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Critical Thinking / Social Responsibility Lists

2nd Year Core – Critical and Creative Thinking list (was HUFA or Goal 4)

2nd Year Core – Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (was SBS or Goal 8)

Choose one course from each list – required for students who began fall 2015 or later.

These lists are included in your degree audit report under General Education.

Review your degree audit as soon as you register, and ensure you selected valid courses.

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2016 Spring Advising Series

1. First-year and new Transfer Student who began Fall 2015 or Spring 2016:

2. Sophomores and Beyond: Prepare for 3rd/4th year:

  • Computer Engineers – coming soon
  • Electrical Engineers – Slides .pdf with links to advising topics; SO-JR Handout

3. General Education for catalog year 2015-16    Slides w/Links

4. How to Transfer Credits from Elsewhere     Slides w/Links

  • Contact:

5. What is a degree audit and how to use it       Slides w/Links

6. Study Abroad information   Slides w/Links

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Spring Advising Meetings/videos – registration

Prepare for your next fall and next year courses; options for engineering design, electives, concentrations, etc…

First-year students, click the academic year you began at Tech to view your current or past First-Year Spring Advising Meeting.

Sophomores, juniors, & seniors not yet graduating: Click the academic year you are/were in the sophomore/junior ECE courses to view your 2nd Spring Advising meetings (Sophomore and Beyond).
To view past first-year advising meeting, click the year your began at Tech, and view the first-year meeting.

2018-2019 (pub. spring 2019)

2017-2018 (pub. spring 2018)

2016-2017 (pub. spring 2017)

2015-2016 (pub. spring 2016)

 2014-2015 (pub. spring 2015)

2013-2014 (pub. spring 2014)

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ECE Concentrations

This ECE Concentrations .pdf document contains a one-page planning guide for each concentration.

Electrical Engineering:

  • Photonics
  • Biomedical Applications
  • Environmental Applications
  • Electric Power Engineering (begins Fall 2016)
  • Enterprise
  • A concentration in Controls is being created…stay tuned!

Computer Engineering:

  • Enterprise

Degree requirements with a concentration are found here, on the Degree Services website.

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CS1141, CS1142 and CS3421 changes 2016

If you took CS1141 by end of spring/summer 2016, AND plan to take CS3421, Computer Organization Fall 2016 or later, then take CS1040, Assembly Programming, spring, summer or fall 2016.

If you complete(d) both CS1141 and CS3421 by spring 2016, you do not need CS1040.

If you take both CS1142 & CS3421 after spring 2016, you do not need to take CS1040.
As of Fall 2016, CS1141 becomes CS1142 and the prerequisite for CS3421. After completion of CS1122 or CS1131, you can take CS1142 and then CS3421 the following semester.

Beginning Fall 2016:

CS1142 , 3 credits, replaces CS1141 + 1 cr CS3421. The title is “Programming at the Hardware/Software Interface”.

CS3421 becomes 3 credits (was 4 cr.) The prerequisite is CS1142(was CS1122 or 1131).

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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

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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.

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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).

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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 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).  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.

A concentration in the Controls area is being created…stay tuned!

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

Courses which cannot be used in the EE Electives requirement: co-op, research, project and independent study courses: EE3805 (now obsolete), EE4805, EE4000, EE5805, EE5990, UN300x.

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