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)
055:054 (ECE:3540) Communication Networks
055:033 (ECE:3330) Software Design
055:036 (ECE:3360) Embedded Systems & Systems Software
Depth Elective
(select one)
055:130 (ECE:5300) Switching Theory
055:141 (ECE:5410) Advanced Circuit Techniques
055:150 (ECE:5500) Communication Theory
055:160 (ECE:5600) Control Theory
055:170 (ECE:5700) Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
100-Level ECE
(select two)
       All depth electives listed above and
055:146 (ECE:5460) Digital Signal Processing
055:152 (ECE:5520) Information Theory & Coding
055:153 (ECE:5530) Wireless Sensor Networks
055:164 (ECE:5640) Computer Based Control
Technical Electives
(select three)
       All breadth, depth and 100-level ECE electives listed above and
055:142 (ECE:5420) Power Electronics
055:143 (ECE:5620) Electric Power Systems
055:162 (ECE:5430) Electric Drive Systems
055:163 (ECE:5630) Sustainable Energy Conversion
22M:118 (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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