The Electrical Engineering (EE) major is a sound undergraduate educational program that prepares future officers to be the Coast Guard’s leaders in developing, evaluating and implementing new technologies. The two essentials for this role, an understanding of a systems approach and fluency with computers, are at the core of this major. This program challenges cadets to become critical thinkers who can use computer systems and analytical methods to solve real world technical problems.
Cadets receive a B.S.E.E. degree with a concentration in either Systems or in Computers. Both of these tracks build on a solid foundation of mathematics and science while emphasizing analysis, design and applications of linear and digital systems. Both require extensive use of computers and the design of computer-based systems such as signal processors and automatic controllers. The Systems track allows cadets to explore digital communications, antennas and other systems engineering subjects while cadets in the Computer track focus on software design, databases and computer networks. These two tracks merge in the yearlong capstone senior design course, where cadets and faculty work side-by-side to solve challenging real-world problems for sponsors in the Coast Guard and in Federal Departments such as Homeland Security, Defense, and Transportation. Summer internships and similar opportunities at sponsors’ facilities further enrich the EE experience. Along with directed studies and projects, these opportunities give the Electrical Engineering program tremendous flexibility in translating classroom theory into confident practice.
The Electrical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for Electrical Engineering
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Electrical Engineering program produces graduates who will have attained the following Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):
- Demonstrate proficiency in the professional practice of engineering as USCG junior officers.
- Demonstrate intellectual or professional growth as evidenced by post-graduate education, licensing, certification, promotion, and participation in pertinent professional societies.
- Contribute electrical engineering expertise to U.S. Coast Guard engineering challenges, specifically in the areas of Command, Control, Computers, Communications, and Information Technology (C4&IT) systems, within the framework of current best practices for engineering lifecycle management.
Student Outcomes for Electrical Engineering
In addition to the common ABET Student Outcomes, Electrical Engineering graduates must possess these program specific Student Outcomes:
- Knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to Electrical Engineering.
- Knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, basic sciences, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components, as appropriate to program objectives.
- Knowledge of advanced mathematics, typically including differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.