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Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BSEE)

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program focuses on the theories, practices, competencies, tools, and technologies associated with electrical engineering. You will get both online classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience to help prepare you to excel as an electrical engineer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 4% job growth by 2022 for electrical and electronics engineers due to the engineer’s versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies. Because this program fills a market-driven educational need, earning your BSEE could give you a step up in starting a career in aerospace, telecommunications, defense, automotive, medical, construction, chemical, and more.

The goal of the BS in Electrical Engineering program is to provide our students with a sound Engineering education which they can apply in a variety of contexts. Specifically, in three to seven years after graduation, we expect that graduates of our program will demonstrate the following:

Program Educational Objectives

PEO 1: Utilize the critical and systemic thinking skills, and technical and professional competencies, acquired through their education to advance in a career related to their profession as evidenced by achievements or promotions to positions of increasing responsibility.

PEO 2: Create value for society through the ethical practice of their professional abilities in developing solutions to technical and societal challenges.

PEO 3: Continue to increase their knowledge and competence through self-development or formal schooling.

Courses in the BSEE include foundations in math, computer science, and physical sciences. Course topics include:

  • Essential elements of analog circuit design
  • Fundamentals of circuit analysis - Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s law, etc.
  • International System of Units
  • Digital and logic circuit analysis and design in 6 main parts
  • Energy conversion and transport
  • Electromagnetic field theory
  • Passive microwave circuit analysis and design
  • Radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: The technology fee for the engineering courses (those with the ENGR and ELEN prefix) is $100/per course (covered by grants for military students). In addition, at-home lab exercises require you to purchase additional course materials which are estimated to be up to $8,000. These materials are not covered by the university undergraduate book grant.

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BSEE Enrollments and Completions

Program Objectives

Student Outcomes

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these student outcomes:

SO1:  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

SO2: 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

SO3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

SO4: 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

SO5: 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

SO6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

SO7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Communications

Examines the fundamental concepts of passive microwave circuit analysis and design. Offers an understanding of the key concepts and basic theories associated with microwave circuits and systems, and the basic components of a wireless communication system. Has in-depth coverage of the basic properties of antenna theory, analysis, and design as well as radar and RF signal propagation, transmission, and reception.

ELEN421

RF/Microwave Engineering I

ELEN423

Wireless Communications

ELEN426

Antennas-Theory and Applications

ELEN427

Radar Systems Theory

ELEN422

RF/Microwave Engineering II

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.
 

ELEN421

RF/Microwave Engineering I

ELEN422

RF/Microwave Engineering II

ELEN423

Wireless Communications

ELEN427

Radar Systems Theory

ELEN435

Introduction to Power Electronics

ELEN436

Advanced Power Electronics

ELEN440

Mechatronics

ELEN426

Antennas-Theory and Applications

ELEN430

Embedded Systems Design

ELEN432

Microcontroller Based Systems

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Mechatronic Systems

Covers the fundamentals of embedded system hardware and firmware design. Includes a basic understanding of circuit analysis and the functionality, topography, and regulation of power electronic devices. Provides knowledge of advances in power electronics such as modeling DC motor drives and machines, various modes of operation, multi-phase control converters, and choppers.

ELEN435

Introduction to Power Electronics

ELEN436

Advanced Power Electronics

ELEN440

Mechatronics

ELEN430

Embedded Systems Design

ELEN432

Microcontroller Based Systems

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

As an engineering student, you will be participating in project-based, at-home learning lab exercises which require you to purchase additional course materials that range from $4,700 to $8,000 over the duration of the program (average cost is $6,000). These materials are not covered by the university undergraduate book grant and costs are subject to change.

You can view the materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.

Technology Fees

The technology fee for engineering courses (ENGR and ELEN) is $100/course. Estimated total technology fees for this program are $2,950, depending on the concentration you choose.

Note: technology fees are covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military tuition assistance.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour:

$270 through 12/31/2019
$250 with military grant*

$285 effective 1/1/2020
$250 with military grant**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $250 per credit hour .

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap) . See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

This program resides in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) where more than 57 degree and certificate programs are available for students to find their area of interest ranging from space studies to environmental studies to IT and cybersecurity. American Public University is one of the few online colleges where you can work fully online to earn science and math bachelor’s degrees. Two of our bachelor’s programs (Natural Science and BSEE) are set up with full lab kits that are mailed to you to use at home. You won’t sacrifice hands-on experience with our online science programs! In addition, many of our STEM professors work to innovate their classroom, including Danny Welsch who uses video for you to learn from his virtual field trips.

The APU STEM program directors work with industry advisory councils to ensure that our students are prepared for the real world. APU also works with industry certifying bodies to ensure that our courseware meets the requirements of agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) and the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM).

At APU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and other life commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with students and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly written assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can even work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect.

We encourage you to browse the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math webpage to learn more about the school and to find a program that’s right for you