Description of Major
Electrical Engineering: The bachelor of science in electrical engineering degree program prepares its graduates for a successful career in the rapidly evolving and intellectually challenging field of electrical engineering. The Department requires its graduates to develop a strong understanding of the relevant mathematics, computer programming and natural science concepts needed by practicing electrical engineers. Graduates must demonstrate an ability to apply this knowledge in several fundamental areas of electrical engineering, including communication systems, control systems, digital signal processing, digital systems, electromagnetics, microelectronics, and power systems. They also must demonstrate sufficient knowledge and technical skills needed to complete a major design experience and to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Computer Engineering: The bachelor of science in computer engineering degree program prepares its graduates for a successful career in the interdisciplinary field of computer engineering. The program is built on the foundation of the electrical engineering program. Graduates have an opportunity to prepare for advanced graduate-level training or a professional career in or built upon a variety of computer engineering application areas including digital systems, digital signal processing, computer networks and VLSI design.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that all students graduating from an ABET-accredited program meet certain course requirements. Completion of the A.A. degree will not meet these requirements. Prospective majors should select courses after consulting an advisor.
The following are the state-wide common prerequisites. Those in BOLD are the required prerequisites that students must complete for admission into this major at FSU in preparation for the upper division major. Those in ITALIC are strongly encouraged to be taken. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements. This program will be operated using the existing common program prerequisites:
- MAC X311 (4) Calculus I or MACX281 (4) Engineering Calculus I
- MAC X312 Calculus II (4) or MACX282 (4) Engineering Calculus II
- MAC X313 Calculus III (4) or MAC X283 (4) Engineering Calculus III
- MAPX302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations or MAP X305(3) Engineering Math I
- CHM X045/X045L (4) or CHM X045C (4) General Chemistry I and Lab, or CHS X440/X440L (4) or CHM X095/X095L (4)
- CHM X046/X046L (4) or CHM X046C or C (4) General Chemistry II and Lab or CHMX096/X096L
- PHY X048/X048L (4) or PHY X048C (4) General Physics A with Lab or PHY X043 and PHY X048L
- PHY X049/X049L (4) or PHY X049C (4) General Physics B with Lab or PHY X044 and PHY X049L
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .
Pre-Engineering Program Requirements:
All students are placed in a Pre-Major Engineering code until all of the prerequisites have been completed. Students must earn a grade of "C minus" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in our Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).
Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an FSU GPA of a 2.00, including at least one-half of the required hours in the General Education program, including all of the Area I English and math. In addition, the following requirements must be met: a grade of 'C minus' or better in MAC2311. Students must not be in violation of the pre-engineering program requirements.
Students wishing to transfer into the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must meet the following criteria:
- Must earn a grade of "C minus" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in the Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).
- Transfer students who have one repeated attempt in the pre-engineering courses, must have already completed all pre-engineering courses (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).
- Transfer students who will earn an AA or have more than 60 hours of transfer credit prior to enrollment at the College must have completed at least Calculus I. It is strongly preferred that AA transfer students have the majority of the pre-engineering courses completed before arriving (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).
Major Program of Studies at FSU: (107 hours)
Required for Computer Engineering majors:
Mathematics and Basic Sciences: (34 hours)
- CHM 1045/L (3,1) General Chemistry I with Lab or BSC 2010/L (3,1) Biological Science I with Lab
- PHY 2048C, 2049C (5, 5) General Physics I and II with Labs
- MAC 2311, 2312, 2313 (4, 4, 5) Calculus I, II, III
- MAP 2302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
- MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra
Required Computer Science Courses: (13 hours)
- COP 3014 (3) Programming I
- COP 3330 (3) Object Oriented Programming
- COP 3353 (1) Introduction to UNIX
- COP 4530 (3) Data Structures, Algorithms and Generic Programming
- MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Mathematics I
Required Courses for Computer Engineering: (38 hours)
- EEL 3003 (3) Introduction to Electrical Engineering
- EEL 3002L (2) ECE Engineering Tools Lab
- EEL 3135 (3) Signal & Linear Systems Analysis
- EEL 3705 (3) Digital Logic Design
- EEL 3705L (1) Digital Logic Lab
- EEL 3927 (3) Engineering Design Concepts
- EEL 4021 (3) Statistical Topics in E.E.
- EEL 4710 (3) Introduction to VHDL
- EEL 4710L (1) Introduction to VHDL Lab
- EEL 4713 (3) Computer Architecture
- EEL 4746 (3) Micro. Based System Design
- EEL 4746L (1) Micro. Based System Design Lab
- EEL 4XXX (3) Advanced Microprocessors
- EEL 4XXXL (1) Advanced Microprocessors Lab
- EEL 4911C (3) Senior Design Project
- EEL 4914C (3) Computer Engineering Senior Design Project II
All Computer Engineering majors are required to complete three (3) of the following five (5) CpE Core courses: (9 hours)
- EEL 4XXX (3) Computer Networks
- EEL 4XXX (3) Digital Image Processing
- EEL 4XXX (3) Introduction to Cybersecurity
- EEL 4XXX (3) Programming Languages in CpE
- EEL 4XXX (3) Artificial Intelligence
The technical electives for computer engineering majors include:
- Six (6) semester hours must be Computer Engineering (CpE) technical electives, and
- Six (6) semester hours may be CpE technical elective OR non-CpE technical electives.
Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
EEL 3705L (1) Digital Logic Lab meets this requirement for the major.
Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement is met by EEL 4911C Senior Design Project within the major.
Scholarship in Practice: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 4911C Senior Design Project I
Formative Experience: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 4914C Computer Engineering Design Project II
Upper Division Writing: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 3927 Engineering Design Concepts.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
- Total Hrs. Required 128*
- General Education 36*
- Major Coursework 107
- Minor Coursework 0
- Computer Skills 0 beyond major requirements
- Oral Communication Competency 0 beyond major requirements
- Electives 0
*Note: Engineering students satisfy the natural science and the mathematics area requirements of General Education through coursework in the Engineering Core. Students not prepared to begin mathematics with Calculus I (MAC 2311) will need to take additional prerequisite hours in mathematics: MAC 1105, 1114, and/or 1140. All students should take the math placement test (ALEKS) to determine proper placement.
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
- A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
- Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
- The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.naceweb.org) or the Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm) provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: (with a BS degree) Electrical Engineer, Computer Engineer, Analog Circuit Design Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Development Engineer, Systems Engineer (Control, Communications, Computer), Digital Circuit Design Engineer.
Representative Employers: Government, Private Business, Industry, Education.