Electrical Engineering - Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering - Christopher Newport University

Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

ABET Accredited

Our engineering programs are fully accredited and praised by ABET specifically for: 

  • our liberal arts background enhances career opportunities;
  • our faculty-student advising is exceptional; and
  • our strong relationships with local employers lead to networking, internship, and job opportunities.

Electrical engineers develop the skills to design and fabricate electrical devices and systems that are indispensable to daily life. Rooted in mathematics, science and computer applications, the curriculum emphasizes engineering solutions within a global context, including:

  • Circuits
  • Electronics
  • Digital systems
  • Control and communication

EE majors specialize in either digital systems, communication and signal processing, or control and instrumentation.

The program educational objectives of the electrical engineering program are to ensure that within a few years after graduation:

  • Our graduates will have established themselves in professional positions in industry, government or nonprofit organizations that utilize the skills and abilities associated with liberally educated electrical engineers, and/or will be enrolled in programs of graduate or professional study.
  • Our graduates, collectively, will be competent working with traditional and emerging electrical engineering technologies, and will have applied their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of engineering related fields. Furthermore, our graduates will have demonstrated their commitment to professional growth and life-long learning.
  • Our graduates should be leading lives of significance by demonstrating initiative, leadership and ethical behavior, and by serving society in part through their professional contributions.

Our electrical engineering graduates will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  • 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
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 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
  • 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
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Academic Year Total Enrollment Degrees Awarded
2020/21 69 12
2019/20 66 11
2018/19 51 8
2017/18 45 3
2016/17 34 0

Sample Courses

An introduction to the methods of modeling, analysis, design and computer programming in the solution of engineering problems. A consideration of the impact of technological artifacts on society. Questions of professional ethics. Student design projects required.

This course deals with the fundamental principles for analysis and design of control systems. Topics include dynamic modeling, dynamic response, basic properties of feedback, root-locus design method, frequency-response design method and state-space design. A laboratory course accompanies the lecture, providing hands-on experience and reinforcing the theoretical principles.

Covers topics in digital and analog communications, including modulation techniques, noise considerations, performance aspects and selected applications. A lab accompanies the lecture, providing hands-on experience and reinforcing the theoretical principles.

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