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Undergraduate Program: Areas of Specialization

The Areas of Specialization document for 2015-2016 can be downloaded here.

The applicable Degree Requirement Sheets are an integral part of this document.

INTRODUCTION

This document provides enrollment guidance for all students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) on Degree Plans for the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and for the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. This document is intended to correspond to degree requirements included on the official Degree Requirement Sheet for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering as they exist in 2015.

ELECTIVE CHOICES and AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering pursuing the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering are required to declare an Area of Specialization (AoS) prior to entering their junior year (generally, prior to or at the time of admission to Professional School). The AoS is an advising mechanism that assists students in choosing a reasonable and coordinated set of electives in order to achieve both breadth and depth in the curriculum. Regular advisement from a faculty member in the chosen area is an important part of this process.

Students pursuing the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering are expected to follow the curriculum requirements specified for that degree. Regular advisement from a faculty member in Computer Engineering is an important part of this process.

The Electrical Engineering AoS and the Computer Engineering curriculum help students achieve a comprehensive education in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering that is aligned with their interests and career objectives. Each student develops a plan of study in consultation with an ECE faculty member. The AoS is not intended to “lock” a student into a particular set of elective choices – students are encouraged to discuss their particular career objectives and course choices with a faculty member. If an exception is deemed appropriate, permission may be sought from the department head for each requested alternate course.

Degree requirements are specified in the Degree Requirement Sheet valid for each student. The applicable Degree Requirement Sheet is normally the one that was in effect when the student enrolled for the first time (usually as a freshman). The AoS requirements are designed to meet the specific curriculum requirements set by the corresponding Degree Requirement Sheet. In any case where a conflict occurs, the applicable Degree Requirement Sheet will prevail.

This document applies specifically to the ECE Degree Requirement Sheets in effect in 2015. In general, this document only addresses requirements listed under Specific Professional School Requirements and Controlled Electives on the Degree Requirement Sheet. The student is expected to meet all requirements listed on their corresponding Degree Requirement Sheet.

Prior to enrolling for the junior year, all ECE students should either select an Area of Specialization within the requirements for the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering or they should select the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. This decision helps determine particular curriculum choices for each student.

The particular requirements for each Electrical Engineering Area of Specialization currently in effect are included in this document. These include

  1. Communications,  Controls, and Signal Processing
  2. Electromagnetics and Photonics
  3. Power and Energy
  4. Electronics and Solid State
  5. Computers and Digital

Also included are the particular requirements for the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering.

All B.S. Electrical Engineering students (not B.S. Computer Engineering) are required to take the following ECEN-prefix courses: ECEN 2011, ECEN/ENSC 3213, ECEN 3233, ECEN 3314, ECEN 3513, ECEN 3714, ECEN 4013, ECEN 4024, and ECEN 4503, as well as other requirements specified in their AoS and the B.S. Electrical Engineering Degree Requirement Sheet. A total of 125 semester hours is required.

All students in the B.S. Computer Engineering program are required to take the following ECEN-prefix courses: ECEN 2011, ECEN/ENSC 3213, ECEN 3233, ECEN 3314, ECEN 3513, ECEN 3613, ECEN 3714, ECEN 4013, ECEN 4024, ECEN 4213, ECEN 4243, ECEN 4303, and ECEN 4503, as well as other requirements specified in the B.S. Computer Engineering Degree Requirement Sheet. A total of 126 semester hours is required.

Additional requirements for all B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Areas of Specialization and the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering must be chosen in consultation with and approved by an area faculty member. All requirements specified on the corresponding Degree Requirement Sheet must be met in order to complete the degree. Please consult with Ms. Helen Daggs, helen.daggs@okstate.edu, in 202 ES regarding specific requirements and clearance for graduation. Course Alternates and Exceptions appropriate for a student’s career objectives must be approved by the Department Head in addition to an area faculty member.

There are flow charts available corresponding to these AoS requirements and the current Degree Requirement Sheets for both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. When using the flow charts please keep in mind that although they are designed to correspond to the current Degree Requirement Sheets they are also just an advising instrument and what is best for a given student will depend on his/her specific circumstances. In any case, where the flow charts conflict with the Degree Requirement Sheets or requirements specified in the University Catalog the latter will always prevail.

The following pages describe the current specific requirements for the various Areas of Specialization within the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. Faculty members in each area are listed. Full instructions for enrolling under your chosen AoS are given on the department web site. Additional procedural assistance is available from Ms. Daggs (see below).

Note: The ECE program offerings on the OSU/Tulsa campus are being phased out beginning fall 2014. A limited number of senior ECE courses will be available on the Tulsa campus, either locally or by distance, during the 2015-16 academic year to allow existing students the opportunity to complete their degrees. Inquiries regarding enrollment and advising should be directed to Ms. Daggs on the main campus in Stillwater.