Program Overview

Lower-Division Core

The lower-division core provides students with a basic background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry; computer hardware and software fundamentals; electric circuit fundamentals and electrical engineering laboratory experience; statics and dynamics; and communication skills, humanities, and social sciences.

Upper-Division Core

The upper-division core for electrical engineering and computer engineering provides students with a basic education in the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering.

The upper-division core in electrical engineering includes: fundamentals of circuits (3 semester credit hours), controls (3 semester credit hours), electromagnetics (3 semester credit hours), electronics (6 semester credit hours), electronic devices (3 semester credit hours), and probability and random processes (3 semester credit hours). Many of these fundamental courses include the use of modern software tools for design and analysis. These fundamentals are supplemented with one hands-on laboratory course (3 semester credit hours). Written and technical communication is further emphasized in the laboratory course.

The upper-division core in computer engineering includes: fundamentals of circuits (3 semester credit hours), C++ and data structures (3 semester credit hours), microcomputer systems (3 semester credit hours), electronics (6 semester credit hours), electronic devices (3 semester credit hours), and probability and random processes (3 semester credit hours). Many of these fundamental courses include the use of modern software tools for design and analysis. These fundamentals are supplemented with one hands-on laboratory course (3 semester credit hours). Written and technical communication is further emphasized in the laboratory course.

Senior-Level Electives

In the senior year, electrical engineering students enroll in five technical electives (15 semester credit hours), a senior laboratory course (3 semester credit hours), and the capstone design sequence (4 semester credit hours). The technical elective courses involve modern software tools. The capstone sequence not only provides a major design experience but also emphasizes teamwork, proposal development, communication skills, and professional and ethical responsibility.

Electrical engineering students are required to choose one of the five technical areas and to select a minimum of three technical electives (9 semester credit hours) from that single area. The remaining two technical electives (6 semester credit hours) may be selected either from the same area or from the other four areas, including one course at the graduate level and/or 3 semester credit hours from an engineering cooperative program.

Computer engineering students are required to choose five technical electives from a list of approved technical electives for Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.

The engineering cooperative program provides an opportunity for students to obtain practical experience by enrolling in three semesters (1 semester credit hour each semester) and working in an approved industry. Students who want to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to enroll in a graduate class during their last semester, which will be counted as one of the remaining technical electives.

Engineering Design Experience

Design process in electrical engineering and in computer engineering is emphasized throughout all four years. Engineering design is distributed throughout the curriculum starting from the second semester in EE 2513 Logic Design.

During their junior and senior years, students take five technical elective courses which all have design components. During the seventh semester, students also take EE 4113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory II, which includes design-oriented automated testing as an important attribute. Modern software tools usage, design and analysis, and formal written report writing are integrated components of several of the electrical and computer engineering courses.

EE 3113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory I and EE 4113 Electrical Engineering Laboratory II emphasize hands-on experiments using basic to advanced capability instruments and formal written, as well as oral, reports.

In EE 4811 Electrical Engineering Design I and EE 4813 Electrical Engineering Design II students are required to design, implement, test, demonstrate and make an oral presentation of an electronic system.

Other courses with design emphasis that electrical engineering students take include:

Other courses with design emphasis that computer engineering students take include:

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