Bachelor in Electrical Engineering


Program Description

Why pursue an electrical engineering degree at North Central College?

Our focus is on automation and robotics. Our themes are sustainability, access and enhancing the quality of life for all. Technology has the potential to address many societal issues. Engineers influence how new technology is created and applied. Electrical engineering students get hands-on learning in the engineering method, the latest engineering design and simulation software, making parts on 3D printers, programming in Python, computer circuits and architecture, FPGA design, sensors, actuators, embedded processors, power electronics and motors. If it’s electronic, you’ll know how it gets its information, how it’s programmed and what makes it respond. You’ll practice the same skills that you’ll use in your career: solving problems, working in teams, writing reports and making presentations. Activities include intercollegiate competitions, community engagement or independent studies.

You can also:

  • Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Study in the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and other sustainable technology.
  • Pursue your research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad program.
  • Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.


Coursework in this area includes:
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations & linear algebra
  • Computer science
  • Python
  • Classical physics
  • Modern physics
  • Basic electronics
  • Engineering design
  • Technical writing
  • Professional ethics
  • Engineering finance
  • Embedded processors
  • Electrical simulations
  • Applied statistics
  • Digital logic
  • Circuit analysis
  • Computer systems
  • Electromechanics
  • Analog and digital signals
  • Motors and actuators
  • Power electronics
  • Solid state physics
  • Electronic controls
  • FPGA design
  • Failure analysis
  • Independent projects

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Electrical Engineering offers a mix of circuit design, software development, communication systems and power electronics. Our graduates are well prepared for employment in a wide range of companies and research labs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Computer Science and Engineering.

Core Courses
  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CSCE 220 - Computer Organization and Design
  • ELEC 150 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • ELEC 200 - Digital Logic I
  • ELEC 250 - Circuit Analysis I
  • ELEC 251 - Circuit Analysis II
  • ELEC 280 - Microcontrollers
  • ELEC 330 - Motors and Actuators
  • ELEC 380 - Power Electronics
  • ELEC 460 - Electronic Controls
  • ELEC 470 - FPGA Design
  • ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 110 - The Engineering Method
  • ENGR 120 - Engineering Calculations
  • ENGR 450 - Capstone I
  • ENGR 451 - Capstone II
  • ENGR 480 - Failure Analysis

Invest in your future

Choosing the right college is a big decision. Don’t make it alone. North Central’s admission and financial aid team is here to help you design a financial aid solution that works best for you and your family.

Merit scholarships, grants, loans, campus employment - these are just some of the resources available to you. Over 95 percent of students and 100 percent of all eligible students receive aid. Let our team partner with you in finding the best value for your education.

Admission Timeline

North Central makes admission decisions on a rolling basis starting on October 1 for the next academic year. While there is no set deadline, we recommend the following priority deadlines for full consideration and to allow time for visa processing:

  • May 1 - for the semester beginning in August
  • October 1 - for the semester beginning in January.

Our academic calendar will have two semesters starting in August 2020, and you can start your program in August or January. Most new students begin in August.

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Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts educat ... Read More

Founded in 1861 and home to 2900 students, North Central offers a safe, affordable, hands-on, campus-based American university experience in a terrific location. Our career-focused liberal arts education - with particular strengths in business, global studies, and STEM fields - offers critical thinking and communication skills, deep subject knowledge, and life skills learned in small, faculty-taught classes and practical experiences in Naperville/Chicago, Illinois. A Bachelor’s degree from North Central is your first step to a challenging, fulfilling career. Read less