Electrical Engineering - Undergraduate Programs

501 Nedderman Hall · Student Advising Office

Accreditation

Accreditation is an assurance that the professionals that serve us have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public. The Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington has been continuously accredited since 1965 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Overview of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is a broad field that includes power systems, control systems, microelectronics and nanoelectronics, microprocessors and computer networks, telecommunications (wire, wireless, satellite and fiber optic), remote sensing, signal processing, neural networks, medical devices, optics (electro-optics, optoelectronics and photonics) and other emerging technologies.

Electrical engineers must be prepared to apply fundamental concepts in the applications of new technologies and to contribute to the growth of these technologies. They must also have the skills to communicate their ideas and to manage projects within a schedule and budget. Because of the broad nature of the field, electrical engineers are involved in a wide range of engineering design projects and they must be able to employ knowledge from other disciplines in electrical engineering designs. They must also be prepared to support engineers in other disciplines.

Engineering designs are a team effort and require good communication skills, both oral and written. Therefore it is important that each student develops these necessary communication skills.

The benefit of having an education in electrical engineering is that the student is prepared for a career not only in technical areas but also for further training in other disciplines such as medicine, law, public policy, business, economics, management, and teaching.

Educational Objectives of the Undergraduate Program

The Program Educational Objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Advance the mission of their organization by significantly contributing to any of the following disciplines: component and/or system design, R&D, manufacturing, customer support, technical training, sales and marketing.
  • Demonstrate leadership in one or more significant roles since graduation, as evidenced for example by successful entrepreneurship in a start-up, significant promotions and awards in a company or engineering firm.
  • Successfully build on the BSEE degree from UTA by: completing a graduate degree; or taking professional course(s); or earning professional certificate(s).

Student Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

From these Program Educational Objectives, the department designed its baccalaureate program to offer its graduates the following student learning outcomes:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • an ability to apply probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to electrical engineering

The program has been continuously accredited since 1965 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission as an EE major are governed by the requirements as stated in the College of Engineering section of this catalog. EE majors are only allowed to enroll in pre-professional courses until they meet the requirements for the professional program as outlined below.

Undergraduate Advising

General academic advising for new students (excluding transfer course evaluation) is done during the scheduled orientation period prior to registration. Academic advising for continuing students will be done during each semester prior to registration. The dates for advising new and continuing students will be listed in the appropriate schedule of classes. Personal academic advising is available in the office of the Undergraduate Advisor during the semester by appointment. To graduate, the student must have an approved degree plan on file in the Registrar's Office.

The students can use the course sequences described above to plan their studies. Recommended electives are listed in the advising office and on the Web site at www.uta.edu/engineering/ee. A supplemental EE Undergraduate Program Guide is available in the Advising Office; it provides more details of the different areas of specialization in Electrical Engineering as well as on other matters relevant to completing the BSEE degree.

Admission to the Professional Program

Requirements for admission to the professional program in Electrical Engineering are in accordance with those of the College of Engineering with the following added stipulations:

  • Application to the professional program is to be made to the Undergraduate Advisor during the semester that the advancement requirements are being completed.
  • No professional electrical engineering courses may be taken until the student is admitted into the professional program or obtains the written consent of the Undergraduate Advisor.
  • Each student must complete all pre-professional courses stipulated under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering" with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.25 in:
    1. all courses,
    2. in all math, science, and engineering courses, and
    3. in all EE courses.

To graduate, the student must be admitted to the professional program and have an approved degree plan on file in the Registrar's office. The degree plan is generated upon entry to the professional program. Graduating seniors should apply to graduate during the next-to-last semester. Each student must complete all professional level electrical engineering courses stipulated under "Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering" with a minimum grade of C in each course. All engineering courses used on the BSEE degree plan must be C or better.

Program Features

The pre-professional program reflects a concentration of preliminary science, mathematics, and engineering courses to prepare the student for the professional engineering program. EE students are admitted to the professional program as described above. The pre-professional program consists of core courses in electronics; digital systems, microprocessors, and computer programming. The professional program consists of core courses in electromagnetics; power systems and energy conversion; continuous and discrete time systems; controls; and communications. The core curriculum provides the needed foundation for a variety of technical areas in electrical engineering. The design experience is emphasized throughout the program, with particular emphasis on the team concept in the engineering design courses. Through careful selection of technical electives, the student may specialize in certain fields of electrical engineering. Information on these areas is available in the Electrical Engineering Department Advising Office. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects of the faculty in Electrical Engineering. Independent study credit can be obtained through EE 4391 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative education opportunities are plentiful for EE students. Interested students should contact the Cooperative Education Office in the College of Engineering.

Master's Degree Path

The electrical engineering field is continually evolving in all areas from power systems to optics. To stay current in technical areas requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Completing a master's degree certainly gives the student a head start on this.

Students graduating with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and GRE scores of 146 verbal or higher, 156 quantitative or higher, and 3.0 writing can be admitted to the EE master's program upon application. Interested students should contact the graduate advisor. Students can take a project course, EE 4391 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, as one of their technical electives to begin their studies on a topic that they may use for their MS research and thesis. Also, students that require less than 12 hours to graduate can dual enroll in the graduate program in the last semester of their BS program.

Fast Track Program for Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Students within 30 credit hours of completing their bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.5 may be eligible for admission into the Fast Track Program for Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Once admitted, students will be allowed to take select graduate courses that may be used to satisfy both bachelor's and master's degree requirements. Interested students should contact the graduate advisor.

Competence in Oral Communication and Computer Use

Electrical Engineering students will satisfy the University Competence in Oral Presentations requirement by completing the course COMS 2302 PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. They will satisfy the University Competence in Computer Use requirement by completing EE 2347 MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

The program is divided into a pre-professional program and a professional engineering program, with the division essentially occurring between the sophomore and junior years.

Pre Professional Requirements that may also satisfy Core requirements 125
RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I
RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II
CALCULUS I 2
CALCULUS II
CALCULUS III
GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL TECHNICAL PHYSICS II
General Education24
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1865
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT
GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
English literature elective: Any English or modern and classical languages literature that meets the 3 University Core Curriculum requirement for Language, Philosophy and Culture is accepted.
Communication: COMS 2302
Creative arts elective: any course which satisfies the University Core Curriculum requirements for Creative Arts is accepted. 3
Social/behavioral elective: ECON 2305
Program Requirements
MATH 3319DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS & LINEAR ALGEBRA3
CHEM 1465CHEMISTRY FOR ENGINEERS 44
CE 2312STATICS AND DYNAMICS FOR NON-CE MAJORS3
EE 2347MATHEMATICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING3
CSE 1311INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS3
EE 1106ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FRESHMAN PRACTICUM1
EE 1201INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING2
EE 2415CIRCUIT ANALYSIS I4
EE 2403ELECTRONICS I4
EE 2441DIGITAL LOGIC AND MICROPROCESSORS 14
Professional Courses
EE 3407ELECTROMAGNETICS4
EE 3318DISCRETE SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS3
EE 3316CONTINUOUS SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS3
EE 3140JUNIOR PROJECT LABORATORY1
EE 3330PROBABILITY AND RANDOM SIGNALS3
EE 3446CIRCUIT ANALYSIS II4
EE 4340CONCEPTS & EXERCISES IN ENGINEERING PRACTICE3
EE 4349ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT3
Select two of the following Electrical Engineering Core Electives, which may be 6-7 hours depending on choice of electives6-7
FUNDAMENTALS OF POWER SYSTEMS
DIGITAL LOGIC AND MICROPROCESSORS II
ELECTRONICS II
CONTROL SYSTEMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
Select two Electrical Engineering Senior Elective courses6
Select one Engineering Elective course (also includes Electrical Engineering) 33
3000/4000 courses in Mathematics or Science Elective 33
MAE 3309THERMAL ENGINEERING3
Total Hours125-126
1

All pre-professional courses must be completed before enrolling in professional program courses

2

The Mathematics Department requires passing a placement test provided by the Mathematics Department before enrolling.

3

A list of acceptable electives is available in the EE Dept. advising office.

4

Chem 1465 can be substituted with Chem 1441 and Chem 1442 (8 hours). 

Note: Total hours will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, students who do not have two units of high school foreign language will be required to take two courses of foreign language in addition to the previously listed requirements.

RECOMMENDED CORE CURRICULUM

Electrical Engineering students will satisfy the university core curriculum requirement by completing all General Education courses specified under “Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering” along with ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, MATH 1426, MATH 2425, MATH 2326, MATH 3319, PHYS 1443 and PHYS 1444, which are also part of the Pre-Professional Program.  For more information, see University Core Curriculum.

Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics: Admission into Engineering, Admission into Pre-Engineering, Admission into the Professional Program, Counseling or Advising, Transfer and Change of Major Policies, Honors Program, Academic Regulations, Professional Engineering Registration, Cooperative Education, Academic Probation, Repeating Course Policy, and Academic Dishonesty.

Refer to the Electrical Engineering Department website for the suggested course sequence.

Requirements for a Minor in Electrical Engineering

To receive a minor in Electrical Engineering, a student must complete the following five courses with a grade of C or better in each:

EE 2415CIRCUIT ANALYSIS I4
EE 2403ELECTRONICS I4
EE 2441DIGITAL LOGIC AND MICROPROCESSORS 14
EE 3407ELECTROMAGNETICS4
EE 3316CONTINUOUS SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS3
Total Hours19