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 Learning Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students will 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, 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.

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

B.S. in Electrical Engineering Required Credits

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 4
ECE380 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 4
ECE460 Engineering Design I 3
ECE461 Engineering Design II 4
ECE462 Engineering Design III 2
CSSE120 Introduction to Software Development 4
CSSE220 Object Oriented Software Development 4
PH111 Physics I 4
PH112 Physics II 4
PH113 Physics III 4
MA111 Calculus I 5
MA112 Calculus II 5
MA113 Calculus III 5
MA221 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations I 4
MA222 Matrix Algebra & Differential Equations II 4
MA381 Intro to Probability 4
RH131 Rhetoric & Composition 4
RH330 Technical & Professional Communication 4
RHIT100 Foundations for RHIT Success 1
ECE Area Electives 12
HSSA Electives 28
Math/Sci Elective 4
Math Elective 4
Restricted Science Elective 4
Tech Elective 4
Free Electives 8


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


Testing integrated circuits is a critical element in the integrated circuit industry. In fact, testing has become the bottle-neck for many companies, with inefficient test programs preventing the release of products onto the market. With few colleges offering courses in this area, students at RHIT have a unique specialization opportunity, making them marketable and extremely valuable in the integrated circuit industry.

This certificate intends to provide the student with a solid background in test and product engineering and broaden that background with other courses pertinent to the test and product engineering field. A strong test/product engineer requires knowledge about integrated circuit design, systems design, board design, semiconductor fabrication, and statistics. Therefore, courses in these areas can be chosen for the elective portion of the certificate.

The test and product engineering certificate could be completed by an electrical or computer engineering student without overloading if the certificate courses are mapped to all but one of the Area, Technical, and Free electives. Electives have been chosen so that students can pursue the semiconductor certificate or a math minor in conjunction.

Certificate Requirements

ECE351: Analog Electronics is required.

Two of the three testing courses are required.

ECE557: Analog Test and Product Engineering
ECE558: Mixed-Signal Test and Product Engineering
ECE531: Digital Test and Product Engineering

Three of ten elective courses are required.

ECE551: Digital VLSI
ECE552: Analog Integrated Circuit Design
ECE553: RF Integrated Circuit Design
ECE343: High-Speed Digital Design (required for CPE program)
ECE416: Intro to MEMS
ECE419: Advanced MEMS
ECE454: System Level Analog Electronics
ECE557: Analog Test and Product Engineering (if not used for required testing course)
ECE558: Mixed-Signal Test and Product Engineering (if not used for required testing course)
ECE531: Digital Test and Product Engineering (if not used for required testing course)
PH405: Semiconductor Materials and Device I
EP406: Semiconductor Materials and Devices II
MA385: Quality Methods Engineering
MA387: Statistical Methods in Six Sigma

For further information about the certificate program, please contact Tina Hudson ( hudson@rose-hulman.edu). 

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.  No more than 4 credit hours of ECE498 can be counted towards Area Electives and ECE398 cannot be counted as Area Elective credit.
Exceptions can be made to these requirements with ECE Department Head and Advisor approval.

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.

FREE ELECTIVE - Free electives may be selected from any RHIT courses other than ECE206, ES213, or ES213L.

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

MATH AND MATH/SCIENCE ELECTIVES - MA100-Lvl and PH100-Lvl credits cannot be used to satisfy these electives. EE Students are strongly encouraged to take MA 371 Linear Algebra I or MA 373 Applied Linear Algebra for Engineers. MA 351-356 Problem Solving Seminar may not be used for these electives. Courses that are cross-listed with any engineering courses will not satisfy these elective requirements.


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