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Electrical Engineering

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | ABOUT THE PROFESSION | TYPICAL B.S. COURSE SEQUENCE

Pictured is Associate Professor Gregg Johnson, Ph.D., in one of Point Park's electrical engineering labs. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs At Point Park, you'll learn from faculty members like Associate Professor Gregg Johnson, Ph.D., who has extensive work experience in the fields of electrical engineering, manufacturing and product development.  

An Electrical Engineering Program Offering Small Classes, Hands-On Experience

Point Park University's Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering combines rigorous theoretical study with practical, hands-on experience. Students thrive in an environment of challenging courses, caring and experienced faculty and small class sizes.

The program's innovative curriculum includes electrical engineering courses in the freshman year so that students can develop an early understanding of their chosen profession.  

Additionally, this distinctive program provides its graduates with outstanding preparation for professional practice, graduate school and engineering licensure.

Flexible Class Schedules, Convenient Downtown Pittsburgh Location

All courses in the electrical engineering program are available on an evening or weekend schedule, allowing working students to complete the four-year degree requirements without putting their careers on hold. Numerous day courses, including the core curriculum, are available to serve the needs of traditional students as well.

Point Park's central location in Downtown Pittsburgh makes the program ideal for both residential and commuter students. With the University’s long-standing commitment to career preparation in the context of a liberal arts education, all students have the opportunity to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Electrical Engineering Degree Requirements

Students in the electrical engineering program gain a solid theoretical foundation of mathematics and science as the basis for their study of required technical courses in electric circuits, analog and digital electronics, linear systems and electrical power. Additional breadth and depth are provided through advanced technical elective courses that allow upper-level students to specialize in two or more of the following areas: 

  • Electromagnetics
  • Electrical power and power electronics
  • Control systems
  • Digital electronics and digital signal processing
  • Communications

All electrical engineering courses in this 131-credit program comprise both a lecture and a laboratory component. Extensive hands-on experience in laboratories equipped to industry standards ensures that graduates of the program are intimately familiar with current technical practices and are able to apply theory to real-world situations.

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the degree requirements and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general university admission criteria, applicants must meet the following program-specific requirements:

  • Mathematics courses: A minimum of three years (three units) of college preparatory mathematics in high school, including geometry, algebra and trigonometry and providing sufficient background for the study of a first course in calculus or a minimum of five semester credits of course work in college-level algebra and trigonometry, providing sufficient background for the study of a first course in calculus.

  • Natural science courses: A minimum of one year (one unit) of college preparatory physics or chemistry in high school or a minimum of six semester credits of introductory, algebra-based college-level physics or chemistry.

  • Grades: An average of B or better in the mathematics courses specified above and an average of B or better in the natural science courses specified above.

Students who are not prepared to take Calculus I during their first term can still be admitted upon review by the electrical engineering faculty with the understanding that they will need to take College Algebra (MATH 180) and Trigonometry (MATH 185) during their first year. 

Building Professional Ties Through Real-World Projects

The electrical engineering program at Point Park culminates in a two-course senior design experience in which students form interdisciplinary teams to propose, build and document real-world engineering projects ranging from software applications to solar arrays.

Many of these projects are sponsored by local engineering firms such as Eaton and GAI Consultants, lending a high level of accountability and realism to the experience and helping students to build professional ties to potential employers.

Transfer Credit

Subject to the review of the faculty, incoming transfer students may receive credit toward their degree for comparable course work taken at other institutions prior to matriculation at Point Park. Agreements with other local institutions also allow current Point Park students to register for courses that are offered elsewhere in the Pittsburgh area, giving them the opportunity to pursue subjects not taught on campus during a particular term.  

Career Opportunities

Electrical engineers are among the most prolific, versatile and respected practitioners in the modern workplace, and a degree in electrical engineering is among the most highly valued of all professional credentials. This degree prepares graduates to work productively throughout the engineering enterprise and to further their education in master’s and doctoral programs. It also provides graduates with excellent preparation for the study of law, medicine, business and other professions that demand both creativity and mathematically-based analytical skills.

Electrical engineers assume a wide variety of positions in research, design, test, sales and support anywhere electricity is put to work for the good of society. Typical areas of practice include electrical power, computers, electronics and communications in environments ranging from tiny start-up firms to multinational corporations and government agencies.

Learn more about the electrical engineering profession.

Accreditation

Point Park University's Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering has been designed in full compliance with the criteria of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). The program is not yet accredited by ABET because this organization does not accredit new programs until they produce graduates.

The faculty at Point Park intend for the electrical engineering program to produce its first graduates in May 2019 and expect to receive accreditation in July 2020. This accreditation, once granted, will be applied retroactively by ABET for up to two years to ensure that all graduates hold a degree from an accredited program.