Bachelor Electrical Engineering


Program Description

As an electrical engineering major in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field. You’ll take courses on electronics, control systems, microprocessors, and electric power. If you are interested in a particular area – like communications, power systems or advanced electronics – you can choose from a variety of upper-level elective courses in these areas.

Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. However, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors and fellow students in the college will become your friends and family. You will have the opportunity to connect with ONU alumni and they will help you succeed and open doors for you.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s designing the next-generation smartphone, managing projects for a major energy corporation, building robotic systems or even launching your own company!


Mighty Mouse A-Mazes

A mouse, a maze, a race to the center. At the Micromouse Competition – sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – students design, construct and program an autonomous robotic mouse to compete with other mice in finding the center of a maze within the least amount of time. Held once a year, the competition pits ONU’s team against teams from other engineering schools across the region. In case you’re wondering, the Polar Bears usually capture one of the top competition awards.

The Ultimate Learning Environment

We are overjoyed to open the brand new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building this fall. The 105,000-square-foot facility is able to accommodate 600 students and includes more than 10,000 square feet of a large-scale project and design space for capstone projects, competitive design projects, and other direct industry engagement. Further, it provides flexible space that can be adjusted to various projects and features more than 2,000 square feet for research labs that can exist on their own or can be combined into larger spaces for bigger projects.

Get A High-Impact Head Start

We boast a 100 percent placement rate for students in co-op employment opportunities, which begin in the second semester of the junior year and continue for one year. Our computer engineering students co-op at well-known companies like RoviSys, Battelle, IBM, Timken, Rockwell Automation, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Computer engineering had a 100 percent placement rate for graduates six months after graduation in recent years.


Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the electrical engineering program are expected to attain the following attributes:

  • Success in their chosen career.
  • Engagement in continuing professional development.
  • Effectiveness in communicating with those both inside and outside of electrical engineering.
  • A predisposition toward practicing the professional, ethical and moral responsibilities of electrical engineers.
  • Readiness to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities.

Student Outcomes: By the time of graduation, students majoring in electrical engineering will have:

  • 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Accreditation: The degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Student Organizations

In the College of Engineering, we have a variety of active and award-winning student organizations. Through participation in one or more of these groups, you’ll have the opportunity to network, be a leader, make lifelong friends, gain knowledge about your chosen profession, volunteer, travel to regional and national conferences, and more.

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

This group represents the study body of the College of Engineering. Members work closely with the dean of the College of Engineering, the faculty and our student organizations. Its purpose is to cultivate greater cooperation and communication between all groups.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE)

This international, nonprofit professional organization is devoted to the advancement of technology and education related to electricity. IEEE hosts the Micromouse competition every year.

Polar Robotics Club

This group of students designs and builds multiple robotic football players (quarterbacks, centers, linemen, running backs, wide receivers and a kicker) to compete in an annual robotics football match up against undergraduate engineering students from the University of Notre Dame.

Innovators of Ohio Northern (ION)

This new group is for innovative students interested in physical space and design. The group’s focus is on improving the physical environments in which students learn on campus.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

This professional organization is open to male and female engineers who are dedicated to making known the need for more female engineers and for encouraging young women to consider majoring in engineering. ONU’s chapter provides support for its female students and hosts social activities.

Tau Beta Pi

This national honorary engineering association is for juniors who are in the upper 12.5 percent of their class and seniors who are in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Phi Sigma Rho

This group is a social sorority for women in engineering or engineering technology. Sisters develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Theta Tau

Theta Tau is the oldest, largest and foremost coed fraternity for engineers. ONU’s chapter helps members develop and maintain a high standard of professionalism while forming lasting friendships. All engineering majors are encouraged to join.


You’ll need 128 credit hours to earn your Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue a minor of your choice or a concentration in advanced energy or robotics that will align with your interests and passions.


Think Success

Courtney Hetrick BSEE ’13

“One might think that all of this makes me look like a super-nerd, always busy with my studies,” she says. “but I still found time to rollerblade the green monster, play intramural volleyball, and grab pizza with friends.” Today, Courtney is a hardware design engineer at Rockwell automation working on printed circuit board assemblies for industrial drive systems. “I love that I actually use math and calculations. I love having the power to make my own creative design choices. I love the visual layout and routing process of seeing hardware come to life. And I love being in the lab and testing out my designs,” she says. “electrical engineering offers countless opportunities, and there is a great need for creative, smart young people who want to design the future.”

Courtney Hetrick, 2013 electrical engineering graduate, got the most out of her ONU experience. She worked with professors on two different research projects – even presenting a biomedical research paper in Vancouver, Canada, during the ASEE national conference. She interned at Battelle and GE Healthcare – working on two cool projects related to diabetic insulin pens and large x-ray magnets. She actively participated in IEEE and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. And, her excellent academic record earned her the honor of 2013 class salutatorian.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less