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The BS Degree in Electrical Engineering consists of 128 semester credit hours divided into a lower division, providing diverse courses over a broad base of technical subjects, and an upper division providing more-specialized courses.

Vision

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering will provide programs of the highest quality to produce world class engineers who can address challenges of the millennium.

Mission

The Electrical Engineering Program will:

  • Dedicate itself to providing its students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will allow its graduates to succeed as engineers and leaders.
  • Maintain a vital, state-of-the art research enterprise that provides its students and faculty with opportunities to create, interpret, apply and disseminate knowledge.
  • Prepare its graduates for life-long learning to meet intellectual, ethical, and career challenges.
  • Recognize and act upon the special mandate to make high-quality engineering education available to the residents of El Paso and the surrounding region.

Educational Objectives

As individuals and as members of teams, our graduates will be able to:

  • Our graduates should apply their knowledge and skills to electrical engineering practice or to pursue advanced education successfully as demonstrated by some of the following:
    • Completion of certificates, graduate degrees, or professional licensing
    • Sustained employment and/or full-time graduate school in electrical engineering or related area
    • Advancement and/or recognition in employment
  • Our graduates should demonstrate creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in the practice of engineering as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Leadership roles in their organizations, their profession, and/or in society
    • Effective participation in disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams
    • Successful development and/or improvement of products, processes, and/or systems
  • Our graduates should engage successfully in professional communication as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Publication of technical articles, engineering reports, and/or proposals
    • Effective participation in disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams
    • Presentation of their work at professional meetings or conferences
  • Our graduates should exhibit social and professional responsibility in the practice of engineering as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Involvement in community service
    • Evidence of commitment to lifelong learning
    • Membership in professional organizations

Concentrations within the BS in Electrical Engineering cover a range of electrical engineering sub-disciplines and allows a student to focus on their particular area of interest using technical electives. Interested students should select a concentration prior to completion of the junior year, and plan their course schedule to satisfy any prerequisites for courses within their chosen concentration. Most concentration courses are offered only once each academic year. The list of courses for each specific concentration is available from the advisor.

  • Computer Engineering Concentration: Students in this concentration study the science and technology of design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems, computer controlled equipment, and networks of intelligent devices.
  • Fields and Devices Concentration: Students in this concentration study the physical foundations for materials and devices used in modern electronic and optoelectronic systems as well as different aspects of applied electromagnetics. They also learn the engineering principles for the design and development of devices and systems.
  • Signal Processing, Systems and Communications Engineering Concentration: Students in this concentration study the theory, applications, algorithms, and implementation of devices and systems for the generation, transformation, extraction, transmission, undesrtanding and interpretation of information contained in signals. They also learn about how this information can be used to analyze, optimize, and control dynamic systems.
  • Power and Energy Systems Concentration: Students in this concentration study the development, planning, design, construction, maintenance, installation and operation of electric power systems for the safe, sustainable, economic and reliable conversion, generation, transmission, distribution, storage and usage of electric energy, including its measurement and control.
  • Biomedical Engineering Concentration: Students in this concentration study the development and application of engineering concepts and methods to provide new solutions to biological, medical and healthcare problems.
  • General Electrical Engineering: Students in this concentration have the opportunity to acquire a broad background in electrical engineering by taking selection of courses across different sub-disciplines in electrical engineering.

In addition to the concentration courses, the following courses may be applied toward any concentration requirement with prior approval from the area committees and the advisor.

EE 4371Engineering Problems Seminar3
EE 4395Special Topics-Electrical Engr3

Fast-Track Combined BSEE/Master Program in Electrical or Computer Engineering

Students with at least 90 hours accumulated toward their BSEE degree and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 may be eligible for admission into the fast-track BSEE/Master Program. Students admitted to this program take graduate classes that count both toward graduate degree requirements and undergraduate degree requirements, for up to 15 credit hours of ECE graduate courses per approval of the undergraduate and graduate advisors. Eligible ECE graduate courses come from a list approved for fast-track by the ECE Faculty. Students must earn a B or better in the graduate course to count as graduate credit for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or for the Master of Science in Computer Engineering. If the grade is a C, it will not count towards the graduate degree but will still count towards the undergraduate degree.

Joint Degree BS-MBA Program

Students with at least 90 hours accumulated toward their BSEE degree and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 can pursue a joint-degree BS-MBA program. Students need to apply and be admitted to the MBA program. Students admitted to this program (a) will apply credit for ECON 5360 Global Econ Environment-Mgrs, BLAW 5306 Business Law and Ethics, and ACCT 5301 Financial Accounting toward the requirements of one technical elective and two concentration electives for the BS in Electrical Engineering and (b) will apply credit for nine hours of graduate courses (approved for fast-track) in Electrical Engineering (two technical electives, plus EE 4230 and EE 4171) toward the elective requirements of the MBA program.

BS in Electrical Engineering

Degree Plan

BS in Electrical Engineering with Concentration

Required Credits: 128

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Concentration Required
This program requires the selection of a concentration.
Electrical Engineering Prerequisites (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
CS 1320Computer Programming Sci/Engr3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Electrical Engineering Core (Lower) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
EE 1105Lab for EE 13051
EE 1305Intro to Electrical Engineer3
EE 2151Lab for EE 23511
EE 2169Laboratory for EE 23691
EE 2350Electric Circuits I3
EE 2351Electric Circuits II3
EE 2353Cont. Time Signals & Systems3
EE 2369Digital Systems Design I3
EE 2372Software Design I3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
Select one of the following:
BIOL 1305General Biology3
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
MATH 2300Discrete Mathematics3
Electrical Engineering Core (Upper)
Required Courses:
EE 3138Lab for Electrical Engr 3338 C1
EE 3176Laboratory For EE 3376 C1
EE 3195Junior Professional Orientat C1
EE 3321Electromagnetic Field Theory C3
EE 3325Applied Quantum Mech for EE C3
EE 3329Fund. of Semiconductor Dev3
EE 3338Electronics I C3
EE 3340Electronics II C3
EE 3353Discrete Time Signals & System C3
EE 3376Microprocessor Systems I C3
EE 3384Probabilistic Methods-Engr/Sci C3
EE 4220Senior Project Lab I C2
EE 4230Senior Project Lab II2
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra C3
Select one of the following:1
Laboratory for EE 3354
Undergraduate Service Learning
Undergraduate Research
Laboratory For EE 4342
Lab for EE 4353
Engineering Problems
Laboratory For EE 4378
Co-op Work Experiences
Co-op Work Experiences
Co-op Work Experiences
Biomedical Instrumentation Lab
Undergrad Services Learning
Undergraduate Research
Senior Professional Orientat
Professional Options:
Select three hours of technical electives approved by the department advisor:3
Concentration
Complete one of the following concentrations12
Total Hours128

Concentration in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Fields and Devices

Fields and Devices Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

Concentration in General Electrical Engineering

General Electrical Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Power and Energy Systems Engineering 

Power and Energy Systems Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Biomedical Engineering 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

Concentration in Signal Processing, Systems and Communications

Signal Processing, Systems and Communications Engineering Concentration
A student must take four courses as described in the concentration course list, available from the advisor.12
Total Hours12

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6