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Rensselaer Catalog 2014-2015 
Rensselaer Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering

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Traditionally the largest and most diverse in all of engineering, this curriculum offers courses with various degrees of emphasis on theory, design, experimental work, and computer simulation. Subject matter ranges from semiconductors, electromagnetics, circuits and electronics, and electric power, to control, computer, communication, and information processing systems.

First Year


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4


  • Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4 

Second Year


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Multidisciplinary Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


  • Professional Development II Credit Hours: 2
    (See footnotes 1 and 3 below)


  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 2 below)

Fourth Year

  • Laboratory Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Design Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (2) Credit Hours: 6-8
    (See footnotes 4, 6 below)
  • Free Electives (2 or 3) Credit Hours: 8-9
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnotes 4, 6 below)
  • HASS Electives (2) Credit Hours: 8

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Electives

In this area, electives are based on the Institute and School of Engineering requirements. Additionally, at least one course must be selected from the list posted on the ECSE home page. Students are urged to elect humanities, arts, and social science sequences through which they will obtain adequate breadth and depth in subject areas. Students desiring minors in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences must consult the school or department in which the courses are offered to obtain further information and specific requirements.

Restricted Electives

Any 3- or 4-credit hour course with the designation ECSE 4xxx or ECSE 6xxx.

Technical Elective

Any 3- or 4-credit hour course in engineering, mathematics, or science at the 4000 level or higher.

Design Electives


  1. May be taken either term.
  2. The free electives must total at least 12 credits.
  3. This course will be fulfilled from a list published at the start of each semester.
  4. It is recommended that students use electives to form a concentration. See the ECSE Web page for concentration listings.
  5. Students who wish to take ENGR 1600 as their Multidisciplinary Elective must take CHEM 1100.
  6. No more than one Independent Study course may be used when satisfying the combined Technical and Restricted Elective requirements.


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