Undergraduate Degree Requirements
(Effective for Freshmen matriculating in Fall 2008 or After)
The basic EE curriculum requires 120 credits for graduation. The courses comprising these 120 credits can be categorized into seven areas:
- Mathematics and the Basic Sciences
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Disciplinary Foundation of Electrical Engineering
- Required EE Technical Electives
- General Technical Electives
- Engineering Ethics
- Technical Writing
- CORE (General Education Requirements)
This area comprises 32 credits. These courses stress the mathematical techniques and scientific principles upon which engineering is based. These courses are required and include the following:
MATH140: Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH141: Calculus II (4 credits)
MATH241: Calculus III (4 credits)
MATH246: Differential Equations for Scientists & Engineers (3 credits)
MATH4xx: One 400-level math course (credits included in General Tech Elective credits)
PHYS161: General Physics, Mechanics and Particles Dynamics (3 credits)
PHYS260/261: General Physics, Vibrations, Waves, Heat, and E/M (4 credits)
PHYS270/271: General Physics, Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity & Modern Physics (4 credits)
CHEM135: General Chemistry for Engineers (3 credits)
This requirement is fulfilled by completing ENES100: "Introduction to Engineering Design. This course introduces first year students to the engineering design experience.
As an ENES100 student you will be assigned to a team which is required to prepare reports and presentations which summarize the design process and product performance of the technologic device they are working on. You will learn how to work successfully in teams and develop an understanding of group dynamics. Basic science and engineering principles are also covered in the class. You will also develop various computer skills including familiarity with internet and library databases for research, basic spread sheets, and essential word processor and graphical presentation software.
Other objectives include learning about the role engineers play in our modern society and an introduction to some engineering ethics concepts. Finally, there are numerous opportunities throughout the course for you to develop and improve your communication skills.
The Disciplinary Foundation is the core of the Electrical Engineering degree and totals 37 credits. Students are required to take courses in circuits and microelectronics, electrophysics, computers/programming, and electrical systems. These courses cover the fundamental electrical engineering concepts and laboratory skills common to any professional working in the field.
ENEE150: Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineering (3 credits)
ENEE204: Basic Circuit Theory (3 credits)
ENEE206: Fundamental Electric and Digital Circuits Laboratory (2 credits)
ENEE241: Numerical Techniques in Engineering (3 credits)
ENEE244: Digital Logic Design (3 credits)
ENEE303: Analog and Digital Electronics (3 credits)
ENEE307: Electronic Circuits Design Laboratory (2 credits)
ENEE313: Introduction to Device Physics (3 credits)
ENEE322: Signal and System Theory (3 credits)
ENEE324: Engineering Probability (3 credits)
ENEE350: Computer Organization (3 credits)
ENEE380: Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
ENEE381: Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (3 credits)
In addition to the required engineering courses, students must complete 13 credits of required, upper-level electrical engineering electives. The elective courses are divided into three categories. Category A is “Advanced Theory and Applications.” Category B is “Advanced Laboratory.” Category C comprises the “Capstone Design” courses. Students must take at least 3 credits from Category A, 2 credits from Category B, and 3 credits from Category C. The remaining five credits may be taken from any one category or combination of categories. See the list of approved ENEE Technical Electives for details on which courses fall into what categories.
In addition to complete 13 credits of ENEE electives, student must also satisfy the Specialty Area Requirement. This requires student to complete at least two 400-level ENEE elective courses from a single area of specialization. The ECE Department has six formal areas of specialization.
This requirement is intended to ensure that students receive sufficient depth in their senior-level EE elective courses. Currently, most students already satisfy this requirement.
All students are expected to complete at least 12 credits of General Technical Electives. As part of these general technical electives, EE students must successfully complete one 400-level mathematics course. The remaining 9 credits (beyond the 400-level MATH) of general technical electives are to be taken from a range of departments unless a course appears on a list of classes which are specifically prohibited from being counted towards the degree.
Note: Students must earn a 'C' or higher in engineering courses (i.e., those with the prefix ENXX) used to satisfy this requirement. Students who entered an institution of higher learning in spring 2005 or after must earn a 'C' or higher in all courses used to satisfy this requirement.
Because of the strong symbiotic relationship between engineering and society as well as the important role ethics plays in engineering practice, ECE requires electrical engineering majors to complete a course on the social and ethical dimension of engineering. The course, ENEE200: "Social and Ethical Dimensions of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology" (3 credits), is required of all freshman entering in or after Fall 2008. ENEE200 falls under the CORE area "Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues" (IE). Thus, students will be able to use ENEE200 to satisfy one of their CORE distributive studies requirements.
All engineering students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering are required to complete a 3-credit, junior-level English course in technical writing. The course typically taken is ENGL393: Technical Writing. (NOTE: Engineering students are not exempt from this requirement even if they earn an 'A' in ENGL101.)
A degree from the University of Maryland signifies more than just mere technical or narrowly defined career training. Students are offered a liberal education that prepares them to achieve the intellectual integration and awareness they need to meet challenges in their personal, social, political, and professional lives. As such, all graduates are required to complete the University's general education or CORE requirements. Students usually do 40 credits of CORE work. Some of these credits are completed in the process of completing some of the major requirements.
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