CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 23, 2019  
CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Electrical Engineering, BSEE

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The BSEE degree is offered in Cullowhee. Graduates of the program will have these capabilities:

  1. Apply their technical knowledge as practicing professionals or engage in graduate education
  2. Work successfully in their chosen career individually and within professional team environments
  3. Engage in professional development in their profession by adapting to new technology and career challenges

The BSEE program provides a foundation in mathematics, sciences, and engineering. Additional course work provides depth in various areas of Electrical Engineering including communications, analog/digital electronics, control theory, computers, and design. Students work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through our Center for Rapid Product Realization.

Total number of hours for the program: 126



The Electrical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Liberal Studies (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  


Four major courses (12 credits) also meet Liberal Studies requirements:  ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 230.  Students are strongly advised to use these classes to meet Liberal Studies requirements.They should realize that if these courses are not taken to meet Liberal Studies requirements, they will still need to be completed for the BS Electrical Engineering degree and could result in a tuition surcharge.

Major Requirements

The major requires 96 credit hours, which includes 61 in the Electrical Engineering Core, 32 in the Math/Science Core, and three in the Technical Elective Core. Four courses (12 credit hours) in the major also meet the Liberal Studies requirements (ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 230). In each category below, students must take all the required classes.


Technical Elective

Any three-credit-hour 400-level EE course that is not required in the Electrical Engineering Core can count as a Technical elective. PHYS 322, PHYS 325, or any three-credit-hour 400-level PHYS course can also count as a Technical elective.

Additional Requirements

To graduate with a BS Electrical Engineering degree, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses in the major taken at Western Carolina University and must complete the following courses with a C or better: MATH 153, MATH 255, ENGL 101 and 202, CHEM 139, PHYS 230, EE 201, 202, 211, 221, 311, 312, 321, 322, 331, 351.

Additional Information

Visit the department’s website at to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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