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ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BSEE

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program provides a foundation in mathematics, sciences, and engineering. Additional coursework provides a broad Electrical Engineering foundation and depth in various areas of Electrical Engineering including communications, analog/digital electronics, control theory, computers, and digital 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 The Rapid Center.  BSEE graduates contribute to technological advancements in society and pursue wide ranges of technical and/or managerial careers in both private and public sectors.

Courses in the degree program are offered in Cullowhee. Graduates of the program will:

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

Total number of hours for the program: 126


The Electrical Engineering, BSEE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.


Liberal Studies Hours (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 must be aware 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.

Major Requirements

The major requires 96 credit hours, which includes 61 in the Electrical Engineering Core, 32 in the Math/Science Core, and 3 in the Technical Elective Core. 12 credit hours in the major also meet the Liberal Studies requirements (ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 230).

Entering students who declare the Electrical Engineering major will be admitted to the program. (However, if a student cannot be placed into Calculus I - MATH 153 or above, the student may require more than eight semesters to graduate.) To continue in the major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be making satisfactory progress towards their degree. Exceptions will be considered by the school on a case-by-case basis.

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 grade of C or better: MATH 153, MATH 255, ENGL 101 and 202, CHEM 139, PHYS 230, EE 201, EE 202, EE 211, EE 221, EE 311, EE 312, EE 321, EE 322, EE 331, EE 351.


Technical Elective

Any 3 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 3 credit hour 400-level PHYS course can also count as a Technical elective. Other technical courses may be available with School permission.

Additional Information

Visit the school’s website to view the 8-semester curriculum guide at set.wcu.edu.


The Electrical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.