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Communication systems engineers design and construct the transmitters, receivers, and infrastructure, that make communication via commercial radio and television, wired and wireless phones, the Internet, and all other information transmission systems, possible.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of communications systems area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in electromagnetics, signal processing, analog and digital modulation, circuit design, wireless sensing, and network communication.

Communication systems engineers find employment in the telecommunications industry, commercial radio and television, the Internet and computer equipment industry, the utilities industry, manufacturing, and more generally, anywhere information must be moved from one location to another.

Students interested in this EFA are encouraged to consider the course suggestions listed below when completing their Plan of Study Form.

EE Electrical Track Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track
Depth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:5500 Communication Theory
ECE:5520 Information and Coding Theory
ECE:5530 Wireless Sensor Networks
Breadth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
ECE:3330 Software Design
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)
All 5000-level depth electives listed above and


ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing (Same as: IGPI:5460)
ECE:5600 Control Theory (Same as: ME:5360)
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
Technical Elective
(Select Three)
All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and


MATH:4200 Complex Variables
Additional Elective
(Select One*)
Any of the above OR course selected in consultation with advisor.


* Students graduating before Fall 2017 are required to select two additional electives.

Advising Notes

  • A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the EFA plan.

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