Students majoring in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) will complete a total of 128 credits in the following areas:
- Core Courses: 52 credits*
- Advanced Electives and Design: 8 credits
- Math: 20 credits
- Sciences: 12 credits
- Cluster: 12 credits
- Humanities/social sciences: 8 credits
- Electives: 16 credits
*Primary writing requirement (WRT105) included. The upper-level writing requirement is met through writing assignments in ECE 111, 112, 113, and 350.
*Primary writing requirement WRT 273 is a requirement for all classes in both ECE and AME degrees.
ECE 111: Introduction to Signals and Circuits (Circuit and System Theory)
ECE 112: Digital Circuits (Logic Design)
ECE 113: Introduction to Signals and Circuits (Circuit and System Theory)
ECE 114: Introduction to Computers and Programming
ECE 241: Signals and Systems
ECE 242: Communications
ECE 221: Electronic Devices and Circuits
ECE 222: Integrated Circuit Design and Analysis
ECE 230: Fields and Waves
ECE 200: Computer Organization
ECE 216: Microprocessors and Data Conversion
Two 2-credit seminar courses
In planning a program of study each student must choose one advanced ECE elective course and the capstone design sequence ECE 350, 348, and 349. This requirement assures that all majors devote some of their advanced level course-work to a specialization within ECE leading to a design project. This is the minimum requirement and students are encouraged to take as many advanced electives as they can fit into their schedule. In the design sequence, students will define their design project in consultation an ECE faculty member.
Multiple advanced electives are listed for most areas; please consult with your ECE advisor to make appropriate course selections.
Signals, Communications, and Control
231, 232, 244, 245, 246, 247, 272
VLSI and Electronics
261, 262, 266
ECE 201, 204, 271
CSC 256, 257, 292
Waves, Fields and Devices
223, 235, 261, 266, 269
*other upper-level courses as approved by Undergraduate Chair
PHY 121: Mechanics
PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism
MTH 161/142: Calculus 1
MTH 162/143: Calculus 2
MTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
MTH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
ECE 270: Discrete Math and Probability for Engineers (ECE 270 is a required course for Classes of 2019 and beyond.)
Courses that satisfy the natural science requirement are the following:
- Physics—PHY 123 or higher
- Astronomy—AST 111 or higher
- Chemistry—CHM 103 or higher
- Biology—BIO 110 or higher
- Earth and environmental science—EES 101 or higher
- Brain and cognitive sciences—BCS 110 or higher
All ECE majors must take a minimum of five humanities and/or social science (H&SS) courses. This includes the three courses taken to satisfy the University Cluster requirement. These five courses can be chosen from any recognized Humanities and/or Social Science field listed below. Students also are expected to take some of these courses beyond the introductory level. Ordinarily, H&SS Clusters will count for three of the five required courses, but if questions arise, students should consult their advisors. Language courses at the 101 level are only accepted when followed by another, more advanced course in the same language. While it is preferred to have at least one course in each of H&SS, a minor of five or more courses in one area will satisfy the H&SS requirement.
Included Humanities Courses: Any English course except for ENG 101 or the course taken to satisfy the University primary writing requirement (usually WRT 105), any four credit course in American Sign Language, art or art history, dance, digital media studies, English, modern languages and culture (a foreign language above 101 level), music philosophy, religion and classics, film studies courses cross-listed in a humanities department, studio art.
Included Social Sciences Courses: Any course in anthropology, health behavior and society, economics, entrepreneurship, health policy, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, gender, sexuality and women's studies.
If students have questions about specific courses being allowed as part of the H&SS requirement please consult the undergraduate coordinator for ECE.
Optional Introductory ECE Courses
The department offers two optional introductory courses in electrical and computer engineering:
- ECE 101/EAS 108: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ECE 140/EAS 103: Introduction to Audio and Music Engineering (Not optional for AME majors - part of core requirement)
If you want to take an optional course, you should sign up for it during your first semester.