Lasers and Optical Engineering focuses on optics and waves, optical electronics, optical information processing, and communications.

Lasers and Optical Engineering students take three additional physics courses, senior-level courses in optical electronics and optical processing, and technical electives in the optical area.

Effective Fall 2016

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 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
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
  
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
Historical Perspectives3D3
Additional Requirements for Graduation2 0
 Total Credits 29-30
Sophomore
 
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
ECE 202Circuit Theory Applications 4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications Principles 3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists III 4
Select one from the following: 4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Differential Equations  
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics 4
Additional Requirements for Graduation2 0
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
Select one from the following: 3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
ECE 311Linear System Analysis I 3
ECE 331Electronics Principles I 4
ECE 332Electronics Principles II4A4
ECE 341Electromagnetic Fields and Devices I 3
ECE 342Electromagnetic Fields and Devices II 3
PH 353Optics and Waves 4
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Science/Engineering Elective (see list below) 3
Additional Requirements for Graduation2 0
 Total Credits 33
Senior
 
ECE 4013Senior Design Project I4A,4B3
ECE 402Senior Design Project II4C3
ECE 404Experiments in Optical Electronics 2
ECE 441Optical Electronics 3
ECE 457Fourier Optics 3
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics I 3
Technical Electives (see list below) 12
Arts and Humanities3B3
Additional Requirements for Graduation2 0
 Total Credits 32
 Program Total Credits: 125-126
Science/Engineering Electives
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry4
BIOM 306/BTEC 306Bioprocess Engineering4
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology4
BMS 301Human Gross Anatomy5
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy4
BZ 310Cell Biology4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)1
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CIVE 260Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
CS 122/MATH 122Theory for Introductory Programming1
CS 155Introduction to Unix 11
CS 156Introduction to C Programming I 11
CS 157Introduction to C Programming II 11
CS 161Object-Oriented Problem Solving4
CS 165Java (CS2) Data Structures and Algorithms4
or CS 200 Algorithms and Data Structures
CS 220Discrete Structures and their Applications4
CS 253Software Development with C++4
CS 370Operating Systems3
May 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 332Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 366Introduction to Abstract Algebra3
MATH 369Linear Algebra I3
MECH 237Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
or MECH 337 Thermodynamics
MECH 303Energy Engineering3
MIP 300General Microbiology3
PH 341Mechanics4
PH 353Optics and Waves4
Technical Electives
BIOM 526/ECE 526Biological Physics3
BIOM 570/MECH 570Bioengineering3
ECE 411Control Systems4
ECE 412Digital Control and Digital Filters3
ECE 444Antennas and Radiation3
ECE 450Digital System Design Laboratory1
ECE 451Digital System Design3
ECE 461Power Systems3
ECE 462Power Systems Laboratory1
ECE 471ASemiconductor Physics1
ECE 471BSemiconductor Junctions1
May select any course from the following:Var.
Independent Study 4
Independent Study: Open Option Project 4
Independent Study: Vertically Integrated Projects 4
ECE 503Ultrafast Optics3
ECE 504Physical Optics3
ECE 505Nanostructures: Fundamentals and Applications3
ECE 506Optical Interferometry and Laser Metrology3
ECE 507Plasma Physics and Applications3
ECE 520Optimization Methods-Control and Communication3
ECE 546Laser Fundamentals and Devices3
ECE 571VLSI System Design3
ECE 572Semiconductor Transistors1
ECE 573Semiconductor Optoelectronics Laboratory3
ECE 574Optical Properties in Solids3
ECE 575Experiments in VLSI System Design I1
ECE 58* Experimental Courses in Lasers/Optics Topics
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory2
PH 425Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics II3
PH 462Statistical Physics3
1

CS 155, CS 156, and CS 157 count as Science/Engineering electives ONLY when   CS 163 or CS 164 is also taken.  CS 163 or CS 164 will be applied to the freshman year selection requirement.

2

Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1-2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four-year program.

3

Project must be a laser and optical engineering topic.

4

A total 3 credits of Independent Study may apply toward degree requirements. This includes credit awarded for ECE 395AECE 395B, ECE 395C and ECE 495A, ECE 495B, ECE 495C combined.

TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:  The curriculum for this major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Students are required to participate in the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) program as a requirement for graduation. The program consists of eleven PLI workshops distributed by focus areas as follows: Global and Cultural Diversity (2 workshops), Innovation (2 workshops), Leadership (2 workshops), Civic and Public Engagement (2 workshops), and Ethics (3 workshops). Each workshop is between 1-2 hours long and no outside preparation is required to attend any of the workshops. Attendance at the required workshops may be spread over the student’s four-year program.  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 his or her adviser 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
ECE 102Digital Circuit LogicX  4
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)X 1B4
Historical Perspectives X3D3
PLI Workshop(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: X 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
    
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   15-16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2) X3A4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1) X3C3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
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   
PH 314Introduction to Modern PhysicsX  4
PLI Workshop(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
PH 353Optics and WavesX  4
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 332Electronics Principles IIX 4A4
ECE 342Electromagnetic Fields and Devices IIX  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
Arts and Humanities X3B3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 401Senior Design Project IX 4A,4B3
ECE 404Experiments in Optical ElectronicsX  2
ECE 441Optical ElectronicsX  3
PH 451Introductory Quantum Mechanics IX  3
Technical Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
PLI Workshop(s) X  
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 402Senior Design Project IIX 4C3
ECE 457Fourier OpticsX  3
Technical Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  9
Arts and HumanitiesX 3B3
PLI Workshop(s)X   
 Total Credits   18
 Program Total Credits:   125-126