McHenry County College and NIU CEET Transfer Guidelines 

B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering


The 2+2 Plan for Community College Students

The Department of Electrical Engineering welcomes transfer students from Illinois community colleges. Students find it easy to continue their studies at NIU if they plan well. Therefore, following the course guidelines in this brochure while completing an Associate's in Science  (A.S.) Degree is highly recommended (1).  Students should always work closely with their community college advisor. Please contact the Advising and Transfer Center at McHenry County College for more help in planning your academic career.

2 years at McHenry County College

Courses at MCC

Equivalent courses at NIU

CHM 165

General Chemistry I

CHEM 210 and 212

PRG 110

C++ Programming I

CSCI 240 (students will need to communicate with Computer Science Department to officially receive credit for CSCI 240)

EGR 251


MEE 210

EGR 252


MEE 211

EGR 260

Electrical Circuits Analysis

ELE 210

*ENG 151

Composition I

ENGL 103

*ENG 152

Composition II

ENGL 104

MAT 175

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I

MATH 229

MAT 245

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II

MATH 230

MAT 255

Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III

MATH 232

MAT 260

Differential Equations

MATH 336

PHY 291

Principles of Physics I

PHYS 253

PHY 292

Principles of Physics II

PHYS 273

PHY 293

Principles of Physics III

Physics 283

*SPE 151

Introduction to Speech

COMS 100

Humanities & Fine Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Non-Western Cultures or Minority Cultures within the United States.

*Satisfies NIU core competency requirements.

[1] Only A.A. and A.S. degrees satisfy NIU's general education requirements.

General Education Requirements

NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology no longer requires sequences in Social Sciences and Humanities. Therefore, students only need to satisfy NIU's general education requirements. When choosing general education/core competency courses please consult with your McHenry College advisor, verify general education requirements in the  NIU Undergraduate Catalog, and check the Community College Articulation Tables for transferability.

Courses at NIU

Remaining classes to be taken at NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering

ELE 210U

Engineering Circuit Laboratory Project

ELE 250

Computer Engineering I

ELE 250U

Computer Engineering l Laboratory

ELE 315

Signals and Systems

ELE 330

Electronic Circuits

ELE 335

Theory of Semiconductor Devices I

ELE 340

Electrical Power Systems

ELE 356

Computer Engineering II

ELE 360

Communications Systems

ELE 370

Engineering Electromagnetics

ELE 380

Control Systems I

ELE 491

Electrical Engineering Design Proposal

ELE 492
ELE 429

Electrical Engineering Design Project

Biomedical Engineering Design Project

ISYE 220

Engineering Economy

ISYE 335
STAT 350

Statistics for Engineering

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

UEET 101

Introduction to Engineering

18 semester credit hours of Technical Electives

Elective may be any ELE course numbered 400 or higher with the exception of ELE 429, ELE 491, ELE 492, and ELE 497. With the approval of the Department of Electrical Engineering, other mathematics, sciences, or engineering courses may be used as electives. At least 12 of these 18 semester hours must be from the Department of Electrical Engineering, and a minimum of two courses must be selected from one of the following five areas:  Microelectronics, Power/Controls, Signal Processing/Communications, Electromagnetics, and Computer Engineering.

For More Information

For more information on the Department of Electrical Engineering write or call:

Department of Electrical Engineering
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

Visit our Home Page at: This site provides information on course descriptions, course syllabi, lab tours, faculty profiles, student organizations, suggested 4-year degree plan, other useful links, etc.

For undergraduate application materials contact:

Office of Admissions
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2857
(800)892-3050 (toll-free in Illinois)
or (815)753-0446 and ask to speak with a Transfer Counselor.

For more information on transfer programs at McHenry County College contact:

Advising and Transfer Center
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012
(815) 479-7565


Although NIU attempts to accommodate the course requests of all students, some course offerings may be limited by financial, space, and staffing considerations, or may otherwise be unavailable. Nothing in this brochure may be construed to promise or guarantee registration in any course or course of study (whether required or elective), nor may anything be construed to promise or guarantee the completion of an academic program within a specific length of time. All degree requirements are subject to the provisions and notices in the Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2014.