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2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

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Contact Information

Magesh T. Rajan
Deparment Head and Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering/Physics 311
(605) 394-1219
E-mail: Magesh.Rajan@sdsmt.edu 

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Professors Sohraby and Whites; Associate Professors Hoover, Montoya, Tolle, and Anagnostou; Assistant Professor Zhao; Instructors Linde and Rausch; Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer Batchelder; Professors Emeritus Cox, McNeil, Meiners, Opp, Simonson and Oliver.

Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering curriculum prepares students for life-long careers by providing them with the engineering and technical education appropriate to meet modern technological challenges. The basic curriculum includes required coursework in mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, and fundamental engineering topics in circuit analysis, electronics, electrical systems, electromagnetics, energy and control systems, and properties of materials. Electrical engineering students are required to select a number of senior elective courses from a wide variety of subject areas to fit their particular interests. Elective subject areas include communication systems, power systems, control systems, microwave engineering, antenna engineering, and computer systems.

The bachelor of science program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone +1.410.347.7700.


The mission of the electrical engineering program, in support of the mission of School of Mines, is to provide electrical engineering students with education that is broadly based in the fundamentals of the profession so that graduates will be able to maintain a high degree of adaptability throughout their professional careers. It is also intended that the students will develop a dedication to the profession, assume leadership roles, and an ability to maintain professional competency through a program of lifelong learning.


  1. Graduates will be able to successfully practice electrical engineering and related fields regionally, nationally, and globally.
  2. Graduates will be well-educated in the fundamental and applied concepts of electrical engineering and be able to continue their professional development throughout their careers.
  3. Graduates will be skilled in clear communications and teamwork and capable of functioning responsibly and ethically in diverse environments.
  4. Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate leadership in outreach, innovation and invention.

Program Strengths

A two-semester capstone design experience requires electrical engineering students to conduct their own design project in a simulated industrial environment. They are encouraged to work on team projects and often the team projects are multidisciplinary. This foundation provides students with a broad base of understanding that allows them to apply their knowledge of scientific and engineering principles to the practical and innovative solutions of existing and future problems.

Students are required to develop a high level of written and oral communication skills and to work well as members of a team. They must develop a social and ethical awareness so they understand their responsibility to protect both occupational and public health and safety and to implement these factors in their professional activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of professional societies, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to enhance their educational and social life while on campus and to gain professional contacts for their careers. Students have opportunities to participate in cooperative education and summer intern programs whereby they elect to seek employment to experience engineering work before they complete their degree requirements. Students gain insight into future opportunities and are often hired by their intern companies after graduation.

Integration of Design Concepts

One of the key elements of the undergraduate electrical engineering education experience is to integrate design throughout the curriculum. Students experience various design concepts in a variety of settings:

  • Hands-on laboratory projects (including team projects);
  • Effective integration of computer applications;  
  • Senior elective courses;
  • Senior capstone experience; and
  • Participation in competitive team projects such as the Robotics Team, the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Team, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team, Lunar Regolith Mining, and the Formula SAE Mini-Indy Team.

Graduate School Opportunities

The undergraduate curriculum is broadly based to give graduates flexibility in their career paths. Qualified students may study areas of interest in more depth and specialize further by pursuing a graduate program at the School of Mines.

Undergraduate students with strong interest and background in Electrical Engineering may choose to apply for the accelerated BS/MS in Electrical Engineering at the beginning of their junior year.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum/Checklist

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

The Electrical Engineering program utilizes the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam taken by students prior to graduation for program assessment.

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Total: 18

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

  • Credits: (0-2) 2
  • 2EE Electrical Engineering Senior Elective  Credits: 3
  • 4Technical Elective  Credits: 3
  • Humanities or Social Sciences Elective(s)  Credits: 3
Choose 4 Credits From Either:

Total: 15

130 credits required for graduation

Curriculum Notes

1 Students must choose to take 4 credits from either CENG 447/447L/547/547L Credits: (3-1) 4  or ME 211 Credits: (3-0) 3  plus one credit free elective.

2 Eleven electrical engineering senior elective credits required.

3 A free elective is any college level course 100 level or above that is acceptable toward an engineering or science degree. Military science courses, 100 level and above, apply as free electives only; substitution for departmental, technical, humanities, or social science electives is not permitted.

4 A technical elective is any science or engineering course 200 level or above that does not duplicate the content of any other course required for graduation. Co-op credits may be used for technical elective credit. A maximum of 6 co-op credits may be used for the EE degree.

* EE students are required to take the three credit version.  They may take the four credit version at their own discretion.

EE Senior Electives

Any regular CENG, CSC, or EE 4xx, dual-listed 5xx, or 6xx course may be used toward the EE senior electives requirement with the exceptions of CENG 464 /CSC 464 /EE 464 , CENG 465 /CSC 465 /EE 465 , CENG 447/447L/547/547L  (if used in place of ME 211 ), and EE 505/505L .  A maximum of four (4) co-op credits, CENG/CSC/EE 491/591/691, CENG/CSC/EE 492/592/692, and/or CENG/CSC/EE 498 may be used toward the EE senior electives requirement if a written request presented by the student is approved by the ECE faculty.  The student request must justify that the EE design requirement is met.  Additional courses approved toward the EE senior electives requirement are listed below.

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