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Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

HOURS REQUIRED: 125

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: No

CHIEF ADVISER: Jerry Varner

DESCRIPTION

Chair: Jerry L. Hudgins, 209N SEC

Associate Chair: Sohrab Asgarpoor

Professors: Alexander, Asgarpoor, Bahar, Balkir, Boye, Choobineh, Hoffman, Hudgins, Ianno, Lu, Otu, Pérez, Sayood, Schubert, Woollam

Associate Professors: Franke-Shubert, Qiao, Snyder, Vakilzadian, Varner

Assistant Professors: Han, Qu

Research Professor: Patterson

Research Assistant Professors: Hofmann, Psota, Zhou

Senior Lecturer: Bauer

Lecturer: McCreight

Phone: 402-472-3771

Fax: 402-472-4732

Website: http://engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/electricalengineering/

Electrical engineering is concerned with the production, transmission, and utilization of electrical energy and the transmission and processing of information. Employment opportunities for electrical engineers cover a wide spectrum of activities including design, development, research, sales, and management. These activities are carried on in industrial organizations, public and private utilities, the communications and computer industry, governmental and educational institutions, and consulting engineering firms. The objective of this major is to offer students an education to become productive electrical engineers and be active, contributing citizens of the nation and the world.

This department has over 25 faculty involved in research related to electronic materials, nanotechnology, optical systems, communications, biomedical applications, signal processing, microelectronics design, energy systems, and electromagnetics. Students are encouraged to participate in research activities, and have opportunities to travel and present their research results.

The department has extensive research facilities for all areas including state of the art computing facilities, integrated circuits and systems research facilities, communications and signal-processing laboratories, applied electromagnetics research, solid state laboratories, nanostructures research, electro-optics research and energy systems laboratories.

The curriculum is designed to provide a broad education in fundamental principles and laboratory applications, and an awareness of the socioeconomic impact of technology. Technical electives are normally selected from advanced courses in electrical engineering to provide for specialization in selected areas. However, technical electives can also be selected from courses offered by other departments of the College of Engineering or from appropriate physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biological sciences courses.

The department administers a network of high-end UNIX workstations and PCs, upgraded regularly, and used for classroom instruction as well as the individual needs of students.

ADMISSION

Major/Department Admission

Requirements for admission to the Department of Electrical Engineering will be granted if he/she has:

1. maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.4 and is in good standing in the College of Engineering, and,

2. completed ELEC 215 and ELEC 216 with a grade of C or better.

A transfer student will be admitted if he/she has:

1. completed courses equivalent to ELEC 215 and 216 at other institutions with acceptable transfer grades of C or better, and,

2. a GPA of 2.4 or better during their first 12 credit hours in Electrical Engineering course work at UNL.

Transfer students will be able to appeal to the advisers for admission if they fail to meet the GPA requirement for an additional semester.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Degree

First Semester Hours

ELEC 121 Introduction to Electrical Engineering I3

ENGR 10 Freshman Engineering Seminar0

MATH 106 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I5

Science Elective4

Choose 4 credit hours of science elective from the following: LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L; CHEM 109 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 113; and PHYS 213.

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Total15

Second Semester Hours

ELEC 122 Introduction to Electrical Engineering II3

MATH 107 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II4

PHYS 211 General Physics I4

Computer Programming Elective3

The recommended computer programming elective is CSCE 155E.

Total14

Third Semester Hours

ELEC 215 Electronics & Circuits I3

ELEC 235 Introductory Electrical Lab I1

ENGR 20 Sophomore Engineering Seminar0

MATH 208 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III4

PHYS 212 General Physics II4

PHYS 222 General Physics Lab II1

Communications Elective3

Choose from JGEN 200, or one of two from JGEN 300 and COMM 286 so as to meet both ACE 1 and 2.

Total16

Fourth Semester Hours

ELEC 216 Electronics & Circuits II3

ELEC 222 Introduction to Embedded Systems3

ELEC 236 Introductory Electrical Lab II1

MATH 221 Differential Equations3

Science Elective4

Choose 4 credit hours of science elective from the following: LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L; CHEM 109 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 113; and PHYS 213.

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Total17

Fifth Semester Hours

ELEC 304 Signals & Systems I3

ELEC 307 Electrical Engineering Lab I2

ELEC 316 Electronics & Circuits III3

ELEC 370 Digital Logic Design3

Technical Elective3

The department maintains an approved list of technical electives (within and outside of EE) on the department website.

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Total17

Sixth Semester Hours

ELEC 305 Probability Theory & Introduction to Random Processes3

ELEC 306 Electromagnetic Field Theory3

ELEC 317 Electrical Engineering Lab II2

Technical Electives6

The department maintains an approved list of technical electives (within and outside of EE) on the department website.

Communications Elective3

Choose from JGEN 200 or one of two from JGEN 300 and COMM 286 so as to meet both ACE 1 and 2.

Total17

Seventh Semester Hours

ELEC 494 Electrical Engineering Senior Design I2

Technical Electives9

The department maintains an approved list of technical electives (within and outside of EE) on the department website.

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Total14

Eighth Semester Hours

ELEC 495 Electrical Engineering Senior Design II3

Technical Electives9

The department maintains an approved list of technical electives (within and outside of EE) on the department website.

ACE Elective3

Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Total15

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation125

Each EE undergraduate student must choose one of the options listed below for the EE technical electives.
Electrical Engineering Options

1. Communications and Signal Processing

2. Electromagnetic Fields and Optics

3. Electronics and Computer Engineering

4. Energy and Power Systems

5. Materials and Devices

6. Bioengineering

Electives

  • There are twenty-seven (27) credit hours of technical electives required. Of these 27 credit hours, at least 12 credit hours must be taken in electrical engineering (ELEC) courses which are referred to as “EE technical electives.” Below is a list of courses in each option.

1. Communications & Signal Processing

ELEC 410, ELEC 462, ELEC 463, ELEC 464, ELEC 465

2. Electromagnetic Fields and Optics

ELEC 408, ELEC 467, ELEC 468, ELEC 480, ELEC 486

3. Electronics and Computer Engineering

ELEC 361, ELEC 469, ELEC 470, ELEC 475

4. Energy and Power Systems

ELEC 406, ELEC 428, ELEC 438, ELEC 444

5. Materials and Devices

ELEC 417, ELEC 420, ELEC 421, ELEC 422

6. Bioengineering

ELEC 452, ELEC 460, ELEC 498E, ELEC 498S

Of these 12 credit hours, 6 credit hours must be taken from one of the six EE options listed (including at least one bold course).

In addition, at least one 3 credit hour course from a different EE Option must be taken. The remaining 3 credits may be satisfied by any non-required 300 or 400 level electrical engineering courses except ELEC 399.

The remaining 15 credit hours of technical electives which are referred to as “EE or other technical electives” may be taken from any 300 or 400 level course offering (with the exception of those listed below) in the Department of Electrical Engineering or in any other engineering department within the College of Engineering at UNL, or in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics and Astronomy at UNL.

Not Allowed 300 and 400 Level Technical Electives

BIOS 310 School of Biological Sciences Seminar

IMSE 305 Introduction to Engineering Management

MATH 495 Seminar

MATH 496 Seminar in Mathematics

In addition, a list of courses at the 100 and 200 level, which also will be accepted as technical elective credits, are listed below.

Allowed 100 and 200 Level Technical Electives

AGEN 225/BSEN 225 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials

ASTR 204 Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics

ASTR 224 Astronomy & Astrophysics Lab

BIOS 206 General Genetics

BIOS 213 Human Physiology

CHME 202 Mass & Energy Balances

CHME 331 Equilibrium Stage Operations

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II

CHEM 114 Fundamental Chemistry II

CHEM 2xx Any 200 level chemistry course

CSCE 156 Computer Science II

CSCE 235 Introduction to Discrete Structures

CSCE 251 Unix Programming Environment

MATL 260 Elements of Materials Science

MATL 262 Materials Lab I

MECH 223 Engineering Statics

MECH 250 Mechanics I

MECH 200 Engineering Thermodynamics

No more than a total of 3 credit hours may be taken in ELEC 399 or similar offerings from other departments.

However, students can choose a “Research Option.” The purpose of research option is to provide research experiences and offer opportunities for students to work with a faculty adviser on a specific research topic. A certificate of completion of thesis will be awarded to the students, and outstanding thesis awards will be presented at the end of semester functions. Requirements for the research option are listed below.

Research Option

1. Selection of a faculty adviser (EE department faculty), research topic, and thesis committee (at least one other faculty).

2. Registration for 6 credit hours of undergraduate research (ELEC 399) over at least two consecutive semesters on the same research topic.

3. GPA of above 3.0.

4. Write an undergraduate thesis or report and make an oral presentation to be graded by thesis committee members.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

ELEC 216 – Prereq: A grade of C or better in ELEC 215; Prereq or Parallel: MATH 221 and ELEC 236.

ELEC 304 – Prereq: A grade of C or better in ELEC 216; MATH 221

ELEC 316 – Prereq: A grade of C or better in ELEC 216

ELEC 306 – Prereq: A grade of C or better in ELEC 216; PHYS 212; MATH 221

OTHER:

EE Resource Room/Tutoring

The Department of Electrical Engineering has a resource room staffed by upper class undergraduates and graduate students. Students can get help with their homework, get answers to technical questions, etc. The room is open approximately 20 hours per week. Open hours for each semester are posted outside the room.

A list of tutors is available from the Department of Electrical Engineering, 209N, SEC. At the beginning of each semester students are invited to offer their services through these lists.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their adviser, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, adviser, and department chair (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisers, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Quick points about the Electrical Engineering major/program.
Quick Points
Attribute Value
College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Hours Required: 125
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Chief Adviser: Jerry Varner