Electrical Engineering & Physics

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Major Requirements

Double Major: Electrical Engineering & Physics

Degree Type: B.S.E.E.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 136

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specific by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Electrical Engineering Core Requirements
ECE 111Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 173Introduction to Computing *4
ECE 275Digital Design *4
ECE 311Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 320Electronics for Computer Engineers3
ECE 321Electronics for Electrical Engineers2
ECE 331Energy Conversion4
ECE 341Random Processes3
ECE 343Signals & Systems4
ECE 351Applied Electromagnetics4
ECE 376Embedded Systems4
ECE 401Design I1
ECE 403Design II2
ECE 405Design III3
ECE Electives
Select 6 credits of ECE 400 level electives (excluding 494 & 496).6
Physics Core Requirements
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics *1
PHYS 251University Physics I *4
PHYS 251LUniversity Physics I Laboratory *1
PHYS 251RUniversity Physics I Recitation *1
PHYS 252University Physics II *4
PHYS 252LUniversity Physics II Laboratory *1
PHYS 252RUniversity Physics II Recitation *1
PHYS 350Modern Physics *3
PHYS 355Classical Mechanics *3
PHYS 360Modern Physics II *3
PHYS 370Introduction to Computational Physics *3
PHYS 462Thermal and Statistical Physics *3
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I *3
Select one from the following: *3-4
Optics for Scientists & Engineers
and Optics for Scientists and Engineers Lab (or ECE 411 & ECE 411L))
Lasers for Scientists and Engineers
Elements of Photonics
Physics Electives: Select one from the following *3
Research For Undergraduates (2 credit minimum)
Condensed Matter Physics
Quantum Mechanics II
Senior Project II
MSUM Astronomy Courses (AST 300-400 level - with dept. permission)
Mathematics Courses Required
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *3
MATH 165Calculus I *4
MATH 166Calculus II *4
MATH 265Calculus III *4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations *3
Other Required Courses
EE 206Circuit Analysis I *4
ENGR 402Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility1
Select one upper division writing course from the following:3
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in the Technical Professions
Writing in the Sciences
Researching and Writing Grants and Proposal
Total Credits114-115

Degree Requirements and Notes:

  • A student must complete at least 60 semester credits of professional level course work in his/her program while in residence and enrolled in the College of Engineering.  Students transferring into the College of Engineering from programs with professional accreditation are exempt from this residency requirement but are subject to the residency requirement of NDSU. 
  • In order to graduate, an EE/PHYS student must have at least a 2.00 GPA in all required EE, ECE, and PHYS courses taken at NDSU.  Elective ECE and PHYS courses are not included in this GPA requirement.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer courses with grades less than a 'C' in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and any type of engineering class will not be accepted as a major in this program.
  • All Students: See footnote regarding a grade of 'C' required in identified courses.