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.
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements.
Both Electrical and Computer Engineering:
- MAC X311 (4) Calculus I
- MAC X312 (4) Calculus II
- MAC X313 (4-5) Calculus III
- MAP X302 (3) Differential Equations
- CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I with Lab
- PHY X048C (5) General Physics A with Lab
- PHY X049C (5) General Physics B with Lab
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 Florida Virtual Campus.
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-" 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).
Coursework in the Major
Major Program of Studies at FSU: (107 hours)
Required for Both Computer and Electrical Engineering Majors: (79 hours)
- Mathematics and Basic Sciences: (34 hours)
- CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry 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
General Engineering Core: (9 hours)
- COP 3014 (3) Programming I
- EGM 3512 (4) Engineering Mechanics
- EML 3100 (2) Thermodynamics
Common Required Courses for Electrical and Computer Engineering: (36 hours)
- EEL 3111 (3) Introduction to Circuit Analysis
- EEL 3002L (2) ECE Engineering Tools Lab
- EEL 3112 (3) Advanced Circuit Analysis with Computers
- EEL 3112L (1) Advanced Circuits Lab
- EEL 3135 (3) Signal & Linear Systems Analysis
- EEE 3300 (3) Electronics
- EEE 3300L (1) Electronics Lab
- 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 4515 (3) Digital Communications
- EEL 4746 (3) Micro. Based System Design
- EEL 4746L (1) Micro. Based System Design Lab
- EEL 4911C (3) Senior Design Project
Additional courses required of Electrical Engineering Majors: (28 hours)
- EEE 4301L (1) Advanced Electronics Lab or EEL 4435L (1) Electromagnetics Lab or EEL 4217 (1) Power Lab
- EEL 3472 (3) Electromagnetic Fields
- EEL 4915C (3) EE Senior Design Project II
- EE Tier-2 courses. Select 4 courses (12 hours) from the following: EEL 3216, EEL 3473, EEL 4351, EEE 4510, EEL 4652, EEL 4710.
- Technical Electives (9). Only one may be a non-ECE technical elective chosen from the approved list.
Additional courses required of Computer Engineering Majors: (28 hours)
- MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Math
- COP 3353 (1) Introduction to Unix
- COP 3330 (3) Object Oriented Programming
- COP 4530 (3) Data Structures
- COP 4610 (3) Introduction to Operating Systems
- EEL 4710 (3) Introduction to FPLD’s
- EEL 4713 (3) Computer Architecture
- EEL 4914C (3) CpE Senior Design Project Laboratory
- Approved ECE Technical Electives (6)
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 1 & 2: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 4911C Senior Design Project I, and EEL 4914C Computer Engineering Design Project II or EEL4915C Electrical 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 in the Academic Guide.
- 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.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Program Faculty
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (with a BS degree): Electrical Engineer, Analog Circuit Design Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Development Engineer, Systems Engineer (Control, Communications, Computer), Digital Circuit Design Engineer, Power Engineer.
Representative Employers: Government, Private Business, Industry, Education.