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electrical engineer
Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Electrical Engineering


Penn State's 9-credit online electrical engineering postbaccalaureate program offers a broad range of courses to help you expand your knowledge base or focus on a specific interest. All courses in this self-paced program are delivered asynchronously, meaning you are not required to log in at a particular time, but must meet weekly deadlines. You can complete your graduate certificate online on a part-time basis.

Course List - Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Electrical Engineering

Required Courses (select 9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Communication Systems II EE 460 Provides detailed performance analysis of communications systems first studied in introductory communications courses such as EE 360 or EE 461. 3 credits
Linear Systems: Time Domain and Transform Analysis EE 480 The major topics covered in this course include Signals and Systems representations, classifications, and analysis using; Difference and Differential Equations, Laplace Transform, Z-Transform, Fourier series, Fourier Transform, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), Discrete-Time Fourier Transform (DTFT) and Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT). 3 credits
Power Systems Analysis I EE 488 Fundamentals, power transformers, transmission lines, power flow, fault calculations, power system controls. 3 credits
Engineering Electromagnetics EE 531 Electromagnetic field theory fundamentals with application to transmission lines, waveguides, cavities, antennas, radar, and radio propagation. 3 credits
Topics in Digital Signal Processing EE 553 Parametric modeling, spectral estimation, efficient transforms and convolution algorithms, multirate processing, and selected applications involving non-linear and time-variant filters. 3 credits
Probability, Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes EE 560

Review of probability theory and random variables; mathematical description of random signals; linear system response; Wiener, Kalman, and other filtering. 

Prerequisite: EE 350; STAT 418

3 credits
Linear Control Systems EE 580 Continuous and discrete-time linear control systems; state variable models; analytical design for deterministic and random inputs; time-varying systems and stability. 3 credits
Optimal Control EE 581

Variational methods in control system design; classical calculus of variations, dynamic programming, maximum principle; optimal digital control systems; state estimation. 

Prerequisite: EE 580

3 credits
Power System Control and Operation EE 588

Steady-state and dynamic model of synchronous machines, excitation systems, unit commitment, control of generation, optimal power flow.

Prerequisite: EE 488

3 credits

Smart Grid Control and Dynamics

EE 589 This course covers the application of advanced power electronics in power apparatus. 3 credits

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