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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


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http://www.eecs.utk.edu/

Leon M. Tolbert, Head
Syed Kamrul Islam, Undergraduate Liaison, Associate Head

Professors
Abidi, M.A. (Cook-Eversole Professor), PhD – Tennessee
Berry, M.W., PhD – Illinois
Blalock, B.J. (Blalock-Kennedy-Pierce Professor), PhD – Georgia Tech
Dean, M.E. (Fisher Distinguished Professor), PhD – Stanford
Dongarra, J.J. (University Distinguished Professor), PhD – New Mexico
Fathy, A.E. (James W. McConnell Professor), PhD – Polytechnic Institute of New York
Gregor, J., PhD – Aalborg (Denmark)
Gu, G., PhD – Princeton
Huang, J., PhD – Ohio State
Islam, S.K. (James W. McConnell Professor), PhD – Connecticut
Langston, M.A., PhD – Texas A&M
Li, F. (James W. McConnell Professor), PhD, PE – Virginia Tech
Liu, Y. (Governor's Chair Professor), PhD – Ohio State
Mockus, A. (Ericsson-Harlan Mills Chair Professor), PhD – Carnegie Mellon
Parker, L.E., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peterson, G.D., DSc – Washington (St. Louis)
Plank, J.S., PhD – Princeton
Qi, H. (Gonzalez Family Professor), PhD – North Carolina State
Tolbert, L.M. (Head, Min H. Kao Professor), PhD, PE – Georgia Tech
Tomsovic, K. (CTI Professor), PhD – Washington
Vander Zanden, B.T., PhD – Cornell
Wang, F. (Condra Chair of Excellence), PhD – Southern California

Associate Professors
Beck, M., PhD – Cornell
Cao, Q., PhD – Illinois
Djouadi, S.M., PhD – McGill (Canada)
Li, H., PhD – Princeton
MacLennan, B.J., PhD – Purdue
Rose, G.S., PhD – Virginia
Sun, J., PhD – Florida
Sun, K., PhD – Tsinghua (China)
Tian, C., PhD – Cornell
Wu, J., PhD – Notre Dame

Assistant Professors
Costinett, D.J., PhD – Colorado
Day, J.D., PhD – Pittsburgh
Gao, W., PhD – Penn State
Jantz, M.R., PhD - Kansas
Materassi, D., PhD – (Italy)
McFarlane, N., PhD – Maryland (College Park)
Pulgar, H.A., PhD – Illinois
Schuchard, M., PhD – Minnesota

Professors of Practice
Icove, D.J., (UL Professor of Practice) PhD – Tennessee
Xu, Y., (Eastman Professor of Practice) PhD – Tennessee

Senior Lecturer
Marz, S., PhD – Tennessee

Emeriti Faculty
Birdwell, J.D., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bouldin, D.W., PhD – Vanderbilt
Bose, B.K., PhD – Calcutta (India)
Gonzalez, R.C., PhD – Florida
Green, W.L., PhD – Texas A&M
Lawler, J.S., PhD – Michigan State
Pace, M.O., PhD – Georgia Tech
Roberts, M.J., PhD – Tennessee
Thomason, M.G., PhD – Duke
Ward, R.C., PhD – Virginia

The goals of the three Bachelor of Science programs, computer engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering, are to prepare students for entry into the profession; to instill in  students the capabilities required by the discipline, the recognition of the need to enhance the discipline, and the desire for life-long learning; and to equip students with a general knowledge of technical and non-technical disciplines so that they are prepared for further study in other fields including professional and graduate education.

The Bachelor of Science programs are based on a series of integrated courses. Students advance through a program in a sequential manner guided by prerequisite and corequisite courses in the showcase curricula. These integrated sequentially-developed programs are highlighted by the systematic inclusion of the design process introduced in the second year.

Program Educational Objectives

Computer Engineering

  • Graduates who enter professional practice will demonstrate progression toward positions of technical responsibility or managerial leadership in their discipline.
  • Graduates who pursue full-time graduate or advanced professional study will successfully complete their programs of study in their discipline.
  • Graduates will achieve their own and societal advanced needs that are consistent with the goals of life-long learning, professional ethics, and leadership.

Computer Science

  • Graduates who enter professional practice will demonstrate progression toward positions of technical responsibility or managerial leadership in their discipline.
  • Graduates who pursue full-time graduate or advanced professional study will successfully complete their programs of study in their discipline.
  • Graduates will achieve their own and societal advanced needs that are consistent with the goals of life-long learning, professional ethics, and leadership.

Electrical Engineering

  • Graduates who enter professional practice will demonstrate progression toward positions of technical responsibility or managerial leadership in their discipline.
  • Graduates who pursue full-time graduate or advanced professional study will successfully complete their programs of study in their discipline.
  • Graduates will achieve their own and societal advanced needs that are consistent with the goals of life-long learning, professional ethics, and leadership.

The computer engineering and electrical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org and are under continuous assessment and improvement based on ABET's Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs. The advisory committee to the department, which is made up of persons from industry, government, higher education students, recent graduates, and faculty, provides constituent input for setting program educational objectives and outcomes and establishing the requisite assessment modes for the program.

The computer science program is under continuous assessment and improvement based on ABET's Criteria established by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The advisory committee to the department, which is made up of persons from industry, government, higher education students, recent graduates, and faculty, provides constituent input for setting program educational objectives and outcomes and establishing the requisite assessment modes for the program.

General

The courses of study for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering are structured to provide a foundation in both the basic sciences and the specialized areas of the respective disciplines. The programs also have sufficient general education electives to enhance the cultural growth of the student and develop professionals with a strong social awareness. The faculty seeks to keep classes small enough to allow effective interaction with students.

The selection of general education elective courses is left to each student but must be made in accordance with established university policy.

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree, a student must earn at least 30 hours of upper-division courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Several sophomore- and junior-level courses are taught at least twice per year. Senior-level courses are normally offered in either the fall or spring semester. Courses for which a senior course is a prerequisite will be normally offered in the spring semester with the prerequisite senior course being offered in the fall semester. This scheduling arrangement allows for flexibility since the student may elect the normal four-year schedule, an accelerated schedule, or choose to participate in the cooperative engineering program.

The department maintains a number of laboratory facilities to support the undergraduate teaching program. The laboratories are devoted specifically to circuits and systems, communications, computer networks, digital systems, electronics, image processing, electric machines, and power electronics and drives. Multiple Linux and Windows computer laboratories are available to students within the department.

The department requires at least a C in every computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics course used for the undergraduate degrees. Students taking ECE 201  must also have a C or better in EF 152 * or EF 158 *.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Progression Requirements

Progression of departmental undergraduate students to the upper-division programs of the department is competitive and is based on the space available in the department. Factors considered in the decision include overall grade point average, grades earned in courses required in the lower-division curricula of the department and Tickle College of Engineering, and seriousness of purpose and interest in departmental programs as exemplified by regular and orderly progress through the prescribed curriculum without abuse of withdrawal and course repeat privileges.

Students who take ECE 202  will be evaluated during the semester they are registered for it. Transfer students for whom ECE 202  transfer credit is given may take 9 semester hours in departmental courses before progression evaluation. All students, whether or not they transfer in, who are not accepted into the upper-division program of the department will be put in either a temporary probationary status or a non-progressed status and will not be permitted to register for any upper-division courses within the department.

Five-Year BS/MS Non-Thesis Program

The department offers a Five-Year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are: 

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required coursework while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor's and master's degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit. 
  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School. Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering Honors Concentrations  

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science major, candidates for the honors concentration must also complete the following requirements.

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Four 100- or 200-level honors courses (14 hours minimum, at least two courses must be from engineering fundamentals, physics, math, chemistry, or biology).
  • Two upper-division honors courses in computer science or electrical and computer engineering (COSC 307 , COSC 317 , COSC 367 , COSC 377 , COSC 427  or ECE 317 , ECE 347 , ECE 357 , ECE 417 , ECE 427 , ECE 457 , ECE 477 , ECE 478 , ECE 487 ).
  • Satisfy the breadth requirements for the Engineering Honors Program as shown on the Tickle College of Engineering website.

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