Imagine a world without smart phones, video games, or 3D printing. Such advancements would not be possible without electrical engineers. Electrical Engineering students are prepared for success in today's high-tech world through stimulating coursework and unique hands-on design projects. They will learn a new way of thinking that teaches the importance of creativity and innovation in solving complex societal problems.

Electrical engineers are the people who make the magic happen inside modern technologies. From self-driving cars to Fitbits to Global Positioning Systems, Electrical Engineering graduates turn ideas into reality.

Electrical Engineering students will experience the benefits of a smaller department with top-tier faculty, while enjoying the perks of a large university. Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses and research areas span a range of disciplines that include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Controls and Robotics
  • Electric Power and Energy Systems
  • Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing
  • Lasers, Optics, and Applications
    


Career Opportunities

A field of endless possibilities, electrical engineering career paths are largely dependent on personal interests. Electrical Engineering alumni hold positions ranging from designer at a start-up company to program manager for NASA. In addition to being one of the most lucrative college majors, for the past decade Electrical Engineering ranks among the top 10 majors in demand for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Almost every industry recruits Electrical Engineering graduates, including the aerospace, biomedical, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and automotive industries.  

Program Objectives and Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering program educational objectives are designed and implemented around the following three principal attributes: mastery, innovation, and leadership.

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context
  • Recognize the need for life-long learning
  • Apply knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering

Effective Fall 2018

In order to maintain professional standards required of practicing engineers, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 in ECE courses as a graduation requirement. It is the responsibility of any student who fails to maintain a 2.000 average to work with his or her advisor to correct grade point deficiencies. In addition, it is required that students retake any Electrical Engineering course at the 300-level or below in which they receive a grade below a C.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECE 102Digital Circuit Logic 4
ECE 103DC Circuit Analysis 3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one group from the following:1 3-4
Group A:
  
Introduction to Unix  
Introduction to C Programming I  
Introduction to C Programming II  
Group B:
  
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
  
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives2 3-4
Career Development Seminar3 0
 Total Credits 33
Sophomore
 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
ECE 202Circuit Theory Applications 4
ECE 251Introduction to Microprocessors 4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications Principles 3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one course from the following: 4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Differential Equations  
Science/Math/Engineering Electives (See list below) 3
Career Development Seminar3  
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
ECE 311Linear System Analysis I 3
ECE 312Linear System Analysis II 3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I 4
ECE 332Electronics Principles II4A4
ECE 341Electromagnetic Fields and Devices I 3
ECE 342Electromagnetic Fields and Devices II 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Science/Math/Engineering Electives (See list below) 6
Career Development Seminar3  
 Total Credits 32
Senior
 
ECE 401Senior Design Project I4A,4B3
ECE 402Senior Design Project II4C3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Technical Electives (See list below) 18
Career Development Seminar3  
 Total Credits 33
 Program Total Credits: 129

Technical Electives 

CS 314Software Engineering3
CS 320Algorithms--Theory and Practice3
CS 356Systems Security3
CS 370Operating Systems3
CS 410Introduction to Computer Graphics4
CS 414Object-Oriented Design4
CS 420Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms4
CS 430Database Systems4
CS 440Introduction to Artificial Intelligence4
CS 445Introduction to Machine Learning4
CS 453Introduction to Compiler Construction4
CS 455Introduction to Distributed Systems4
CS 475Parallel Programming4
CS 510Image Computation4
CS 520Analysis of Algorithms4
CS 530Fault-Tolerant Computing4
CS 540Artificial Intelligence4
CS 545Machine Learning4
CS 553Algorithmic Language Compilers4
CS 555Distributed Systems4
CS 556Computer Security4
CS 557Advanced Networking4
CS 575Parallel Processing4
ECE 4** Any ECE Course at the 400-level
Select any course from the following:Var.
Independent Study 4
Independent Study: Open Option Project 4
Independent Study: Vertically Integrated Projects 4
ECE 5** Any ECE Course at the 500-level
MATH 417Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 418Advanced Calculus II3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
MATH 450Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 451Introduction to Numerical Analysis II3
MATH 460Information and Coding Theory3
MATH 466Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 469Linear Algebra II3
MATH 470Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry3
MATH 474Introduction to Differential Geometry3
MECH 564Fundamentals of Robot Mechanics and Controls3
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory2
PH 425Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics I3
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics II3
PH 462Statistical Physics3
STAT 421Introduction to Stochastic Processes3

Science/Math/Engineering Electives 

BC 351Principles of Biochemistry4
BIOM 100Overview of Biomedical Engineering1
BIOM 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
BIOM 200Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering2
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 301Human Gross Anatomy5
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
BZ 310Cell Biology4
CBE 101Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engr3
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CIVE 102Introduction: Civil/Environmental Engineering3
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
CS 155Introduction to Unix 11
CS 156Introduction to C Programming I 11
CS 157Introduction to C Programming II 11
CS 165Java (CS2) Data Structures and Algorithms4
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications4
CS 253Software Development with C++4
Select any course from the following:Var.
Independent Study 4
Independent Study: Open Option Project 4
Independent Study : Vertically Integrated Project 4
HES 307Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement4
LIFE 103Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants4
MATH 151Mathematical Algorithms in Matlab I1
MATH 229Matrices and Linear Equations2
MATH 235Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning2
MATH 317Advanced Calculus of One Variable3
MATH 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 360Mathematics of Information Security3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MECH 103Introduction to Mechanical Engineering3
MECH 200Introduction to Manufacturing Processes3
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal Sciences3-4
or MECH 337 Thermodynamics
MECH 303Energy Engineering3
MIP 300General Microbiology3
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics4
PH 341Mechanics4
PH 353Optics and Waves4

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.   

The ECE curriculum has been modified as part of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments initiative (RED).  Three threads run through the new curriculum: Foundations, Creativity and Professional Formation of Engineers. This new curriculum incorporates skills that engineers need beyond technical expertise, in areas like communication, ethics, social impact and interaction in large, diverse groups.  The ECE department requires that students also complete the following three Career Development Seminars: 1) Resume Writing; 2) Mock Interviewing or Behavior Based Interviewing; and 3) Using LinkedIn™.

In order to maintain professional standards required of practicing engineers, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000 in electrical engineering courses as a graduation requirement. It is the responsibility of any student who fails to maintain a 2.000 average to work with their advisor to correct grade point deficiencies. In addition, it is required that students retake any electrical engineering course at the 300-level or below in which they receive a grade below C.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
ECE 102Digital Circuit LogicX  4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
Historical Perspectives X3D3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 103DC Circuit AnalysisX  3
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)X 1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Select one group from the following:   3-4
Group A:
    
Introduction to Unix X  
Introduction to C Programming I X  
Introduction to C Programming II X  
Group B:
    
Java (CS1) No Prior Programming
Java (CS1) Prior Programming
 X  
Elective   3-4
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   19
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 251Introduction to MicroprocessorsX  4
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Science/Math/Engineering Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2) X3A4
ECE 202Circuit Theory ApplicationsX  4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications PrinciplesX  3
Select one course from the following:   4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential EquationsX   
Differential EquationsX   
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 311Linear System Analysis IX  3
ECE 331Electronics Principles IX  4
ECE 341Electromagnetic Fields and Devices IX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3) X2 
Science/Math/Engineering Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 312Linear System Analysis IIX  3
ECE 332Electronics Principles IIX 4A4
ECE 342Electromagnetic Fields and Devices IIX  3
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Science/Math/Engineering Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 401Senior Design Project IX 4A,4B3
Arts and Humanities X3B3
Technical Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  9
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 402Senior Design Project IIX 4C3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
Arts and HumanitiesX 3B3
Technical Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  9
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   18
 Program Total Credits:   129