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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering @ USNA

Electrical engineering at USNA is an exciting, invigorating major with information-packed courses, dynamic students, and an enthusiastic and ever-so-smart (and cool) faculty. You're invited to read more about electrical engineering in general and specifically about the program here at USNA.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs support the Academy's mission by providing midshipmen with a broad education in electrical and computer engineering subjects and a knowledge of fundamental engineering principles that enhance their ability to understand and design naval systems and to supervise the operation of these systems. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department strives to maintain faculty, curriculum and supporting facilities which facilitate excellence in undergraduate teaching.

What is Electrical Engineering?

Simply put, electrical engineering is the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Electrical engineers understand, develop, and employ devices that harness and control electricity, electric fields, magnetic fields, and the combination the of the latter: electromagnetic energy. Electrical engineering encompasses a wide range of sub-topics under one umbrella. Below, you'll find a non-exhaustive list of the electrical engineering sub-disciplines found at the Naval Academy.

This field investigates and designs devices for measuring and analyzing human features, especially those that can distinguish one human from another. Example technologies include iris scanners, fingerprint recognition systems, and voice analyzers. This specialty has ties to signal processing, electronics, computer science, and sometimes chemistry and biology.

The transmission of information across a medium such as coaxial cable, optical fiber, or free space is the focus of this area. People working here are responsible for the physical processes and technologies behind modern conveniences such as cell phones, radio, wireless networks, cable television, communication satellites, and fiber optic networks. This specialty has close ties to electromagnetics and signal processing.

This discipline involves building basic electrical devices such as diodes, capacitors, resistors, and inductors or of using those basic devices to build complex circuits. Microelectronics is a sub-specialty where the focus is on developing and designing miniature electronics and the fabrication of circuit boards containing thousands or millions of microscopic devices.

More than the study of electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetics involves how to focus and apply electromagnetic radiation through devices like antennas and wave guides.

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
MEMS is the art and science of building very small mechanical devices, often using semiconductor fabrication techniques adapted from the microelectronics specialty.

Power and Energy
This specialty involves the generation and delivery of electricity. The icons of the power engineering are the electric power grid, generators, and transformers. However, the field also includes other vital, but less well-known, topics such as electric motors, power conditioning, and power regulation.

Signal Processing
Signal processing deals with the analysis and manipulations of electric signals. Signal processing may involve the amplification and filtering of signals for audio equipment or the modulation and demodulation of communications signals. For digital signals, signal processing may involve compression, error detection and error correction.

Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical engineering is the discipline of manipulating power and information in the form of electricity. It is a discipline of great breadth that includes topics as diverse as wireless communications, renewable energy, electric transportation systems, instrumentation, signal processing and computational systems (i.e. computers). It provides a thorough technical background that applies to all branches of naval service as well as to civilian life.

Electrical engineering majors are required to take courses in electrical engineering fundamentals including circuit analysis, digital logic systems, semiconductor device electronics, power systems and rotating machinery, communications, electromagnetism, and the design of microprocessor-based systems. Electives are offered in a variety of topics including semiconductor physics, machines and generators, wireless communications, networking, digital signal processing, biometric signal processing, fiber optics, computer architecture, instrumentation, and microcomputer interfacing. Design is emphasized throughout the program.

The capstone senior design laboratory sequence (EE411 and EE414) integrates the many skills acquired in preparatory courses so that students can design, implement, test, and demonstrate a significant project. Two midshipmen per year are awarded the Steinmetz Prize for innovative work in the electrical and computer engineering design laboratory course sequences. The Captain Boyd R. Alexander Prize in electrical engineering is presented during Commissioning Week to the outstanding graduate in the major.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by ABET. Not only are graduates prepared for many jobs found in the Fleet, but they also have an excellent fundamental background and foundation for continued specialized study at the Naval Postgraduate School or any other post-graduate institution.

Course Matrix

  • Slight differences exist in the Matrix from one graduating class to another. Students should use MIDS to see the official CE/EE Matrices.
  • Always consult with your academic advisor to ensure you are meeting course requirements.
3/C Fall 3/C Spring 2/C Fall 2/C Spring 1/C Fall 1/C Spring
NE203 (3-0-3) Navigation and Piloting NN210 (1-2-2) Basic Navigation NN310 (1-2-2)Advanced Navigation NL310 (3-0-3) Leadership: Theory and Applications NL400 (2-0-2) Law for the Junior Officer NS43X (0-2-1) Practicum
SP211 (3-2-4) General Physics I SP212 (3-2-4) General Physics II HH2XY (3-0-3) Western Civilization I or equivalent HH216 (3-0-3) Western Civilization II HUM/SS I (3-0-3) HUM/SS Elective HUM/SS II (3-0-3) HUM/SS Elective
SM221 (4-0-4) Calculus III SM212 (4-0-4) Differential Equations EE353 (3-0-3) Probability with EE Applications ES410 (3-2-4) Control Systems EM316 (3-0-3) Engineering Thermodynamics ES300 (3-0-3) Naval Weapons Systems
EM317 (3-0-3) Applied Fluid Mechanics
EE221 (3-2-4) Introduction to Electrical Engineering I EE322 (3-2-4) Signals and Systems EE354 (3-2-4) Modern Communication Systems EE411 (2-2-3) EE/CE Design I EE414 (0-4-2) EE Design II
EC262 (3-2-4) Digital Systems SI204 (3-2-4) Introduction to Computer Science EE320 (2-2-3) Introduction to Electrical Engineering II EE MAJ II 3/4 EE major elective
EE241 (3-2-4) Electronics I EC361 (3-2-4) Microcomputer-Based Digital Design EE372 (3-2-4) Engineering Electromagnetics or EE MAJ I 3/4 EE MAJ III 3/4 EE major elective EE372 (3-2-4) Engineering Electromagnetics or EE MAJ I 3/4

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