Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program
Dual-degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree by at least one year and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the dual-degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The dual-degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. Students who complete all their requirements may receive their BS degree prior to completing their MS degree.
Dual Degree Curriculum
Students must develop of a plan of study for the MS portion of the degree with approval of their academic advisor, including the following:
|All Requirements for BS in Electrical Engineering 1||134|
|Required Graduate Courses|
|ECE 0411||Digital Signal Processing||3|
|ECE 0415||Engineering Applications of Numerical Methods||3|
|or SW 0409||Advanced Programming in Java|
|ECE 0457||Advanced Linear Systems||3|
|Capstone or Thesis Option|
& ECE 0592
|Capstone Professional Project I|
and Capstone Professional Project II
|or ECE 0550|
& ECE 0551
| Thesis I|
and Thesis II
|Additional Graduate Elective Courses|
|Select three additional graduate-level electives in Electrical and Computer Engineering 2||9|
Requirements are the same as those listed for the BS, except that students must select at least two graduate-level electives to fulful the major elective requirement.
Electives may be chosen from courses listed under Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as ECE 0483 Independent Study
Note: A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the graduate level.
Capstone or Thesis Option
Students have two options for a two-semester long required course sequence:
- Capstone Option: The Capstone projects are team-driven. Students in the Capstone class are typically organized into teams that contribute to a significant electrical and computer systems project. These projects are chosen to advance the student's knowledge in topics related to the specialization areas. Students consult with their advisors and instructors to determine which projects will contribute most to their education. Students may also suggest projects if they are of sufficient complexity and will advance their knowledge in an area of interest. A capstone topic should be approved by the instructor and accepted by the director of the program prior to starting the capstone sequence.
Thesis Option: Students may choose the thesis option at the agreement of a faculty member and approval by the program director.
In the event that a student in one option (Capstone or Thesis) wishes to switch to the other option, the course that was taken in one option will not count toward fulfilling the graduation requirement. Capstone or thesis classes can be taken only after the completion of 9 credits at the minimum.
Changing from Undergraduate to Graduate Status
Students may request a change of status from the undergraduate to the undergraduate/graduate combined plan of study at any point after the following conditions are met, with approval from their academic advisor and the department chair:
- Completed 60+ credits toward the BS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.
- Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have approval of the faculty advisor.
Students will be awarded both the BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering simultaneously, when all the requirements of the combined degree curricula have been satisfied, usually at the end of the fifth year.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electives
Possible electives may include any courses from the ECE Elective Domains:
|Power and Energy|
|ECE 0461||Green Power Generation||3|
|ECE 0477||Power Security and Reliability||3|
|ECE 0495||Power Generation and Distribution||3|
|ECE 0496||Fault Analysis in Power Systems||3|
|ECE 0505||Advanced Power Electronics||3|
|ECE 0479||Communication Systems||3|
|ECE 0480||Wireless Systems I||3|
|ECE 0405||Electronic Materials||3|
|ECE 0423||Thermal Management of Microdevices||3|
|ECE 0451||Nanoelectronics I||3|
|ECE 0455||Sensor Design and Application||3|
|ECE 0478||Electromagnetic Compatibility||3|
|ECE 0510L||Product Design Laboratory||1|
|ECE 0520L||System Design Lab||1|
|ECE 0406||Advanced Digital Design||3|
|ECE 0440||Computer Graphics||3|
|ECE 0441||Computer Systems Architecture||3|
|ECE 0460||Network Programming||3|
|ECE 0470||Network Embedded Systems||3|
|ECE 0431||Biomedical Signal Processing||3|
|ECE 0432||Biomedical Imaging||3|
|ECE 0433||Biomedical Visualization||3|