ECE Focus Area: Technical Entrepreneurship (Electrical)

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The Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate(TEC) program, offered in partnership with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneural Center, allows students to gain useful business and management skills along with their engineering degree.

The TEC provides interested students with a better understanding of how to manage innovation within an existing business environment or how to start, finance, and manage their own business ventures.

 The practical business skill gained though completion of the TEC may enhance the attractiveness of graduates to employers who are looking for engineers with an understanding of the importance of innovation.  Students who are interested in starting their own business after graduation will gain essential skills for developing business plans, obtaining financing, enhancing sales and marketing, and managing growth.

Students interested in the Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate 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


Electrical Track: standard curriculum

Breadth Elective
(select one)

CS:1310 Discrete Structures

ECE:3330 Software Design

ECE:3350 Computer Architecture

ECE:3360 Embedded Systems and System Software

CS:3310 Algorithms and Data Structures*
ECE:3540 Communication Networks

Depth Elective
(select one)

Any qualifying depth elective course, depending on specific area of interest.  See examples from other EFAs and/or consult with advisor.

5000-Level ECE
(select two)

Any qualifying 5000-level ECE courses depending upon specific area of interest.  See examples from other EFAs and/or consult with advisor.  

Technical Electives
(select three)

IE:2500 Engineering Economy (Required for TEC)
ENTR:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Required for TEC)
ENTR:3100 Entrepreneurial Finance (Required for TEC)

Additional EFA Electives

(select two)

Two additional courses from the following list of TEC electives:

ENTR 3200 Entrepreneurial Marketing**

ENTR:3300 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

ENTR:3400 Strategic Management of Tech. and Innovation
ENTR:3500 Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR:3595 Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness
ENTR:3600 E-commerce Strategies for Entrepreneurs

ENTR:4000 Seminar in Entrepreneurship

ENTR:4100 Practicum in Entrepreneurship

ENTR:4200 Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting**

ENTR:4300 Advanced Business Planning
ENTR:4400 Managing the Growth Business**
ENTR:4450 Professional Sports Management
ENTR:4460 Entrepreneurship and Global Trade
ENTR:4600 Advanced Venture Finance
ENTR:4900 Academic Internship
ENTR:9000 Developing Professional Service Business

* Requires CS: 2230 as a prerequisite

** Highly recommended

Advising Notes

  1. In order to receive the Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate along with their degree, qualifying students must compete the TEC Application Form.

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