Solve problems and make the world better. With a degree from CMU in electrical engineering, you'll be able to take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities and apply the knowledge you've learned from class. You will work alongside electrical engineering professors who conduct research in areas such as circuits, systems exploration, electromagnetics, electronic systems and bioelectronics and have the chance to present your research results at CMU's annual campuswide Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition, as well as at scientific and technical meetings. With hands-on learning courses in advanced facilities, you'll be wired for a hot career.
Points of Pride
- CMU's undergraduate engineering programs were ranked 86th among the nation's universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering by U.S. News & World Report for their 2015 rankings of engineering programs without a doctorate degree.
- In October 2014, CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja student team, Team Chippewa Performance, ranked higher than every other Michigan university at the Louisville SAE Midnight Mayhem invitational in Bedford, Kentucky. It also placed second in the country, bested only by the Rochester Institute of Technology. All three CMU Baja cars entered in the Louisville invitational ranked in the Top 25.
Put Your Degree to Work
Our alumni go on to fulfilling and successful careers in industry, government, research and academia. Highly respected Michigan companies including Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Gentex and Steelcase offer internship opportunities that may lead to job opportunities after graduation. Electrical engineers work primarily in research and development industries, engineering services firms, manufacturing, and the federal government. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for electrical engineers was $87,920 in May 2012.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Electrical engineer||$89,630 per year||4% (12,600 more jobs)|
|Engineering manager||$124,870 per year||7% (13,100 more jobs)|
|Electronic engineering technician||$56,040 per year||2% (2,900 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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The engineering majors prepare students to help solve many exciting and
demanding problems including important global issues related to energy
and the environment, as well as the development of new devices, products
and materials. Students work with advanced computer simulations and
modern, well-equipped laboratories that provide exciting and valuable
The mission of the engineering programs at Central Michigan University
- Provide an environment that encourages intense interaction between and
among faculty and students.
- Provide instruction that enables students to move from theoretical
concepts into practical applications.
- Create graduates who are capable of succeeding in the job market or
Program Educational Objectives for Electrical Engineering
The electrical engineering program has the following expectations for
our graduates in the first several years following graduation:
1. Our graduates will apply their engineering knowledge and problem
solving skills in related professional fields.
2. Our graduates will function as team members who think critically,
communicate effectively, and demonstrate initiative and self-motivation.
3. Our graduates will be actively involved in their profession and
engaged in lifelong learning activities in electrical engineering or
4. Our graduates will exhibit high levels of professionalism and
Electrical Engineering Student Outcomes
By the time of graduation from the Electrical Engineering Program,
students are expected to have:
1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and
2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze
and interpret data;
3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired
needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental,
social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and
4. an ability to function in multidisciplinary teams;
5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
7. an ability to communicate effectively;
8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering
solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long
10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering
tools necessary for engineering practice;
12. an ability to apply advanced mathematics including multivariate
calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and
13. a knowledge of probability and statistics, including electrical
14. a knowledge of basic sciences, computer science, and engineering
sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and
electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and
Total: 72 semester hours
Required Courses I
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 130 or higher.
Boolean algebra, logic functions, truth tables and Karnaugh maps, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, and finite state machines. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: MTH 130 or 132 with a grade of C- or better. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
The course will cover free body diagrams and equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, internal forces in machines, and beams, friction, and application to machines. Prerequisite: MTH 132 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 120.
Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to circuit elements, variables, resistive circuits, circuit analysis techniques, network theorems, inductance and capacitance, sinusoidal steady state analysis and power calculations. Prerequisites: MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120; PHY 146.
Circuit Analysis II
First- and second-order circuits, Laplace circuit analysis, transfer function, step and impulse responses, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and three-phase circuits. Prerequisite: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better, permission of E&T advisor. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 232 or MTH 334.
Microelectronic Circuits I
Introduction to diode, bipolar and MOS transistors and their circuit models; analysis and design of bipolar, CMOS and Op-Amp based amplifier circuits. Prerequisites: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major.
Engineering Economic Analysis
An introduction to financial and economic decision-making for engineering projects, with an emphasis on problem solving, life cycle costs, and the time value of money. Prerequisites: MTH 132; One of: STA 282, 382, or 392; Permission of E&T Advisor.
Introduction to Electromagnetics
A study of static and time-variant electric and magnetic fields, plane waves, guided waves, transmission line theory, radiation and antennas. Prerequisites: MTH 232 or MTH 223, 334; MTH 233 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 146 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Computer System Design using HDL
Review of combinational and sequential circuits, digital functional units, micro-operations and register transfers. Memory organization. Datapath and control units. Verilog Hardware Description Language. Prerequisites: EGR 190 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor. Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: EGR 396.
Signal and System Theory
Continuous and discrete-time linear systems, time and frequency domain analysis of signals and systems, Laplace, Fourier and z-transforms. Applications to problems in electrical engineering. Prerequisites: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Microelectronic Circuits II
Design and analysis of electronics circuits including current mirrors, cascode amplifiers, differential amplifiers, feedback amplifiers, amplifier frequency response, and analog filters. Prerequisites: EGR 298; permission of E&T advisor.
Basic experimentation consistent with the theory in EGR 190, EGR 290 and EGR 292. Use laboratory equipment to investigate electrical and digital circuits. Prerequisites: EGR 190; permission of E&T advisor. Pre/Co- Requisite: EGR 292.
Computer Circuit Simulation
This course reinforces basic circuit analysis principles using computer software and teaches students various computer circuit analysis and design techniques. Prerequisite: permission of E&T advisor. Pre/Co- Requisite: EGR 392.
Introduction to architecture, operation, and application of microprocessor systems and microcontrollers. Prerequisites: CPS 180; EGR 190 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Microelectronics and Computer Lab
Laboratory exploration of semiconductor devices, discrete and integrated amplifiers; feedback; microcomputer systems including input/output, assembly language programming and interrupt processing. Prerequisite: permission of E&T advisor. Pre/Co-Requisites: EGR 392, 396.
Senior Design I
First course in the senior capstone design sequence integrating design methods and engineering techniques in the context of a realistic engineering project. May be offered as writing intensive. Prerequisites: Senior standing with a passing grade in all required 200 and 300 level EGR courses in a declared engineering major; permission of E&T advisor.
Automatic Control Systems
Theory and design of automatic control systems including control system characteristics, system performance analysis, system stability analysis, frequency response analysis, and controller design. Prerequisites: EGR 391; permission of E&T advisor.
Overview of communication systems, Hilbert transform, analog AM/FM (de) modulation, probability and noise in analog communications, A/D conversion, digital pulse and carrier (de)modulation, introductory information theory. Prerequisites: EGR 391; STA 392; permission of E&T advisor.
Senior Design II
Second course in the senior capstone design sequence integrating design methods and engineering techniques in the context of a realistic engineering project. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Must be taken in the semester immediately following EGR 489. Prerequisites: EGR 489; permission of E&T advisor.
Required Courses II
Select one of the following:
Principles of Computer Programming
Algorithm development and problem solving methods. Design and development of computer programs in a structured programming language. Pre/Co-requisite: One of MTH 130, 132, 133, 217. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
Engineering problem solving involving circuit elements, batteries, one- link robot, two-link robots, springs, and cables using physical experiments, MATLAB and/or equivalent. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor.
Select at least 12 hours from the following engineering courses:
Not more than three credits of EGR 437 will count.
You may only count ONE of EGR 480 OR 481 OR 482 OR 484.
Fundamentals of engineering dynamics covering kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Strength of Materials
Introductory course in mechanics of materials that covers mechanical stress and strain, deformations, torsion, bending and shearing stresses, and deflections of beams. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 133 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Covers fundamentals of engineering materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Materials processing, properties and selection, and their role in design are also introduced. Prerequisites: CHM 131 or 161; EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 132 with grade of C- or better; PHY 146 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major.
Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics are covered which include: general energy concepts, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy, processes, power cycles and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisite: CHM 131 or 161; EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 133 with grade of C- or better; PHY 146 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major.
Study of the principles of fluid statics and dynamics including Bernoulli's equation, control volume analysis, similitude, dimensional analysis, viscous flow, and flow over immersed bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 253; MTH 133 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major.
Robotics & Automation
An introduction to the theory and application of robotics including robot fundamentals, kinematics, trajectory planning, actuators, sensors, and industrial robot programming. Prerequisites: CPS 180; EGR 251, 290; MTH 232 or MTH 223, 334; permission of E&T advisor.
Special Topics in Engineering
Intensive study of selected engineering topics not included in a regular course. Repeatable up to 6 hours when content previously studied is not duplicated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Directed Research in Engineering
Project research under guidance of a faculty advisor to focus on a topic of current interest. Self-guided readings, analysis, computer simulations and/or experimental techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Digital Integrated Circuit Design with FPGAs
Design and application of digital integrated circuits using programmable logic devices and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Prerequisites: EGR 390; permission of E&T advisor.
Embedded System Design
Introduction to designing microcontroller-based embedded computer systems using assembly and C programs. Examination of real-time operating systems and their impact on performance. Prerequisites: CPS 180; EGR 398; permission of E&T advisor.
Design and Organization of Computer Hardware Systems
Structural organization and hardware design of digital computers. Processing and control units, arithmetic algorithms, input-output systems and memory systems. Prerequisites: EGR 396; permission of E&T advisor.
Digital Signal Processing
Mathematical description of digital signals and systems via difference equations, discrete Fourier transform and z-transform. Examination of filter design techniques. Prerequisites: EGR 391; permission of E&T advisor.
Introduction to VLSI Systems
CMOS process technologies, logic families, custom, and semi custom design. Design of adders, counters, and arithmetic logic units. System design method and VLSI design tools. Prerequisites: EGR 392; permission of E&T advisor.
Computer Data Acquisition & Instrumentation
Introduction to data acquisition using A/D converters; fundamentals of transducers; dynamic response; amplifiers; theory of A/D and D/A converters; error analysis-statistics. Prerequisites: EGR 396, STA 382; permission of E&T advisor.
CMOS Circuit Design
Design and simulation of analog integrated circuits and systems using transistor level differential amplifiers, operational amplifiers, oscillators, and data converters. Prerequisites: EGR 292, 392; or Graduate Student in Engineering.
Fundamentals of power electronics including switch-mode DC-DC converters, feedback controllers, rectifiers, semiconductor switches and magnetic circuit in power electronics. Prerequisites: EGR 398 or Graduate Student in Engineering.