Computer Engineering (BS)

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Core Courses

The electrical and computer engineering curricula share core courses comprising a substantial portion of the first three years of study. Many of the core courses are offered three times a year in fall, spring, and summer. A strong emphasis is placed on fundamental concepts in core courses so that graduates are prepared for rapid technological changes common in the electrical and computer engineering professions. A comprehensive foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences in the freshman year is followed in subsequent years by additional core courses in mathematics, physics, electric circuit theory, digital logic, computer systems, electronics, electromagnetics, and linear systems. Laboratory work is designed to demonstrate fundamental principles and to provide experience in designing and testing electronic hardware and computer software. Both curricula have a required two semester senior design project which gives students comprehensive experience in designing, building, and testing physical systems.

Curricula

In addition to the core courses described above, students in the electrical engineering curriculum take two foundational electives and four specialization electives in areas of their choice within the discipline and two technical electives that can be in either electrical engineering or selected engineering courses offered by other departments. Beyond the core, students in the computer engineering curriculum take courses in discrete mathematics, data structures, embedded systems, and complex digital systems, in addition to four specialization electives in areas of their choice and one technical elective. For both curricula, a variety of elective courses are offered in communications, computational intelligence, controls, digital signal processing, digital systems, nanotechnology, mechatronics, microelectronics, networking, robotics, and VLSI design. There are typically a dozen or more of these courses offered each fall and spring semester and two or three available each summer.

Plan Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 2 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 2 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
ECE 109 Introduction to Computer Systems 2 3
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
4
Select one of the following Economics Courses: 3
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Fundamentals of Economics  
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
ECE 200 Introduction to Signals, Circuits and Systems 2 4
ECE 209 Computer Systems Programming 2 3
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 110 Public Speaking 3
CSC 226 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists 2 3
ECE 211 Electric Circuits 2 4
ECE 212 Fundamentals of Logic Design 2 3
ECE 220 Analytical Foundations of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ECE 301 Linear Systems 3
ECE 302 Microelectronics 4
ECE 306 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3
ST 371 Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
ECE 309 Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineers 3
Select one of the following: 1
Engineering Profession for Electrical Engineers  
Engineering Profession for Computer Engineers  
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Product Development  
ECE 310 Design of Complex Digital Systems 3
CPE Elective 3
ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology 3
 Hours13
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following Senior Design Project I courses: 3
Engineering Entrepreneurship and New Product Development I  
Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Project I  
Engineering Entrepreneurship and New Product Development I  
CPE Elective 3
ECE Elective 3
 Hours9
Spring Semester
Select one of the following Senior Design Project II courses: 3
Engineering Entrepreneurship and New Product Development II  
Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Project II  
Engineering Entrepreneurship and New Product Development II  
ECE Elective 3
Open/Technical Elective 3
 Hours9
 Total Hours105
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours17

CPE Electives

Comp Arch Sys
CSC 406Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
CSC 506Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
ECE 406Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
ECE 463Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 464ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
ECE 506Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
ECE 546VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 563Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 564ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
Embed Sys
ECE 460Embedded System Architectures3
ECE 461Embedded System Design3
ECE 560Embedded System Architectures3
ECE 561Embedded System Design3
Networking Sys
CSC 570Computer Networks3
CSC 573Internet Protocols3
CSC 574Computer and Network Security3
CSC 575Introduction to Wireless Networking3
CSC 577Switched Network Management3
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networking3
ECE 470Internetworking3
ECE 570Computer Networks3
ECE 573Internet Protocols3
ECE 574Computer and Network Security3
ECE 575Introduction to Wireless Networking3
ECE 577Switched Network Management3
Software Sys
CSC 517Object-Oriented Design and Development3
ECE 466Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3
ECE 517Object-Oriented Design and Development3
ECE 566Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3

 ECE Elective

Comm, Sig, Proc Sys
ECE 402Communications Engineering3
ECE 420Wireless Communication Systems3
ECE 421Introduction to Signal Processing3
ECE 513Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 514Random Processes3
ECE 515Digital Communications3
ECE 542Neural Networks3
ECE 558Digital Imaging Systems3
ECE 582Wireless Communication Systems3
Control Sys
BME 522Medical Instrumentation
ECE 436Digital Control Systems3
ECE 455Industrial Robot Systems3
ECE 456Mechatronics3
ECE 516System Control Engineering3
ECE 522Medical Instrumentation3
ECE 555Autonomous Robot Systems3
ECE 556Mechatronics3
Circ, E&M Sys
ECE 403Electronics Engineering3
ECE 422Transmission Lines and Antennas for Wireless3
ECE 424Radio System Design3
ECE 511Analog Electronics3
ECE 524Radio System Design3
ECE 532Principles Of Microwave Circuits3
ECE 540Electromagnetic Fields3
ECE 546VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 549RF Design for Wireless3
Nano Sys
BME 418Wearable Biosensors and Microsystems
BME 518Wearable Biosensors and Microsystems
CHE 468Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems
CHE 568Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems
ECE 404Introduction to Solid-State Devices3
ECE 418Wearable Biosensors and Microsystems3
ECE 423Introduction to Photonics and Optical Communications3
ECE 442Introduction to Integrated Circuit Technology and Fabrication3
ECE 468Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems3
ECE 489Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting3
ECE 518Wearable Biosensors and Microsystems3
ECE 523Photonics and Optical Communications3
ECE 530Physical Electronics3
ECE 531Principles Of Transistor Devices3
ECE 557Principles Of MOS Transistors3
ECE 568Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems3
ECE 589Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting3
MSE 489Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
MSE 589Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
PY 489Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
PY 589Solid State Solar and Thermal Energy Harvesting
Power Sys
ECE 434Fundamentals of Power Electronics3
ECE 451Power System Analysis3
ECE 452Renewable Electric Energy Systems3
ECE 453Electric Motor Drives3
ECE 533Power Electronics Design & Packaging3
ECE 534Power Electronics3
ECE 535Design of Electromechanical Systems3
ECE 550Power System Operation and Control3
ECE 551Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems3
ECE 552Renewable Electric Energy Systems3
ECE 553Semiconductor Power Devices3
ECE 581Electric Power System Protection3
ECE 583Electric Power Engineering Practicum I3
ECE 585The Business of the Electric Utility Industry3
ECE 586Communication and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid3
MAE 535Design of Electromechanical Systems
Comp Arch Sys
CSC 406Architecture Of Parallel Computers
CSC 506Architecture Of Parallel Computers
ECE 406Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
ECE 463Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 464ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
ECE 506Architecture Of Parallel Computers3
ECE 546VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 563Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 564ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
Embed Sys
ECE 460Embedded System Architectures3
ECE 461Embedded System Design3
ECE 560Embedded System Architectures3
ECE 561Embedded System Design3
Networking Sys
CSC 570Computer Networks
CSC 573Internet Protocols
CSC 574Computer and Network Security
CSC 575Introduction to Wireless Networking
CSC 577Switched Network Management
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networking3
ECE 470Internetworking3
ECE 570Computer Networks3
ECE 573Internet Protocols3
ECE 574Computer and Network Security3
ECE 575Introduction to Wireless Networking3
ECE 577Switched Network Management3
Software Sys
CSC 517Object-Oriented Design and Development
ECE 466Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3
ECE 517Object-Oriented Design and Development3
ECE 566Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3
Special Topics
ECE 492Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering1-4

Open/Technical Electives

E 304Introduction to Nano Science and Technology3
ECE 303Electromagnetic Fields3
ECE 305Principles of Electromechanical Energy Conversion3
ECE 308Elements of Control Systems3
ECE 310Design of Complex Digital Systems3
ECE 402Communications Engineering3
ECE 403Electronics Engineering3
ECE 404Introduction to Solid-State Devices3
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networking3
ECE 420Wireless Communication Systems3
ECE 421Introduction to Signal Processing3
ECE 422Transmission Lines and Antennas for Wireless3
ECE 434Fundamentals of Power Electronics3
ECE 442Introduction to Integrated Circuit Technology and Fabrication3
ECE 451Power System Analysis3
ECE 452Renewable Electric Energy Systems3
ECE 453Electric Motor Drives3
ECE 455Industrial Robot Systems3
ECE 456Mechatronics3
ECE 461Embedded System Design3
ECE 463Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 464ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
ECE 466Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3
ECE 470Internetworking3
ECE 492Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering1-4
ECE 552Renewable Electric Energy Systems3
ECE 556Mechatronics3
ECE 561Embedded System Design3
ECE 563Microprocessor Architecture3
ECE 564ASIC and FPGA Design with Verilog3
ECE 566Compiler Optimization and Scheduling3
ISE 311Engineering Economic Analysis3
MAE 201Engineering Thermodynamics I3
MAE 208Engineering Dynamics3
MAE 302Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CE 214Engineering Mechanics-Statics3
or MAE 206 Engineering Statics
MSE 200Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials3
or MSE 201 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 1 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 2 1
E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments 2 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 2 4
MA 141 Calculus I 1 4
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours17
Spring Semester
ECE 109 Introduction to Computer Systems 2 3
MA 241 Calculus II 1 4
PY 205 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 1 3
PY 206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
E 102 Engineering in the 21st Century 2
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
ECE 200 Introduction to Signals, Circuits and Systems 2 4
ECE 209 Computer Systems Programming 2 3
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1
4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COM 110 Public Speaking 3
CSC 226 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists 2 3
ECE 211 Electric Circuits 2 4
ECE 212 Fundamentals of Logic Design 2 3
ECE 220 Analytical Foundations of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ECE 301 Linear Systems 3
ECE 302 Microelectronics 4
ECE 306 Introduction to Embedded Systems 3
GEP Requirement 3
ST 371 Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ECE 309 Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineers 3
Select one of the following: 1
Engineering Profession for Electrical Engineers  
Engineering Profession for Computer Engineers  
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Product Development  
ECE 310 Design of Complex Digital Systems 3
Open/Technical Elective 3
ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ECE 484 Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Project I 3
CPE Elective 3
CPE Elective 3
GEP Requirement 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ECE 485 Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design Project II 3
ECE Elective 3
ECE Elective 3
GEP Requirement 3
GEP Requirement 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours122