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The department offers coursework leading to the Bachelor of Engineering with a major in electrical engineering. Traditional, computer/digital, and biomedical options are available. The first courses in the department major are electrical and computer engineering ECEN 1521 Digital Circuits and ECEN 1521L Digital Circuits Laboratory, and are available to all University students without prerequisites. Visit the department office or website for details.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed to academic excellence, and it provides educational opportunities in electrical and computer engineering. We provide students at baccalaureate and master levels with diverse and comprehensive educational experiences which meet the highly demanding standards required by industry and preparation for further education.

We utilize the resources of the university and interact with industry to evaluate, optimize, and upgrade our teaching, research, scholarship, service and facilities to continue offering a high-standard educational environment. We promote students' intellectual growth to become fully developed, informed, and productive in order to serve themselves and their local and global communities effectively.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Youngstown State University offers students a high standard of engineering education. In fulfillment of its mission, as well as the missions of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and the University, the following Program Educational Objectives are established for the Electrical Engineering Program.

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical competency in electrical engineering and its related fields while utilizing and disseminating engineering knowledge and skills.
  • Design, analyze, test, and implement systems and devices which meet realistic economic constraints in engineering practice, regionally and globally.
  • Practice engineering ethically and responsibly, both individually and in diverse teams, while considering global issues and the importance of engineering in society.
  • Sustain career growth through life-long learning in their engineering professions and post-graduate education.

Student Outcomes

To achieve the Program Educational Objectives after graduation, our students must attain the following Student Outcomes by the time of their graduation:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Laboratory Facilities

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering maintains well-equipped laboratory facilities for circuits, electronics, communications, electromagnetics, energy conversion, power systems, control systems, and digital systems. PC computing and wireless networking are available, as well as various licensed software packages.

Professional Practice

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participates in the College of STEM Professional Practice Program.

Students who complete course and internship requirements related to the field may receive up to 2 s.h. of credit toward ECEN elective courses. Contact the department for details.


Traditional, computer/digital, and biomedical options with design projects, computer simulation, and hands-on laboratory sessions are the pillars of the Bachelor of Engineering with a major in electrical engineering. These features provide students with the opportunity to prepare for a vast array of entry-level positions or advanced studies.

With faculty assistance, students tailor their programs to meet their educational objectives. This individualized approach includes choices of options and elective courses, participation in a co-op, and semester-by-semester scheduling of courses.

Traditional Option

The traditional option:

Electrical Engineering Core55
Other Engineering9
Writing and Speech 9
General Education Courses18
Total Semester Hours124

Computer/digital Option

The computer/digital option:

Electrical Engineering Core43
Other Engineering9
Computer Engineering/Science19
Writing and Speech 9
General Education Courses18
Total Semester Hours131

Biomedical Option

The biomedical option:

Electrical Engineering Core43
Other Engineering9
Science including Biology and Organic Chemistry32
Writing and Speech 9
General Education Courses18
Total Semester Hours129

Students in any of these options can participate in the co-op program. Scheduling is reasonably flexible, but there are some restrictions.

Course Scheduling

Scheduling of courses will depend upon your particular situation. Are you working part time? Will you pursue an internship? Do you wish a full- or part-time academic pursuit of the degree? Answers to these questions will affect your scheduling of courses. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering attempts to schedule junior and senior courses to accommodate these situations.

Advising is mandatory, and students are required to meet with their department advisors to choose their semester-by-semester courses. Also, up-to-date recommended schedule and curriculum lists are available on-line and at the department office.

For more information, visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Jalal Jalali, Ph.D., Chair


Jalal Jalali, Ph.D., Professor

Frank Xiying Li, Ph.D., Professor

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., Professor

Faramarz Doc Mossayebi, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Philip C. Munro, Ph.D., Professor

Lin Sun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

ECEN 1521    Digital Circuits    3 s.h.

Digital concepts and design techniques; number systems, switching algebra, logic gates, truth tables. Combinational logic circuits with an introduction to sequential circuits. Practical applications.

ECEN 1521L    Digital Circuits Laboratory    1 s.h.

Laboratory exercises to accompany ECEN 1521. Design and testing of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Experiments with digital hardware.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 1521.

ECEN 1555    Computer Engineering    3 s.h.

Introduction to the personal computer, applications software, technologies, microprocessors, microcomputer programming and applications. Basic operations of digital circuits, interfacing using integrated chips, and analog computers. Experiments accompany lectures, providing practical experience for students.

ECEN 1555H    Honors Computer Engineering    3 s.h.

The personal computer, its components, and the role it plays in control applications, instrumentation, and engineering design. Basic experiments using digital circuits, microcomputers, integrated circuits, and design software integrated into a project with the personal computer and instrumentation.
Prereq. or concurrent: ENGL 1550H and admission to the Honors Program, or permission of instructor and Director of Honors Program.

ECEN 1560    Electrical Engineering Computing    2 s.h.

Problem solving techniques for the fields of electrical and computer engineering; procedural program development using the C/C++ programming language. Fundamentals of engineering drawing using AutoCAD commercial software packages. One hour lecture, three hours lab. ENGR 1555 may be taken concurrently.
Prereq.: MATH 1571 or concurrent high school technical drawing proficiency or ENGR 1555.

ECEN 2610    Computer Tools for Electrical and Computer Engineering    1 s.h.

Introduction to software packages and resources such as MATLAB, PSpice, and Quartus II for analysis and design of circuits and systems. Prereq. or.
Concurrent: ECEN 2632 and ECEN 2611.

ECEN 2611    Instrumentation and Computation Lab 1    1 s.h.

Laboratory experiments and computer exercises to accompany ECEN 2632. Laboratory experimentation and basic instrumentation. Computer-aided analysis and simulation.
Prereq. or concurrent ECEN 2632.

ECEN 2612    Instrumentation and Computation Lab 2    1 s.h.

Laboratory experiments and computer exercises to accompany ECEN 2633. Laboratory experimentation and basic instrumentation. Computer-aided analysis and simulation.
Prereq.: ECEN 2611.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 2633.

ECEN 2614    Basics of Electrical Engineering    3 s.h.

Introduction to electrical circuit elements and laws; DC and AC analysis. Introduction to digital devices and circuits with applications. Applications of electromagnetics. Intended for non-electrical engineering majors.
Prereq.: MATH 1571.

ECEN 2632    Basic Circuit Theory 1    3 s.h.

Basic principles of linear circuits. Circuits concepts and laws, methods of analysis, network theorems. Source-resistor circuits. Inductors and capacitors. Analysis of AC circuits using phasors; impedance and admittance. Power calculations in DC and AC circuits.
Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1572.

ECEN 2633    Basic Circuit Theory 2    3 s.h.

Continuation of ECEN 2632. First- and second-order transients in RLC circuits. Mutual inductance and transformers. Three-phase circuits. Transform methods in circuit analysis, transfer functions, resonance.
Prereq.: ECEN 2632.
Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 2673.

ECEN 3710    Signals and Systems    3 s.h.

Operation and analysis of communication, control, and computer systems at the signal level. Computer aided design tools and methods to analyze signals and systems. Continuous and discrete-time transforms. Noise analysis, signal detections, line codes, and multiplexing.
Prereq.: ECEN 2633, ECEN 1521 and MATH 3705.

ECEN 3711    Intermediate Laboratory 1    1 s.h.

Laboratory experiments and computer exercises in the areas of digital and analog electronics and logic and computer circuits. Designed to accompany the co-requisite courses.
Prereq.: ECEN 2612.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 3733 and ECEN 3771.

ECEN 3712    Intermediate Laboratory 2    1 s.h.

Laboratory experiments and computer exercises in the areas of digital and analog electronics, logic and computer circuits, and electromagnetics. Designed to accompany the co-requisite courses.
Prereq.: ECEN 3711.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 3742 and either ECEN 3772 or ECEN 3734.

ECEN 3717    Sensor Fundamentals    3 s.h.

Basic principles of sensors such as electro-chemical, -mechanical, -optical, and -thermal transducers. Signal conditioning and smart sensors. Applications to process control and environmental systems.
Prereq.: MATH 3705, and either PHYS 2611 or ECEN 2632.

ECEN 3730    Microprocessors and Microcontrollers    3 s.h.

Organization and structured assembly language programming. Digital controller devices and their relationships to processors and physical environments. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ECEN 3733.

ECEN 3733    Digital Circuit Design    3 s.h.

Modern digital circuit analysis and design. Latches, flip-flops, registers, counters, memories, programmable logic arrays, and arithmetic logic units. Logic gate-level synthesis and computer simulation using CAD tools. Synchronous and asynchronous finite-state machines.
Prereq.: ECEN 1521, ECEN 2633.

ECEN 3734    Computer Design    3 s.h.

Systematic methodologies for digital computer hardware and software designs. VLSI circuits. SOPC, CPLD, and FPGA designs. Hardware description languages.
Prereq.: ECEN 3733.

ECEN 3741    Electromagnetic Fields 1    3 s.h.

Maxwell's equations. Static electric and magnetic fields. Magnetic materials and forces, dielectrics, conductance, capacitance, and inductance. Poisson's and Laplace's equations.
Prereq.: ECEN 2633, prerequisite or concurrent MATH 3705.

ECEN 3742    Electromagnetic Fields 2    3 s.h.

Maxwell's equations. Time varying electric and magnetic fields. Electro-mechanical devices, transmission lines, microwaves. Antennas and radiation.
Prereq.: ECEN 3741.

ECEN 3771    Digital and Analog Circuits 1    3 s.h.

Terminal characteristics of electronic devices such as diodes, BJTs (bipolar junction transistors), FETs (field effect transistors), and operational amplifiers. The design of digital circuits with these devices. Basic bias and small-signal models for analog amplifiers. Computer-aided design and analysis.
Prereq.: ECEN 2633.

ECEN 3772    Digital and Analog Circuits 2    3 s.h.

Continuation of ECEN 3771. Bias and signal modeling for amplifier design. Large-signal, small-signal and DC amplifiers. Single-stage, multistage and power amplifiers. Frequency response. Applications with op amps such as amplifiers, comparators, filters, and oscillators. Computer-aided design and analysis.
Prereq.: ECEN 3771.

ECEN 4803    Linear Control Systems    4 s.h.

System modeling, responses and performance measures. Stability analysis by root locus, Bode, and Nyquist plots. Computer-aided control system design. Compensator design. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ECEN 2633, ECEN 3712, MATH 3705, MECH 2620.

ECEN 4803L    Linear Control Systems Laboratory    0 s.h.

Linear Control Systems Laboratory.

ECEN 4811    Senior Laboratory    1 s.h.

Laboratory experiments and computer exercises in the areas of applied electromagnetics, energy conversion. Designed to accompany the co-requisite course.
Prereq.: ECEN 3712.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 4844.

ECEN 4844    Electromagnetic Energy Conversion    3 s.h.

An examination of lumped electromagnetic parameters with development of theoretical, experimental, and design parameters for electrical energy conversion devices such as transformers, motors, and generators. Typical and special applications.
Prereq.: ECEN 3741 or concurrent: MECH 2620.

ECEN 4851    VLSI System Design    3 s.h.

Basic MOSFET models. Layout of inverters, NAND, NOR, PLA, PAL and ROMs. CMOS process and design rules. VLSI system design methodology and computer EDA tools such as PSpice and layout editors.
Prereq.: ECEN 3771, ECEN 3733.

ECEN 4852    Neural Networks and Robotics    3 s.h.

Principles for control applications and robotics, direct inverse control, neural networks, and fuzzy set theory. Applications including adaptive control, neural networks for motion control and path planning in robotics.
Prereq.: ECEN 3733.

ECEN 4854    Principles of Electromagnetic Compatibility    3 s.h.

Review of electromagnetic theories. Techniques of electromagnetic compatibility in electronic systems and computer hardware. Modeling and simulation of transmission lines and circuits. Electromagnetic discharge and grounding problems for high-frequency applications. Radio-frequency emissions from electronic devices. Shielding techniques to prevent ESD and EMI.
Prereq.: ECEN 3742 and MATH 3705.

ECEN 4855    Advanced Digital Control    3 s.h.

Fundamentals of sampled linear control systems, digital controllers and observers. Analysis techniques including difference and state-variable equations, transfer functions, transforms. Sampling, stability, and discrete approximation.
Prereq.: ECEN 3733.

ECEN 4856    Embedded System Design    4 s.h.

Fundamentals of small-scale and medium-scale embedded systems. Design techniques for processors, timers, input device interfacing, interrupt controllers, and drive circuits. Real-time operating system programming tools. Hardware-software co-designs. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Prereq.: ECEN 3733.

ECEN 4881    Modern Control System Design    3 s.h.

Advanced control system analysis and design. LQR, pole placement, state observer design. Introduction to system identification and adaptive controllers. MATLAB simulation and real-time implementation of controllers. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ECEN 4803.

ECEN 4899    Senior Design Project    4 s.h.

An electrical/computer engineering design problem is chosen or assigned; students work in teams. Proposals are presented which describe the design problem and approaches to it. The final design is presented in written and oral forms. This capstone course is intended to mimic a typical industrial or research project and includes ethical and economical considerations with the engineering work. Three hour lecture/discussion, three hours of laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ECEN 4811 and 27 s.h. of ECEN courses.
Gen Ed: Capstone.

ECEN 4899L    Senior Design Project Lab    0 s.h.

Senior Design Project Lab.

ECEN 5800    Special Topics    1-3 s.h.

Special topics, new developments in Electrical Engineering. Subject matter, special prerequisites, and credit hours to be announced in advance of each offering. May be repeated with different subject matter to a maximum of 6 s.h.
Prereq.: Senior standing in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

ECEN 5807    Advanced Digital and Analog Circuits    3 s.h.

Chip circuitry for devices such as BJT, CMOS, and ECL-based digital logic chips. Switching devices such as SCRs, triacs, and timers. Switching power supplies. Power amplifiers. Applications and specifications of off-the-shelf IC devices. Computer-aided design and analysis.
Prereq.: ECEN 3772.

ECEN 5808    Advanced Signals and Systems    3 s.h.

Communication and control system modeling and simulations; signal analysis in continuous-time, discrete-time and frequency domains. Advanced communication system applications.
Prereq.: ECEN 3710 and MATH 3705.

ECEN 5816    Theory and Fabrication of Solid-State Devices    3 s.h.

An introductory study of physical theory, design, and fabrication of discrete devices and integrated circuits. Electronic properties of semiconductors such as carrier concentration, energy gap, mobility, lifetime. Techniques of fabrication such as oxidation, diffusion, alloying ion implantation, metallization, masking.
Prereq.: ECEN 3741 and ECEN 3771.

ECEN 5817    Sensor Design and Application    3 s.h.

Designs and applications for measurement and control; includes electro-chemical, -mechanical, -optical, and -thermal transducers. Signal conditioning and smart sensors.
Prereq.: ECEN 3771 or ECEN 3717.

ECEN 5830    Digital Signal Processing    3 s.h.

Discrete time signals and systems; discrete, fast, and inverse Fourier transforms. Digital filter analysis and design, digital signal processing applications. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
Prereq.: ECEN 3710.

ECEN 5835    Computer Architecture with VHDL    4 s.h.

Use of hardware description languages to design computer components and systems. Arithmetic and logic units, control units, VHDL models for memories and busses, interfacing, transfer design. Survey of modern computer systems.
Prereq.: ECEN 3734.

ECEN 5840    Electric Power Systems    4 s.h.

Modeling of power system components. Power flow, faults, protection systems, and stability problems. Special projects and laboratory experiments including CAD applications for analysis, design, and simulation of power system networks. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq. or concurrent: ECEN 4844.

ECEN 5850    Communications Applications    3 s.h.

Applicable technologies and "real-world" communication components and systems. Design and analysis tools. Emerging technologies, "killer apps", networking, data acquisition, and convergence.
Prereq.: ECEN 3710 or ECEN 5808.

ECEN 5860    Energy Radiation and Propagation    3 s.h.

Examination of dipole, loop aperture, reflector, lens, surface wave, traveling wave, and other antennas; array theory; radiation resistance, directivity, and input impedance. Investigation of theoretical and practical applications of fiber optics.
Prereq.: ECEN 3742 and 21 s.h. of ECEN courses.

ECEN 5879    Computer-Aided Design    3 s.h.

The design, analysis, and modeling of linear and nonlinear networks and systems using a simulation and modeling computer program. Development and use of library models of devices, subcircuits, and subsystems.
Prereq.: ECEN 2611 and 21 s.h. of ECEN courses.

ECEN 5890    Power Electronics    4 s.h.

SCRs, rectifier circuits, commutation techniques, AC controllers, converters, and inverters. Special projects and laboratory experiments including computer applications for analysis, design, and simulation of power electronics network. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
Prereq.: ECEN 3771 and 21 s.h. of ECEN courses.