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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering




Undergraduate Program

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Program Objectives

The Electrical Engineering program seeks to prepare graduates who, after the first few years of their professional career, have:

  • Established themselves as practicing engineering professionals in industry or government, or engaged in graduate study.
  • Demonstrated their ability to work successfully as members of a professional team and function effectively as responsible professionals.
  • Demonstrated their ability to adapt to new technology and career challenges.

Curriculum And Overview Of Courses

The Core Curriculum For Electrical Engineering Majors

The following section outlines the core curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In addition, course scheduling information is provided within this section.

Prerequisite Structure

The prerequisite structure for electrical engineering courses required for the BSEE is diagramed in the EE curriculum, "Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Curriculum". These diagrams coincide with the showcase curricula previously mentioned. When selecting a course schedule, it is imperative that this prerequisite structure be followed absolutely. For example, a student may take ECE-202 only if ECE-201 has been completed successfully.

Technical Electives

Technical electives are required for the electrical engineering and computer engineering undergraduate degree programs. Students must select a minimum of four technical electives from the following listing but are not required to choose all of their technical electives from one particular emphasis area. They may choose any four technical electives of interest. Courses are grouped in emphasis areas to allow students to specialize in an area of interest if they so desire. Additionally, electrical engineering students may choose technical electives from computer engineering emphasis areas and vice versa. All prerequisite courses listed below in italics must be passed with a grade of C or better in order to proceed in the curriculum.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Emphasis Areas

System Science

Courses

Title

ECE 355

Intro to Networks and Data Communications (P-junior standing) - fall

ECE 451

Communication Systems (P-ECE 202, 304) - spring

ECE 455

Network Engineering and Design (P-ECE 355, or permission from instructor) - spring

ECE 458

Instrumentation (P-ECE 202, PHYS 102N, 112N or 232N) - spring

ECE 461

Automatic Control Systems (P-ECE 202) - fall

ECE 482

VLSI Systems Design (P/C ECE 241, 313) - spring

Physical Science

Courses

Title

ECE 303

Introduction to Electric Power (P-ECE 201) - fall

ECE 403

Power Electronics (P-MATH 307 and ECE 303)

ECE 404

Electric Drives (P-ECE 201 and ECE 303)

ECE 454

Introduction to Bioelectrics (P-MATH 200 or higher, PHYS 111N or higher) - fall

ECE 458

Instrumentation (ECE 202, PHYS 102N, 112N or 232N) - spring

ECE 472

Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing (P-ECE 323) - fall

ECE 473

Solid State Electronics (P-ECE 313, 323, 332) - fall

ECE 474

Optical Communications (P-ECE 323 and MATH 312) - spring

ECE 478

Lasers and Laser Applications in Engineering (P-ECE 313 and MATH 312) - spring

Digital Design

Courses

Title

ECE 341

Digital System Design (P-ECE 241)

ECE 346

Microcontrollers (P-ECE 241) - spring

ECE 443

Computer Architecture (P-ECE 341, 346, P/C-ECE 304, 489W) - fall

ECE 458

Instrumentation (ECE 202, PHYS 102N, 112N or 232N) - spring

Modeling and Simulation, Medical Imaging Computer Graphics and Visualization

Courses

Title

ECE 405

Introduction to Discrete Event Simulation (P-ECE 304 or equiv.) - spring

ECE 406

Introduction to Visualization (P-CS 150) - fall

ECE 407

Introduction to Game Development (P-CS 361 or equivalent) - spring

ECE 462

Introduction to Medical Image Analysis (P-MATH 212)

ECE 481

Introduction to Digital Image Processing (P-ECE 202) - spring

CS 460

Computer Graphics (P-CS 361)

Computer Hardware, Embedded Systems, Real-Time Systems, FPGA/VLSI Design

Courses

Title

ECE 332

Microelectronic Materials and Processes (P-ECE 202) - fall

ECE 387

Microelectronic Fabrication Laboratory (P-ECE 332) - spring

ECE 441

Advanced Digital Design and FPGAs (P-ECE 341) - spring

ECE 482

VLSI Systems Design (P-ECE 241, 313) - spring

ECE 483

Embedded Systems (P-ECE 313, 346) - fall

Computer Networks, Wireless Communications, Sensor Networks, Network Security

Courses

Title

ECE 355

Intro to Networks and Data Communications (P-junior standing) - fall

ECE 455

Network Engineering and Design (P-ECE 355, or permission from instructor) - spring

ECE 451

Communication Systems (P-ECE 202, 304) - spring

ECE 452

Intro to Wireless Communication Networks (P-ECE 202, 304) - spring

CS 472

Network Systems Security (P-CS 361)

Signal/Image Processing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Intelligence

Courses

Title

ECE 481

Introduction to Digital Image Processing (P-ECE 202) - spring

ECE 462

Introduction to Medical Image Analysis (P-MATH 212)

Non-major Engineering Elective

The non-major engineering elective provides the student with exposure to another engineering field. This three hour course must meet the criteria for an ABET approved engineering science course and all prerequisites for the course must be met.

One of the following courses is suggested: CEE 204-Statics, ME 201-Materials Science, ME 204-Statics, any CS course, or any Engineering Management course.

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DOUBLE MAJORS/DOUBLE DEGREES

Students may wish to fulfill the Upper Division General Education requirement by choosing to complete both majors within our department. Through careful planning, this could be accomplished by taking only a few extra courses in addition to those required for the first major. The extra courses would be taken in place of the elective courses. A minimum of 129 credits are needed to complete all requirements for both majors. Students earning less than 150 credits would receive one degree listing both majors (double major), the primary major and the secondary major. Students having accumulated a total of 150 or more credit hours (mainly transfer students with extra credits) would receive two distinct degrees (double degree).

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The ECE department has collaborated with the Physics Department to make a similar double degree option available to those students who wish to complete both the Electrical Engineering and the Physics degrees. The combined program requires 150 credits or more, thus giving students two distinct degrees.

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