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Frequently Asked Questions - Online BSEE Program

1. What are the admission requirements for the program?

The equivalent of the following Clemson courses must have been completed with at least a B average.  The applicant should submit a Preliminary Application Form to the ECE Undergraduate Program Coordinator after successfully completing these courses.  Transfer equivalency is determined by the Clemson academic department which teaches the course under consideration. 

    • ENGL 1030 – Accelerated Composition (3 credit hours)
    • CH 1010 – Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
    • CH 1020 – Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
    • CPSC 1110 – Elementary Computer Programming in C/C++ (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 1060 – Calculus of One Variable I (4 credit hours)
    • MATH 1080 – Calculus of One Variable II (4 credit hours)
    • PHYS 1220 – Physics with Calculus I (3 credit hours)
    • PHYS 2210 – Physics with Calculus II (3 credit hours)

It is also strongly recommended that a student complete the following additional courses before entering the online BSEE program:

    • MATH 2060 – Calculus of Several Variables (4 credit hours)
    • MATH 2080 – Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (4 credit hours) 

2. What if I don't meet the GPA requirements for admission?

Although these are the credentials that we anticipate the student will need in order to be successful in the program, we will consider applicants whose GPA is somewhat lower that 3.0, if there is other sufficient evidence of academic potential. 

3. Will it be necessary for me to come to the Clemson campus? What about labs and senior design projects?

The answer is a conditional “no,” as explained below: 

(a) All ECE lecture courses required by the BSEE degree are offered online.  Multiple ECE technical electives are also offered online (a total of three are required by the BSEE program.) 

(b) The two ECE capstone design courses, ECE 4950 and ECE 4960, involve a major, team-based design project.  We anticipate that most students will be able to satisfy this requirement based on a project performed at their work site. However, the project plan must be approved in advance by the ECE Undergraduate Coordinator in order to satisfy the requirements for ECE 4950 and ECE 4960.  If the project is not approved, the student would have to come to campus for two semesters to satisfy the capstone requirement.

(c) It is recommended that students take labs at a university near them and transfer the credit to Clemson.  The 2xxx-level labs may be taken at a technical college.  (Labs, as well as classes, taken from other institutions must be preapproved by Clemson before transfer credit can be assured.)  If a student purchases the lab equipment, it is possible for them take the labs from Clemson via distance learning.  (Currently, the cost of this equipment is about $3,500.)

4. How will course material be presented?

Lectures for most of our online ECE courses have been prepared as custom audio-visual presentations.  Students view the presentation slides and hear the professor speaking. Students can also see highlighting, marking, and writing that the professor enters as he or she presents the lecture.  Students can view the lectures at any time, stop/start them, and replay them as many times as needed. 

5. What access will I have to professors? 

Professors are available via email and telephone. In addition, some professors set up web "chat rooms" or Skype sessions for students and professor to communicate. 

6. How long will it take for me to earn a degree? 

The BSEE degree requires a total of 48 courses (126 credits hours).  The requirements can be categorized as follows:
Courses on Preliminary Application form: 10 courses (36 credit hours)
Required ECE courses, ECE Technical Electives, and ECE capstone design courses:
         18 courses, (54 credit hours)
ECE laboratories:  7 Laboratory Courses (7 credit hours)
Other (General Education and Intro. To Engineering): 13 courses (29 credit hours) 

Therefore, if you have completed all the “Other” courses before you enter the program and take 3 ECE courses plus associated labs per year, it will take about 6 years after you enter the program to complete the ECE part of the EE curriculum.  Additional time will be likely be required if you have not already completed courses than qualify for transfer credits for all courses in the “Other” category. 

7. How often will online classes be will be offered? 

Each ECE course required by the BSEE program and at least three ECE technical electives are offered online at least once a year.  Most of these courses are offered during one of the two 5-week summer sessions.  Some courses are offered online during the fall and spring semesters.  

8. Can the program be entered at any semester?

Yes

9. Is there a time limit for completing the program?

There is no time limit. However, if a student does not maintain continuous enrollment, there is a possibility that he or she would have to adapt to any changes in degree requirements that were implemented while they were not enrolled. 

10. After I start taking classes from Clemson, will it be possible to take courses from other schools and transfer these to Clemson? 

This is possible, but there is a Clemson University rule that 37 of the last 43 credit hours presented for the degree must be taken from Clemson. Transfer courses are approved on a case-by-case basis. 

11. What level of performance is required to progress through the program?

In order to enroll in an ECE course at Clemson, a student must have made a grade of C or better on all prerequisites for that course. 

12. What level of performance is required for graduation? 

Both of the following requirements must be met: - GPA of at least 2.0 on all courses taken from Clemson - GPA of at least 2.0 on all Engineering courses taken at Clemson. 

13. Are there any other rules I should be aware of? 

Department rules state that a student is permitted a maximum of 2 attempts to make a C or better on each ECE course at Clemson. In some exceptional cases, a 3rd attempt is permitted, but that is absolutely the upper limit for attempts that will be approved.

14. Which of my previous undergraduate courses will transfer for credit? 

Prior coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and you will need to provide a syllabus for each course you wish to be considered for transfer credit. Engineering Technology courses generally do not transfer.

15. Is it possible to take any of the prerequisite courses online? 

Some, but not all, of these courses are offered online by Clemson University.  There are other schools, including Colorado Community College Online, http://www.ccconline.org/Future_Students/http://www.ccconline.org/apply, which offer online courses which can be transferred to Clemson.

16. I already have a degree in another field - can I still participate in the BSEE program? 

Yes.

17. Is the online program accredited?

Clemson's Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The online format is one mode of delivery of this accredited program. 

18. When should I apply?

You should apply only for the term in which you plan to enter and take your first class. If you do not enroll for the term you originally apply for, you will need to submit a new application and pay a $75 re-application fee. Applications deadlines can be found here http://www.clemson.edu/admissions/undergraduate/ 

19. How much is the tuition for each course?

Tuition and fees for courses at Clemson can be found on the student financial services website. Please note the cost per credit hour of ECE online courses for any given semester. Only ECE-designated undergraduate courses are at the special in-state +10% tuition rate. All other course requirements outside of ECE will be at the appropriate in or out of state rates.Tuition and fees may change without notice.

For answers to additional questions, please contact:

Patty McNulty
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Clemson University
pmcnult@clemson.edu 

Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

You can view the entire Electrical Engineering curriculum and which courses are available online in this pdf.

To view the current and past EE curricula as well as information on degree requirements, click here.