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Computer Option

The demand for and continuing advances in computers and digital systems have created opportunities for professionals capable of not only designing computer systems but also applying these systems to a broad range of applications. Such fields as communications, automatic control, robotics, and signal processing have benefited greatly from developments in the digital area. Additionally, the development of modern computers requires a thorough understanding of the methodologies of software and hardware design.

The department offers an option to students desiring to specialize in this branch of electrical engineering and it requires students to take 23 semester hours of course work in the digital area. The required courses are digital hardware organization, computational techniques for electrical engineering, data structures and object-oriented programming, and microprocessors. Four EE electives must also be taken in the digital area which includes courses such as digital image processing, digital signal processing, neural networks, logic design, computer structures, VLSI design, microprocessor and PC architecture, memory and interfacing, and VHDL. Also special topic courses are frequently offered that are EE digital electives. Finally, one of the EE digital electives must include coverage of computer architecture. See your advisor for a current list of approved EE digital electives.

Students in the option are also required to complete a 12-hour professional elective stem. As previously discussed, this stem allows the student to take a coherent set of courses so as to enhance the student’s competitiveness in the job market or better prepare for graduate or professional school. No more than 6 hours of EE courses can be applied toward the 12 hours of the professional elective stem. Additional information is available in an advising handout. The student must work with an academic advisor to identify the courses he/she will use to satisfy the professional elective stem and fill out the Professional Elective Approval Form. This form must be signed by the ECE Chairman and the courses approved to fill the professional elective stem constitute a requirement for the BSEE degree for the student.

The computer option of electrical engineering differs from the regular program in that it requires four EE digital electives. It is also expected that the students in the option focus their project work in the digital area. Credit in the following courses must be obtained to meet degree requirements in the computer option of electrical engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Program of Study: Electrical Engineering with Computer Option

Credit in the following courses must be obtained to meet degree requirements in electrical engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Freshman Year
First Semester
ECE 101 Introduction to Electrical Engineering: DC Circuits 2
ECE 102 Introduction to Electrical Engineering: Digital Systems 3
MTH 121 Calculus I 4
CHM 110 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
Gen. Ed. ENG 101/COM 103 English Composition or Oral Communication Process 3
  16
Second Semester
ECE 103 Intro. to EE: Computers and Programming 3
ECE 120 Intro. to EE: Circuits and Digital Systems Lab 2
MTH 122 Calculus II 4
PHY 110 University Physics I 4
Gen. Ed. ENG 101/COM 103 English Composition or Oral Communication Process 3
  16
 
Sophomore Year
First Semester
ECE 204 AC Circuits and Introduction to Systems 3
ECE 205 Microcontroller Architecture and Programming 3
MTH 207 Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications 3
MTH 224 Elementary Differential Equations 3
PHY 201 University Physics II 4
  16
 
Second Semester
ECE 206 Continuous-time Signals and Systems 3
ECE 207 Simulation and Analysis for EE 3
ECE 208 Transmission Lines and Electromagnetic Fields 3
ECE 221 AC Circuits and Systems Lab 1
MTH 223 Calculus III 4
Gen. Ed. ECO 100/CIV 1XX Intro. to Economics or Western Civilization 3
  17
 
Junior Year
First Semester
ECE 301 Discrete-time Signals and Systems 3
ECE 302 Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes for EE 3
ECE 303 Electronics 3
ECE 322 Electronics and Interfacing Lab 2
ECE Digital Elective   3
Gen. Ed. ECO 100/CIV 1XX Intro. to Economics or Western Civilization 3
  17
 
Second Semester
ECE Digital Elective   3
ECE Digital Elective   3
ECE Digital Elective   3
ECE 497 Capstone Project System Level Design 1
Gen. Ed. 3
Gen. Ed.   3
  16
 
Senior Year
First Semester
ECE 401 Undergraduate Design Seminar I 1
ECE 498 Capstone Project I 3
ECE Digital Elective   3
Professional Elective   3
Professional Elective   3
ENG 300, 301, 305, or 306 3
  16
 
Second Semester
ECE 402 Undergraduate Design Seminar II 1
ECE 499 Capstone Project II 3
Professional Elective   3
Professional Elective   3
Gen. Ed.   3
Gen. Ed.   3
  16
   
Total Hours 130

General Education

  • CIV 100
  • ECO 100
  • Fine Arts 
  • Human Values
  • Social Forces
  • Non-Western Civ.

Elective Descriptions

General Education courses must be selected from an approved list for each category. They may be taken in any sequence, not necessarily in the semester indicated. Other university general education requirements are satisfied by specific courses required above. Read more at Registrar's Office

EE Electives are available in the areas of applied electromagnetics, communications, controls, digital signal processing, digital and computer systems, embedded systems, wireless components and systems and VLSI design. Approved EE electives include all 400- and 500-level EE courses except for EE 450, EE 451, and EE 452. Special topic courses are often available. See your advisor for the most current list of approved electives. A list of approved courses includes:

  • EE 430 - Electromechanical Systems
  • EE 431 - Control System Theory
  • EE 432 - Control System Theory
  • EE 530 - Random Variables and Signals (EE 530 was changed to EE 630 effective in the fall semester of 2008)
  • EE 531 - Communication Theory (Title changed to Communication Theory I effective in the fall semester of 2008)
  • EE 532 - Information Theory (Title changed to Communication Theory II effective in the fall semester of 2008)
  • EE 533 - Digital Image Processing
  • EE 534 - Digital Signal Processing
  • EE 535 - Engineering Applications of Neural Networks
  • EE 540 - Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • EE 550 - Electromagnetic Theory
  • EE 551 - Radio Frequency Circuits and Systems
  • EE 555 - Optical Fiber Communication
  • EE 561 - Digital Systems: Logic Design
  • EE 562 - Digital Systems: Computer Structures
  • EE 563 - Advanced Electronics — VLSI System Design
  • EE 565 - Digital Systems: Microprocessor and PC Architecture
  • EE 566 - Digital Systems: Memory and Interfacing
  • EE 567 - Advanced VLSI Design
  • EE 568 - VHDL: Digital System Design
  • EE 582 - Medical Imaging

EE Digital Electives are required and one must include coverage of computer architecture (EE 562, EE 565, EE 566, or EE 568). A list of approved courses is available from your academic advisor. EE digital electives include:

Professional Electives allow the student to take a coherent set of courses so as to enhance the student’s competitiveness in the job market or better prepare for graduate or professional school. They can also be applied toward a minor or second major. (Note that certain minors and majors will add hours and/or time to the normal 8-semester, 130-hour program of study.) However, no more than 6 hours of EE courses can be applied toward the 12 hours of the professional elective stem. Additional information is available in an advising handout. The student must work with an academic advisor to identify the courses he/she will use to satisfy the professional elective stem and fill out the Professional Elective Approval Form. This form must be signed by the ECE Chairman and the courses approved to fill the professional elective stem constitute a requirement for the BSEE degree for the student.

Program of Study: Electrical Engineering with Computer Option
(phased out as of May 2014)

Freshman Year
First Semester
EE 101 Intro. Electrical Engineering 1
EE 102 Computational Techniques for EE 2
MTH 121 Calculus I 4
CHM 110 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
ENG 101 English Composition 3
Gen. Ed.

CIV 100, 101, or 102 Western Civilization or ECO 100 Intro. to Economics

3
17
Second Semester
COM 103 Oral Communication Process 3
MTH 122 Calculus II 4
PHY 110 University Physics I 4
Gen. Ed. Fine Arts 3
Gen. Ed. ECO 100 Intro. to Economics or CIV 100 Western Civilization 3
17
Sophomore Year
First Semester
EE 201 Digital Hardware Organization 2
EE 205 Fundamentals of Circuit Analysis 4
EE 221 Data Structures and OOP 3
MTH 223 Calculus III 4
PHY 201 University Physics II 4
17
Second Semester
EE 206 Sophomore Laboratory 2
MTH 207 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
MTH 224 Differential Equations 4
PHY 202 Applied Quantum Physics 3
Gen. Ed. Social Forces 3
15
Junior Year
First Semester
EE 301 Signals and Systems I 3
EE 303 Principles of Electronics I 3
EE 365 Microprocessors 3
EE 331 Junior Laboratory I 3
ENG 300, 301,  305, or 306 Advanced Writing 3
15
Second Semester
EE 302 Signals and Systems II 3
EE 304 Principles of Electronics II 3
EE 332 Junior Laboratory II 2
EE 381 T-Lines and EM Fields 3
Approved Professional Elective 3
Gen. Ed. Human Values 3
17
Senior Year
First Semester
EE 450 Electronic Product Design 1
EE 451 Senior Laboratory I 3
Approved EE Digital Electives 6
Approved Professional Electives 6
16
Second Semester
EE 402 Undergraduate Design Seminar 1
EE 452 Senior Laboratory II 3
Approved EE Digital Electives 6
Approved Professional Elective 3
Gen. Ed. Non-Western Civilization 3
16
Total Hours 130