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Electrical Engineering

Undergraduates: Technical Electives

Choice of EE Options and Technical Electives

There are 27 credit hours of technical electives required.

Of these 27 credit hours, at least 12 credit hours must be taken in electrical engineering (ELEC) courses that are referred to as "EE technical electives."

Each EE undergraduate student must choose one of the options listed in Table 1 for at least six of the credit hours of EE technical electives, including at least one of the courses shown in bold.

In addition, at least one three-credit-hour course from a different EE option must be taken. The remaining three credits may be satisfied by any non-required 300 or 400 level Electrical Engineering course except ELEC 399.

TABLE 1.  Electrical Engineering Options

1. Communications & Signal Processing

ELEC 410, 462, 463, 464, 465

2. Electromagnetic Fields and Optics

ELEC 408, 467, 468, 480, 486

3. Electronics and Computer Engineering

ELEC 361, 469, 470, 475

4. Energy and Power Systems

ELEC 406, 428, 430, 438, 444

5. Materials and Devices

ELEC 417, 420, 421, 422

6. Bioengineering

ELEC 452, 460, 498E, 498S

The remaining 15 credit hours of technical electives, which are referred to as Other Technical Electives, may be taken from any 300 or 400 level course offering (with the exception of those listed in Table 2) in the EE Department or in any other engineering department within the UNL College of Engineering or in the UNL departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics and Astronomy. In addition, a list of courses at the 100 and 200 levels, which also will be accepted as technical elective credits, is provided in Table 3.

Up to six credit hours of the remaining 15 credit hours of technical electives may be taken as a Research Option. The purpose of the Research Option is to provide research experiences and offer opportunities for students to work with a faculty advisor on a specific research topic. Requirements for the Research Option are listed in Table 4. A certificate of completion of thesis will be awarded to the students, and outstanding thesis awards will be presented at the end-of-semester functions.

In place of the Research Option, students may take up to six credit hours of the remaining 15 credit hours of technical electives as a Business Option. The purpose of the business option is to provide courses in management or engineering economy if the student’s interests suggest these courses would be helpful for his/her later career goals, e.g., in helping determine the level of interest in an MBA degree. Currently, there are three options consisting of a total of seven approved business courses from which a student may select. The Business Options are listed in Table 5. In order for business courses to count as a Business Option, the courses cannot be taken as Pass/No Pass.

No more than a total of three credit hours may be taken in ELEC 399 or similar offerings from other departments.


TABLE 2.  Not Allowed 300 and 400 Level Technical Electives
BIOS 310 School of Biological Sciences Seminar
CHEM 410  Departmental Seminar in Chemistry
IMSE 305 Introduction to Engineering Management
MATH 495 Honors Seminar       
MATH 496 Seminar in Mathematics
PHYS 374 Fundamentals of Relativity


TABLE 3.  Allowed 100 and 200 Level Technical Electives
AGEN/BSEN 225 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials
ASTR 204 Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics
ASTR 224 Astronomy and Astrophysics Laboratory
BIOS 205  Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
BIOS 206  General Genetics
BIOS 213  Human Physiology
CHME 202 Mass and Energy Balances
CHME 203 Equilibrium Stage Operations
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II
CHEM 114 Fundamental Chemistry II
CHEM 2xx  Any 200 level Chemistry course
CSCE 156 Introduction to Computer Science II
CSCE 235 Introduction to Discrete Structures
CSCE 251K C Programming
CSCE 251 Unix Programming
CSCE 252A FORTRAN Programming
ENGM 223 Engineering Statics
ENGM 250 Mechanics I
MECH 200 Thermodynamics
METL 260 Elements of Materials Science
METL 262 Materials Laboratory I

TABLE 4. Requirements for Research Option

  1. Selection of a faculty advisor (EE department faculty), research topic, and thesis committee (at least one other faculty)
  2. Registration for 6 credit hours of undergraduate research (ELEC 399) over at least two consecutive semesters on the same research topic
  3. GPA of above 3.0
  4. Write an undergraduate thesis or report and make an oral presentation. They will be graded by Thesis Committee members

TABLE 5.  Business Options

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5.4   Sample of Elective Sequences






Option 6 - Bioengineering