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
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|
|METL 260||Elements of Materials Science|
|METL 262||Materials Laboratory I|
TABLE 4. Requirements for Research Option
- Selection of a faculty advisor (EE department faculty), research topic, and thesis committee (at least one other faculty)
- Registration for 6 credit hours of undergraduate research (ELEC 399) over at least two consecutive semesters on the same research topic
- GPA of above 3.0
- Write an undergraduate thesis or report and make an oral presentation. They will be graded by Thesis Committee members
TABLE 5. Business Options
5.4 Sample of Elective Sequences
Option 6 - Bioengineering