Experience hands-on learning in the engineering method with a focus on automation and robotics, using the latest design and simulation software.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Engineering

Engineering (Electrical)

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Why pursue an electrical engineering degree at North Central College?

Our focus is on automation and robotics. Our themes are sustainability, access and enhancing the quality of life for all. Technology has the potential to address many societal issues. Engineers influence how new technology is created and applied. Electrical engineering students get hands-on learning in the engineering method, the latest engineering design and simulation software, making parts on 3D printers, programming in Python, computer circuits and architecture, FPGA design, sensors, actuators, embedded processors, power electronics and motors. If it’s electronic, you’ll know how it gets its information, how it’s programmed and what makes it respond. You’ll practice the same skills that you’ll use in your career: solving problems, working in teams, writing reports and making presentations. Activities include intercollegiate competitions, community engagement or independent studies.

You can also:

  • Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Study in the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and other sustainable technology.
  • Pursue your research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad program.
  • Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Learn more on The 21st Century Engineer blog

Coursework in this area includes:

  • Calculus
  • Differential equations & linear algebra
  • Computer science
  • Python
  • Classical physics
  • Modern physics
  • Basic electronics
  • Engineering design
  • Technical writing
  • Professional ethics
  • Engineering finance
  • Embedded processors
  • Electrical simulations
  • Applied statistics
  • Digital logic
  • Circuit analysis
  • Computer systems
  • Electromechanics
  • Analog and digital signals
  • Motors and actuators
  • Power electronics
  • Solid state physics
  • Electronic controls
  • FPGA design
  • Failure analysis
  • Independent projects

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Electrical Engineering offers a mix of circuit design, software development, communication systems and power electronics. Our graduates are well prepared for employment in a wide range of companies and research labs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Computer Science and Engineering.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 220 - Computer Organization and Design

    CSCE 220 - Computer Organization and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Basic computer architecture including combinational circuits, instruction sets, microprogramming, assembly language, I/O (devices, busses and interrupts) and memory systems and organization. Integrated laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 150 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering

    ELEC 150 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering

    4.00 credit hours

    Fundamental concepts of electrical circuits, components and measurement techniques. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 200 - Digital Logic I

    ELEC 200 - Digital Logic I

    4.00 credit hours

    Students learn to design digital logic building blocks and to create combinational and sequential logic circuits. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 250 - Circuit Analysis I

    ELEC 250 - Circuit Analysis I

    4.00 credit hours

    Basic circuit analysis, nodal and mesh, equivalent circuits, independent and dependent sources, power and multi-phase circuits. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGR 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 251 - Circuit Analysis II

    ELEC 251 - Circuit Analysis II

    4.00 credit hours

    Network analysis techniques of direct and alternating current theory. Transient forced and complete responses of circuits. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 280 - Microcontrollers

    ELEC 280 - Microcontrollers

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of microcontroller design and operation. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 330 - Motors and Actuators

    ELEC 330 - Motors and Actuators

    4.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of motor design and operation, electronic drives, encoders, linear actuators. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in ELEC 251.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 380 - Power Electronics

    ELEC 380 - Power Electronics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of high current and high voltage power supplies and circuit design. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 330.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 460 - Electronic Controls

    ELEC 460 - Electronic Controls

    4.00 credit hours

    Temperature controls, PWM motor control, industrial processes, photosensitive devices, opto coupling, timers and transducers. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 470 - FPGA Design

    ELEC 470 - FPGA Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to advanced design methodologies and practical design approaches for high-performance FPGA applications. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering

    ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering

    1.00 credit hours

    An overview of specific engineering majors, lab safety, competitions, internships, research, post-graduate opportunities and employment options. Examines the relevancy of a liberal arts foundation and how it relates to the field of engineering.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 110 - The Engineering Method

    ENGR 110 - The Engineering Method

    2.00 credit hours

    Methods and practices employed to develop, commercialize and distribute products and services dependent on engineering will be presented. Includes descriptions of the four major career paths available to engineers. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 120 - Engineering Calculations

    ENGR 120 - Engineering Calculations

    2.00 credit hours

    Develops the student's ability to use MATLAB to solve various engineering problems. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 450 - Capstone I

    ENGR 450 - Capstone I

    4.00 credit hours

    Independent research or design project.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 451 - Capstone II

    ENGR 451 - Capstone II

    4.00 credit hours

    Independent research or design project.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGR 450.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 480 - Failure Analysis

    ENGR 480 - Failure Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Case studies are analyzed to determine root cause for failed engineering materials and components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 263 or MECH 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

Required Support Courses

  • MATH 253 - Calculus III

    MATH 253 - Calculus III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of calculus with an emphasis on vectors, vector-valued and multiple-variable functions, partial derivatives, line and multiple integrals, vector analysis, Green's, divergence and Stokes' theorems.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 255 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

    MATH 255 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

    4.00 credit hours

    First and second order differential equations, systems of differential equations, matrix and vector algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 255 and either MATH 300 or MATH 315.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 253.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 263 - Physics III: Quantum Physics

    PHYS 263 - Physics III: Quantum Physics

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to quantum physics. Quantum phenomena, the Schrodinger equation, analysis of one-dimensional potentials, the hydrogen atom and the electronic structure of multi-electron atoms, spin-orbit coupling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 162; MATH 253 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 320 - Physics of Solids

    PHYS 320 - Physics of Solids

    2.00 credit hours

    Properties of crystalline solids. Crystal structure, reciprocal lattice, x-ray diffraction, electrical conduction, band theory, semiconductors and semiconductor devices. Other topics may include thermal properties, magnetic properties of solids.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151; PHYS 263 or CHEM 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Statistics course (minimum two credit hours)

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 152 - Calculus II

    MATH 152 - Calculus II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of single-variable calculus with emphasis on advanced integration techniques and applications, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and infinite series.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

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