ECE Focus Area: Communication Systems

Cellular phone tower  OFDMA modulation IPhone screen


Communication systems engineers design and construct the transmitters, receivers, and infrastructure, that make communication via commercial radio and television, wired and wireless phones, the Internet, and all other information transmission systems, possible.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of communications systems area coursework can provide additional understanding of topics in electromagnetics, signal processing, analog and digital modulation, circuit design, wireless sensing, and network communication.

Communication systems engineers find employment in the telecommunications industry, commercial radio and television, the Internet and computer equipment industry, the utilities industry, manufacturing, and more generally, anywhere information must be moved from one location to another.

Students interested in the Commmunications Systems elective focus area are encouraged to consider the track and EFA course selection suggestions listed below when completing their plan of study form.

EFA Requirements Suggested Options
Track Electrical Track: standard curriculum
Breadth Elective
(select one)
ECE:3540 Communication Networks
ECE:3330 Software Design
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems & Systems Software
Depth Elective
(select one)
ECE:5500 Communication Theory
ECE:5520 Information & Coding Theories
ECE:5530 Wireless Sensor Networks
5000 -Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing
ECE:5600 Control Theory
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and
MATH:4200 Complex Variables *
Additional Electives
(select two)
Any of the above OR courses selected in consultation with advisor.

     * A Mathematics minor can be earned by completing one qualifying Math course.

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