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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
  Jul 27, 2017
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering Major, BS in Computer Engineering

Students in the senior year may choose from a wide spectrum of courses covering various aspects of computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and related fields. Students must meet the design, depth, and breadth requirements in the department in their selection of these courses. Students are encouraged to discuss an appropriate senior program with their advisors.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering


First Year

Hours Credit

ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 *, ENGL 102 * 6
CHEM 120 * 4
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 8
1EF 151 * or EF 157 *, EF 152 * or EF 158 *, EF 105  9
  or   4

Second Year

MATH 231 , MATH 241  or MATH 247 MATH 251  or MATH 257  10
PHYS 231 *, PHYS 232 * 7
ECE 255 , ECE 313  7
ECE 300  5
COSC 140  4

Third Year

ECE 315 , ECE 335  7
COSC 302 , COSC 360  8
MATH 300  or MATH 307  3
ECE 316 , ECE 342 , ECE 355 , ECE 395  10
2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
2Cultures and Civilizations  Electives* 6

Fourth Year

ECE 451  3
ECE 453  or ECE 454  or ECE 455  3
ECE 400 *(OC, WC) 5
3Computer Engineering Senior Electives 6
2Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
2Social Sciences  Electives* 6
1EF 402  1

Total 128

* Meets University General Education Requirements .
1 EF 157  and EF 158  are honors versions of EF 151  and EF 152 . Students in the Chancellor’s Honors Program are not required to take EF 402 .
2 Can be taken at any time.
3 Must be in electrical and computer engineering courses. At most, one computer engineering senior elective can be from any 300-level electrical and computer engineering courses. Approved senior electives are ECE 325 , ECE 336 , ECE 341 , ECE 415 , ECE 416 , ECE 421 , ECE 422 , ECE 431 , ECE 432 , ECE 433 , ECE 441 , ECE 442 , ECE 443 , ECE 446 , ECE 453 , ECE 455 , ECE 471 , ECE 472 , ECE 481 , and ECE 482 .


Five-Year BS/MS Program

The department offers a 5 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 course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work 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

Students who wish to pursue the honors electrical engineering concentration, honors computer engineering concentration, and honors computer science concentration will normally be part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

Candidates for the honors electrical engineering concentration and honors computer engineering concentration must complete the first year courses for honors concentration in the engineering majors. Candidates for the honors computer science concentration must meet the first year requirements for the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

In addition to satisfying the requirements described above, candidates for these three honors concentrations must also satisfy the following requirements.

  • Two upper-division honors courses in computer science or electrical and computer engineering via Honors-by-Contract or Honors Independent study, or equivalent. If participating in only the Chancellor's Honors Program, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork goes to the Chancellor's Honors Office on campus during the first 10 days of the semester. If participating in Engineering Honors and not Chancellor's Honors, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork is submitted the first 10 days of the semester to the engineering major department. If participating in both Chancellor's and Engineering Honors, the Honors-by-Contract paperwork is submitted to both areas.
  • Complete a 3-credit hour senior project course. This can normally be completed as part of the capstone design course, ECE 400  for computer engineering and electrical engineering majors or COSC 400  for computer science majors.

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