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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

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Electrical Engineering

The program in electrical engineering systematically builds upon the knowledge acquired in basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences to provide the students a broad base in the various areas of electrical engineering. The program also offers a concentration in Computer Engineering under the B.S.E.E. degree. The program offers courses in electrical circuits, linear systems, computer programming, electronics, control systems, energy conversion, power systems, electromagnetic theory, communication systems, digital logic design, software engineering, computer structures and microprocessors.

The students may further specialize in one among the areas of control systems, communication systems, power systems, or computer engineering through a choice of technical electives.

The educational objectives of the program are as follows:

The goal of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee State University is to offer a high quality, broad-based program in electrical engineering, complemented by basic and applied research and public service to prepare its graduates for starting positions in industry, government and/or pursue graduate study in related fields. The Program Educational Objectives (PEO) of the Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program define the characteristics of most of its graduates about 4-6 years after graduation:

  1. To systematically delineate and solve electrical and computer engineering problems.
  2. To apply fundamental engineering principles to development, analysis and design of electrical and computer systems, subsystems and components or pursue graduate studies.
  3. To function as educated members of a global society, with awareness of the contemporary issues, professional responsibility, ethics, impact of technology on society, and the need for lifelong learning.
  4. To function as members of multidisciplinary teams, and to communicate effectively using available modern tools.

The outcomes of the program require that the graduating student demonstrate the following:

  1. an ability to systematically apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering sciences to solve problems
  2. an ability to plan, design, and conduct engineering experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data and report results
  3. an ability to systematically identify, formulate, design and demonstrate electrical engineering systems, subsystems, components and/or processes that meet desired performance, cost, time and safety requirements
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering and electrical engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate technical information through professional quality reports, oral presentations and interaction with audience
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use modern techniques, skills and tools including computer based tools for analysis and design

Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. It is a decision making process (often iterative). The fundamental elements of the design process are the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, construction, testing and evaluation and should include a variety of realistic constraints, such as economic factors, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics and social impact.

Engineering design experience is integrated throughout the curriculum, starting with definition of engineering and engineering design in ENGR 1020 - Freshman Engineering Seminar 1(1,0)  in the freshman year. Design experience continues in the sophomore year with ENGR 2250 - Transport Phenomena 3(3,0)  and ENGR 2110 - Statics 3(3,0)  courses. In the junior year, design process and methodology are covered in a required ENGR 3200 - Introduction to Design 3(3,0)  course that covers development of specifications, realistic constraints and consideration of alternate feasible solutions leading to design projects. During junior and senior years, design experiences are continued through required design projects in EECE 2120 - Circuits II (3) , EECE 3100 - Design of Digital Logic System (3)  EECE 3101 - Design of Digital Logic Systems Lab (1) , EECE 3300 - Electronics (3)  EECE 3301 - Electronics Lab (1) , EECE 3410 - Energy Conversion (3)  EECE 3420 - Power Systems (3) , EECE 4000 - Control Systems I (3)  EECE 4001 - Control Systems Laboratory (1) , EECE 3500 - Communication Systems (3) , EECE 4300 - Digital Computer Structures (3) , EECE 4310 - Software Engineering (3) , EECE 4800 - Introduction to Microprocessors (3)  and group design projects in EECE 4101 - Electrical Systems Design Lab (1)  (100% design) courses. These design experiences lead to a culminating major, meaningful design experience in a required two semester sequence of program specific ENGR 4500 - Capstone Design Project I 1(1,0)  ENGR 4510 - Capstone Design Project II 1(1,0)  courses in the senior year. Students’ communication skills are also developed through required written reports in laboratory courses, design project reports, formal oral presentation and bound written report for ENGR 4510 - Capstone Design Project II 1(1,0)  course.

The B.S. degree program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET),

The undergraduate program enrollment and the number of graduate over the past five years are:

Enrollment and Degrees Awarded
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fall 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Enrollment 137 120 116 146 229
Degrees Awarded 9 12 9 8  

Departmental Requirements for Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering 128 Semester Hours

Suggested Four Year Plan:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


  1. Technical and design electives must be chosen from the following courses with approval from advisor. (EECE 3330 , EECE 3430 , EECE 4020 , EECE 4100 , EECE 4150 , EECE 4300 , EECE 4310 , EECE 4350 , EECE 4360 , EECE 4361 , EECE 4410 , EECE 4600 , EECE 4800 )
  2. Social Science and Humanities Electives must be chosen from an approved list of general education courses.
  3. Students must take ENGR 4201 - Engineering-in-Training 0(0,5) /FE Review Laboratory course and pass it with satisfactory grade. They are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination with the consent of the department chair.
  4. Students must provide proof of practicum experience of a minimum of continuous eight (8) weeks.
  5. Students must also take the ETS examination in the Final year.

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