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Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering has concentrations in Communications; Computer Engineering; Digital Signal Processing (DSP); Electronic Materials and Devices; Systems and Control; and Electric Power Engineering. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in areas associated with electronics and microelectronics, digital systems, communications, digital signal and image processing, controls and robotics, computer-aided design (CAD), instrumentation, bioengineering, electric power engineering, and other traditional and emerging technology areas. Through the proper selection of elective courses (at least three technical elective courses must be selected from a single technical area) to augment required courses, successful students will develop a specialization pertinent to many of these areas that may lead to productive employment in the public or private sector with electronics companies, high-technology industries, and government agencies. The program will also provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of fundamentals and current issues important for future years of learning through such activities as graduate school, distance education, professional training, and membership in professional societies.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 125, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. At least 42 of the required electrical engineering credits must be taken at UTSA. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the Electrical Engineering requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both major requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics, as well as one of the General Engineering requirements. PHY 1943 and PHY 1963 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences, as well as two of the General Engineering requirements.

General Engineering Requirements

All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and major requirements:

CHE  1103   General Chemistry I
EGR  2323   Applied Engineering Analysis I
MAT  1214   Calculus I
MAT  1224   Calculus II
PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
PHY  1963, 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory

Electrical Engineering Degree Requirements

All degree-seeking candidates in Electrical Engineering must complete the following semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and General Engineering requirements:

  1. 55 semester credit hours of required courses:

    1. 49 semester credit hours of electrical engineering courses:

      EE    1322   Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
      EE    2423   Network Theory
      EE    2511   Logic Design Laboratory
      EE    2513   Logic Design
      EE    3113   Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory I
      EE    3213   Electromagnetic Engineering
      EE    3313   Electronic Circuits I
      EE    3323   Electronic Devices
      EE    3413   Analysis and Design of Control Systems
      EE    3423   Signals and Systems I
      EE    3463   Microcomputer Systems I
      EE    3523   Signals and Systems II
      EE    4113   Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory II
      EE    4313   Electronic Circuits II
      EE    4811   Electrical and Computer Engineering Design I
      EE    4813   Electrical and Computer Engineering Design II
      EGR  2213   Statics and Dynamics
      EGR  3323   Applied Engineering Analysis II

    2. 6 semester credit hours of supporting courses:

      CS   2073   Computer Programming with Engineering Applications

      EE    3533   Random Signals and Noise
      or
      STA  3533   Probability and Random Processes

  2. 15 semester credit hours of electrical engineering elective courses. At least three courses (9 hours) from one of the following concentrations must be selected:

    (Topics offered under EE 4953 Special Studies in Electrical Engineering may be approved as technical electives in the relevant concentration.)

    Communication Concentration
    EE  4613  Communication Systems
    EE  4653  Digital Communications
    EE  4673  Data Communication and Networks
    EE  4683  Wireless Communications
    EE  4693  Fiber Optic Communications

    Computer Engineering Concentration
    EE  3223  C++ and Data Structures
    or
    CS 3733  Operating Systems

    EE  3563  Digital Systems Design
    EE  4243  Computer Organization and Architecture
    EE  4513  Introduction to VLSI Design
    EE  4553  VLSI Testing
    EE  4583  Microcomputer Systems II

    DSP Concentration
    EE  4453  Selected Topics in Digital Signal Processing
    EE  4623  Digital Filtering
    EE  4643  Digital Signal Processing
    EE  4663  Digital Image Processing

    Electronic Materials and Devices Concentration
    EE  3513  Electromechanical Systems
    EE  4323  Dielectric and Optoelectronic Engineering Laboratory
    EE  4513  Introduction to VLSI Design
    EE  4523  Introduction to Micro and Nanotechnology
    EE  4533  Principles of Microfabrication
    EE  4543  Advanced Topics in Micro and Nanotechnology

    Systems and Control Concentration
    EE  3513  Electromechanical Systems
    EE  4443  Discrete-Time and Computer-Controlled Systems
    EE  4723  Intelligent Robotics
    EE  4733  Intelligent Control
    EE  4743  Embedded Control Systems

    Electric Power Engineering Concentration
    EE  3513  Electromechanical Systems
    EE  4123  Power Engineering Laboratory
    EE  4753  Analysis of Power Systems
    EE  4763  Power Electronics
    EE  4773  Electric Drives


B.S. in Electrical Engineering – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
CHE 1103 General Chemistry I 3
EE 1322 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering 2
MAT 1214 Calculus I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
EE 2511 Logic Design Laboratory 1
EE 2513 Logic Design 3
CS 2073 Computer Programming with Engineering Applications 3
MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core and major) 3
PHY 1951 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory 1
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Second Year
Fall
EE 2423 Network Theory 3
EGR 2213 Statics and Dynamics 3
EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I 3
PHY 1963 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (core and major) 3
PHY 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory 1
American History core   3
Spring
EE 3313 Electronic Circuits I 3
EE 3423 Signals and Systems I 3
EE 3463 Microcomputer Systems I 3
EGR 3323 Applied Engineering Analysis II 3
American History core   3
Third Year
Fall
EE 3113 Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory I 3
EE 3323 Electronic Devices 3
EE 3523 Signals and Systems II 3
EE 4313 Electronic Circuits II 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Spring
EE 3213 Electromagnetic Engineering 3
EE 3413 Analysis and Design of Control Systems 3
EE 3533 or STA 3533 Random Signals and Noise 3
EE Technical elective   3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
EE 4113 Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory II 3
EE 4811 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design I 1
EE Technical elective   3
EE Technical elective   3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Creative Arts core   3
Spring
ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics (core) 3
EE 4813 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design II 3
EE Technical elective   3
EE Technical elective   3
Component Area Option core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 125.0

 

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