2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BSEE, Concentration: Power and Energy Systems

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About the Program

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Essentially everything with anything electrical in it was designed and developed by electrical engineers. Through the application of physics, math, and programming, electrical engineers are the creative problem solvers that research, design, and develop electrical and electronic systems and components that control, monitor, energize, and communicate with everything around us. Examples range from space exploration, cell phones, and advanced medical diagnostic equipment, to hybrid and electric vehicles, manufacturing processes, robotics, and wind turbines. Areas of electrical engineering include: computers, microprocessors and embedded systems, control systems, communication systems, signal and image processing, microelectronics, biomedical devices, and power and energy systems. A career in electrical engineering opens up opportunities to solve problems in every area.

Today everything relies on a stable, reliable, environmentally clean, and cost-effective supply of electricity, and how that electricity is used. The Power and Energy Systems concentration provides the background for those interested in the electrical power industry, and for those who desire to use electricity to control and provide mechanical motion in robotics, electric vehicles, medical support devices, etc.

As an ABET-accredited engineering program, PNW’s program for the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering fulfills the educational requirements for PE licensure in Indiana and all states of the US

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for MA 16300, 16400, and 26100; PHYS 15200
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for all ECE courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (32 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for MA 16300, 16400 and 26100, as well as PHYS 15200; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for all ECE courses; Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 7 (16 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Senior Engineering Design I: Prerequisite Courses - ENGL 30700 and ECE 31200. Department permission required.

Note 2: Ethics for the Professions, PHIL 32400 - Please use section reserved for engineering students. PHIL 32100 is also allowed.

Continuing students cannot transfer in credit for a required ECE course without prior approval of the ECE faculty.

Students who do not receive a grade in a required ECE course that meets the minimum or better required for their plan of study in three attempts, including grades of W, will not be allowed to continue in Electrical or Computer Engineering programs.

Pass/No Pass Option is not available to students for engineering, math, and science courses.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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