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100% Online Electrical Engineering Program

  1. Jul 7, 2015 #26
    For me, it would not be possible. That's not to say you or others won't be able to. You'd have have to put every once of spare time into it though, or be able to work on homework at work on a regular basis.
  2. Jul 8, 2015 #27
    At the rate of 1 course per 7.5 weeks, how long do you think it will take to finish the entire program? Also, did they make you take any pre-req exams to enroll for Calculus I?
  3. Jul 8, 2015 #28
    It would probably take 7 years to complete the program one class at a time(assuming summer classes are taken). Less if the easier gen ed classes are taken two at a time. I do think a math placement test is required if you would be entering as a freshman. I had taken all of my calc classes at a community college, so I did not have to take a placement test for the ASU program. Of course I had to take it for the community college though.

    A list of the required classes:

    Taking one class at a time(including summer) would mean taking 5 classes per year.
  4. Aug 11, 2015 #29

    Thanks to all who have contributed to this forum! It is the only one I managed to find concerning ASU's Electrical Engineering program. That being said, I begin the degree program on the 20th of this month and was wondering if anyone else is also starting their journey? I am a transfer student that has basically the prerequisites out of the way. Please shoot me an email...It would be great to form a study group!
  5. Aug 13, 2015 #30
    I am currently enrolled in the program and have been since January 2014, so coming up on 2 years after fall semester. I had to take a pre-calc test before taking calc I. I've completed all three calc's and those were a doozy, especially since I took Calc I and Calc II during the summer which meant even shorter semesters, 6ish weeks. Most of my credits didn't transfer so I've been doing a lot of the prereqs the last 5 semesters with some random science classes thrown in there. I've complete chemistry, intro to C++, Digital Design, the three calc's, intro to engineering (prereq for all engineers) and I think that's it for the math and sciences. I'm working full-time usually 50 hours a week, have a family and have been doing some major home repairs but have still been able to take two classes at a time. But as Flawesome said, it was difficult and I'm sure there were things I missed or didn't grasp fully. The 8 week courses are tough but doable if you are dedicated. This Fall semester, I'm taking Physics 121 with the lab along with linear algebra for the first 8 weeks and Physics 131 with Differential Equations the second 8 weeks so this will be the test on how well I can do with two intense courses at a time. The first two years I was able to take a science or math course with a liberal arts course or something else less intensive. I feel that even though the classes are sometimes difficult to follow since they're just pre-made videos and don't always explain everything fully, I'm still getting a lot out of the classes. There's a lot of looking up information on your own, which is a downside, but usually the students help each other out. There's always a few smarties in the class that seem to know everything that are the most help. I literally just finished my last two non science classes on Tuesday and couldn't be more thrilled. I'm not big into doing a lot of writing.

    I feel it's a great program for the working people out there who don't have time to take off for 2-4 years to finish a degree. It's ABET accredited and I can tell you that means a lot in the engineering world. My last job, I was the only non engineer who worked there and that's all they asked about, is if it was ABET accredited. I know AMU has an Electrical Engineering online program as well but they don't have that accreditation. I wish everyone luck who decides to go through with it and remember to hang in there, get a tutor if you have to or can, ask questions to fellow students and just put in the effort. I'm hoping I can take my own advice for the next 2ish years and get done.
  6. Oct 5, 2015 #31
    I am actually planning on going through with the program myself. I originally applied months ago for software engineering but decided to wait a bit longer to think about what I wanted to do. I was studying electrical engineering over a year ago before I left school and took some time off to test the waters, mature a bit more, do some internships, and jump start my career as a programmer. Right now, I work mostly for myself, so I figured I had the flexibility now to try out this degree with minimal hiccups. I didn't want to go the "brick and mortar" route again because most schools in DC are absurdly expensive (I don't plan on moving anytime soon) plus I want to still have the option of working a 9 to 5 if the right opportunity came along.

    I am really interested in a lot of the CSE and CPI courses that the school offers as well. Does anyone have any experience with taking extra electives? I looked through the major map and there seems to be only one slot where taking a non-EE technical elective is listed. I would like to take at least three or four.
  7. Nov 24, 2015 #32
    Hi all. Thanks for the thread, I really appreciate it. I'm almost done with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I am interested in ASU's online Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree. Would it be worthwhile to pursue it? I'm mostly asking because I'm interested in a second undergrad to make myself more competitive in the marketplace and more importantly to learn interesting things while pursuing a credential. I work with hardware validaiton automation and I enjoy it, so I was interested in learning more about hardware itself. EE sounds cool. Is it a rigorous program? Do I need to expect a lot of additional costs outside of the tuition? For example, books, hardware, etc.

    I'm interested in the program for my brother as well, who is interested in starting college as a freshman doing EE online so that he can keep his job. Does anyone know what job prospects were like for graduates who secured internships and whatnot? Thanks.
  8. Nov 24, 2015 #33
    I'd say it is quite a rigorous program, but I do think you would find it interesting. I don't know if it would be worth the cost and time or not for you. A masters in anything might give you more bang for your buck than a second undergrad degree. The hardware will cost about $200 but it will be reused in most of the classes. The books can be quite expensive, but it is fairly easy to find a free pdf version most of the time. Most of the classes have a $30-$50 "special class fee" or something of the sort and every semester seems to come with a $50 "technology fee". There is also a $23 per half semester(semesters are seperated into an A half and a B half) fee that goes into a pool to help with the financial aid of other students.
  9. Dec 27, 2015 #34
    I am thinking about enrolling in this program and already have a Bachelors of Science degree. The adviser I have talked to will not give me any real information unless I pay the fee to start an application but I was wondering if anyone else was in my situation and if your elective and gen ed courses transferred over? I know I will have to take calc before enrolling but I am trying to gauge just how long this will take me to complete as I am also working full time. Thanks for any help or insight you can give.
  10. Dec 28, 2015 #35
    As far as gen eds go, you will need:
    Upper Division Literacy and Critical Inquiry (3 hours) -any writing intensive 300 or 400 level class should suffice. All other "literacy" requirements will almost certainly have been met when you got your first degree.

    15 hours of humanities/arts/social sciences

    4 hours of "natural science" - if you took 4hours of bio, you are good to go here

    Historical Awareness 3hrs
    Cultural Diversity in the U.S. 3hrs
    Global Awareness 3hrs

    all three of the above are nebulous categories and will probably be fulfilled by classes you have already taken.

    Computer/Statistics/Quantitative: 3 hours

    economics: macro or micro

    As far as none gen eds go....
    Math: calc 1,2,3 , linear algebra, differential equations
    physics: 1,2,3
    Electrical Engineering Lower Division 22 hours - if you have taken electrical engineering classes they will probably transfer here. Some computer science classes such as intro to C++ or computer architecture may also transfer.
    Electrical Engineering Upper Division: 47 hours - these will almost certainly have to be taken at asu.

    I /think/ that's everything, but I'll edit this if I remember anything else.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2015
  11. Feb 11, 2016 #36
    Does anyone know how they do Senior Design Project? I can't find anything about it.. It appears that they only have on campus versions of the course....
  12. Apr 23, 2016 #37
    I'm sure there are many out there like me. I have scoured the internet for online engineering programs, stumbled on ASU, and hemmed and hawed for over a year on it.

    Background: I took online and night classes at a different university and have my B.S. in Business Management, which got me a job in production management. I moved within the company from production to manufacturing, and from manufacturing to Process Engineering department. I am currently working as a process engineering specialist (which means one step up from technician). At the moment I am working on getting my LabVIEW certificates. I have an 11 year old and a 15 month old with plans to have another; I commute 1 hour each way to work.....time in my life is precious.

    This thread is the most helpful thing I have found in terms of helping me decide to pull the trigger or not. I am still hemming and hawing but I check this thread regularly (first time saying anything) for updates.

    I really look forward to more people engaging in this thread and adding information. I know there are a lot of us out there who feel they can perform as an engineer (or currently do) but don't have the degree to command the salary, respect, or responsibility that goes along with it. Pursuing ASU's online program is such a big (and long) commitment and hearing other people's stories and input really helps someone like me gather the needed information to make a decision.

    Thank you to all who have contributed.
  13. Jun 27, 2016 #38
    This thread has been super helpful. I'm looking into entering this online program. I have several EE-related credits under my belt. Long story short, I had to stop my studies and now I just want to pick up where I left off and finish (although, I'm aware some classes may not transfer and I'll just have to re-do them anyway). I'm in a situation where I'm supporting myself and can't afford to quit or take off time, so the flexibility this opportunity would allow is greatly ideal. I'm so glad to have gotten some real input from ppl who have started in this program; I now have a better idea of what to expect.
  14. Dec 5, 2016 #39
    Greeting Everyone,

    I have been following this thread for a while now and even though I had some reservations on the program I went ahead and applied. I find it a little odd that they do not give to much info unless you apply, but it seems to work for them.

    The reviews seem to be pretty good with no real major complaints. I am in an EE program now but find it way to difficult to schedule classes with work. I have been taking classes part-time on and off for many years, so I am real curious to see how the transfer credit goes for me. Several of my general ed classes are over 10 years old, so they may not accept them.

    anyone have any insight on the transfer process or how they like / hate the program?

  15. Dec 6, 2016 #40
    So as you are a hiring manager, let me ask this? Does the global position of a university, one attends affect towards job opportunities? If some one graduate from a university that rank very low, like 7000, what type of acceptance that person would get when applying to a job? How can that person compete with those who've graduated from well recognized universities that are ranked much higher.?
  16. Dec 6, 2016 #41
    He already answered this perfectly: "As a hiring manager, I don't care where a candidate obtains their education. I care that the candidate's competencies align with the job and that s/he has the motivation, integrity, curiosity and sense of ownership that will produce effective results. In my experience, comprehensive interviewing techniques do a good job of selecting candidates that fit the above criteria."

    Its as clear as it gets.
  17. Jun 27, 2017 #42
    Hi everyone. Please excuse my bad English as its not my 1st language.
    I just came across this great thread and I'd like to thank everyone for the input as most of my questions got answered here. I however still have a few more questions that I can't seem to find answers for on the net.

    *I just recently submitted my application for the online BSE Electrical Engineering program at ASU and my very 1st concern is whether I'll get accepted.
    - I'm a South African and our high school education system is different from the US system; we don't use the gpa format for grades but just percentages. I however came across some website that could convert my South African highschool diploma grades to a gpa format and I ended up with an average gpa of 2.7 (HighShool GPA: [https://imgur.com/a/8dcfH]) which is lower than whats required, will this disqualify me?

    *In addition, I did take two years of college level classes and my gpa improved to 2.85 (completed University Courses GPA:[​IMG] [https://imgur.com/a/AqBD0]) which is still lower than whats required.
    - I was registered for a technical oriented diploma program(for technicians) in Electrical Engineering in some University in my country, I later dropped out after i found that I can't become an Engineer in this route. Since I already got exposure into Electrical Engineering studies, what are my chances of getting accepted with a low gpa of 2.85 as an international student?

    *When I do get accepted I'd like to complete this program in 2.5 years (preferably not longer then 3 years ). I have no kids, no wife, no job and my plan is do this program on a full time basis (~50 study hours per week) by taking 3 subject per every a 8week term. However B-Rad12 mentioned in his 2015 post that the school was previously not offering many EE courses per semester, how is the situation at this preset moment? Are they now offering sufficient courses per semester that will enable me register 3 courses at the same time during every 8week term?

    *As to how the online students take exams is a question that have crossed my mind for quiet some time now...can someone please tell me how are the exams for online students conducted? Do you take the exam on paper or online? Is the exam scheduled or can I take the exam whenever i feel ready for it?

    *Lastly, if my application is unsuccessful (which will presumably be due to low gpa) are there any affordable and accredited(and accepted by ASU) prerequisites courses that I can do online at a short period of time to improve my GPA for ASU? I'm currently doing the following three freshmen courses offered by ASU via Edx; PreCalculus, College Algebra and English Composition, will three courses (with good grades of-course) be enough to get me into ASU?

    Thanks in advanced for the prompt respond
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 21, 2018
  18. Dec 19, 2017 #43
    Would like to know about research papers and capstone projects required for this program. I am a former navy electrician who is working as an electrical and instrumentation tech in a manufacturing environment.
  19. Apr 8, 2018 #44
    Looking to transfer from a CC. any feedback about the course from anyone that graduated, and have you been able to find employment? Any other info definitely helpful and appreciated. Best thread on the web did this topic.
  20. Jun 20, 2018 #45
    Hi guys,
    I just found this forum and I am thankful for it because there isn't much information on the web on ASU's online engineering program. Anyways, here's my situation:

    -Already have a bachelor's in biology
    -I was in the process of obtaining a PTEC degree but landed a job at a power plant before I could finish
    -Now I'm considering EE and my research led me to ASU online.

    My questions:
    -What has your experience with ASU online been like? Pros AND cons...
    -Do you guys think the program is right for me being that I am on a shift work-like schedule?
    -Are there any study groups out there that I can join although I'm not in the program yet?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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