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Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Special requirements

Program D grade policy
Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics and all technical electives to graduate.

The profession of electrical engineering touches all aspects of our lives in that electrical engineers design and fabricate devices and systems critical in applications such as computing, communications, health care, manufacturing and automation, power generation and utilization, transportation, and entertainment. An element very important to these and many other applications is the microelectronic device or system.

In the sub-area of microelectronics, electrical engineers design and fabricate electronic materials such as semiconductors, conductors and superconductors used in the manufacture of electronic devices. As a natural progression, electrical engineers design and fabricate electronic devices such as transistors, which control or modulate the flow of energy; sensors of light, mechanical force, chemicals, etc.; electromagnetic radiation sources such as lasers, light emitting diodes and microwave power sources. Following this progression, we find electrical engineers designing and fabricating integrated circuits such as microprocessors and memory elements; flat-panel displays, etc., which are found in applications ranging from supercomputers to watches, clocks and toys. Further in this progression we find electrical engineers designing and fabricating today’s and tomorrow’s computers.

Computer systems and application-specific integrated circuits are the elements that enable the existence of today’s communication systems, such as the Internet, satellite systems, telemedicine, wired and wireless (cellular) telephones, along with standard and high definition television. Additionally, along with sensors, microwave power sources and actuators, they permit our present and future automated manufacturing lines, air and traffic control systems, and automotive safety and traffic control through collision avoidance radar systems, antilocking brake systems, air bag actuators, automatic traffic routing and the “smart highway” of the future.

Electrical engineers play an ever increasing role in the design and building of major facets of today’s and tomorrow’s health care systems and medical research through the application of microelectronic instrumentation and diagnostic tools such as MRI and CAT scan systems. The field of electrical engineering truly permeates every facet of our lives and thus provides excellent employment opportunities to the general practitioner or specialist in more than 35 different subspecialties.

Degree requirements for Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. Function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. Gain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Communicate effectively
  8. Complete the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning
  10. Gain knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional General Education requirements (10 credits)  
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ECON 205 The Economics of Product Development and Markets 3
SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions 3
Collateral requirements (21 credits)  
MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (satisfies approved quantitative literacy)  
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 4
MATH 301 Differential Equations 3
MATH 307 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHIL 201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems (satisfies approved humanities/fine arts)  
PHYS 207 University Physics I 5
PHYS 208 University Physics II 5
Major requirements (74 credits)  
EGRE 101 Introduction to Engineering 4
EGRE 206 Electric Circuits 4
EGRE 207 Electric Circuits II 4
EGRE 224 Introduction to Microelectronics 4
EGRE 245 Engineering Programming Using C 4
EGRE 246 Advanced Engineering Programming Using C++ 3
EGRE 254 Digital Logic Design 4
EGRE 303 Electronic Devices 3
EGRE 309 Electromagnetic Fields 3
EGRE 335 Signals and Systems I 4
EGRE 336 Introduction to Communication Systems 3
EGRE 337 Signals and Systems II 3
EGRE 364 Microcomputer Systems 4
ENGR 402-403 Senior Design Studio (Seminar) 2
Capstone project:
Select EGRE 402 and EGRE 403 Senior Design Studio I and II (Laboratory/Project Time); EGRE 427 Advanced Digital Design; or EGRE 436 Advanced Microscale and Nanoscale Fabrication
Technical electives (see list and requirements below) 21
Open electives (3 credits)  
Open electives 3
Total minimum requirement 130

Technical electives and capstone project (25 credits)
The EE program culminates in the capstone project. In order to prepare for the appropriate focus area of the capstone project, students, with the help of their academic adviser, should plan a course of study beginning in their junior year.

The 25 credit hours in the junior and senior year must be chosen from the approved lists. The following criteria must be met:

NOTE: Some of the listed courses may have prerequisites that do not count as tech electives.

Approved electrical engineering electives with lab
EGRE 307 Integrated Circuits
EGRE 334 Introduction to Microfabrication
EGRE 365 Digital Systems
EGRE 426 Computer Organization and Design
EGRE 435 Microscale and Nanoscale Fabrication
EGRE 454 Automatic Controls
EGRE 533 VLSI Design
EGRE 535 Digital Signal Processing
EGRM 410 Mechatronics

Approved electrical engineering electives without lab
EGRE 310 Microwave and Photonic Engineering
EGRE 444 Communication Systems
EGRE 455 Control Systems Design
EGRE 520 Electron Theory of Solids I
EGRE 521 Advanced Semiconductor Devices
EGRE 522 Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
EGRE 525 Fundamentals of Photonics Engineering
EGRE 526/CMSC 506 Computer Networks and Communications
EGRE 531 Multicore and Multithreaded Programming
ENGR 315 Process and Systems Dynamics
ENGR 410 Review of Internship (Completion of internship required)
ENGR 427 Robotics

Approved electives outside electrical engineering
CMSC 312 Introduction to Operating Systems
CMSC 355 Program Design and Implementation Practicum
CMSC 420 Software Engineering Practicum
EGRB 407 Physical Principles of Medical Imaging
EGRB 408 Advanced Biomedical Signal Processing
EGRB 507 Biomedical Electronics and Instrumentation
EGRM 309 Material Science for Engineers
EGRM 321 Numerical Methods
EGRN 310 Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering
MATH 310 Linear Algebra
MATH 327 Mathematical Modeling
MATH 351 Applied Abstract Algebra
PHYS 307 The Physics of Sound and Music
PHYS 320 Modern Physics
PHYZ 320 Modern Physics Laboratory

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