Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (EE) is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Common EE tasks include designing communication systems, energy conversion and power delivery, control systems applications, design of analog and digital systems, and others. Below is a recommended plan of study for EE.

EE Program Educational Objectives

Electrical Engineering graduates shall:

  1. Practice excellence in their profession using a systems approach encompassing technological, economic, ethical, environmental, social, and human issues within a changing global  environment;
  2. Function independently and in leadership positions within multidisciplinary teams;
  3. Continue life-long learning by acquiring new knowledge, mastering emerging technologies, and using   appropriate tools and methods;
  4. Adapt and independently extend their learning to excel in fields about which they are passionate;
  5. Strengthen teams and communities through collaboration, effective communication, public service, and leadership.

EE student outcomes

At the time of graduation, students will have demonstrated:

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

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,www.abet.org


Course Number Course Title Credits
ECE160 Engineering Practice 2
ECE180 Introduction to Signal Processing 4
ECE203 DC Circuits 4
ECE204 AC Circuits 4
ECE205 Circuits and Systems 4
ECE230 Introduction to Microcontrollers 4
ECE233 Introduction to Digital Systems 4
ECE250 Electronic Device Modeling 4
ECE300 Continuous-Time Signals Systems 4
ECE310 Communication Systems 4
ECE320 Linear Control Systems 4
ECE340 Electromagnetic Fields 4
ECE341 Electromagnetic Waves 4
ECE351 Analog Electronics 4
ECE362 Principles of Design 3
ECE370 or ECE 371 Power & Energy Systems or Sustainable Energy Systems 3
ECE380 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 4
ECE460 Engineering Design I 3
ECE461 Engineering Design II 4
ECE462 Engineering Design III 2


The ECE Department will not allow the following second major combinations:

  1. Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Second Major in Computer Engineering.
  2. Degree in Computer Engineering and a Second Major in Electrical Engineering.


The Minor in ECE is designed to allow students to add another dimension to their Rose-Hulman degree.

Advisor - ECE Department Head

Requirements for Minor in ECE

  • One of ECE203, or ES203, or both ES213 and ES213L
  • Plus five additional ECE courses, except ECE160, ECE203, ECE362, ECE460, ECE461, ECE462, ECE466, and ECE206



Communications Certificate
Certificate Advisor:  Dr. Yong Jin Kim

ECE 300 Continuous-Time Signals Systems
ECE 380 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems
ECE 310 Communication Systems 
MA 481 Introduction to Probability with Applications to Statistics

Plus any three courses from the following Communications Concentration list.  Additional courses not in this list may be approved by the Certificate Advisor.

ECE 312 Communication Networks
ECE 414 Wireless Systems
ECE 512 Probability, Random Processes, and Estimation
ECE 553 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
CSSE 432 Computer Networks
MA 476  Algebraic Codes

Communications Certificate (intended for students majoring in EE or CPE)

ECE 300 Continuous-Time Signals Systems
ECE 380 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems
ECE 310 Communication Systems
MA 381 Introduction to Probability with Applications to Statistics
plus any four courses from the above Communications Concentration list.


Minor in Communications (Minor in ECE with a Communications Focus) (intended for students not majoring in EE or CPE)

  • ECE203 DC Circuits
  • ECE204 AC Circuits
  • ECE205 Circuits and Systems
  • ECE300 Continuous-Time Signals Systems
  • ECE310 Communication Systems

plus one additional course from the above Communications Concentration list.


Power Certificate

Take all of the following courses:

  • ECE 473 Control of Power Systems, Pre: ECE 470
  • ECE 472 Power Systems II, Pre: ECE 470
  • ECE 471 Industrial Power Systems, Pre: ECE 370
  • ECE 470 Power Systems I, Pre: ECE 370
  • ECE 371 Sustainable Energy Systems ,Pre: ECE 204
  • ECE 370 Power & Energy Systems, Pre: ECE 204
  • ECE 204 AC Circuits, Pre: ECE203 with a grade of C or better and PH113
  • ECE 203 DC Circuits, Pre: MA111 and PH112
  • ECE 485 Electro-Optics and Applications

Plan of Study

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Total credits required: 194

At least two of the three Area Electives must bear an ECE prefix at the 400 level or above
At most one of the Area Electives can bear an ECE or CSSE prefix at the 300 level or above
Exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the ECE Department Head

TECHNICAL ELECTIVE - CHEM and BIO 100 level courses or other courses at the 200 level or above NOT bearing an HSSA prefix.  Exceptions can be made for the 200 level requirement with Department Head and Advisor approval.

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - (4 credit hours required) Must take one of the following electives including the lab:
CHEM111, PH255, PH405, BIO110, BIO120, BIO130


  1. MA 351-356 Problem Solving Seminar may not be combined and substituted for the math elective.
  2. EE seniors are strongly encouraged to take MA 371 Linear Algebra I or MA 373 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers
  3. EE majors are not permitted to take ECE 206 Elements of Electrical Engineering as a free elective or technical elective. Free electives may be selected from any other R-HIT courses.
  4. EE majors may take any additional mathematics or biomathematics classes to satisfy the departmental mathematics requirement, and any biology, chemistry, geology or physics courses to satisfy the departmental science requirement. Courses that are cross-referenced with any engineering courses will not satisfy either the mathematics or science requirements. 
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