Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering with focus in Electronics and Communications

(Catalog Entry for Electrical Engineering, B.S.)

Consistent with the mission of the University, mission of the BSEE Program is to prepare students to be learned men and women who are capable of pursuing fulfilling careers in a changing world, and, to fulfill the undergraduate technical education needs of the Community, Business and Industry of the North Bay region. A broader mission is to enable graduating engineers to acquire knowledge and experiences to prepare them to pursue lifelong learning, advanced study, leadership roles in business and community.

The Electrical Engineering (EE) at Sonoma State University is an innovative program in which the curriculum has been designed to provide students with education in electrical engineering with electronics and communications. The curriculum includes (1) 50 units of General Education courses (9 units overlap with required physics and mathematics courses, and 4 units of ES 210, GE A3), (2) a 20-unit core in mathematics, computer science and basic sciences, (3) a 44-unit core in Electrical Engineering which includes electrical, computer, electronics, and communications engineering subjects such as circuits, analog/digital electronics, electromagnetic fields, microprocessors, analog and digital communications, networking, and (4) a 6-unit Electrical Engineering electives which provides senior-level choices for more depth in students areas of interest. Theoretical and practical learning experiences are an important part of all course work. The senior year also gives students the opportunity to consolidate their educational experience with a capstone design project. The curriculum develops students abilities to formulate problems, analyze alternatives, make decisions, and solve problems. Internship and co-op experiences will be encouraged to provide the students a real world experience and enhancing students communication and interpersonal skills.

The Electrical Engineering program at Sonoma State University is in the process of accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Educational Objectives

In compliance with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University has developed and maintained a well‐defined set of Educational Objectives and desired Program Outcomes. The objectives and outcomes undergo continuous review and modification to assure the quality of our program and graduates. Our review process employs feedback instruments such as surveys and other assessment tools. These broad objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments of our graduates consistent with our constituents' needs and expectations. The PEOs are to produce BSEE graduates who (within 3-5 years of graduation):

  1. Design creative solutions to electrical engineering problems.
  2. Demonstrate professional ethics.
  3. Connect to their community and contribute to society.
  4. Value lifelong learning and self-improvement as demonstrated by taking part in professional development opportunities.
  5. Lead and build teams.

Student Outcomes

The students will attain:

  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.

The following table summurizes the mapping between the Students Outcomes (SOs) and Program Educational Outcomes (PEOs).

  SO #1 SO #2 SO #3 SO #4 SO #5 SO #6 SO #7
PEO #1 X X     X X X
PEO #2   X X X      
PEO #3   X X X      
PEO #4 X X X X X X X
PEO #5   X X   X   X

Career Paths and Opportunities

The BSEE program has been designed to prepare students for an exciting career in industries or pursue graduate degrees. The graduates will find opportunities in the industries in the areas such as:

  1. designing and manufacturing of electronic systems
  2. communications systems
  3. networking
  4. computer engineering
  5. telecommunications
  6. optical fiber communications
  7. integrated circuits
  8. research and development in the above areas, or,
  9. sales, marketing and management in the above areas

Some examples of the corresponding job titles are: Electronics Engineer, Computer Engineer, Hardware Designer, Systems Engineer, Communications Engineer, Communications Analyst, Telecommunications Engineer, Network Engineer, Network Analyst, Sales Engineer, Applications Engineer, Field Engineer.

Graduate degrees could be pursued in any one of the many fields such as electronics, communications, networking, computer engineering and computer science.


The figure below shows the total term enrollment of EE minors and majors.

The figure below shows the total term enrollment of EE majors and degrees awarded.

The figure below shows the gender identity distribution among EE majors.