ECE Focus Areas

The ECE Focus Areas .pdf document contains details for each of the focus areas including:

  • brief description
  • course numbers and when to take them
  • faculty who teach and research in the area
  • job types

Courses in light blue boxes considered “EE Electives” and “CpE Technical Electives”

Use in conjunction with the list of “EE Electives”.  These are courses offered by the ECE Department that are used in the EE Electives area of the BSEE, or the CpE Technical Electives area of the BSCpE.

For EE’s, up to 4 credits of “EE Elective” coursework may be used in “Approved Electives”. (but not the SELECT approved elective)

CpE Announcements & Reminders

1. Take CS1090, Assembly, if completing CS1141 by Spring 2016, but not CS3421. Details.

2.  CpE’s using catalog year 201208 may substitute other math/sci credits for PH2400, such as MA3160, CH1150/51, or MA3202/3.

3. CpE majors using catalog years prior to 2013 must take one  HASS elective from the “CpE HASS” list.

4. Valid course substitutions for CS3911, Numerical Methods. Applies to degree requirements prior to 2012.

CS1141 and CS3421 changes 2016

If you took CS1141 or plan to take CS1141 in spring 2016, AND plan to take CS3421, Computer Organization next year (Fall 2016 or later),
then take CS1090, Assembly Programming, spring 2016.

If you complete(d) both CS1141 and CS3421 by spring 2016, you do not need CS1090.

If you take both courses next year, (after spring 2016) you do not need to take CS1090.
Beginning fall 2016, CS1141 becomes the prerequisite for CS3421. After completion of CS1122 or CS1131, you can take CS1141 and then CS3421 the following semester.

Beginning Fall 2016:

CS1141 becomes 3 credits (was 2 cr.). The title is changed to “Programming at the Hardware/Software Interface.

CS3421 becomes 3 credits (was 4 cr.) The prerequisite is CS1141 (was CS1122 or 1131).

Environmental Quality Engineering Electives – for concentration

BSEE Environmental Applications Concentration  (2015 flowchart)

Choose two courses (6 credits minimum) from the Environmental Quality Engineering Electives list:

ENVE 4502  Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design  Fall

ENVE 4503   Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design  Spring

ENVE 4504   Air Quality Engineering and Science  Fall

ENVE 4505   Surface Water Quality Engineering   Fall

ENVE 4507   Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Design   Spring

ENVE 4511    Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering   Spring

Note: The Environmental Applications Concentration includes a choice of two Remote Sensing sequences:

1.  EE4252 and GE4250  DSP and it’s Applications, and Fundamentals of Remote Sensing


2. EE3090 and EE3190  Geometrical and Wave Optics, and Optical Sensing and Imaging

Link to undergraduate course descriptions

Biomedical Applications Electives – for concentration

BSEE – Biomedical Applications Concentration   (2015 flowchart)

Includes 3 credits from the biomedical engineering applications electives list:

BE2800  Biomaterials I   Spring

BE3300  Biomechanics I   Fall

BE3350  Biomechanics II   Spring

BE3800  Biomaterials II  Fall

BE4250  Biomedical Optics  Alternate Springs (odd)

BE4610  Biological Microscopy for Engineers  Alternate Falls (odd)

BE4700  Biosensors: Fabrication & Applicaions  Alternate Falls  (odd)

BE4755   Medical Devices   Fall

Link to undergraduate course descriptions  shows prerequisites, semester offerings and other course details

Note: BE2800 or BE3300 will be a required choice.  The other may be taken for the biomedical applications elective course.

EE3901 substitutions

Courses which may substitute for EE3901 – Design Fundamentals, 2 credits.
1. ENT 3964(1) Project Management AND ENT3958(1) Engineering Ethics.
Usually offered:
ENT3964 – online in summers; spring (JR or SR standing)
and ENT3958 – fall
Prereqs: ENG1101 or (ENT1001 and ENG1100) (JR or SR standing)

Must take both courses. Take ENT3964 BEFORE EE4901 or ENT4950. May take ENT3958 with or before EE4901 or ENT4950.

2. ENG4300 (3) or SSE 4300 (3) – Project Planning and Management for Engineering
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.
NOTE: Course number changed from SSE4300 to ENG4300 – fall 2016.


3. OSM3200(3) – Project Management
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall; spring
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or EET2010 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.

You will need a pre-requisite waiver entered to register for ENT4950 or EE4901. See your advisor for this.

Your academic advisor will need to adjust your online degree audit for this substitution.
Email them when you are enrolled or complete the course(s).

EE Elective Credits – Selecting Classes

What are “EE Electives”?

EE majors and CpE/EE double majors
who are currently enrolled in junior core classes will soon be choosing courses for their “EE Electives” credit and focus area(s).
Having a focus area is not required, but it is beneficial for job hunting and career planning. A co-op experience is a great way to get exposure to one or more focus areas. (or areas of specialization)

EE Elective courses are lecture-based courses dealing with more in-depth or new (to you) topics in electrical engineering.

Focus Areas: Communication, Computing Systems, Control, Electromagnetics, Electronics, Photonics, Signal Processing, Wireless Communication

Some areas offer a fall-spring sequence such as Signal Processing, Power and Photonics.  You can acquire a “focus area” by succeeding in multiple courses that relate to one area. You can have more than one “focus area”. Or, you can mix and match courses as you like. You do not have to have a focus area, however it may be best for your resume to be highly knowledgeable and skilled in at least one area.
Completing the junior-level core courses prior to your last year, or last fall-spring sequence gives you the best options for taking the classes you’d like, as shown on the suggested plan/flowchart.

Meet with  faculty members  who specialize in areas you might be interested in, to find our more. They are a fantastic resource and are experts in their area(s).
Perhaps you will find an opportunity to participate in research under a faculty member in one of the areas you are interested in.

PLAN AHEAD:  it is very import to plan ahead to get the electives you’d like.  LOOK UP the course pre-requisites online (don’t rely on pdf’s or  paper handouts).  EE Elective classes are offered in fall or spring, NOT BOTH, so you need to plan ahead.

The Photonics area offers a ‘Concentration’ in PhotonicsEE3090, Introduction to Geometric and Wave Optics is offered in fall semesters. The pre-req is Diff EQ and co-req is EE3140, Electromagnetics(may be pre-req).  There is a different set of requirements for the EE major with a concentration in Photonics.  EE majors may use EE3090 as ‘EE Elective‘ credit, approved or free electives for the EE major w/o the concentration.  EE-Photonics majors choose 3 cr. of EE electives.

“Focus Areas” are not listed on your diploma.  You may highlight them on your cover letters, resumes and in your interviews.  A “Concentration” is listed on your diploma, as well as minors or a double major.

For questions on meeting degree requirements with EE Electives, e-mail or see the academic advisor, and run your degree audit report.