BSEE Requirements


Students in the Klipsch School of Electrical and  Computer Engineering earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree.  We are continuously checking our curriculum and making changes when a need is identified.  Since there are changes to the program requirements from year to year, students need to select the catalogue they will graduate under.  You may choose the catalog that was in effect when you started school or any subsequent catalog, provided the selected catalog is not more than six years old when you started the degree.

To check to your degree progress, you can run a degree audit for the degree you are seeking under the student section of your MyNMSU homepage. You can also check off your classes on the Record check form to see how you are doing.  To see how the course flow works, check out the Flowcharts.  Also available is a sample 4-year plan.  Most students enter the program at different levels and with various credits so that the 4-year plan would need modification for each student, but it can be used as a general guide for how the course can fit together.graduate.  Catalogs run summer through spring.  To see what the degree requirements are for each year, go to the BSEE Requirements site.

When planning your program of study, you do have some choices (see the various tables in the BSEE requirements).  When making choices, use the course catalogue to get course descriptions and pre-requisites for the classes you are interested in.  Just because it’s on a table of choices doesn’t mean that you automatically meet the prerequisites for the class.

The curriculum consists of general education, science, math, engineering and electrical engineering classes (see the BSEE requirements for lists).

Each EE student must take the core ECE classes (EE 161, 162, 260, 280, 312, 314, 351, 380, and 391).  These classes cover all the basic information we expect our EE to all know.  When the core is complete, students can take their capstone course.  The capstone is a team design course where students need to design, build, test, and document their work.  See the capstone link for more information.

After the area core courses have been completed, students can register for EE electives from those areas.  Students must take 4 EE electives from 3 different EE areas.  The area that has two classes in it is called the focus or emphasis area or your area of specialization.

BSEE Major Program

The undergraduate program of the Klipsch School is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and stresses the development of analytical tools and physical concepts required to prepare students for immediate employment or graduate study. The program is flexible, allowing students to choose course work in the interest areas of communications, computers, control systems, digital design, electric energy systems, electromagnetics and microwave engineering, micro-electronics, photonics, signal processing, telemetry, and space systems engineering.

Requirements (130 Total Credits)

Electrical Engineering (54 credits)

Mathematics (21 credits)

 Natural Science (12 credits)

  • CHEM 111, General Chemistry I (1, 2)
  • PHYS 215, General Physics I (1, 2)
  • PHYS 216, General Physics II (1, 2)

Engineering (12 credits)

General Education (31 credits)

Area I: Two courses in Written Communication and one course in Oral Communication

Area II: Covered in Mathematics

Area III: Covered in Natural Sciences 

Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences – (6 or 9 credits*)

Area V: Humanities & Fine Arts – (6 or 9 credits*)

Institution Specific General Education: Viewing a Wider World Elective – (6 credits)

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*Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least 6 credits from each area.

Notes: (1) Including laboratory; (2) A grade of C or better is required; (3) Must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to enrolling in any E E course numbered 300, or above; (4) Transfer credit not accepted.

* Lists of approved electives are available from the Klipsch School office

Related Areas of Study

Electrical and computer engineering students wishing to broaden their educational experience may elect to earn additional bachelors degrees in

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Physics
  • Math (full major)
  • Math (supplementary major)
  • Physics

Klipsch School students may also choose to earn a minor in one or more of the following fields:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Math
  • Physics

Students must consult with an academic adviser in the offering department for specific requirements related to additional degrees and minors.

Detailed Requirements

Students usually follow the catalog which was in effect when they first attended NMSU. However, students may choose to switch to another catalog as long as that catalog is no more than six years old at the time of graduation.

Note that each list of electives included in the summaries represent the approved classes for that academic year. A class must be on the approved list in the semester it was taken in order to fulfill an elective requirement. Always refer to the most current list of approved classes when choosing electives.