ECE Focus Area: Electrical Breadth (Electrical)

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Electrical engineering studies provide a great starting point for electrical engineering practice as well as medicine, business and law, and graduate work in the physical sciences and engineering. The electrical engineering breadth elective focus area aims to provide students with breadth of background necessary to get started on any of these career tracks.

Depending on the courses selected, completion of electrical engineering breadth elective focus area coursework will provide students with additional understanding of topics in the design, development, testing, and maintenance of computer, electronics, power, control and communications systems.

Students with broad background in electrical engineering will find career opportunities both in industry and academia. Examples range from jobs as teaching or research professors, to positions in the telecommunications, power and computing industries, to medical, legal or hard science related positions.

Students interested in the Electrical Engineering Breadth 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:5300 Switching Theory
ECE:5410 Advanced Circuit Techniques
ECE:5500 Communication Theory
ECE:5600 Control Theory
ECE:5700 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
5000-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing
ECE:5520 Information Theory & Coding
ECE:5530 Wireless Sensor Networks
ECE:5640 Computer Based Control
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 5000-level ECE electives listed above and
ECE:5420 Power Electronics
ECE:5620 Electric Power Systems
ECE:5430 Electric Drive Systems
ECE:5630 Sustainable Energy Conversion
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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