internet-of-things including driverless cars has embedded microprocessors as the hearts and brains.

Our BSEC undergraduate students join faculty research and have a two-year design course sequence for their junior and senior design.

Our BSEC program hosts state-of-the-art teaching Labs e.g., with USD 300K investment to our teaching labs last year and 200K to our microfabrication Lab (clean room) this year.

Graduate Curriculum

The graduate program leads to a master of science in engineering (MSE) or electrical engineering (MSEE).  Both programs may incorporate courses and other content from multiple departments.  Graduate courses are typically 3 credits and the majority of students in the graduate program register for 6-12 credits each semester.  All graduate students must register for at least 6 credits to be considered full time.  The number of credits taken each semester determines the length of the graduate program.  The total number of graduate credits required is 32-34 depending on the program option (Thesis or Design Project (32), Alternate Plan Paper (34)).  Both 500-level and 600-level credits can count toward degree requirements but at least half of the credits must come from 600-level courses not including Thesis credits (EE 699).  Students should decide what their intended program option is and have an established plan for their program coursework leading to the degree prior to their final semester.   All students are required to pass a comprehensive exam prior to completion of the program.  Students are allowed to re-take the comprehensive exam once if necessary.  The comprehensive exam is only offered once each semester.  Contact Prof. Han-Way Huang for comprehensive exam schedule information.  One possible curriculum scenario is shown below:

Semester 1 - Two (2) 600-level courses, One (1) 500-level course -> total 9 credits
Semester 2 - Two (2) 600-level courses, One (1) 500-level course -> total 9 credits
Semester 3 - One (1) 600-level course, One (1) 500-level course, comprehensive exam, Two (2) thesis credits (EE 699) -> total 8 credits
Semester 4 - One (1) 600-level course, Three (3) thesis credits (EE 699), completion of thesis research and defense -> total 6 credits

Please contact your advisor for additional information and further discussion of your program plan.