Electrical Engineering Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering requires a minimum of 128 s.h. of coursework. The major provides technical depth and breadth along with the flexibility for students to customize their programs according to their own goals and interests. Students choose one of several focus areas according to the type of job or research they plan to pursue. More than 20 Focus Areas are available, such as bioinformatics, business, communication systems, medical imaging, nanotechnology, power systems, and software engineering; for a complete list, see Focus Areas. Students may also work with their academic advisor to create a customized FA plan tailored to their goals and objectives.

EE students complete B.S.E. core requirements, including:  RHET:1030 Rhetoric; ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving; ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing; and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics. Students must earn a grade of C-minus or higher in the core requirements MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus and MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus.

Students also complete the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, an elective focus area, and the general education component. For information about the curriculum stems, see Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Catalog.

The  curriculum is built on a common core of electrical and computer engineering courses taken by all students. Beginning in the sophomore year students select an interest in electrical or computer and begin taking more specialized courses. The Electrical interest is intended to provide a broad background in electrical engineering concepts and practice that prepares students for graduate study or electrical engineering careers in a wide range of industries and organizations. The Computer interest provides focus and depth for students preparing for graduate study, or a career in computer hardware or software engineering.

Electrical Engineering students complete the curriculum listed under Academic Plans. During their second year, they select a focus area (FA) in consultation with their academic advisor.  Students typically begin FA courses in their third year.

Course Work

New Curriculum Starting Fall 2021 for all EE students.

  • ENGR:2110 Statics is no longer required for the EE major. This course has been replaced with a minimum 2 s.h. focus area free elective.
    • If a student has already taken Statics, then they should list it as this elective.
  • ENGR:2130 Thermodynamics is no longer required for the EE major.
    • This course has been replaced by a 3 s.h. ECE course for students with computer interest. Students enrolled before Fall 2021 may substitute Thermodynamics for this course. This substitution will happen automatically.
    • This course has been replaced by PHYS:2704 Physics IV for students with electrical interest. Students enrolled before Fall 2021 may substitute Thermodynamics for PHYS:2704 Physics IV. This substitution will happen automatically.
  • CS courses for Informatics majors (including CS:3980 Topics in Computer Science I) taken after summer 2021 can no longer be used as a technical elective on the Focus Area Plan of Study.
  • Students wanting to take CS:3980 should take CS:4980 Topics in Computer Science II instead since these courses are designed for CS and CSE majors.
  • EE-electrical Changes
    • ECE:3360 Embedded Systems is required for students entering the program starting in Fall 2019.
  • EE-computer Changes
    • CS:2230 Data Structures is now listed as a computer track course.
    • ECE:3360 Embedded Systems is still required but is no longer listed as a computer track course.

EE students must complete 7 core courses; 10 math, science and communication courses; 6 required Electrical Engineering program courses; 5 electrical or computer interest courses; one depth elective; one breadth elective; 7 approved focus area (FA) courses; 5 general education courses (GEC); and a two-semester capstone design sequence.

The electrical engineering major requires the following course work.

Core Engineering Courses

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
ENGR:1000 Engineering Success for First-Year Students Fall 1
ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving Fall 3
ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing Fall & Spring 3
ENGR:2120 Engineering Fundamentals II: Electrical Circuits All 3
ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering All 3

Math, Science and Communication Courses

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
RHET:1030 Rhetoric All 4
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I All 4
PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I All 4
PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics II (with laboratory) Fall & Spring 4
MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus All 4
MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus All 4
MATH:2550 Engineering Mathematics III: Matrix Algebra All 2
MATH:2560 Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations All 3
MATH:3550 Engineering Mathematics V: Vector Calculus Fall & Spring 3
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences All 3

Required Program Courses

Students select one of two curricular interests—computer or electrical—to help prepare them for their FA course work. 

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
ECE:2400 Linear Systems I Fall & Spring 3
ECE:2410 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation Fall & Spring 4
ECE:3000 Professional Seminar: Electrical Engineering Fall 1
ECE:3320 Introduction to Digital Design Fall 3
ECE:3360 Embedded Systemsa Fall & Spring 3
ECE:3700 Electromagnetic Theory Fall 3
Interest Courses Electrical or Computer (See below)   15

aStudents enrolled before Fall 2018 may substitute a 3 s.h. technical elective course for ECE:3360 Embedded Systems.

Electrical Interest Courses

Students with electrical interest complete the following courses. Click Here for Curriculum Guide

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
ECE:3400 Linear Systems II Fall 3
ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits Fall 4
ECE:3500 Communications Systems Spring 3
ECE:3600 Control Systems Spring 3
ECE:3720 Semiconductor Devices Spring 3

Computer Interest Courses

Students with computer interest complete the following courses. Students completing the computer interest automatically earn a minor in computer science. Click Here for Curriculum Guide

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
CS:2210 Discrete Structures All 3
CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures All 4
ECE:3330 Software Design Fall & Spring 3
ECE:3350 Computer Architecture Spring 3
CS:3330 Algorithms All 3

Breadth Elective

Students must complete one breadth elective. Students with computer interest choose their breadth elective from the list of required electrical interest courses and ECE:3540 Communication Networks. Students with electrical interest choose their breadth elective from the list of required computer interest courses and ECE:3540 Communication Networks.

Depth Elective

Students must complete one depth elective. The depth elective must be an advanced course in a subject area within a student's designated interest (electrical or computer)—normally numbered 4000 or above.

Focus Area

Students select a focus area (FA) to personalize their curriculum and to help them prepare for the type of job or research they plan to pursue. More than 20 FAs are available, such as bioinformatics, business, communication systems, medical imaging, nanotechnology, power systems, and software engineering; for a complete list, see Focus Areas. Students may also work with their academic advisor to create a customized FA plan tailored to their goals and interests.

Students must select their seven focus area courses (6*3 + 2 = 20 s.h.), breadth elective and depth elective according to guidelines established by the department.

Students who choose their FA and GEC courses carefully may be able to earn the Certificate in Sustainability, the Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship, or one of several undergraduate minors offered by the University without taking courses beyond those required for the electrical engineering major. Students that take one additional advanced math course meet the requirements for a minor in mathematics.

General Education Courses

Student are required to take at least 15 semester hours of General Education Component (GEC) course credit, see the General Education Component on the College of Engineering website. Click here for more details.

Capstone Design Courses

In their senior year, students complete a two-semester capstone design sequence culminating in the development and implementation of a significant, original project. The capstone design experience emphasizes team work, professionalism, open-ended problem solving, and the ability to work within real-world constraints and engineering standards.

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
ECE:4880 Principles of Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Fall & Spring 3
ECE:4890 Senior Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Fall & Spring 3

 

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