Dwight Look College of Engineering

Curriculum in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers develop and apply the theories of electricity, electronics and electromagnetics to analyze and design systems which generate or use electricity. Examples of such systems are those for power generation and transmission, computation, communication, automatic control and instrumentation. The devices that practicing engineers work with and design include integrated circuits (VLSI), waveguides, antennas, computers and other digital systems, rotating machines and motor drives, lasers and optical fibers.

The curriculum is designed to prepare the undergraduate for work in the highly diverse electrical engineering profession. A solid foundation in physics, chemistry and mathematics is used to support courses in the fundamentals of electrical engineering. The use of computers is integrated throughout the curriculum, and basic studies in circuits, electronics, electromagnetic fields and digital logic lead to a flexible program of electives in the junior and senior year. Electives may be chosen from the broad categories of controls and communications, microelectronic circuit design, computer engineering, power systems and electromagnetics/electro-optics. Laboratory work is structured to first familiarize the student with the basic concepts and then to apply these concepts to engineering problems.

Students who expect to enroll in electrical engineering after attending another college or university should note that there is a five-semester sequence of electrical engineering courses in the curriculum. If the prerequisites are satisfied, transfer students may complete this sequence in two years and one summer session.

Educational Program Objectives

Activities of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department including research, teaching, and professional and community service revolve around the threefold mission of the department:

  • To create new knowledge and challenge young minds by participation in the process of discovery and invention;

  • To educate electrical and computer engineers with a solid background of fundamentals, stretching their imagination and preparing them for an exciting future;

  • To serve the society through research, education and outreach activities.

Undergraduate education plays a major part in helping the department to achieve its mission. As such, the department has established a set of undergraduate educational program objectives which will help to insure that the mission of the department is upheld. These program objectives represent a concise, measurable set of descriptions of what the department is trying to accomplish through its undergraduate program. Furthermore, these objectives are designed to be observable in our graduates in a time window of two to five years after graduation from the program.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s three Undergraduate Educational Program Objectives are as follows:

Objective 1—Graduates who choose to pursue a career in industry or government will become productive and valuable engineers.

Objective 2—Graduates who choose to pursue advanced degrees will be able to gain admission to graduate programs and will become successful graduate students.

Objective 3—In keeping with the legacy of an Aggie Engineer, graduates will be successful in attaining positions of leadership in their professional careers.

The extent to which the department is meeting these objectives is periodically assessed through such instruments as alumni surveys, employer/recruiter surveys and EIT exam results. Our goal is to continually improve the program's ability to meet these educational objectives. The electrical engineering curriculum and individual course contents are periodically evaluated and adjusted in order to further support our ability to achieve the program objectives. More information on these efforts can be found at the Electrical and Computer Engineering departmental Web site ece.tamu.edu by clicking on the links for “Academics” and “Undergraduate.” The department welcomes comments and suggestions from any interested individuals regarding the above program objectives and/or how the department can better meet these objectives.

(See Freshman Year)


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ECEN 248 Intro. to Dig. Sys. Design (3-3) 4   ECEN 214 Electrical Circuit Theory (3-3) 4
ENGL 210 Scientific and Tech. Writing
ENGL 301 Technical Writing
(3-0) 3   ECEN 303 Random Signals and Systems (3-0) 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III (3-0) 3   MATH 308 Differential Equations (3-0) 3
UCC Elective2 (3-0) 3   PHYS 222 Mod. Physics for Engineers (3-0) 3
    13   UCC Elective2   3


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ECEN 314 Signals and Systems (3-1) 3   ECEN 350 Comp. Arch. and Design (3-3) 4
ECEN 322 Elec. and Magnetic Fields (3-0) 3   ECEN elective   3
ECEN 325 Electronics (3-3) 4   Technical electives1   6
ECEN 370 Elec. Props. of Matls. (3-0) 3   UCC Elective2   3
MATH 311 Topics in Applied Mathematics I (3-0) 3       16


First Semester (Th-Pr) Cr   Second Semester (Th-Pr) Cr
ISEN 302 Econ. Analysis of Engr. Projects (2-0) 2   ECEN 405 Electrical Design Lab. (1-6) 3
ECEN electives   12   ENGR/PHIL 482 Ethics and Engineering (2-2) 3
UCC Elective2   3   ECEN electives   9
    17   Free electives   2
  1. Technical electives are to be chosen from a list available from the department.
  2. UCC elective: To be sleected from the University Core Curriculum (UCC). Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from the Visual and Performing Arts, 3 from Social and Behavioral Sciences, 6 from U.S. History, 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207 and 6 from International and Cultural Diversity. The International and Cultural Diversity requirement may be met by courses satisfying the Visual and Performing Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the History requirements if they are also on the approved list of International and Cultural Diversity courses.

The Safety Engineering Certificate is available for students pursuing this degree.