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Undergraduate Record 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Electrical Engineering


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Electrical engineering is a rapidly expanding field, and includes such areas as communications, microelectronics, control systems, and computer system design. New and exciting areas are continually being developed, and more traditional areas are finding new applications. Because of the rapidly-changing nature of the field, this program is designed to provide a strong preparation in traditional electrical engineering, while providing maximum flexibility to accommodate student interests and current technological developments. The objectives of the undergraduate Electrical Engineering program are: Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will allow them to make tangible contributions, meet new technical challenges, contribute effectively as team members, and be innovators in the analysis, design and implementation of electrical and electronic devices and systems. They will communicate effectively and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.

Students can use the flexibility available in the elective program to focus their study on an area of particular interest within electrical engineering, including communication systems, digital system design, control systems, applied electrophysics, and microelectronics. In addition, with careful planning, students can use technical electives for interdisciplinary studies; for example, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, or materials science, perhaps even earning a minor in a related field. Specific suggestions for study in several areas are available from the office of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Program Objectives Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will allow them to make tangible contributions, meet new technical challenges, contribute effectively as team members, and be innovators in the analysis, design and implementation of electrical and electronic devices and systems. They will communicate effectively and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.

Minor


The 19-credit minor consists of ECE 203, 204, and 230, as well as 3 electives (with at least one course at the 400 level or above). The electives are selected from a list of courses available in the office of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)


Second Semester Credits: 17


  • Science elective I Credits: 3
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • HSS elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 1 below)

Third Semester Credits: 17


  • HSS elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 1 below)

Fourth Semester Credits: 16


  • Mathematics elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 3 below)
  • Technical elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • STS ___ STS 2xx/3xx elective Credits: 3

Fifth Semester Credits: 15


  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Technical elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 6 below)

Sixth Semester Credits: 15


  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Technical elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • HSS elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 1 below)

Seventh Semester Credits: 16.5


  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • ECE ___ ECE lab elective Credits: 1.5
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 6 below)

Eighth Semester Credits: 16.5


  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • ECE ___ ECE lab elective Credits: 1.5
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • ECE ___ ECE elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 5 below)
  • Technical elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Unrestricted elective Credits: 3
    (See footnote 6 below)

Footnotes


(1)    Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(2)    Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152: ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(3)    Selected from courses in the Departments of Mathematics at the 200 level or higher.

(4)    A technical elective is defined as a course in engineering (may be ECE), mathematics, or science (intended for science majors) at the 200 level or above.  Of the four technical electives, two must be at the 300 level or above.  Any course appearing on the approved list of HSS electives may not be used as a technical elective.

(5)    ECE 435 and 436 each count as one course and one lab if chosen as electives.  One of the ECE electives must be the Major Design Experience Course.  At least two courses and one lab must fall within a single area of concentration.  The five areas of concentration are applied electrophysics, communications and signal processing, digital systems, controls, and mircoelectronics.  A list of electives that fulfill the requirements of each concentration is included in the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

(6)    Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131, including STAT 110 and STAT 112, and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course.  Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean’s office, located in A122 Thornton Hall.  APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(7)    ECE 230 is offered in both fall and spring semester; it could be take in the third semester.

(8)    ECE 333 is offered both fall and spring semester; it could be taken in the third semester.

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