Jun 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

Electrical Engineering, BS Major in


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission(s) of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Professor Kwong, Program Director

This program is intended for students who wish intensive study at the undergraduate level to develop proficiency in the field of electrical engineering. The curriculum provides a broad foundation in engineering, mathematics, physics, and liberal arts. The broad range of Hofstra University resources in the humanities and social sciences make the liberal arts component especially enlightening.

They will develop design skills progressively, beginning with their first courses in circuit analysis and digital circuits, and will apply their accumulating knowledge to practical problems throughout the curriculum. This process culminates in the capstone design course, which complements the analytical part of the curriculum.

Candidates for graduation with a BS degree in electrical engineering must fulfill the following requirements:

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 133


1. The Successful Completion of 133 Semester Hours


The successful completion of 133 s.h. in Electrical Engineering and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.

2. Liberal Arts


At least 68 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts, with at least 48 of these semester hours taken outside of engineering.

3. Residence Requirements


There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30 semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General and Major Requirements


The general and major requirements as listed under the program below. Courses may not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. Transfer credit will only count toward the major for engineering courses completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Notes


This program is intended for students who wish intensive study at the undergraduate level to develop proficiency in the field of electrical engineering. The curriculum provides a broad foundation in engineering, mathematics, physics and liberal arts. The broad range of Hofstra University resources in the humanities and social sciences make the liberal arts component especially enlightening.

They will develop design skills progressively, beginning with their first courses in circuit analysis and digital circuits and will apply their accumulating knowledge to practical problems throughout the curriculum. This process culminates in the capstone design course, which complements the analytical part of the curriculum.

Program Educational Objectives


Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the BSEE program will accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Apply their electrical engineering education to become successful professionally. 
  2. Employ their broad education background to continue to develop intellectually and benefit society. 
  3. Respond effectively to the challenges of the business environment.  

Student Outcomes

Electrical engineering graduates will exhibit a range of knowledge, abilities, and behaviors prepared to enter and become successful members of the engineering community.  These include:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics 
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives 
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions 
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

In addition to fulfilling the degree requirements listed above, the following courses must be successfully completed: WSC 001  or placement examination* and WSC 002 ; 3 hours in literature, literature in translation or comparative literature (chosen from Distribution Courses  designated LT); 3 hours in behavioral social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated BH); 3 hours in history, philosophy, religion in social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated HP), and 6 hours in humanities or social sciences. Students transferring in with previous social science/humanities credits may use them in place of distribution requirements in the same category as the transferred credits.

Courses


Cumulative Average


A cumulative average of C or better is required in the following courses, while a cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses.

Notes


*If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, three (3) s.h. in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with the adviser’s approval.

**With the adviser’s approval. 

Computer Option


The computer option in the electrical engineering program at Hofstra is an interdisciplinary field applying principles and concepts in electrical engineering and computer science to the design of computers and digital systems.  The objective of the program is to provide an integrated knowledge of the organization and operation of various classes of digital devices and systems and the interrelations between the physical hardware and the system software.  Therefore, the program offers courses in electronics, logical design, computer architecture, switching theory, data structures, microprocessor systems, operating systems, and assembly language programming, among others.  A capstone design course on digital systems and a group project requiring the design of a hardware/software system are part of the curriculum. 

Students graduating with this degree may pursue career opportunities in industry, government, private research institutions, or may continue their formal education in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or other computer related disciplines.

Students majoring in electrical engineering are eligible to declare this option.  

Courses


Cumulative Average


A cumulative average of C or better is required in the following courses, while a cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses.