From cancer detection to faster computing, lasers and optics improve today's world every day. Electrical engineering students are prepared for success in today's high-tech world through stimulating coursework and unique hands-on projects. They will learn a new way of thinking that teaches the importance of creativity and innovation in solving complex societal problems.

Lasers and Optics 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 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 a designer at a start-up company to a research scientist for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. In addition to being one of the most lucrative college majors, for the past decade electrical engineering has ranked 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, such as aerospace, biomedical, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and automotive.  

Program Objectives and Outcomes

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

Graduates of the ECE 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 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
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
Career Development Seminar2  
 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
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A5
PH 314Introduction to Modern Physics 4
Select one from the following: 4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Differential Equations  
Career Development Seminar2  
 Total Credits 31
Junior
 
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
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Science/Engineering Elective (see list below) 3
Career Development Seminar2  
 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
Arts and Humanities3B3
Technical Electives (see list below) 12
Career Development Seminar2  
 Total Credits 32
 Program Total Credits: 125-126

 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
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 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 341Mechanics4

Technical Electives 

ECE 312Linear System Analysis II3
ECE 430/MATH 430Fourier and Wavelet Analysis with Apps3
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 517/BIOM 517Advanced Optical Imaging3
ECE 518/BIOM 518Biophotonics3
ECE 526/BIOM 526Biological Physics3
ECE 546Laser Fundamentals and Devices3
ECE 572Semiconductor Transistors1
ECE 573Semiconductor Optoelectronics Laboratory3
ECE 574Optical Properties in Solids3
MATH 419Introduction to Complex Variables3
PH 315Modern Physics Laboratory2
PH 425Advanced Physics Laboratory2
PH 452Introductory Quantum Mechanics II3
PH 462Statistical Physics3

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: 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
    
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15-16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2) X3A4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1) X3C3
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)X 3A5
MATH 261Calculus for Physical Scientists IIIX  4
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 202Circuit Theory ApplicationsX  4
ECE 303/STAT 303Introduction to Communications PrinciplesX  3
PH 314Introduction to Modern PhysicsX  4
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
PH 353Optics and WavesX  4
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Career Development Seminar(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
Career Development Seminar(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 6
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   17
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECE 402Senior Design Project IIX 4C3
ECE 457Fourier OpticsX  3
Arts and Humanities X3B3
Technical Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  6
Career Development Seminar(s) X  
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   125-126