Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Northern Illinois University

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Northern Illinois University

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a B.S. degree in electrical engineering which will equip students with basic competence and job skills needed to design, develop, and operate systems which generate and use electronic signals. These technologies include machinery, electronics, communications, and computers.

As a profession, electrical engineering demands the individual to work with others in supporting disciplines to achieve common goals. Design is central to the profession and is integrated throughout the curriculum. The design experience is supported by concepts related to reliability, maintainability, and product value. The student is encouraged to approach central technical issues with an increased awareness of logistical, ethical, and social implications. Respect for the safety of persons and property is integral to the electrical engineering curriculum.

Emphasis 1: Electrical and Computer Engineering

This emphasis is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science courses. Computer engineering provides students with additional training in the areas of software design and hardware-software integration. Common computer engineering tasks include writing embedded software for real-time microcontrollers, designing VLSI chips, working with analog sensors, designing mixed signal circuit boards and designing operation systems.

Emphasis 2: Biomedical Engineering

This emphasis involved the application of engineering principles and techniques within the medical fields. biomedical engineers in the job market are working closely with physicians to help improve patient care and the quality of life for healthy individuals. Biomedical engineers develop and manufacture biocompatible prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices and imaging equipment, such as MRIs and EEGs, and create pharmaceutical drugs. Students in the biomedical engineering emphasis follow a program similar to the electrical and computer engineering emphasis, except some required engineering courses are replaced with chemistry and biology courses.

  • Track 1: Biomedical Engineering
  • Track 2: Pre-Professional Program (pre-medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry)


The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to join the university in its commitment to the transmission, expansion, and application of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. In this commitment, the department features close interaction with area industries and fosters an ongoing exchange of ideas to benefit its students, alumni, and the community at large.

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

As individuals or as members of teams, our graduates will have: A solid background in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals that make it possible to acquire and use contemporary knowledge and tools to practice electrical engineering, in a professional and ethical way, as well as to succeed in graduate education. The ability to develop problem-solving skills to design and build systems and to communicate, orally and in writing, with others from inside and outside the profession.

Program Learning Outcomes

The electrical engineering program is designed to provide our graduates with the:

  • Ability to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
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Last updated February 4, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
4 years
Full time
USA - DeKalb, Illinois
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