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.
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.
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.
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.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – Electrical Engineering Major
|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 101 - Introduction to Programming. If a satisfactory grade is made on the examination, credit will be allowed for COSC 101. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also gives credit in COSC 101 to students who receive a score of 5 or better on the Computer Science Advanced Placement A Examination.
|Chosen from Volunteer Core list. Students should try to select courses that satisfy approved areas and Engaged Inquiries category. Students must have a minimum of 9 credit hours in at least two subject areas for Engaged Inquiries.
|Choose 12 credit hours of Electrical Engineering senior electives with advisor’s consent. Up to three COSC 5XX or ECE 5XX courses may count as upper-division electives. Acceptable electrical engineering senior electives are ECE 4xx courses that are not otherwise required.
|Technical electives chosen from CHEM 132* or CHEM 133* or CHEM 138*; COSC 311, MATH 300 or MATH 307; COSC 370 or COSC 377; COSC 422 or COSC 425; ECE 256, ECE 351, ECE 356 or ECE 358; EF 203, EF 303; IE 405, IE 457; ME 231, ME 321, ME 331, ME 363, ME 367; MSE 201 or MSE 207, MSE 410, MSE 460; NE 342 or NE 347; PHYS 250.*
|ENGL 118* – Students receiving a passing grade below B in ENGL 118* will complete the English Composition requirement by taking ENGL 102*. Students receiving a grade of B or above will complete their freshman English requirements by choosing ENGL 102*, a sophomore-level course in the English Department, or ENGL 355*.
* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements.
Electrical Engineering – Honors Concentration
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 Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals, Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, or MSE 117 - Honors: Materials Chemistry or MSE 207).
- 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 358, ECE 417, ECE 427, ECE 477, ECE 478, ECE 487).
- Satisfy the Breadth Requirements for the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program.
|While most students fulfill this requirement with 100- and 200-level courses, students may substitute upper level courses on approval of the Honors faculty.
Electrical Engineering Major – Five-Year BS/MS 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 9 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.