2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BSEE, Concentration: Mechatronics

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About the Program

Apply Now 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. Some 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.

Mechatronics represents a combination of electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer engineering with an emphasis on the electrical and computer side of engineering.  It is particularly suited for those interested in fields involving the control and operation of anything requiring motion, such as robotics, automation, electric vehicles, and medical assist devices.

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)

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. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

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.

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.

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


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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