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Information that applies specifically to CpE majors.

ECE Focus Areas (ece electives)

ECE focus areas:  EE and CpE majors can use their “EE  Electives” or “CpE Technical Electives” to specialize in one or more areas.  These courses include EE and CpE lecture-based courses taught in the ECE Department. CpE’s may also use CS courses for their CpE technical electives

The ECE Focus Areas .pdf – one slide per focus area shows:

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

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

Use the focus area slides in conjunction with:

the list of “EE Electives”  (ECE taught lectures/labs)

Selecting EE Elective  courses for the BSEE (EE Technical Electives)

the CpE Technical Elective  courses or the BSCpE.


CpE Technical Electives – Selecting

Selecting your CpE Technical Electives: This is how you can develop your own specialty or focus area(s) in Computer Engineering.  Choose classes you are most interested in, will help you get a CpE job you enjoy or prepare you for a graduate degree in CpE.  You can choose more classes in one area for a stronger focus, or choose a variety to have a broader knowledge base.

You may take more CpE technical elective credits than the minimum that is required.

Plan ahead to get the electives you’d like.  Most Technical Elective courses are offered in Fall or Spring, NOT BOTH, so plan ahead and know what the pre-requisites are for the elective courses you want AND which semester they are offered in.  When you are in your junior-level required courses (if not before), start familiarizing yourself with the list of valid electives and identify the classes you are interested in.  Look up and know the pre-reqs.  If you’d like to know more about specific CpE skills/knowledge, ask the CpE faculty.  They are happy to talk about their areas of specialty and recommend classes.

Here you will find a list of faculty recommened courses listed by area or industry. Click “Technical Electives” to open.

When selecting courses, be sure to use the list that applies to your degree requirements. (DARS contains this, as does the CpE advising page)


Accelerated Master of Science MS

The Michigan Tech Graduate School is offering a limited number of Graduate Academic Excellence Awards (GAEA) which provide a one-time payment of $4500 in tuition support for the first semester of study in the Accelerated MS programs.  Well-qualified students will be nominated for the GAEA by the ECE Department, with academic merit being the sole criterion.   No separate application is required. Meet with Dr. Michael Roggemann, EERC 503, and bring a copy of your transcript.

ECE: Accelerated Master of Science degree program.

Undergraduate electrical engineers and computer engineers are allowed to count up to six credit hours toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ECE Department, and could potentially finish their master’s degree in one academic year (two semesters). The credits must be at least 4000 level, lecture-based coursework. (Excludes UG research, individual project, enterprise and senior design credits)

ECE Accelerated Master’s preparation checklist  How to get started.

Undergraduate students can apply, using the standard Graduate School application, as early as their junior year and may start taking graduate level courses during their senior year. ECE Applicants must maintain an undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to apply and to remain in the program.

Graduate School accelerated masters information.

 

Take an extra course(s) for a future grad program while you’re an undergrad:

Senior Rule: Students may take graduate program courses under the Senior Rule if they have time for an extra course in senior year. This designates a course as “GR”, graduate level, making the course available for possible use in a future graduate degree program. Courses taken under Senior Rule may NOT apply to the undergraduate degree. Senior Rule credits could be transferred and considered by graduate programs outside MTU-ECE. Senior Rule credits are on your graduate transcript, and not on your undergraduate transcript.



ECE graduate degree – grad school

Consider pursuing a graduate degree after completion of your bachelor’s. Students have taken advantage of one or both of these opportunities:

1) The ECE Department offers an Accelerated Master’s program. (cumulative GPA of 3.25+ required) With this program, students can double-count up to six credits of coursework towards an accelerated master’s degree in EE or CpE.  A master’s degree requires 30 credits, so students in the Accelerated Master’s Program take 24 credits after completion of their bachelor’s degree. What a deal!

Students who do not meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirements for the Accelerated Master’s program, may apply for graduate school, and will take 30 credits after completion of the bachelor of science degree to earn a master of science in EE or CpE.

2) Students may take graduate courses while they are still an undergraduate student, under the Senior Rule, if they have room in the last semester(s). This is DIFFERENT than the accelerated master’s program six credits.  With the senior rule, specific courses are designated for a graduate transcript only, and may not be used toward your bachelor’s degree. See this link to get the Senior Rule Form. The credits are available for possible use toward a graduate degree and my be transferred elsewhere. It is up to the program you pursue to approve the courses for a graduate degree. Pay undergraduate tuition.

4000 and 5000 level courses may be used with either option. A maximum of 9 credits of 4000 level coursework may be used toward a master’s. All EE courses must have a grade of BC or better to be used toward a master’s degree in the ECE Department. All credits must be approved by your graduate program advisor.

Why grad school?  see:

Spring 2015 ECE grad school information session with Dr. Lukowski and Dr. Mork. 49 minutes.

If you are uncertain about your options, please meet with your advisor and see what might work for you! It’s worth considering!

MORE INFORMATION and How To Apply:

Computer Engineering, MS, PhD

Electrical Enginering, MS, PhD

ECE Accelerated Master’s program

Online Master’s in Power Systems

 


Engineering Design Pre-requisites

CpE’s:  EE3901 and EE3131; EE3173 is taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE’s:  EE3901 and EE3131;  EE3171 is taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE3171 or EE3173 is a prerequisite for EE4910 and ENT4960. Must complete successfully. (except for Photonics concentration majors)

Engineering Design requirements may be completed with a one-year “senior design” project in EE4901-4910, MEEM4901-4911 or in Enterprise project work using ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960.

EE3901 – Design Fundamentals, is required for all ECE students following Fall 2010 and later degree requirements. (was EE4900)

Plan two semesters remaining after completion of prerequisite courses to complete engineering design, senior level .

Enterprise students who have completed ENT3950 and ENT3960, but are not ready to take ENT4950 may enroll in ENT3980 if you want to stay in your enterprise while you’re completing your design prerequisites. ENT3980 does not apply to your Engineering Design Requirements.


ENG1102 for CpE’s 2013-2014 and later

Computer engineering students using catalog year 2013-2014 or later:

ENG1102 is not required for 2013-14 and later computer engineers.  ENG1101 students may take it in spring of first year if they wish, and ENG1001 students may take it in the next Fall (3rd semester). If you do/did not take ENG1102 as part of your first-year engineering sequence, you may not take it later on for technical elective credits.

Should you take ENG1102 if it’s not required?

1) If you are certain you’ll stay in computer engineering or a CS or non-engineering major, you will not need ENG1102.

2) If you’d like the option of changing your major to another engineering major in the future, take ENG1102.

3) If you are considering another engineering major,  or a double major with EE, or a 2nd degree with BE,ME, etc.. take ENG1102.

ENG1102 will count as a technical elective for CpE’s if you take it in the semester following ENG1101 or ENG1100. You cannot take ENG1102 as a junior/senior for technical elective credits.

Transfer students who came here with 30 or more transfer credits have the option of taking ENG1101 or substituting CpE technical elective credits.


Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations:  what EE and CpE majors need to know

  • MA2321 and MA3521 are Accelerated and taken in same semester.
  • Lin Alg (MA2321 or MA2320) is the pre-req for Diff Eq(MA3521 or MA3520)
  • Students must pass MA2321 to continue on in MA3521
  • MA2320 is same course as MA2321, but uses full semester to complete
  • MA3520 is same course as MA3521, but uses full semester to complete after MA2320.
  • MA2321/MA3521 is the accelerated-pace option (take at least 14 credits)
  • MA2320 and MA3520 is the two-semester option
  • Diff Eq (MA3521 or MA3520) is a pre-req to Circuits II (EE2112)

Last Day to DROP

Fall 2013:
Last day to drop a full-term course with a REFUND (if applicable) is Wednesday, Sept. 11th.

Friday, Sept. 20, by 5:00 PM  :  Last day to drop a full-term course without a grade appearing on your transcript. NO REFUND.

Last day to switch a course to “Audit” is Wednesday, Sept. 11th.

Courses dropped after Sept. 20 through Nov. 8th, will record “W“.

Classes may not be dropped after Friday, Nov. 8th by 5:00 PM.  In cases of extenuating circumstances, go to the Dean of Students Office. 906-487-2212

All drops after Week 1 must be done in the Student Services Center – Admin Bldg.


2013 Spring Sophomore & Beyond Advising

Have your flowchart handy, take notes and learn about Gen Ed changes, Course Changes for next year; Electives; Engineering Design Options; Minors; Certificates; Co-op; Study-abroad; Transfer Credits, Accelerated Masters(NEW) and more: Write down your questions.

Sophomore/Junior ECE Students’ Advising meeting is a downloadable powerpoint presentation, approximately 20 minutes, lieu of going out on a COLD  night to a classroom for an hour+. View your presentation soon, take notes and email me or see me if you have questions.  If you don’t have a computer with Powerpoint, go to a lab (EERC 7th Floor).

Audio:  Speakers On          Software: Microsoft PowerPoint

Have PATIENCE: It takes a couple minutes to load. Click this link when you have 30+ minutes to listen in a quiet room, and choose to open it:

EE majors:   EE Soph+ 2013 Spring Advising (~20 min.)

CpE majors:  CpE Soph+ 2013 Spring Advising (~16 min.)

If it does not start playing automatically, click “Slide Show” at top, center, then click “From Beginning” at far left.

E-mail eceadvise@mtu.edu if you have questions.