University Catalog 2024-2025

Engineering (BS): Electrical Engineering Systems Concentration

The Electrical Engineering Systems concentration offers a solid foundation in electrical engineering principles, including electrical/electronic devices and circuits, computer hardware and software, electromagnetics, electrical power systems, control systems, communications and signal processing, and the design and analysis of digital/analog electronic systems. Electrical engineering courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty from the Raleigh campus.

On-site NC State faculty teach the systems engineering content, conduct all laboratory experiences, and direct students in the two-semester capstone design experience where they are partnered with an industry sponsor to design a solution to a real-world problem. Hands-on laboratory exercises and design-build projects each semester allow students to explore and experience theoretical concepts learned in their courses and practice important modern skills such as manual and computerized measurement techniques, data acquisition and analysis, troubleshooting, design of experiments, and technical communication.

Training in formal systems engineering prepares students to understand and work through the broad, complex issues involved with integrated systems. Training in electrical engineering equips students with the skills and confidence required to understand and solve detailed technical problems. Students with this unique combination of skills are well-prepared to meet both the technical and non-technical challenges of today’s engineering workplace.


Plan Requirements

College Requirements
E 101Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving1
EC 205Fundamentals of Economics3
or EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
or ARE 201 Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
MA 141
MA 241
MA 242
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
MA 305Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices3
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
ECE 109Introduction to Computer Systems3
ECE 211Electric Circuits4
ECE 200Introduction to Signals, Circuits and Systems4
ECE 209Computer Systems Programming3
ECE 212Fundamentals of Logic Design3
ECE 220Analytical Foundations of Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 301Linear Systems3
ECE 302Microelectronics4
ECE 303Electromagnetic Fields3
Select 2 ECE Foundation Electives6
Select 2 ECE Electives6
Select 1 of the following:3
MES 200Introduction to Engineering Systems2
MES 201Engineering Systems Lab 12
MES 300Systems Engineering3
MES 301Engineering Systems Junior Design Lab2
MES 304Electrical Engineering Systems Lab 12
MES 401MES Capstone Design I3
MES 403MES Capstone Design II3
MES 404Electrical Engineering Systems Lab 22
Other Major
GC 120Foundations of Graphics3
ENG 331Communication for Engineering and Technology3
Engineering Ethics:3
Issues in Business Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
GEP Courses
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
GEP Humanities3
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives5
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
World Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours124

ECE Foundation Elective List

ECE 305Principles of Electromechanical Energy Conversion3
ECE 306Introduction to Embedded Systems3
ECE 308Elements of Control Systems3
ECE 310Design of Complex Digital Systems3

 ECE Elective List

ECE 403Electronics Engineering3
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networking3
ECE 434Fundamentals of Power Electronics3
ECE 436Digital Control Systems3
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory 2
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 1 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
MA 141 Calculus I 2 4
GC 120 Foundations of Graphics 3
Spring Semester
MA 241 Calculus II 2 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 2
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1** 1
EC 205 Fundamentals of Economics 3
Select One of The Following 3
Issues in Business Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
Second Year
Fall Semester
GEP Humanities 3
ECE 200 Introduction to Signals, Circuits and Systems 1 4
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
MES 200 Introduction to Engineering Systems 2
Spring Semester
ECE 109 Introduction to Computer Systems 1 3
ECE 211 Electric Circuits 1 4
ECE 220 Analytical Foundations of Electrical and Computer Engineering 1 3
MES 201 Engineering Systems Lab 1 2
MA 305 Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
ECE 209 Computer Systems Programming 3
ECE 301 Linear Systems 3
ECE 302 Microelectronics 4
MES 301 Engineering Systems Junior Design Lab 2
ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology 3
Spring Semester
MES 300 Systems Engineering 3
ECE 212 Fundamentals of Logic Design 3
ECE Foundation Elective 3
MES 304 Electrical Engineering Systems Lab 1 2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MES 401 MES Capstone Design I 3
ECE 303 Electromagnetic Fields 3
ECE Elective 3
ECE Foundation Elective 3
MES 404 Electrical Engineering Systems Lab 2 2
GEP Social Sciences 3
Spring Semester
MES 403 MES Capstone Design II 3
ECE Elective 3
Select One of The Following 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2-3
 Total Hours124

A grade of C- or higher is required.


A grade of C (2.0) or higher is required.

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