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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering | Courses | Faculty

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Contact: T. B. Soules,
Undergraduate Program Director
Office: 8 Marcus
Phone: (413) 545-4573/2441
Email: soules@ecs.umass.edu
Website: www.ecs.umass.edu/ece

Head of Department: Professor Christopher V. Hollot. Professors Burleson, Ciesielski, Djaferis, Fischetti, Frasier, Ganz, Gao, Gong, Jackson, Janaswamy, Koren, Krishna, Kundu, McLaughlin, Muschinski, Schaubert; Associate Professors Anderson, DeFonzo, Goeckel, Kelly, Kwon, Looze, Moritz, Siqueira, Tessier, Wolf; Assistant Professors Mettu, Pishro-Nik, Polizzi, Vouvakis; Senior Lecturer II Soules.

The Field

Electrical and computer engineering is a profession that employs principles of electronics, digital logic, signal theory, physics, mathematics, and computer programming to solve a vast array of technical problems. Electrical and computer engineers discover, design, analyze, and build the technology of the future in such areas as integrated circuit (IC) design, wireless digital communication networks, microwave engineering, consumer electronics, embedded systems, advanced computers, and automatic control. Visit IEE.org and TryEngineering.org to learn more about the breadth and depth of the world of electrical and computer engineering.

The Majors

The department offers two undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, with majors in Electrical Engineering (EE) and in Computer Systems Engineering (CSE). Detailed descriptions of both degree programs are available on the departmental website, www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/. Both require a set of lower-division core courses, and allow flexibility in the upper-division electives. All majors must also fulfill General Education and college requirements.

The department curricula prepare students for employment or graduate studies in a wide variety of technical subfields such as electronic systems, wireless analog and digital communication, computer networks, embedded computing, computational analysis, environmental sensing systems, antenna design, electromagnetics, microwave engineering, system modelling, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration), and physical electronics.

CSE and EE graduates are well grounded in the fundamental concepts of mathematics, science, and engineering. They are able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data; and design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. Graduates are able to function on multidisciplinary teams and identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. They have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and are able to communicate effectively. They have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. Graduates also recognize the need for, and are able to engage in, lifelong learning, and have knowledge of contemporary issues. Graduates are proficient in the use of techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Admission to the Majors

Students are not admitted into the majors until the sophomore year, and must complete the first year requirements before admission. Applicants are required to have earned grades of C or better in each of the following courses: MATH 131; MATH 132; ENGIN 110, 111, 112 or 113; CHEM-ENG 120, CE-ENGIN 121, E&C-ENG 122, or M&I-ENG 124; PHYSICS 151; PHYSICS 153; ENGLWRIT 112. Students planning to apply for admission to EE or CSE should take ENGIN 112, MATH 131 and PHYSICS 151/153 in the first semester and E&C-ENG 122, MATH 132 and PHYSICS 152/154 in the second semester.

ENGLWRIT 112 should be taken in either the first or second semester. If this plan is not followed the student is advised to consult the Undergraduate Program Director.

Requirements for EE Majors

Freshmen

Fall
ENGLWRIT 112 College Writing
ENGIN 112 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 131 Calculus I
Social Word course
PHYSICS 151/153 General Physics I with lab

Spring
Social World course
E&C-ENG 122 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 132 Calculus II
PHYSICS 152/154 General Physics II with lab

Sophomores

Fall
211 Circuit Analysis I
242 Data Structures and Algorithms
MATH 331 Differential Equations
Thematic Elective
Social World Elective
(see Notes 1, 2 and 3)

Spring
212 Circuit Analysis II
232 Hardware Organization and Design
MATH 233 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 235 Linear Algebra
BIOLOGY 102 Introductory Animal Biology
(see Notes 1, 2 and 3)

Juniors

Fall
313 Signals and Systems
323 Electronics I
344 Semiconductor Devices and Materials
353 Computer Systems Laboratory I
ENGIN 351 Writing in Engineering
(see Note 5)

Spring
303 Junior Seminar
314 Introduction to Probability and Random Processes
324 Electronics II
333 Fields and Waves
Thematic Elective

Seniors

Fall
415 Senior Design Project I
EE Elective
EE Elective
Thematic Elective
Social World Elective
(see Note 7)

Spring
416 Senior Design Project II
EE Elective
EE Elective
Social World Elective
Social World Elective
(see Notes 6 and 7)

Requirements for CSE Majors

Freshmen

Fall
ENGLWRIT 112 College Writing
ENGIN 112 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 131 Calculus I
Social Word Elective
PHYSICS 151/153 General Physics I with lab

Spring
Social World Elective
E&C-ENG 122 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II
MATH 132 Calculus II
PHYSICS 152/154 General Physics II with lab

Sophomores

Fall
211 Circuit Analysis I
242 Data Structures and Algorithms
MATH 331 Differential Equations
Thematic Elective
Social World Elective
(see Notes 1, 2 and 3)

Spring
212 Circuit Analysis II
232 Hardware Organization and Design
MATH 235 Linear Algebra
MATH 455 Introduction to Discrete Structures
BIOLOGY 102 Introductory Animal Biology
(see Notes 1, 2 and 4)

Juniors

Fall
313 Signals and Systems
323 Electronics I
353 Computer Systems Lab I
373 Software Engineering Practices
ENGIN 351 Writing in Engineering
(see Note 5)

Spring
303 Junior Seminar
314 Introduction to Probability and Random Processes
354 Computer Systems Lab II
374 Computer Networks and the Internet
Thematic Elective

Seniors

Fall
415 Senior Design Project I
CSE Elective
CSE Elective
Thematic Elective
Social World Elective
(see Note 7)

Spring
416 Senior Design Project II
CSE Elective
CSE Elective
Social World Elective
Social World Elective
(see Notes 6 and 7)

Notes:
1. EE and CSE students must take either BIOLOGY 100 or BIOLOGY 102.
Students who are interested in pursuing more advanced coursework in Biology should take BIOLOGY 100, normally to be followed by BIOLOGY 101 as the spring semester Thematic Elective. Although most CSE and EE students take BIOLOGY 102 in the spring semester, students who opt to take BIOLOGY 100 take that course in the fall and the first thematic elective in the spring.
2. Thematic electives are meant to allow in-depth study in a field outside ECE that is relevant to the student’s career objectives and interests. The current fields are: 1) Biology/Biochemistry; 2) Chemistry; 3) Physics; 4) General Science (courses from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics); 5) Mathematics; 6) Physics/Mathematics; and 7) Engineering Management.
3. A student who has been admitted to EE or CSE but has taken ENGIN 110, 111 or 113 instead of ENGIN 112 in the first year must take ENGIN 112 in the fall semester of the second year. A student who passes ENGIN 112 with a grade of C or better after passing ENGIN 110, 111 or 113 with a grade of C or better will be allowed to count the first ENGIN course as a Thematic Elective.
4. CSE students may take CMPSCI 250 Introduction to Computation (4 cr., both sem) in place of MATH 455.
5. One must be an Electrical Engineering (EE) or Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) student and have received a grade of C or better in E&C-ENG 211, 212, 232 and 242 before one enrolls in 300-level E&C-ENG courses. The one exception is if one’s GPA in the set consisting of E&C-ENG 211, 212, 232 and 242 is 3.100 or better.
6. When appropriate for a student’s academic plan and with departmental approval, one EE/CSE Elective can be replaced by a Thematic Elective.
7. At least two of the EE/CSE senior electives must be at the 500 level and not used to fulfill requirements of another major.

Additional Requirement
In addition to fulfilling the course requirements, all Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering seniors must complete, before graduating, a survey that assesses their undergraduate education.

Graduation with Honors
The department offers a departmental honors track for students in Commonwealth College (the university’s honors college) who wish to graduate as Commonwealth College Scholars. This honors track offers the opportunity to engage in ECE honors colloquia as well as senior-level research or project work. For further information, contact Professor Anderson, the department honors coordinator.

Electrical and Computer Engineering | Courses | Faculty