Oakton Community College and NIU CEET Transfer Guidelines 
B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering discipline encompasses a broad spectrum of technical areas that study electrical phenomena and its properties. The theory, design, development and application of systems that generate power through circuitry, equipment, and other various devices, create innovative ways to improve people's lives. The electrical engineering field employs the largest number of engineers because almost everything in today's world need electricity to run.

B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering at NIU

The curriculum provides students with a fundamental and practical knowledge of electronic devices and circuits, electromagnetic fields, electronic materials, digital signals and systems, computers, communication systems, antenna design, and many forms of electronic design. The new Engineering Building (built in 1995) includes extensive laboratory facilities that are equipped with state-of-the-art representations of exactly that which is found in the commercial sector. There is the robotics and sensor lab, a microelectronic design lab, a class 100 clean room, an application oriented DSP lab with an anechoic chamber, an RF communication slab with a walk in shielded enclosure, an out-of-doors antenna testing tower, a dedicated computer lab, an image processing lab, and a biomedical signal analysis lab.

The 2+2 Plan for Community College Students

Students should always work closely with their community college advisor. Please contact the Student Services Center at Oakton Community College or NIU’s Transfer Center for more help in planning your academic career.

Courses at Oakton Community College

 Courses at OCC


 Equivalent courses at NIU

 CHM 121 (4)

 General College Chemistry I

 CHEM 210+212

 CIS 220

 Intro to C Programming

 CSCI 240

 EGL 101 (3)

 Composition I

 ENGL 103

 EGL 102 (3)

 Composition II

 ENGL 104

 ENG 211 (2)

 Analytical Mechanics (Statics)

 MEE 210

 ENG 212 (3)

 Analytical Mechanics (Dynamics)

 MEE 211

 ENG 250 (3)

 Intro to Digital Systems

 ELE 250

 MAT 250 (5)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

 MATH 229

 MAT 251 (4)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

 MATH 230

 MAT 252 (4)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III

 MATH 232

 MAT 262 (3)

 Ordinary Differential Equations

 MATH 336

 PHY 221 (5)

 General Physics I

 PHYS 253

 PHY 222 (5)

 General Physics II

 PHYS 273

 PHY 223 (4)

 Modern Physics

PHYS 283 (major dept will adjust)


3 semester hours in Humanities/Fine Arts

6 semester hours in Social & Behavioral Sciences

3 semester hours in Contemporary Global Studies

[1] Northern Illinois University permits students to transfer up to a maximum of 66 semester hours of community college credit.

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 Oakton 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 major in Electrical Engineering.

 COMS 100

 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

 ELE 210

 Engineering Circuit Analysis

 ELE 210U

 Engineering Circuit Analysis Lab

 ELE 315

 Signals and Systems

 ELE 330

 Electronic Circuits

 ELE 335

 Theory of Semiconductor Devices I

 ELE 340

 Electrical Power Systems

 ELE 350

 Engineering Logic Design

 ELE 356

 Computer Engineering II

 ELE 360

 Communication Systems

 ELE 370

 Engineering Electromagnetics

 ELE 380

 Control Systems I

 ELE 491

 Electrical Engineering Design Proposal

 ELE 492

 Electrical Engineering Design Project

 ISYE 220

 Engineering Economy

 STAT 350
ISYE 335

 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

 Statistics for Engineering

 UEET 101

 Introduction to Engineering


18 semester credit hours of Technical Electives.

Electives may be any ELE course numbered 400 or higher with the exception of 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 semesters must be selected from one of the following areas:

Microelectronics/Biomedical, Power Controls, Digital 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: http://www.ceet.niu.edu. 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-fee in Illinois)
or (815)753-0446

Apply on-line at: http://www.admissions.niu.edu/admissions/

For more information on transfer programs at Oakton Community College contact:

Student Service Center
Des Plaines Campus, Room 1130


Ray Hartstein Campus, Room A105

Disclaimer: 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 NIU Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2012.