Day: September 30, 2015

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) (specialization).
Having a focus area is not required, and not listed on the diploma, 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.

A bit about Concentrations: a Concentration is listed on the diploma. A focus area is not.

The Photonics area offers a ‘Concentration’ in PhotonicsEE2190, Introduction to Photonics is offered in spring semesters, and typically taken in the 2nd year. EE-Photonics majors choose 3 cr. of EE electives.

The Power and Energy area offers a ‘Concentration’ in Electric Power Engineering. EE3120, Electric Energy Systems is the first course taken, and is offered in Fall, Spring and Summer. EE3120 requires EE2112, Circuits II, as a co-requisite or prerequisite. EE-Power concentration students choose 3 cr. of EE electives, and 6 cr. of power/energy related EE electives.

Concentrations outside the focus areas are:
Enterprise, Environmental Applications, Biomedical Applications

Submit and review your Degree Audit Report (in Banweb) and review the EE Electives area before and after scheduling EE classes.

Courses which cannot be used in the EE Electives requirement: co-op, research, project and independent study courses: EE4805, EE4000, EE5805, EE5990, UN300x.