Electrical Engineering Degree
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineering focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the electrical or computer engineering professions. Study this diverse field in the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from CTU. You can work to develop both a strong technical background as well as analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that are designed to help you contribute in professional environments. From small electronic devices and smartphones to supercomputers, you can work to prepare for various fields of electrical engineering and the high-tech industry.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program at the CTU Colorado Springs campus is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. https://www.abet.org/.
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program at the CTU Colorado Springs campus is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
- December 06, 2022
- January 17, 2023
- February 21, 2023
- Colorado Springs
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The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program is a 186-credit-hour program offered on the Colorado Springs campus. The program includes 69 credit hours of general education courses. It also includes 117 credit hours devoted to the electrical engineering core, which are designed to provide instruction in the design, development, and testing of electrical equipment from small embedded systems to supercomputers.
The program is designed to provide students with a strong technical background as well as the opportunity to develop analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that help them prepare to contribute as professionals to a variety of engineering roles. This may include working with equipment ranging from small electronic devices and smart phones to supercomputers, within the various fields of electrical engineering and the high-tech industry. The program emphasizes that graduates of Electrical Engineering will be committed to professional development and lifelong learning by engaging in professional or graduate education in order to stay current in their field and achieve continued professional growth.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Mission Statement
Through innovative industry-current curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, the College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology empowers students to become motivated, creative, ethical, and skillful professionals who can resolve challenges in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology in order to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Courses: General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CHE105
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, bonding types, reactions, equation and stoichiometry (a mathematical approach to solving problems involving chemical phenomena).
Introduction to Chemistry 5 COMS105This course explores the importance of effective interpersonal communication. This course covers: how interpersonal communication impacts an individual, how to recognize the different methods of communication and establishing and maintaining personal and professional relationships through effective communication. Interpersonal Communications 4.5 ECON210This course addresses the dynamics of how our economy works (or does not work). The course explores the basic institutions, terminology, and theory of the main economic activities of production, distribution, and consumption, especially as they apply to the operation of our national economy. Topics include savings and investment, national output, expenditure and income, real versus potential GDP, aggregate demand and supply, and fiscal and monetary policy. Students explore the impact of the economy on different economic sectors that affect different career paths. Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5 ENGL104ENGL104 is the first course in a sequence of two composition classes designed to empower students to develop their voice, build confidence in writing, and develop both their writing and critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice adapting their writing for different audiences, purposes, and platforms, and will be able to explore how the choices they make influence the meaning and success of their written communications. This course explores the use of the writing process to compose clear, organized writings that are appropriate for various audiences and purposes. This course introduces the importance of clear and persuasive writing in personal, professional, and academic contexts. Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105ENGL105 is the final course in the composition sequence and builds on the writing skills developed in ENGL104. In this course, students continue to practice writing for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. Throughout the course, students incorporate research into their writing by using digital tools and resources to identify and cite credible sources following CTU APA guidelines. Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101This course focuses on the key people, social experiments, and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America – a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future. Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH205MATH 205 begins with the concept of limits, including one-sided and limits involving infinity, and relates limits to the concept of continuity. The tangent line to a graph at a point leads to the definition of derivative and the rules of differentiation for both explicit and implicit functions, including polynomial, rational, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Applications of the derivative include related rates, curve sketching, optimization problems and l’Hôpital’s Rule. Basic rules for integration are introduced, including the method of substitution. The definite integral is then applied to finding the area under and between curves. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required. Differential Calculus 5 MATH207
The study of calculus is continued with the differentiation and integration of transcendental functions (exponential, logarithmic, inverse trigonometric, and hyperbolic). Applications of the definite integral include finding volumes of solids of revolution by the disk and shell methods, and the length of plane curves and surfaces of revolution. Integration techniques include integration by parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution, and use of tables and technology. Additional topics covered include improper integrals, and Taylor polynomials. The course concludes with an introduction to multivariable functions, partial derivatives, and double and triple integrals. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required.
Integral Calculus 5 MATH212This course studies problems that involve finite or discrete data sets. Logic and set notation form a foundation for creating structure in data storage and information retrieval. Tools used include truth tables, methods of proof, Venn diagrams, graphs, trees, paths, and matrices. Additional topics include defining formal languages and recognizing syntactically correct sentences. Additional techniques include automata, digraphs, state transition tables and context free grammars. Fundamentals of Discrete Mathematics 4 MATH304
This course is an introductory course in linear algebra that balances computation and theory. Topics include the solution of systems of linear equations using Gaussian and Gauss-Jordan elimination, matrices and determinants. Other topics covered are vector spaces, inner product spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors. Also introduced is the Gram-Schmidt orthonormalization process, and Least Squares and Fourier approximations. The course is divided between lecture and hands on work in a computer lab using a symbolic math software package.
Linear Algebra 4 PHIL101This course is designed to provide students a basic understanding of moral and ethical theories and concepts. The activities and discussions encourage students to explore and solve ethical dilemmas by identifying and applying moral and ethical theories. Students will also be encouraged to explain their reasoning from cultural, professional, and personal standpoints. A variety of ethical issues and methodologies will be explored, as students evaluate moral dilemmas in an assortment of work and life scenarios. Introduction to Ethics 4.5 PHY211This is a calculus-based physics course designed for science and engineering students. Topics include linear and angular motion, forces, momentum, work, energy, periodic motion and properties of materials. Physics I - Mechanics 5 PHY212This is a calculus-based physics course designed for science and engineering students. Topics include wave motion, sound, heat, thermodynamics, light, optics, and an introduction to the special theory of relativity. Physics II – Heat, Light and Sound 5 PSYC102Psychology is fundamental to every field in academic study. This course is designed to teach students a basic understanding of human behavior as well as emotional and cognitive development. Coursework incorporates terminology, principles, and foundational theories that comprise modern concepts of introductory psychology. This course is designed to teach students using practical, real-world application of course concepts within their professional, personal, and relational lives. Introductory Psychology 4.5 or SOCL102This course introduces students to the study of sociology and how it applies to careers, community, and family. Sociology examines the nature of society including the theories and principles of multi-cultural and social interactions. This course addresses how the concepts of social organization, social institutions, and social changes influence everyday life. Introductory Sociology 4.5 UNIV104UNIV104 is designed to provide students with a foundation for success in CTU’s undergraduate academic environment. This course introduces effective academic strategies and resources integrating them with career planning methods that can be leveraged to pursue future academic and professional goals. Academic and Career Success 4.5 or HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 69
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS104
This course covers the fundamental problem solving approaches that lead to solutions suitable for implementation with a computer programming language. Solutions will be implemented using the essential elements of a modern programming language. Students will also be introduced to the techniques of designing and documenting a problem solution.
Problem Solving Concepts With C++ 4 CS115
Students are introduced to the C++ programming language in this course. The course includes the basic concepts of both the structured programming and object-oriented programming models. Emphasis is on applying sound software engineering principles. Basic declarations and statements, control structures, data and program design, arrays, text strings, pointers, abstraction, classes and objects are covered. Students are required to complete several programs.
Programming With C++ 4 CS215
This course builds upon the fundamental topics covered in CS115. The focus is on the more powerful features of C++ including I/O formatting, file I/O, overloading, inheritance, polymorphism, templates and exceptions. A major emphasis is on object-oriented program design, construction and test. Students are required to complete numerous programs using these advanced features.
Intermediate C++ Programming 4 CSS150
This course provides the foundation for the study of computer system security. The course centers around the ten domains comprising the Information Security Common Body of Knowledge. Topics include access control systems, telecommunications and network security, cryptography, operations security and business continuity and disaster recovery planning. Students will be exposed to security management practices as well as security architecture and models security laws, investigations and ethics.
Introduction to Computer Security 4 EE110
This course provides the beginning engineer with fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the electrical or computer engineering professions. It will introduce common electronic components, basic circuit configurations, and laboratory instruments. Bench practices and lab reports will be introduced along with computer aided analysis.
Introduction to Engineering 4 EE221
This calculus-based course introduces analysis and relationships of voltage, current, resistance and power. Series, parallel and complex circuits are analyzed with Ohm’s Law. Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws and network theorems are studied. Laboratory circuit construction, tests and measurements are performed using the appropriate components and equipment. Circuit simulation tools used in industry are also introduced.
Circuit Analysis I 5 EE252
EE252 is an introduction to the analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital systems. Number systems, Boolean switching algebra and Karnaugh mapping are presented as basic tools used in the design of digital systems using SSI and MSI level components. Lab activity, using TTL ICs, emphasizes the design and analysis techniques presented in lectures.
Digital Design I 5 EE312
Embedded microcontroller development processes and tools are introduced. The hardware and software architecture of a contemporary off-the-shelf microcontroller is analyzed to determine its functional role as an embedded controller in the design of a digital system. An assembly language program development and simulation system introduces students to embedded system development environments.
Embedded Microcontrollers 5 EE331
This calculus-based course covers circuit analysis related to AC and transient signals. Resistance, reactance and impedance parameters are analyzed in series, parallel and complex circuits. Trigonometrics functions, AC network theorems, transformer and passive filter theories are applied. Laboratory circuit construction, test and measurements are performed using the appropriate components and equipment. Laboratory emphasis is placed on the knowledge and use of test and measurement instruments. Circuit simulation tools used in industry are employed.
Circuit Analysis II 5 EE335
The purpose of Advanced Engineering Math is to present and use mathematical techniques that provide alternative, simpler methods of solving engineering problems. This advanced applied math course investigates the areas of Vector Calculus (including gradient, divergence, and curl), Partial Differential Equations (including Separation of Variables), and Complex Analysis (including graphical representation with conformal mapping). Techniques are presented in the three most used coordinate systems: Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical.
Advanced Engineering Mathematics 5 EE343
This course provides fundamental analysis tools in preparation for the Communications System courses. Includes the classification of continuous-time and discrete-time signals and basic operations on these signals. Investigates the behavior of continuous and discrete-time systems by use convolution, differential and difference equations, block diagrams, and state-variable methods. Emphasizes Fourier analysis to characterize signals in the frequency domain and to determine linear time-invariant system frequency response.
Signals and Systems 4 EE352
A continuation of the study of digital system design emphasizing the use of programmable logic devices and modern design methods. Contemporary logic families are reviewed along with practical design limitations. Computer simulation tools are introduced in the design process.
Digital Design II 5 EE375
This course provides a foundational knowledge for analyzing and designing electronic circuits as well as an intuitive approach to the design process. Discrete components and circuits are analyzed and designed to develop an understanding of how these components and circuits have lead to the fabrication of integrated circuits (ICs). Computer aided circuit stimulation, as well as hands-on applications of analysis and design theory, validates theoretical concepts.
Electronic Design I 5 EE395
Single and multiple stage amplifiers are analyzed and modeled in terms of amplifier parameters such as gain, input and output impedances and frequency response. Lab projects require designing, constructing and demonstrating circuits to meet selected specifications and objectives. Lab projects must be satisfactorily completed to meet course requirements. Circuit performance is measured against the design objectives and specifications.
Electronic Design II 5 EE415
This course investigates the extended analysis of feedback effects in circuits as a basis for the design of amplifier systems, filters and analog systems. Designs are modeled and then implemented in the laboratory. Circuit performance is measured against the design objectives and specifications.
Advanced Electronic Design 5 EE443
This is an introductory course in communications theory emphasizing the correlation between signal information in the time domain and frequency domain. Basic signal filters are developed and applied. Basic principles of linear and angle modulation and demodulation are presented. Concepts of analog communication systems are introduced.
Communication Systems I 4 EE463
A continuation of basic communications theory and principles, emphasizing digital communications. Concepts in representing digital signals are studied along with techniques for digital modulation and multiplexing. Spread spectrum system fundamentals are introduced. Use of a contemporary software application for system modeling and simulation is expected. Student research on a contemporary communications system culminating with a professional paper and presentation is required.
Communications Systems II 4 EE486
This course explores global, economic, environmental, societal, and political issues that impact problem solutions. Students will be expected to consider the interaction of human issues and technology alternatives when deploying hardware and/or software solutions in differing environments and cultures.
Impact of Global Issues on Design 2 EE490
This is the first course of a two-course capstone design sequence that integrates students into product design teams comprising engineering, engineering technology and logistics students. Each team is given a conceptual problem to be solved by the creation of a new product. This practicum exposes the team to current product development methods and issues beyond functionality, such as human factors, safety, engineering economics, maintenance and manufacturing. Students completing EE490 are expected to take the follow-on course, EE491 in the next term.
Product Design I 4 EE491
This is the completion of a two-course series capstone, design sequence. Student enrolled in EE491 are expected to have completed EE490 in the previous term.
Product Design II 4 IT204This course serves as an introduction for students to acquire a foundation in current data communication and networking technologies. The course provides an introduction to the hardware, media, Ethernet, addressing, IP Configuration, components, and connections of a network. Network concepts such as network topologies, and major protocols, as well as the basic functions of network administration and operation are covered. Fundamentals of Networking 4 MATH302
In this course methods are studies to solve differential equations and then apply them to application problems. Solution methods of specific types of first order differential equations are followed by their application to growth and decay, heating and cooling, and voltage and current response to R-L and R-C circuits. Solution methods for solving higher order linear differential equations are followed by their application to predicting the motion of masses under free and damped conditions. Analogous electronic filter and control circuits are modeled and their time domain behavior is predicted, especially for sinusoidal inputs. The final technique studied is the use of Laplace transforms to solve linear equations, and their application to second order differential equations from simple circuits.
Differential Equations 5 MATH312An elementary coverage of statistical techniques is augmented at each step with the aid of technology for data processing and analysis in making inferences. Graphical presentation and statistical measures are studied, followed by basic probability concepts leading to binomial and normal distributions. Hypothesis testing is applied to drawing inferences for one and two population parameters. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required. Principles of Probability and Statistics 4 PHY340
This is an introductory electromagnetic fields course that covers Electro- and Magnetostatics, Maxwell’s equations, capacitance, inductance, dielectric and magnetic materials, and plane wave propagation. Concepts are applied to practical applications in transmission lines and antennas.
Electromagnetics 5 Select 12 credits of courses related to electrical engineering 12 Total Credit Hours: 117
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours Select 3 courses for a total of 12 credits from the list of Senior level EE elective coursesCourse 12
Total Credit Hours: 186
Accreditations and Alignments
The BSEE program at the CTU Colorado Springs campus is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
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BSEE Program Learning Outcomes (called Student Outcomes by ABET):
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
BSEE Program Educational Objectives:
The program educational objectives of the BSEE program are to produce graduates who, after acquiring industry experience:
- Are competent electrical Engineers who value system-level perspectives; provide technical expertise; engage in continuous learning and advanced education; apply theory, experimentation, and modern engineering tools; and validate systems and solutions.
- Lead the electrical engineering industry in their companies and society by serving as mentors, fostering effective teams, and identifying critical needs and concerns as the future evolves.
- Demonstrate ethical and responsible citizenship of a diverse global society.
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