Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Electrical Engineering, BS


The electrical engineering profession makes possible a wide variety of products, systems, and services that support and enhance our modern world. Areas of growth include telecommunications, computers and computer networks, avionics, robotics, automatic control, microelectronics, power generation and distribution, medical imaging, virtual reality, sensors, and photonics. Upon graduation, students find employment in areas such as design, testing, development, research, and sales. Students are also prepared for graduate study.

The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. Advanced courses include electronics, signal analysis, logic design, power engineering, computers, automatic control, and communications. Additional minors are also available in engineering and liberal arts.

Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after having received their baccalaureate degree, graduates from the electrical engineering program are expected to have the following abilities:

  • Graduates are expected to exhibit professional development in their chosen careers, as indicated by some combination of continuing education, professional registration, professional society activity, and a degree of responsibility and advancement.
  • Graduates are expected, when a need is identified to seek out subject matter resources beyond their own individual or their team’s area of expertise and apply this new knowledge to the identified need in solving problems, designing systems, components or processes, or in applying the principles of mathematics, science, or engineering.
  • Graduates are expected to communicate effectively through continual use of oral and written expression as indicated by some combination of professional talks, oral presentations, written reports, or technical publications.
  • Graduates are expected to use the appropriate tools and technologies to enhance their productivity in their professional field.

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

8. an ability to apply knowledge of probability, statistics, and other topics of advanced mathematics

9. an ability to demonstrate knowledge of basic hardware and software to solve engineering problems

Senior Year Technical Electives

Students majoring in electrical engineering may select technical electives from the following list during their senior year, assuming that they meet the specific prerequisites for each course. Other courses may be permitted with approval of the electrical engineering faculty advisor.

Seniors may take one graduate course that is offered by the electrical engineering department as a senior technical elective for which they are qualified. Students may also apply this course, when enrolled in the accelerated bachelor’s/master of science in engineering degree program, toward their graduate studies in electrical engineering.

Curriculum Sequence

First Year



Fall (16 Credits)


Spring (17 Credits)

  • 2 Credit(s)
  • Senior Technical Electives 9 Credit(s)
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s)*,#
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s)*,#,^

Total Credits: 130

*At least one of these courses must be writing enriched course (W).

# At least two of these courses must be a diversity course (D).

^At least one of these courses must be a 300-level course.

+Students may substitute PHYS 271 - Computational Methods in Physics.

++Students may take one of the following: ENGR 214 - DynamicsENGR 323 - Mechanics of Deformable BodiesENGR 325 - Thermodynamics, or ENGR 326 - Materials Engineering .

The student’s faculty advisor must approve the senior technical elective choices. A student who wished to take a graduate course must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must get the approval of their academic advisor.

The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later.  Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission.  Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog Page at http://Catalog.widener.edu.


Dual Degrees with Electrical Engineering

Students interested in a dual degree with Biomedical Engineering, BS , Mechanical Engineering, BS , Robotics Engineering, BS Physics, BS  or Computer Science, BS   should contact the chairman of the electrical engineering department or the dean’s office for details about the curriculum. Students wishing to pursue a dual degree must get written permission from both departments.