Students who are interested in math and physics are often well-suited for study in electrical and computer engineering. Many ECE students have interests in computing and in hands-on projects with electrical and electronic devices such as household wiring, audiovisual equipment, automobiles, electric motors and much more. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout their studies. In addition, they develop their ability to apply their knowledge of mathematics, science and general engineering to attack technical issues associated with electro-technology.

Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes

The mission of the undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering programs is to provide high-quality and broad-based education in electrical engineering or computer engineering that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills while preparing graduates for professional careers and lifelong learning. The faculty has adopted the educational objectives listed below for the electrical and computer engineering undergraduate programs. The department has included a process to provide continual improvement of the curricula. Graduates will:

  • excel in engineering careers and/or postgraduate education utilizing knowledge of electrical or computer engineering disciplines and underlying fundamental principles of science and mathematics, engineering analysis, problem solving and design
  • expand their knowledge of current and emerging issues in electrical and computer engineering and continue career-long professional development through engagement in lifelong learning
  • grow professionally and advance throughout their engineering careers utilizing skills in effective communication; responsible, multidisciplinary teamwork; and adherence to principles of professional accountability and ethics

To facilitate attainment of these career-long objectives, the department has defined a set of program outcomes and associated assessments to demonstrate that, by graduation, students have:

  • an ability to apply the necessary knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to analyze and design electrical and electronic devices, as well as software and systems containing hardware and software components, as appropriate to program objectives
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical behavior
  • an ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical formats
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical or computer engineering solutions in a global, societal and environmental context consistent with the principles of sustainable development
  • a recognition for the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • knowledge of probability and statistics, specifically applied to problems in electrical or computer engineering
  • for electrical engineering graduates, knowledge of advanced mathematics, typically including differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics; for graduates with the computer engineering option, knowledge of discrete mathematics

The information contained here describes the undergraduate curricula in electrical engineering and computer engineering. Graduate students and students participating in the Scholars Program should consult the graduate catalog for information on all cross-listed and graduate-only courses. More information about various programs within the department is available in the electrical and computer engineering office.

The overall goal of the electrical engineering program is to prepare students for engineering careers within the discipline. The first year and a half of the electrical engineering curriculum includes basic courses in mathematics and physical science, broadening courses in humanities and social science, and foundation courses in engineering. The next three semesters provide the core education in electrical engineering, with courses in computers, electronics, circuits, systems and electromagnetics. The last year of study includes technical electives to allow students to concentrate in selected areas of the discipline. For seniors, the department offers advanced courses in computers, communication, control, electromagnetics, microelectronics, materials and power.

Students must select two electrical engineering electives with labs. The elective areas are computers, microelectronics, electromagnetics, power systems, communication systems and control systems. Materials that describe each area are available in the electrical and computer engineering office.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014PH 1054
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ENGR 111 or ECE 1211ENGR 1033
EN 1013EN 1023
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 1064PH 2533
MATH 2274MATH 2373
MATH 2383ECE 2254
CS 1004ECE 3804
 Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 3553ECE 3263
ECE 3703ECE 3503
ECE 3324ECE 3334
ECE 3834Select one of the following:3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3 
  
  
 History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 17 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ECE 3404ECE or Professional elective4
Restricted Area Elective3ECE elective3
ECE 4922ECE 4942
ECE elective with laboratory4ECE elective with laboratory4
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
 16 16
Total Hours: 126
1

Students must satisfy the College of Engineering in-depth requirement (minimum of six hours in one discipline).

2

The College of Engineering core curriculum requires a minimum of: nine hours of HU, L, or FA courses; nine hours of HI or SB courses; six hours of FC courses; six hours of W courses (300- and 400-level ECE courses); 12 hours of N courses (eight hours of calculus-based physics); 12 hours of MA courses (MATH 125 Calculus I or higher); and six hours of C or FL courses.

3

The Restricted Area Elective must be chosen from the list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

4

The Professional Elective must be chosen from the list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Computer Engineering Option in Electrical Engineering

The computer engineering option is offered within the electrical engineering department in order to give students a broad knowledge of the software and hardware components of modern computing systems, detailed computer-systems design, and the role of computer systems in various engineering disciplines. A primary goal of the program is to prepare the student for a computer-oriented engineering career with emphasis on computer applications within various subdisciplines of electrical engineering.

The computer engineering option includes a broad spectrum of electrical engineering and computer science courses, as well as electives to allow the student to study a specific area in depth and to gain additional design experience. Areas of specialization may include computer architecture, integrated circuit design, microprocessor-based systems, sensor networks, image processing, robotics and applications-oriented study in other disciplines of electrical engineering.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014PH 1054
MATH 1254MATH 1264
ENGR 111 or ECE 1211ENGR 1033
EN 1013EN 1023
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 1064MATH 3013
MATH 2383ECE 2254
MATH 2274MATH 2373
CS 1004ECE 3804
 Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3
 15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
ECE 3703ECE 3324
MATH 3553ECE 3263
CS 1014CS 2014
ECE 3834 
 17 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective3History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective3
ECE 3334Restricted Area Elective3
ECE 4922ECE 4942
ECE 4803Professional or Restricted Area Elective3
ECE 4811ECE 4863
ECE 4843ECE 4871
 16 15
Total Hours: 123
1

Students must satisfy the College of Engineering in-depth requirement (minimum of six hours in one discipline).

2

The College of Engineering core curriculum requires a minimum of: nine hours of HU, L, or FA courses; nine hours of HI or SB courses; six hours of FC courses; six hours of W courses (300- and 400-level ECE courses); 12 hours of N courses (eight hours of calculus-based physics); 12 hours of MA courses (MATH 125 Calculus I or higher); and six hours of C or FL courses.

3

The Restricted Area Elective must be chosen from the list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

4

The Professional Elective must be chosen from the list approved by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates have career opportunities in a number of industries and fields including, but not limited to, computing, communications, manufacturing, maintenance, utilities, aerospace, automotive, defense/military, medical, and consumer products. The degree also provides an excellent background for graduate study in electrical or computer engineering as well as medicine and law.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates often gain entry-level positions as utility engineers, plant engineers, programmers, maintenance engineers, or as design engineers with engineering and consulting firms.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Alumni of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department currently hold positions such as Distribution Manager, Alabama Power; Vice President, ADTRAN; and Senior Design Engineer, Radiance Technologies.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center