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Academic Program Guide

Engineering (Electrical)

College: Engineering
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Julia Marshall
Address: 2525 Pottsdamer St. Room A-362 Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 410-6461

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available at BOTH the main campus in Tallahassee, FL and the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Electrical Engineering: The bachelor of science in electrical engineering degree program prepares its graduates for a successful career in the rapidly evolving and intellectually challenging field of electrical engineering. Electrical engineers can design medical devices small enough to be implanted in the human body, and power generation and transmission systems large enough to power our world; can create the smart products we use in everyday life, and communication and sensing systems used to explore under the sea and in outer space; can develop products to provide entertainment such as music and games, and products that meet our basic needs such as transportation and life-saving medical equipment. The ECE department prepares students through a rigorous and broad series of technical courses that culminate in a year-long, team-oriented capstone design experience. The department offers several areas of specialization, including computers, signal processing, electronics, communications, optical systems, electromagnetics, and renewable energy and energy conversion. Graduates in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) can work in fields including microelectronics, robotics and control systems, digital systems and networking, digital signal processing, power and renewable energy, communications, and electromagnetics. Many graduates work in product development, product testing, system management, sales, and consulting. Some graduates chose to attend graduate school to prepare for research or teaching careers, while others move into administrative, management or entrepreneurial positions.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that all students graduating from an ABET-accredited program meet certain course requirements. Completion of the A.A. degree will not meet these requirements. Prospective majors should select courses after consulting an advisor.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following are the state-wide common prerequisites. Those in BOLD are the required prerequisites that students must complete for admission into this major at FSU in preparation for the upper division major. Those in ITALIC are strongly encouraged to be taken. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements. This program will be operated using the existing common program prerequisites:

MAC X311 (4) Calculus I or MACX281 (4) Engineering Calculus I
MAC X312 Calculus II (4) or MACX282 (4) Engineering Calculus II
MAC X313 Calculus III (4) or MAC X283 (4) Engineering Calculus III
MAPX302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations or MAP X305(3) Engineering Math I
CHM X045/X045L (4) or CHM X045C (4) General Chemistry I and Lab, or CHS X440/X440L (4) or CHM X095/X095L (4)
CHM X046/X046L (4) or CHM X046C or C (4) General Chemistry II and Lab or CHMX096/X096L
PHY X048/X048L (4) or PHY X048C (4) General Physics A with Lab or PHY X043 and PHY X048L
PHY X049/X049L (4) or PHY X049C (4) General Physics B with Lab or PHY X044 and PHY X049L

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Pre-Engineering Program Requirements:
All students are placed in a Pre-Major Engineering code until all of the prerequisites have been completed. Students must earn a grade of "C minus" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in our Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an FSU GPA of a 2.00, including at least one-half of the required hours in the General Education program, including all of the Area I English and math. In addition, the following requirements must be met: a grade of 'C minus' or better in MAC2311. Students must not be in violation of the pre-engineering program requirements.

Transfer Requirements:
Students wishing to transfer into the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must meet the following criteria:

• Must earn a grade of "C" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in the Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I with calculus*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted. (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).

• Transfer students who have one repeated attempt in the pre-engineering courses, must have already completed all pre-engineering courses (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).

• Transfer students who will earn an AA or have more than 60 hours of transfer credit prior to enrollment at the College must have completed at least Calculus I. It is strongly preferred that AA transfer students have the majority of the pre-engineering courses completed before arriving (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab).


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (107 hours)

Required for Both Computer Electrical Engineering Majors: (55 hours)

Mathematics and Basic Sciences: (30 hours)
PHY 2048C, 2049C (5, 5) General Physics I and II with Labs
MAC 2311, 2312, 2313 (4, 4, 5) Calculus I, II, III
MAP 2302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra

General Engineering Core: (3 hours)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I

Common Required Courses for Electrical and Computer Engineering: (22 hours)
EEL 3002L (2) ECE Engineering Tools Lab
EEL 3135 (3) Signal & Linear Systems Analysis
EEL 3705 (3) Digital Logic Design
EEL 3705L (1) Digital Logic Lab
EEL 3927 (3) Engineering Design Concepts
EEL 4021 (3) Statistical Topics in E.E.
EEL 4746 (3) Micro. Based System Design
EEL 4746L (1) Micro. Based System Design Lab
EEL 4911C (3) Senior Design Project

Additional courses required of Electrical Engineering Majors: (52 hours)

Required Electrical Engineering Courses (30 hours)
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I & Lab
EEL 3111 (3) Introduction to Circuit Analysis
EEL 3112 (3) Advanced Circuit Analysis with Computers
EEL 3112L (1) Advanced Circuits Lab
EEE 3300 (3) Electronics
EEE 3300L (1) Electronics Lab
EEL 3472 (3) Electromagnetic Fields
EEL 4515 (3) Digital Communications
EEL 4915C (3) EE Senior Design Project II
EGM 3512 (4) Engineering Mechanics
EML 3100 (2) Thermodynamics

EE Tier-2 courses (12 hours)
Select 4 courses (12 hours) from the following: EEL 3216, EEL 3473, EEE 4301, EEE 4510, EEL 4652, EEL 4710.

EE Technical Electives (10 hours)
Six semester hours must be Electrical Engineering (EE) technical electives, and 3 semester hours may be an EE technical elective or a non-EE technical elective chosen from the approved list. One semester hour of an approved electrical engineering (EE) laboratory elective selected from the following: EEL4217L, EEE4301L, EEL4435L, EEL4710L, EEL4742L.

Additional courses required of Computer Engineering Majors: (52 hours)

Required Computer Engineering Courses: (31 hours)
MAD 2104 (3) Discrete Math
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I & Lab OR BSC 2010, BSC2010L Biological Science 1 & Lab (3,1)
COP 3353 (1) Introduction to Unix
COP 3330 (3) Object Oriented Programming
COP 4530 (3) Data Structures
EEL 3003 (3) Introduction to Electrical Engineering
EEL 4710 (3) Introduction to VHDL
EEL 4710L (1) Introduction to VHDL Lab
EEL 4713 (3) Computer Architecture
EEL 4742 (3) Advanced Microprocessor Design
EEL 4742L (1) Adv. Microprocessor Design Lab
EEL 4914C (3) CpE Senior Design Project Laboratory

CpE Core Courses (9 hours)
Select 3 courses (9 hours) from the following: EEL 4347, EEL4759, EEL4781, EEE 4872, EEL4887.

CpE Technical Electives (12 hours)
Six semester hours must be Computer Engineering (CpE) technical electives, and 6 semester hours may be CpE technical elective OR non-CpE technical electives chosen from the approved list.

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond major)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I meets this requirement for the major

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement is met by EEL 4911C Senior Design Project within the major.

Scholarship in Practice: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 4911C Senior Design Project I, and EEL 4914C Computer Engineering Design Project II or EEL4915C Electrical Engineering Design Project II.

Upper Division Writing: (0 hours beyond major)
This requirement is met by EEL 3927 Engineering Design Concepts.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 128*
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 107
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond major requirements
Oral Communication Competency 0 beyond major requirements
Electives 0

*Note: Engineering students satisfy the natural science and the mathematics area requirements of General Education through coursework in the Engineering Core. Students not prepared to begin mathematics with Calculus I (MAC 2311) will need to take additional prerequisite hours in mathematics: MAC 1105, 1114, and/or 1140. All students should take the math placement test (ALEKS) to determine proper placement.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (with a BS degree): Electrical Engineer, Analog Circuit Design Engineer, Applications Engineer, Product Development Engineer, Systems Engineer (Control, Communications, Computer), Digital Circuit Design Engineer, Power Engineer.

Representative Employers: Government, Private Business, Industry, Education.

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