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Electrical Engineering (BS) - General Track

First Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
MA 125 4 hrs  
CH 131 3 hrs  
CH 131L  1 hr  
EH 101*  3 hrs  
EG 101 2 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Spring   17
MA 126 4 hrs  
EH 102 3 hrs  
PH 201 4 hrs  
CIS 210 3 hrs  
Gen Ed  3 hrs  
Second Year Credit Hours
Fall   17
MA 227 4 hrs  
PH 202 4 hrs  
EE 263 3 hrs  
EE 220 3 hrs  
Gen Ed* 3 hrs  
Spring   15
EE 223 3 hrs  
EE 227 1 hr  
EE 264 3 hrs  
EE 268 1 hr  
MA 237 3 hrs  
MA 238 3 hrs  
EG 270 3 hrs  
Third Year Credit Hours
Fall   16
EE 321 3 hrs  
EE 322 3 hrs  
EE 331 3 hrs  
EE 354 3 hrs  
EE 368 1 hr  
EE 381 3 hrs  
Spring   17
EE 328 3 hrs  
EE 334 4 hrs  
EE 355 2 hrs  
EE 337 1 hr  
EE 365 3 hrs  
EE 372 3 hrs  
EE 385 1 hr  
Fourth Year***** Credit Hours
Fall   14
EE 401 1 hr  
EG 231 3 hrs  
Senior Lab*** 1 hr  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Tech Elect** 3 hrs  
Tech Elect** 3 hrs  
Spring   15
EE 404 3 hrs  
Tech Elect** 3 hrs  
Tech Elect** 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  
Gen Ed 3 hrs  

*Students with an adequate ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101 as a prerequisite to EH 102.

**EE technical electives must be selected from Electrical Engineering courses carrying a 400 number and must include a two-course concentration from the following concentration areas with permission of the student's advisor:

Control Systems: EE 422, EE 423, EE 424, EE427, EE 438, and EE 468.
Communications and Networks: EE 441, EE 444, EE 453, EE 456, EE 471, and EE 473.
Digital Systems: EE 438, EE 440, EE 441, EE 443, EE 454, EE 457, EE 465, EE 468 and EE 469.
Electromagnetics and Optics: EE 450, EE 452, EE 453, EE 455, EE 456, EE 458, and EE 488.
Electronics: EE 430, EE 431, EE 432, EE 438, EE 439, EE 455, EE 470, EE 482, and EE 486.
Power Systems: EE 430, EE 445, EE 481, EE 482, EE 483, EE 484, EE 485, EE 486, EE 488, and EE 489.
Students may also take EG 480 provided the concentration requirement is satisfied.

***Senior Lab may be chosen from EE 425, EE 446, EE 447 or EE 449.

Note:

  1. A student must complete EH 101, EH 102, MA 125, MA 126, CH 131, PH 201, CIS 210, and EE 220 with a ‘C’ or better in each courses to obtain PCS in the Electrical Engineering Program.
  2. Appropriate software tools will be utilized in almost all EE courses.

Professional Component Standing (PCS) 

It is important that students make adequate progress in the Computing Engineering program.  Satisfactory completion of a set of fundamental courses is required before a student is allowed to take advanced courses.  Professional Component Standing (PCS) is awarded by the chair of the department when the student completes the College of Engineering PCS requirements and the ECE departmental PCS requirements.

College of Engineering PCS Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
EH 101 English Composition I 3  C
EH 102 English Composition II 3 C
CH 131 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 C
MA 125 Calculus I 4 C
MA 126 Calculus II 4 C
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I + Lab  4 C
Electrical and Computer Engineering PCS Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade
CIS 210 Intro to C++ Programming 3  C
EE 220 Circuit Analysis I 3 C

Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama will lose PCS and may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses. 

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 101 English Composition I   3 Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
 MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4  
CH 131/131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
 EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective      3  
      16  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EH 102 English Composition II EH 101 or test score 3  MA 125
 MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4  CH 131/131L
 PH 201/201L Physics I MA 125 and MA 126 (cc) 4  EH 101 or EH 105*
 CIS 210 Introduction to C++ Programming MA 125 (cc) 3  
CA 110 Public Speaking   3  
       17  Grade of "C" or better required in all Milestones for PCS
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 MA 227 Calculus III MA 126 4 PH 201/201L
PH 202/202L Physics II PH 201 4 MA 126
EE 220  Circuit Analysis MA 125 3 CIS 210
EE 263 Digital Logic Design CIS 210 and EE 220 (cc) 3  
History/English Literature   EH 102 3  
      17  Grade of "C" or better required in al Milestones for PCS
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 MA 238 Differential Equations MA 227 (cc) 3 EE 220
EE 223 Network Analysis EE 220, MA 227 (cc) and MA 238 (cc) 3 EH 102
EE 227 Circuits and Devices Lab EE 223 (cc) and EH 102 (cc) 1 Obtain PCS
EE 268 Digital Logic Design Lab EE 263 and EE 227 (cc)    
EE 264 Microprocess Systems and Interfacing EE 263 3  
 MA 237 Linear Algebra MA 126 3  
EG 270 Thermodynamics MA 126 and PH 201 3  
      17 Grade of "C" or better required in all Milestones for PCS
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EE 322 Probability, Random Signals, and Statistical Analysis MA 238 and EE 321 (cc) 3  
EE 321 Signals, Systems, and Digital MA 238 and EE 223 3  
EE 331 Physical Electronics CH 131, MA 238 and PH 202 3  
EE 354 Electromagnetics I MA 237, MA 238, and PH 202 3  
EE 381 Electromechanical Energy Conversion EE 354 (cc) 3  
EE 368 Microprocess Systems and Interfacing Lab EE 268 and EE 264 (cc) 1  
      16  
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 EE 465 (Previously EE 365) Digital Signal Processing EE 321 and EE 322 3 Apply for graduation
 EE 328 Feedback Control Systems EE 321 3 Appy for FE Exam
 EE 372 Introduction to Communications EE 321 and EE 322 3  
EE 355 Electromagnetics II EE 354 2  
EE 385 Energy Conversion Lab EE 381 (cc) 1  
EE 334 Analog and Digital Electronics EE 331 4  
EE 337 Electronics Lab EE 334 (cc) 1  
      17  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Technical Elective EE 400 level or higher   Take FE Exam
 Technical Elective EE 400 level or higher   3  
Senior Technical Elective Lab EE 400 level or higher   1  
EE 401 (W) Introduction to ECE Design  EE 321, CA 110, EE 334 (cc), and EE 368 9cc) 1  
 EG 231  Engineering Economics and Ethics EE 220 or EG 270 3  
History/Social/
Behavioral Elective
    3  
      14  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
 Technical Elective EE 400 level or higher   3  
Technical Elective EE 400 level or higher   3  
EE 404 (W) ECE Design EE 401 3  
History/Social/
Behavioral Elective
    3  
History/Social/
Behavioral Elective
     3  
       15  
    **TOTAL 129  

All bolded courses meet general education requirements.  See the departmental flow chart for the current listing of courses.

Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain Professional Component Standing (PCS). All Milestone courses require a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.

*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 550, can opt out of EH 101.

 **Students not Term 1- Calculus I ready will exceed the 129 hours required for this degree. If math is not started prior to Fall -Year 1, you are likely extending your four-year graduation time table. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.

Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.

The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor. 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Administrative Staff (251) 460-6117
Chair Hulya Kirkici
Professors Kirkici, Steadman, Wood
Associate Professors El-Sharkh, Khan, Russ, Spencer, Thomas  
Assistant Professors Al-Assadi, Gollapalli, Latif, Lazarou 
Emeritus Professors Bosarge, Gungor, Sakla 
Part-time Instructor Gholson, Nicholson, Peirre, Sakla

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/ece/index.html

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE), both degrees being granted by the College of Engineering.  The BSCpE program is administered by ECE Department in consultation with the School of Computing.

BSEE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Electrical Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility and leadership, and mentorship
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply electrical engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such as advanced degrees, professional registration, leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSEE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the Electrical Engineering Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The BSEE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

Electrical Engineering is among the fastest evolving disciplines in our technological society. The engineering developments in electrical technology have provided, in a substantial way, for improvement in the standard of Living of humanity. The domain of the electrical engineer reaches from massive electrical energy systems to microscopic integrated circuits; from Life studies in bioengineering to satellite communications systems; and from the control of electromagnetic radiation to the control of information flow in a computer. The Computer Engineering program is geared to students who are interested in the design of digital computing systems, integrating both hardware and software design components.

The highly diverse and rapidly evolving characteristics of these fields require a thorough understanding of fundamentals as well as flexibility in the design of individualized programs of study. Therefore, emphasis is placed on mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences and engineering sciences during the first two years while sufficient flexibility is provided at the senior level to allow a student, in consultation with an advisor, to prepare a specialized course of study in two areas from the broad field of electrical and computer engineering.

BSCpE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Computer Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility, leadership and mentorship
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply computer engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context.
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession.
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such as advanced degrees, professional registration, leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSCpE Student Outcomes

The student outcomes (SOs) of the Computer Engineering degree program are to produce graduates who at the time of graduation will have:

By the time of graduation from the BSCpE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:

  1.  An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The BSCpE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

In the Computer Engineering Degree Program, sequences of courses are chosen from Electrical and Computer Engineering and from Computer Science that produce an in-depth treatment of digital logic and systems theory. In addition, means are provided in both degree programs, through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Laboratory, for a student to pursue a design topic outside of, but related to, the formal course work.

Students are required to take general education (GenEd) elective courses in two broad areas: (i) Literature, Humanities and Fine Arts, and (ii) History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.  These courses provide breadth to the educational experience of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students. They must be planned, in consultation with an academic advisor, to reflect a rationale appropriate to the educational objectives of the Departmental Programs, while conforming strictly to the requirements of the Articulation and General Studies Committee of the State of Alabama.

A minimum of 18 semester hours from areas (i) and (ii) above must be successfully completed. In area (i), Public Speaking (CA 110) is required for all Electrical and Computer Engineering students.  Of the two remaining courses, one course must be in literature and one course must be in the fine arts; in area (ii), at least one course must be in history and at least one course must be from disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Students in Electrical Engineering are required to become Student Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) when they enroll in EE 401 and EE 404. Students in Computer Engineering are required to become members of either the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) when they enroll in EE 401 and EE 404. Through participation in the activities of such technical organizations the student becomes aware of the activities of electrical and computer engineers in society. An excellent opportunity is provided to students for contact with practicing professionals as well as fellow students.

Any Electrical and Computer Engineering student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or bioengineering should consult with an advisor for an appropriate sequence of courses which will meet the minimum requirements for entry into a medical school or the necessary life sciences background to enter a graduate program in bioengineering.

The attainment of the BSEE or the BSCpE degree will allow the graduate to enter the professions of electrical engineering or computer engineering directly, or to continue his/her education at the graduate level.