The electrical engineering educational experience starts in the freshman introductory courses, ELEC 106, with team case studies that require the communication of creative ideas. The study of electrical engineering topics in the sophomore year has 6 credit hours of electric circuit analysis, 1 credit hour of electrical laboratory, and 2 credit hours of computer applications for electrical engineers. Theory is combined with application, demonstration, and experimental verification. In addition to these credit hours, the first two years include 16 credit hours of mathematics, 8 credit hours of chemistry, 8 credit hours of physics, and 18 credit hours of english and history--which constitute the foundation of an engineering education.
The electrical engineering courses in the junior year are all required; they total 24 credits. Breadth of coverage is provided by these courses in linear circuit analysis, electronics, systems (automatic controls), digital circuits and systems, electromagnetics, and electromechanical energy conversion. Engineering design emphasis among these courses has been determined by the experience and best judgment of the department faculty. The student’s fifth mathematics course, MATH 335 - Applied Engineering Mathematics II, provides coverage of mathematical topics required in upper division electrical engineering courses. This course is scheduled in the first semester of the junior year. There is only one elective in the junior year; it is technical in nature and outside the mainstream of electrical engineering.
The senior year provides depth in electrical engineering by requiring a course in Applied Probability and Statistics (ELEC 412) and by requiring five out of an available thirteen 400-level electrical engineering elective courses taught within the department. The elective courses are:
- ELEC 401 - Electronics II,
- ELEC 403 - Electric Power Systems,
- ELEC 405 - Electrical Measurements with ELEC 415 - Electrical Measurements Laboratory,
- ELEC 407 - Systems II,
- ELEC 413 - Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering,
- ELEC 414 - System Simulation,
- ELEC 416 - Communications Engineering,
- ELEC 418 - Advanced Digital Systems,
- ELEC 419 - Computer Network Architecture,
- ELEC 423 - Digital Signal Processing,
- ELEC 424 - Solid-State Devices,
- ELEC 425 - Interference Control in Electronics, and
- ELEC 426 - Antennas and Propagation.
These electives provide the student the opportunity to pursue an area of interest. Narrow specialization is not possible. These three-credit electives provide depth in both design and theory in their specialized areas. (Note: ELEC 413 - Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering is offered only occasionally.)