Electrical Engineering

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is a multifaceted discipline that over the last century has produced an astounding progression of technological innovations that have shaped virtually every aspect of modern life. Electrical engineers need a broad and solid foundation in mathematics and physics to support their education in the engineering principles of analysis, synthesis, design, implementation, and testing of the devices and systems that provide the bedrock of modern energy, communication, sensing, computing, medical, security, and defense infrastructures. Within each subdiscipline one can find application domains that strongly rely on hands-on experimental work or that are based on theoretical, mathematical and computational approaches. The multidisciplinary nature of the electrical engineering education addresses the growing demand for the innovation and design of sensing, communication, computing, and decision-making systems of increasing complexity in consumer, defense, and medical applications.

The curriculum starts with a core of fundamental courses on circuits, electromagnetics, solid-state electronics, and computer systems, leading to a comprehensive array of specialized courses and laboratories in all of the important areas of modern electrical engineering.  These range from power and energy systems to electronic, opto-electronic, and photonic devices; integrated circuits; telecommunications and remote sensing; control systems; robotics; signal processing; and bio-medical instrumentation and sensing.

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.

Technical grade point average requirements for graduation and advanced-level course registration apply to students in this curriculum. These rules are summarized at the College of Engineering's undergraduate advising website.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
Total Hours0
1

External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 286Intro to Differential Eq Plus4
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
Total Hours31
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

Electrical Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of electrical engineering.

ECE 110Introduction to Electronics 13
ECE 120Introduction to Computing4
ECE 220Computer Systems & Programming4
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
ECE 313Probability with Engrg Applic 23
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
ECE 340Semiconductor Electronics3
ECE 385Digital Systems Laboratory3
ECE 445Senior Design Project Lab 34
Total Hours31
1

Freshmen take ECE 110 for 3 credit hours. Lab-only version of ECE 110 taken by transfer students (with special permission) is 1 credit hour. 

2

STAT 410 may be substituted.

3

 ECE 496 AND ECE 499 may be substituted.

Technical Electives

This elective requirement gives each student freedom to define a technical course of study in electrical engineering of considerable breadth and focus. The Advanced Core ECE Electives are introductory to major subdisciplines of electrical engineering.

32 hours, to include: 5
Non-ECE courses 56
ECE Courses to include:20
Select three from the following list of Advanced Core ECE electives:
Computer Systems Engineering
Data Structures
Digital Signal Processing
Power Ckts & Electromechanics
Electronic Circuits
Fields and Waves II
Select three ECE labs identified in the List of Technical Electives 5

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list.6
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing ECE 445 in the Electrical Engineering Technical Core). May be satisfied by completing a course in either the liberal education or free elective categories which has the Advanced Composition designation.
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors. At least seven hours must be taken for a grade.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 12

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
RHET 105Writing and Research4
OR 
CHEM 102
CHEM 103
 
MATH 2211Calculus I4
ECE 1102Introduction to Electronics3
Liberal Education elective34
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
CHEM 102
CHEM 103
General Chemistry I4
OR 
RHET 105 
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
MATH 231Calculus II3
ECE 120Introduction to Computing4
 Semester Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
ECE 220Computer Systems Programming4
Liberal Education elective34
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
MATH 286Intro to Differential Eq Plus4
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
Free elective4
 Semester Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
ECE 3134Probability with Engrg Applic3
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
Technical elective57
Liberal education elective34
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
ECE 385Digital Systems Laboratory3
ECE 340Semiconductor Electronics3
Technical electives58
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
ECE 4456Senior Design Project Lab4
Technical electives55
Free electives4
Liberal Education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
Technical electives512
Free electives4
 Semester Hours16
 Total Hours: 128
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

2

Freshmen take ECE 110 for 3 credit hours. Lab only version of ECE 110 taken by transfer students (with special permission) is 1 credit hour. 

3

Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

4

STAT 410 may be substituted

5

A minimum of 32 hours chosen from the departmentally approved list of Technical Electives. Of these, at least three courses are to be chosen from the ECE advanced core electives and three courses from the list of ECE laboratory electives; 20 hours must be ECE course work, six hours non-ECE course work, and the remaining hours may be chosen from the entire List.

6

Satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.