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France in Junior Year Spring – Ensea FAME

CpE and EE majors can study in Cergy, France, in Spring of junior year! Core 3rd-year courses are offered that can apply to your MTU degree. Apply for the France American Exchange Program (FAME) at the study abroad office/webpage.  Application deadline is October 15th.

Robotics Engineers can get these courses: EE3160, EE3131, Ma/Sci Elective, 3 cr. RE Technical Elective (EE4219,4220), and Lower level HASS which apply to the degree. RE’s would need to add one semester (maybe two) to the graduation date due to postponing spring-offered class(es) and prerequisite chains. See Kailee if you’d like to make a plan.

Plan ahead both Fall and Spring semester classes if you’d like the option to go to France next Spring. Are you ready to skip a Houghton Winter?

Sample flowcharts are available in the Advising Office, or email the academic advisor for a sample flowchart. Meet with your advisor to plan ahead both fall and spring of 3rd year, take EE3901 in fall before going to France. (may need a waiver since EE3901 requires EE3131 co or pre req- see advisor). If you’re on track with the 4 year plan, you can stay on track with careful planing.

Courses offered:

Electronic Circuits; Lab ———————— EE3131, 4 cr
Signals and Systems ————————— EE3160, 3 cr
Communications Systems ——————— EE4250, 3cr. As of 7/2019 and later.
Power Engineering—————— EE4219, 2 cr. and EE4220, 1cr.
(Spring 2020 and later)
Computer Arch. & Intro to Microprocessors
   EE3171, 3 cr,   EE’s, RE’s only. Make up 1 cr with EE elective.
Object Oriented Programming in java through video games— CS 1XXE.  5/3/2023. (per Leo)
Operating Systems ———-  CS 3411 4/25/23 per Jean.  (previously CS3xxE, 3 cr. CpE tech elective.)
Probability and Statistics ———————–MA4760, 3  May not substitute for EE3180. EE’s = Approved Elective (not SELECT); CpEs may use for MA3710. Pre-requisite waivers will need to be requested for follow-on courses at MTU.
Internet of Things —————EEnXXE, 3 cr.; EE Elective or CpE Technical Elective
Image and Virtual Reality————-EE3XXE, 3 Cr.; EE Elective or CpE Technical Elective or Photonics Elective
Big Data and AI —————-CS4XXE, 3 cr., CPE Technical Elective (Laura, 4/27/23)

French language and Culture (beg,int,adv) —- HUnXXX, 3 cr HASS-HU/FA; n=1 or 2 or 3


  •  Save 3 credits of HASS-HU/FA (or your HASS any) for France; lower level
  •  Take EE3901 in Fall prior to France semester. Or take a substitution for EE3901 prior to 4th year or EE4901/ENT4950.
  •  Re-plan your junior year considering the courses you’d like to take in France.

FAME program website

Cergy, France

For details on application, airfare, cost, etc…see the Study Abroad & Away Coordinator in the Study Abroad Office , email

Outdated course evaluations:
Communications Systems ———– (EE3250, 3 cr effective Spring 2019 and earlier).
Fundamentals of Power Engineering ——— EE4219, 2 cr   (2 credit EE elective or CpE tech elective) Spring 2019 and earlier.

Focus Areas and Concentrations for BS-EE

What is a focus area?
What are “EE Electives” (also called EE Technical Electives)
What is a concentration?
What is a minor?
This short advising tutorial introduces the ECE Focus Areas and Concentrations available for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering. It includes a brief introduction for each area and concentration so you can plan your options.
The slides without narration are no longer available here. Email the advisor if you’d like the presentation .pdf slides with activated links.

It is best to plan ahead for at least 2 or 3 future semester to take the EE Elective courses, concentration or focus area(s) you’d like to graduate with.

Find EE flowcharts with and without a concentration under “8-semester Flowcharts” on the EE Advising Page.

New Computer Organization course for Computer Engineers, EE 3172

Great News! A new Computer Organization course for Computer Engineers is being developed by the ECE Department and will be offered beginning academic year 2023-2024 (starting Fall 2023).

EE 3172 – Fundamentals of Computer Organization replaces CS 3421 – Computer Organization on the computer engineering degree.
EE 3172 covers processor basics like decoding instructions, implementation of an ALU, an introduction to pipelining, and an overview of caches. There will be a significant processor implementation project in Verilog, so pay attention in your Digital Logic labs.

Students who did not take CS 3421 prior to Fall 2023, will take EE 3172 instead of CS 3421. Update your flowcharts and academic planning sheets accordingly.
EE 3172 will meet the prereq requirement for courses that require CS3421. Examples: CS 3411: The prerequisite will become: CS 3421 or EE 3172.CS 4121: The prerequisites will be: CS 2321 and (CS 3421 or EE 3172) and CS 3311.
The new CpE core sequence will be: EE 2174 — EE 3172 — EE 3173 — EE 4173.

EE3901 – Design Fundamentals (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 – spring

Prereqs: ENG1101 or (ENT1001 and ENG1100) (JR or SR standing)ENG 1101 or (ENG 1001 and ENG 1100

  2. OSM 4300(3) – Project Management

Usually offered:

Summer online; fall; spring

Pre-Requisite(s): BUS 2100 or CEE 3710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710 or EE 3180 or BE 2110 or MA 2710

Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.


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).

Environmental Applications concentration – BSEE

The concentration in Environmental Applications with the bachelor of science in electrical engineering helps prepare students to contribute as EE’s in fields related to environmental quality. Opportunities exist in environmental remote sensing, air quality, water quality, and related fields.

The concentration may be pursued using the 2015-2016 catalog year or later.

Concentration coursework, 18 credits:  (2015-2016)
(may be completed in years 3 and 4)

CEE 3501 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (or CEE 3503 if unable to take CEE 3501 in fall)
CEE 3502 Environmental Monitoring & Measurement
Remote sensing sequence:  1. EE 4252 and GE 4250 or 2. EE 2190 and EE3190
Two Environmental Quality Engineering courses from this list:
CEE 4502 Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design
CEE 4503 Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design
CEE 4504 Air Quality Engineering and Science
CEE 4505 Surface Water Quality Engineering
CEE 4507 Application of Sustainability Principles
CEE 4511 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering

See Judy Burl, EERC 131, for help with planning. Walk in to EERC 131, or schedule an advising appointment here.

The concentration credits take the place of EE 4250, Approved electives, and 9cr. EE electives on the BSEE.

Excused Absence notice Spring 2022

From: Dean of Students Office Jan. 7, 2022

It is quite possible that some of us will have our lives disrupted by omicron during spring semester. As a result, we recommend that everyone plan in advance how to address disruptions.

Students should plan for potential disruption in advance. Students who must be absent from class must contact their instructors as soon as possible. It is each student’s responsibility to contact their instructors and determine how to best obtain the information presented in class and complete missed assignments.

If a student needs to be away from class for more than three consecutive days, they must contact the Dean of Students Office (DOS) immediately to request an excused absence. If an excused absence is granted, the DOS will provide official notification to instructors.  In accordance with the University’s attendance policy, making arrangements to make up missed work is the student’s responsibility, even for excused absences.

Please reach out to the Dean of Students Office if you have questions or need assistance with an excused absence.

The Dean of Students Office

ENT4950 registration instructions

Students who need to register in ENT4950 for next semester: (If you did Part A, jump to “What Happens Next” below)

Complete Part A: Go to :  Enterprise Student Resources (click forms). The ENT4950 Registration Form (ALL MAJORS) is a google form submission.

What Happens Next: After your Part A form has been submitted:
1. Your academic Advisor will receive a notice and verify that you are Senior Design Ready (met the prerequisites)
2. You will receive an email from with instructions to upload your Project Summary document. (Meet with your team and enterprise advisor if you need project details)  3. Your enterprise advisor will review your Project Summary, and if approved, the ECE Department and/or academic advisor will receive the notice.(If your project summary needs improvement, or if your project is not approved, you’ll be notified.)
4. After the approvals, your academic advisor will receive a notice from the enterprisereg system that you are approved to register in ENT4950. The advisor will enter the approval waiver. Registration is then up to you, but may be done by you or your academic advisor.
All other enterprise course numbers (not ENT4950), use the common Approval / Waiver form to obtain permission from the enterprise advisor to register.

RE Approved Electives list (human/machine related)

Choose one course from this list to fulfill the Robotics Engineering (RE) Approved Elective requirement. These courses include some element of human and computer or technology interaction.

Robotic Engineering (RE) Approved Electives (choose 3 credits):

HF 2000 Engineering Psychology (3 cr) Fall

HU 3710 Engineering Ethics (3 cr) (UN 1015 and (UN1025 or Modern Language -3000 level or higher) Spring

HF 3850 Human Factors (3 cr) PSY 2000 or HF 2000; Even Springs (alternating) Replaced PSY 3850

PSY 4010 Cognitive Psychology ( 3 cr) PSY 2000 Fall

PSY 4160 Sensation and Perception ( 3 cr) BL 1040 or BL1020 PSY 2000 or HF 2000 On Demand alternating years (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.)

PSY 4870 Human-Centered Design (3 cr) On Demand (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.)

PSY 3860 Human Performance ( 3 cr) PSY 2000 JR or SR; On Demand (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.) ?

BSEE changes: EE3261 and EE4250

Effective with the Fall 2022 BSEE degree requirements (including the concentrations where applicable), academic year 202208 (2022-2023):
EE3261, Control Systems and EE4250, Modern Communication Systems will no longer be required courses for the BSEE. Six credits of EE Electives will be added to the EE Electives area of the degree.
Students will have more choice in choosing focus areas, EE Electives and senior sequences that best match their interests. 
Students interested in Controls, should take EE3261. Students interested in Communications should take EE4250. 

Current students (202108 and earlier) will be allowed to substitute another EE Elective course, of the same or higher level, in place of EE3261 or EE4250 if there is a preferable choice. Your degree audit report will need to be adjusted by Judy, before you graduate, if you choose a substitution course. (EE4805 and EE4000 project and Research credits may not count)
Eventually, EE3261 will become a 4000-level course.
Please review your EE Elective course choices and evaluate the best courses for your area(s) of interest. Seniors and Juniors– please meet with Judy after Nov. 9th 2021 if you need an audit adjustment for a substitution. Meanwhile, register for your EE Elective choices. 
Students graduating later than Summer 2022 will be able to update their BSEE “Catalog Term” to 202208 (AY 2022-2023 requirements) after August 2022, if you wish to follow the new requirements. Please wait until August or later to evaluate this option. (That degree year doesn’t exist yet)

Contact Judy Burl if you have questions or need help with planning., EERC 131

Changes for Robotics Engineering flowchart

This applies to the RE 2021-2022 flowchart and earlier flowcharts.

1. The prereq/coreq for EE 2180, Introduction to Robotics has changed. The original course sequence stays the same.
EE3010, Circuits and Instrumentation for CPS,  is now a required prerequisite or co-requisite (Concurrent prerequisite)and – Linear Algebra, accelerated(MA 2321) or non-accelerated(MA 2320), is now a required prerequisite or co-requisite (Concurrent prerequisite)
2. In semester 5, students choose either EE 3160(3), Signals and Systems, or MEEM 3750(4), Dynamics.  (previously only EE 3160 is listed)
3. In semester 6, take EE 3261, Control Systems. Previously students chose either EE 3261 or MEEM 3750. MEEM 3750 pairs better with EE 3160 topics. Those originally planning to take MEEM 3750 in place of EE3261, take EE 3261. See Judy if you already took MEEM 3750 instead of EE 3261.
4. Beginning Fall 2022, SAT2711, Linux Fundamentals, becomes a 3 credit course. The 4th credit can be ‘made up’ with one credit of ‘free electives’. (just about anything except co-curricular activities)
Update your flowchart with these changes or replace it with this flowchart. See Judy if you need help planning with these changes.
5. EE 3280, Robot Operating System, is now offered in Fall semesters, instead of Spring semesters, beginning Fall 2022. Update your flowcharts accordingly.
6. Elective list updates will need advisor adjustment in your degree audit, if taken. HU 2000 and HF 3850 are valid “RE Approved Elective”. EE 4777 and EE 4262 are valid “RE Technical Electives”. EE 4737 is a valid “Directed RE Technical Elective”.