Computer Networks (Computer)

Computer Networks FA


Network engineers design, develop and configure, and maintain the high-speed wired and wireless digital networks that carry vast amounts of data, enabling the Internet, cell phones, television, and every other kind of electronic information exchange.

This FA combines a background in computer hardware and software (gained through the computer interest of the curriculum) with additional knowledge of computer networks, communication theory, and computer security.

Students pursuing this FA may find employment with companies that design and manufacture networking products such as modems, routers, and switches, telecommunication providers, and companies that design and deploy network technologies

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

EE Computer Interest Requirements Suggested Options
Interest Computer Interest
Depth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5320 High Performance Computer Architecture (Same as: CS:5610)
ECE:5330 Graph Algorithms and Combinatorial Optimization (Same as: IGPI:5331)
Breadth Elective
(Select One)
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
ECE:3400 Linear System II
5000-Level ECE Elective
(Select Two)
All 5000-level depth electives listed above and


ECE:5520 Information and Coding Theory (Prerequisites: ECE:3500 )
ECE:5530 Wireless Sensor Networks (Prerequisites: ECE:3500 )
ECE:5500 Communication Theory (Prerequisites: ECE:3500 )
Technical Elective
(Select Three)
All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and


CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures (Required)
ECE:3500 Communication Systems (Prerequisites: ECE:3400)
CS:5620 Distributed Systems and Algorithms
CS:4640 Computer Security
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

  • Several of the advanced courses in this FA require a prerequisite of ECE:3500 which, in turn, requires ECE:3400 as a prerequisite. Due to this prerequisite chain, careful planning and consultation with your academic advisor is necessary.
  • All Computer Interest students satisfy the requirements for a minor in Computer Science.
  • A minor in Mathematics can be earned by including one qualifying Math course in the FA plan.

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