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Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering program, including the computer option, consists of several curricular components that give the student the opportunity to build a solid foundation of basic physical principles and obtain experience in design as well as insight into the profession and practice of electrical engineering. The lecture sequence consists mostly of required core courses through which the student learns about and acquires problem solving and/or design skills in circuit analysis, programming in C++, analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, signals and systems, and electromagnetic fields. Furthermore, through elective courses in the last two semesters, the student can specialize in areas such as applied electromagnetics, communications, controls, digital signal processing, digital and computer systems, electromechanical systems, embedded systems, medical imaging, and wireless components and systems. For a student in the computer option, the electives must be in the digital area (see computer option in Programs of Study section.)

Though many design techniques are taught in the lecture courses, the student learns the practice of electrical engineering design primarily through the 15-hour laboratory and project sequence.

The lab courses integrate material from the lecture courses and are taught by experienced faculty members. In addition, small numbers of students allow for close interaction with the instructor. Furthermore, the laboratory facilities and equipment are modern and readily accessible. Many of the lecture courses and all of the lab courses require the use of computers as well as the oral and/or written presentation of technical material.

Several aspects of design are taught in the sophomore and junior labs. The student’s design experience in these courses includes synthesis to meet specifications, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation with respect to specifications. Furthermore, the sophomore and junior design projects associated with these courses are particularly valuable and establish the foundation of the design project sequence. In addition to the implementation steps described above, the projects also require the formulation of design problem statements and criteria, the consideration of alternative solutions, and system descriptions.

The design project sequence culminates in the fourth year with the electronic product design project and the senior capstone project. The electronic product design is completed in the first half of the fall semester in Electronic Product Design. The student works with a partner to design and implement a microprocessor-based system meeting particular specifications and requiring hardware design, software development, and laboratory work. The student then builds on this experience in Senior Design Seminar during the spring semester. In this course, the student works on a multidisciplinary team to prepare a business plan delineating the development of a venture based on an electronic product. The student also explores other aspects of engineering in EE 402 and, through the process, gains a broader view of the engineering profession.

Work on the senior capstone project begins at the start of the fall semester and the primary deliverables for the semester are to:

  • choose a senior project and ECE faculty advisor
  • develop a detailed functional description of the project
  • develop a detailed system block diagram of the project and description of its operation
  • initiate experimental work
  • present a proposal covering a design and an implementation plan for the project
  • establish a web page for the project

In addition to the effort on the capstone project, the seniors work on teams to review and analyze the deliverables for other senior projects. Lab work associated with the capstone senior project starts in the last half of the fall semester in EE 451 and is completed in EE 452 the following semester.

The senior capstone project is a major educational component of the program. It involves the student in design at or near the professional level and requires the formulation of design specifications, consideration of alternative solutions, feasibility considerations, time management, allocation of design responsibilities, and detailed system documentation. Project advising is done on a distributed basis with the student choosing his/her project advisor from among the members of the ECE faculty.

The electrical engineering program, including the computer option, also requires the student to complete a 12-hour professional elective stem. 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. For example, the student can use the professional electives to obtain business skills by taking courses offered by the Foster College of Business Administration. Also, 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.

In addition to the technical part of the program described above, the student must also meet the University General Education requirements (see “Academic Regulations” in this catalog.) As part of the General Education requirement, the student gains effective communication skills via introductory and advanced English composition and a speech course. The General Education requirements also provide the foundation for a liberal education, which helps the student understand and participate in society as a responsible human being. Courses include Western Civilization (CIV 100, CIV 101, or CIV 102), Introduction to Economics (ECO 100), as well as selections from non-western civilization, social forces, human values, and fine arts. For these last four categories, the student chooses from a list of approved courses.

A wide range of career opportunities is available to the electrical engineering graduate in many different technical areas and industries. For those who wish to continue their professional studies, details of the M.S.E.E. program are given in the Bradley University Graduate Catalog.

Professional and Personal Growth

The electrical engineering lecture courses and lab/project sequence prepare students very well for success as design engineers in the electrical and computer engineering profession. The ECE faculty also urges students to participate in activities and take courses that promote professional growth. It is strongly recommended that students join the Bradley Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology and promotes professional development through various activities. In addition, students are advised to consider experiential education such as the co-op program. Finally, students can choose their general education courses and professional electives to put a distinctive stamp on their programs of study. For example, they can seek a minor appropriate to career goals or participate in a study abroad program. (Note that certain minors and study abroad program will add hours and/or time to the normal eight-semester, 130-hour program of study.)

In addition to professional development, students are urged to participate in a variety of activities and organizations to enhance personal growth. Employers like individuals who are well rounded and can effectively interact with different people. Bradley offers a wide range of experiences and, in the past, electrical engineering students have participated in many activities and organization such as intramurals, service groups, sport clubs, study abroad, theatre, tutoring, various Bradley musical groups, and volunteer activities. A complete list of registered student organizations is listed in this catalog in the Student Activities section.

Program of Study: Electrical Engineering 

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 Elective   3
Gen. Ed. ECO 100/CIV 1XX Intro. to Economics or Western Civilization 3
  17
 
Second Semester
ECE Elective   3
ECE Elective   3
ECE 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 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.

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

  • ECE 413 – Microelectronics
  • ECE 431 – Communication Theory I
  • ECE 432 – Communication Theory II
  • ECE 440 – Electromechanical Systems
  • ECE 441 – Control System Theory I
  • ECE 442 – Control System Theory II
  • ECE 450 – Electromagnetic Theory
  • ECE 451 – Radio Frequency Circuits and Systems
  • ECE 452 – Wireless Communication Systems
  • ECE 453 – Radio Frequency Communications Laboratory
  • ECE 460 – Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 461 – Statistical and Adaptive Signal Processing
  • ECE 462 – Digital Image Processing
  • ECE 463 – Medical Imaging
  • ECE 465 – Engineering Applications of Neural Networks
  • ECE 466 – Real-time DSP Laboratory
  • ECE 470 -
  • ECE 471 – Real-time Operating Systems
  • ECE 472 – Embedded Microcontroller Linux
  • ECE 473 – Embedded TCP/IP
  • ECE 474 – Robotic Navigation with Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
  • ECE 476 – Robotics Design Laboratory
  • ECE 480 – Digital Subsystems and Interfaces
  • ECE 481 – VHDL: Digital System Design
  • ECE 482 – FPGA Hardware/Software Codesign
  • ECE 483 – Digital Systems: Microprocessor Architecture – Internal
  • ECE 484 – Digital Systems: Microprocessor Architecture – External
  • Special Topics: Power Electronics
  • Special Topics: EE Power Laboratory
  • Special Topics: Network Programming for Embedded Systems
  • Special Topics: Web Based Control

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
(phased out as of May 2014)

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
EE 101 Intro. Electrical Engineering 1
EE 102 Computers and Programming in 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, 101, or 102 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 3
PHY 202 Applied Quantum Physics 3
Gen. Ed. Social Forces 3
14
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 Electives 6
Approved Professional Electives 6
16
Second Semester
EE 402 Undergraduate Design Seminar 1
EE 452 Senior Laboratory II 3
Approved EE Electives 6
Approved Professional Elective 3
Gen. Ed. Non-Western Civilization 3
16
Total Hours 129