Electrical Engineering and Physics, BSEE

This intercollege combined major serves students who would like to explore their interest in physics while earning the benefit of an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. The major combines a major in physics from the Department of Physics in the College of Science with the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Because of the large body of shared knowledge between electrical engineering and physics, a combined major between these two disciplines is a logical course of study and can be accomplished within a student’s usual five-year program (including three co-op placements) without requiring course overloading in any semester. A student graduating from this program will have studied both the physical fundamentals and the applications of electronic devices and systems. The program is a particularly appropriate course of study for students who wish to pursue a career in solid-state devices, microelectromechanical systems, or nanotechnology.

Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Department of Physics as early as possible, preferably prior to registering for freshman courses.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum GPA required in EECE courses

Mathematics/Science Requirement

Complete 57 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2321Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 2341Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering4
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Engineering 2
and Lab for PHYS 1155
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155
Physics 2
and Lab for PHYS 1165
PHYS 2303Modern Physics4
PHYS 2305Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 3600Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 3602Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 5115Quantum Mechanics4
Advanced Physics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
PHYS 3600 to PHYS 7999
Supplemental Credit
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the mathematics/science requirement:2
Noise and Stochastic Processes
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Engineering Requirement

Complete 51 semester hours in engineering as indicated below.

Required Courses
EECE 2150
and EECE 2151
Circuits and Signals: Biomedical Applications
and Lab for EECE 2150
EECE 2160
and EECE 2161
Embedded Design Enabling Robotics
and Lab for EECE 2160
Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
EECE 2412
and EECE 2413
Fundamentals of Electronics
and Lab for EECE 2412
EECE 2520Fundamentals of Linear Systems4
EECE 2530
and EECE 2531
Fundamentals of Electromagnetics
and Lab for EECE 2530
Computer Engineering Fundamentals
If more than one computer engineering fundamentals course is taken, it can count as a technical elective.
Complete one of the following:4-5
Fundamentals of Digital Design and Computer Organization
and Lab for EECE 2322
Fundamentals of Networks
Fundamentals of Engineering Algorithms
Capstone Courses
EECE 4790Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone 14
EECE 4792Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone 24
EECE Technical Electives
Complete two of the following:8-9
Fundamentals of Digital Design and Computer Organization
and Lab for EECE 2322
Hyperspectral Imaging in an International Context
Independent Study
Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Nanotechnology in Engineering
Supplemental Credit
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:2
Noise and Stochastic Processes
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
2 semester hours from the following course count toward the engineering requirement:2
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

Required Professional Development
GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
EECE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
EECE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
The remaining credit from each of the following courses will apply to the professional development area:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Additional NUpath Courses

A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
NUpath Requirements through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI) and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with General Electives.

Required General Electives

Complete three academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.12

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4Vacation0Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1165 (ND)4  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1166 (AD)1  
PHYS 1161 (ND)4GE 1502 (ER)4  
PHYS 1162 (AD)1   
GE 10001   
GE 15014   
ENGW 1111 (WF)4   
 22 13 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 2321 (FQ)4PHYS 2305 (ND)4Vacation0Co-op0
MATH 23414EECE 21603  
EECE 21504EECE 2161 (WI)1  
EECE 2151 (AD)1EE fundamentals 4  
PHYS 2303 (ND)4EECE 20001  
 General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 3602 (ND)4PHYS 3600 (ND, AD, WI)4Co-op0
 CE fundamentals 4General elective4 
 EE fundamentals 5  
 ENGW 3302 (WD)4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0EECE 34684EECE 4790 (EI, WI, CE)4Co-op0
 PHYS 5115 (ND, FQ)4EECE technical elective4 
 EECE technical elective4  
 EE fundamentals5  
 EECE 30001  
 0 18 8 0
Year 5
Co-op0EECE 4792 (EI, WI, CE)4  
 PHYS advanced elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 12  
Total Hours: 132