Students in the senior year may choose from a wide spectrum of courses covering all aspects of electrical and computer engineering. Students must meet the design, depth, and breadth requirements of the department in their selection of these courses. The design requirement is met through a major engineering design experience in ECE 402 *, Senior Design, and through the design process being integrated into specified courses throughout the program. Students are encouraged to discuss an appropriate senior program with their advisors.
uTrack Requirements (for first-year students)
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 first-time, first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students entering Fall 2013.
Progression Policies and Requirements
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 .
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 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.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Chosen from University General Education List .
2 Students in the Chancellor’s Honors Program are not required to take EF 402 .
3 Acceptable senior electrical and computer engineering sequences are ECE 415 -ECE 416 (or ECE 417 ), ECE 421 (or ECE 427 )-ECE 422 , ECE 431 -ECE 432 , ECE 431 -ECE 433 , ECE 441 -ECE 442 , ECE 443 -ECE 446 , ECE 451 (or ECE 457 )-ECE 453 , ECE 451 (or ECE 457 )-ECE 454 , ECE 451 (or ECE 457 )-ECE 455 , ECE 453 -ECE 454 , ECE 471 (or ECE 477 )-ECE 472 (or ECE 478 ), ECE 481 (or ECE 487 )-ECE 482 .
4 Technical electives chosen from COSC 140 , COSC 311 or MATH 300 , COSC 370 ; CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 *; IE 405 ; MSE 201 , MSE 410 ; ME 231 , ME 321 , ME 331 , ME 344 ; NE 342 or NE 347 .
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 402 * for computer engineering majors and electrical engineering majors or COSC 402 * for computer science majors.