2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Electrical and electronic components, devices, and equipment are integrated into most of today’s products from biomedical systems to the smart power grid. As a student in the Electrical Engineering program, you will study, model, analyze, and design systems that modern society relies on. The Electrical Engineering program is a four-year project-based curriculum that includes a solid foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering principles, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Students are provided with the necessary theory, problem-solving skills, and laboratory exposure to design, build, and test their advanced senior design projects. The program applies Wentworth’s educational model of a state-of-the-art curriculum along with two cooperative work experiences.

The program integrates engineering design throughout the curriculum and an extensive use of computers to solve, and simulate engineering problems as well as control devices, equipment, and systems. Students spend a great deal of time working in a laboratory setting to verify theory. The course of study includes circuit theory, solid state devices, analog and digital circuits and systems, feedback and controls, motors, power distribution systems, signal processing, and communication systems. The curriculum employs the latest technologies so that students are well prepared for graduate study or a professional career in industry. As a graduate you will be ready for professional careers in fields such as analog and digital systems, acoustics, biomedical devices, computers, electric vehicle supplies, robotics, communication and control systems, sources of alternative energy, power distribution and smart grids.

Electrical Engineering Program Objectives

After graduation, program graduates should demonstrate these abilities:

  • Lifelong learning:  Pursue professional development to meet and adapt to the emerging and evolving technology.
  • Successful Careers: have a successful career in the field of electrical engineering or related fields.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will contribute to their fields or professions.

Electrical Engineering Program Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Degree Details

 Total credits for degree: 135

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Special Requirement for Graduation

In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSEE technical courses are courses with ELEC and ENGR prefixes. If another Wentworth course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses

Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
  • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
  • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB OR
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

  • ELEC2250, Network Theory I
  • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry I
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ELEC2750, Network Theory II
  • ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC3600, Signals and Systems
  • ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC
  • ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design
  • MECH3599, Engineering Mechanics
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

  • ELEC4050, Motors and Controls
  • ELEC4475, Feedback and Control
  • ELEC3350, Solid State Devices
  • ELEC3150, Object-Oriented Programming for Engineers
  • ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, COOP Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

  • ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
  • MATH2100, Statistics & Probability for Engineers
  • MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELEC4300, Engineering Communications Systems
  • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
  • ELMC3250, Electromechanical Field Theory
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete at least:  

  • One course in Humanities  
  • One course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement. 

For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog  

Minor

The minor in electrical engineering provides additional knowledge in the field for non-majors, which will help students integrate electrical engineering into their course of study and allow the student to explore a wider array of careers upon graduation.

To earn the minor, the student must pass the following four courses:

  • ELEC2250, Network Theory I
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • ELEC2750, Network Theory II
  • ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design