Department of

Electrical Engineering

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Minors

A Minor is a structured collection of classes that make up a sub-discipline.  Minors differ from "areas of specialization" in that:

  • minors (like majors) have specific course requirements rather than course suggestions, and
  • minors are usually cross-disciplinary or in a field that complements a student's given major. All minors require at least 18 credits, but many (and in some cases ALL) of these credits can be counted towards your major requirement as well.

There are many minors available at Penn State. This list includes only the minors that are most related to electrical engineering or that make the best complements to a BSEE degree. How many extra credits these minors require (beyond those required for the BSEE Degree) depends on the specific minor and how you use your various electives. See your adviser to determine how you can fit these minors into your BSEE program most efficiently.

Because most engineering companies operate in a global marketplace, the ability to communicate in a language other than English is an important skill. Completion of any of the following minors would provide a working knowledge of the corresponding written/spoken language.

A complete list of Penn State Minors is available here. More general information about minors is available here.

You can sign up for most minors through ELION. A small number of minors require you to sign up in person. For these minors, obtain a minor application form, fill it out, bring it to the EE Department (121 EE East) to get our signature, and take it to the office that runs the minor.

Certificate Programs

A Certificate Program, like a minor, is a collection of classes that are related in some way. Certificates, however, require even fewer courses than a minor, so they are usually very easy to obtain.

Because Certficate Programs are relatively new, there are not many of them available yet. This will change, however, as the program grows. This list includes only the certificates offered through the College of Engineering. How many extra credits these certificates require (beyond those required for the BSEE Degree) depends on the specific certificate and how you use your various electives. See your adviser to determine how you can fit these certificates into your BSEE program most efficiently.