May 20, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering Major, BS in Electrical Engineering – Power and Energy Systems Concentration

The department offers a concentration for undergraduates who are interested in the fields of power system and power electronics. This concentration pulls together currently-offered courses to provide students with an in-depth focus towards control systems, operations, planning, system components, power electronics, and circuits.

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 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 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 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – Power and Energy Systems Concentration

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
1COSC 102   4 MATH 130  or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
EF 151 * or EF 157 * 4  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 * 4  
Term 2
COSC 130   4 MATH 130  or higher
EF 152 * or EF 158 * 4  
ENGL 102 * 3  
MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 4  
Term 3
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4  
ECE 201 , ECE 255   6 EF 151 * or PHYS 135 *
MATH 231   3  
PHYS 231 * 3  
Term 4
ECE 202   3 EF 152 * or PHYS 136 *
ECE 313  or ECE 317   3  
MATH 241  or MATH 247   4  
MATH 251  or MATH 257   3  
PHYS 232 * 4  
Term 5
ECE 315 , ECE 325 , ECE 335 , ECE 395   10 CBE 201  or COSC 102  or ME 202  or MSE 201  
ECE 341  or ECE 347   3  
2Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 6
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 No milestones
ECE 316 , ECE 336 , ECE 342   9  
2Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 7
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 No milestones
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
ECE 401   2  
3Power and Energy Systems Elective 3  
5Electrical Engineering Senior Elective 6  
Term 8
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 No milestones
ECE 402 * 3  
ECE 496   1  
6Economic, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Elective 3  
3Power and Energy Systems Elective 3  
4Technical Elective 3  
TOTAL 127  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Beginning students who have had high school computer science and/or who have had significant programming experience (e.g. summer institute study, special research projects, home laboratory) are invited to apply during the summer to the head of the department for permission to take a proficiency examination for COSC 102 - Introduction to Computer Science . If a satisfactory grade is made on the examination, credit will be allowed for COSC 102 . The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also gives credit in COSC 102  to students who receive a score of 5 on the Computer Science Advanced Placement Examination.
2 Chosen from University General Education list .
3 Select two courses (6 hours) from: ECE 415 , ECE 421 , ECE 422 , ECE 481 , ECE 482 , ECE 521, ECE 522, ECE 523, ECE 525.
4 Technical electives chosen from COSC 140 , COSC 311  or MATH 300 , COSC 370 ; CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 *; IE 405 ; MSE 201  or MSE 207 , MSE 410 ; ME 231 , ME 321 , ME 331 , ME 344 ; NE 342  or NE 347 .
5 Choose 6 credit hours of electrical engineering senior electives with advisor’s consent. Up to two (2) COSC 5XX or ECE 5XX courses may count as upper-division electives. Acceptable senior electives are ECE 4xx courses that are not otherwise required.
6 Economic, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Elective chosen from IE 405 , IE 457  (or ME 457 ), EF 357 , IE 518, IE 557 (or ME 519), MGT 552, or MGT 560.

Five-Year BS/MS Program – Electrical Engineering – Power and Energy Systems Concentration

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.