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 elective focus areas according to the type of job or research they plan to pursue. More than 20 EFAs are available, such as bioinformatics, business, communication systems, medical imaging, nanotechnology, power systems, and software engineering; for a complete list, see Elective Focus Areas. Students may also work with their academic advisor to create a customized EFA 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 either the electrical or computer curricular track and begin taking more specialized courses. The Electrical track 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 track 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 an elective focus area (EFA) in consultation with their academic advisor.  Students typically begin EFA courses in their third year.

Course Work

EE students must complete 7 core courses; 10 math, science and communication courses; 6 required Electrical Engineering program courses; 5 electrical or computer track courses; one depth elective; one breadth elective; 6 approved elective focus area (EFA) 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:2110 Engineering Fundamentals I: Statics All 2
ENGR:2120 Engineering Fundamentals II: Electrical Circuits All 3
ENGR:2130 Engineering Fundamentals III: Thermodynamics 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 tracks—computer or electrical—to help prepare them for their EFA course work. 

Course Code Title Semester Offered Hours
ECE:2400 Linear Systems I Spring 3
ECE:2410 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation Spring 3
ECE:3000 Professional Seminar: Electrical Engineering Fall 1
ECE:3320 Introduction to Digital Design Fall 3
ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits Fall 3
ECE:3700 Electromagnetic Theory Fall 3
Track Courses Electrical or Computer (See below)   15

Electrical Track Courses

Students in the electrical track complete these track courses. Click Here for Curriculum Guide

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

 

Embedded Systems. 

Students beginning their major in fall 2018 and after will be required to take ECE:3360 Embedded Systems (spring, 3 s.h.) as one of their technical EFA courses.  Students who began their major before fall 2018 are strongly encouraged to take ECE:3360 Embedded Systems (spring, 3 s.h.) as one of their technical EFA courses.

Computer Track Courses

Students in the computer track complete five track courses plus CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures as an elective focus area course. Students completing the computer track 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 (Required EFA Course) All 4
ECE:3330 Software Design Fall 3
ECE:3350 Computer Architecture Spring 3
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems and System Software Spring 3
CS:3330 Algorithms All 3

Track Breadth and Depth Elective Courses

Students complete one track breadth elective and one track depth elective.

Students in the computer track must choose their track breadth elective from the list of required electrical track courses above. Students in the electrical track must choose their track breadth elective from the list of required computer track courses. Students in either track may instead use ECE:3540 Communication Networks as their track breadth elective.

The track depth elective must be an advanced course in a subject area within a student's track—normally numbered 4000 or above.

Elective Focus Area

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

Students complete six elective focus area courses (18 s.h.) in addition to their track breadth and track depth courses, which they choose according to guidelines established by the department.

Students who choose their EFA 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 in the computer track must take CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures as an elective focus area course which in turn satisfies the requirements for a minor in computer science. 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. The requirements are the following:

  1. Engineering Be Creative: Complete 3 s.h.
    A full list of approved courses can be found on the Engineering Be Creative Course List.
  2. CLAS General Education Course:  Complete 3 s.h.
    Students must complete 3 s.h. of coursework from one of the approved CLAS GEC categories (listed below).
    • Interpretation of Literature 
    • World Languages 
    • Historical Perspectives 
    • International and Global Issues 
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts 
    • Values, Society, and Diversity 
    • Social Science
  3. Complete 9 s.h. of Approved Course Subjects.

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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