Electrical Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Electrical engineering is the largest branch of engineering.  Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and maintenance of equipment that uses electricity.  Electrical equipment includes power generating and transmission equipment, motors, machinery controls, instrumentation in cars and aircraft, robots, computers, communications equipment, and health-care equipment. 

Electrical engineers study and apply the physics and mathematics of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism to both large and small scale systems to process information and transmit energy. To do this, electrical engineers design computers, electronic devices, communication systems, test equipment, electric power networks, and improve systems through problem solving techniques

The associate degree program provides a foundation in the physics and mathematics of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism that can be applied in a bachelor program.  The curriculum is designed to transfer into the  bachelor program in electrical engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

Electrical engineers predominately work in firms that manufacture computers, communication equipment, electrical and electronic equipment, business machines, professional and scientific equipment, and aircraft and aircraft parts.  Electrical engineers are often employed by oil and gas, movie and video, and mining and mining support industries.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, or 7)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
6
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3 - minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8- minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 5)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
MAE 241Statics3
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the following courses:
CPE 271Introduction to Digital Logic Design3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
4
EE 223
EE 224
Electrical Circuits
and Electrical Circuits Laboratory
4
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGR 1023
ENGR 1012MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
ENGR 1991 
 14 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 2514ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4MATH 2614
CPE 2713EE 223
EE 224
4
EE 221
EE 222
4GEF Elective (GEF 5, 6, or 7)3
MAE 2413 
 18 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

electrical engineering

Upon completion of the associates in electrical engineering program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basics concepts of electrical engineering, statics, dynamics, mechanics or materials and thermodynamics.
  2. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  3. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in electrical engineering.

Faculty

Chair

  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering

Professor

  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering