Academic Year 2011-2012

Academic Year 2011-2012
Help! Guide
Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder
Engineering Center
Main Office - Room ECEE 1B55
425 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0425
http://ecee.colorado.edu/
Table of Contents
Welcome to Electrical, Computer, and. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Energy Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Welcome to the ECEE Department! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mission and Objectives for the EE/ECE Undergraduate Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Disciplines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Basic Program Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Electrical & Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Terms Offered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Lab Course Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Graduation Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Miscellaneous Curriculum Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Other Important Publications and Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Sample Schedule for Electrical Engineering Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Electrical & Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 hours). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Sample Schedule for Electrical & Computer Engineering Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Terms Offered. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Miscellaneous Curriculum Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Other Important Publications and Links. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Prerequisites for ECEE Program Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Lab Course Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Graduation Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
ECEN Track Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Choosing Theory and Elective Track Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Digital Signal Processing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Dynamics And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Electromagnetics, RF And Microwaves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Nanostructure Materials & Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Neural And Biomedical Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Optics and Photonics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Power Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Renewable Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Program Enrichment Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Concurrent BS/MS Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Certificate Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Biomedical Engineering Option (BIM). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Engineering Honors Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Other International Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Student Societies for EE/ECE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Other Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Advising Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
ECEE Teaching Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Engineering Center Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Department Regulations and Other Useful Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Advising Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
ECEE Teaching Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Engineering Center Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Welcome to Electrical, Computer, and
Energy Engineering
Welcome
Mission and Objectives for the EE/ECE Undergraduate Programs
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Disciplines
Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering
Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Welcome to the ECEE Department!
We are pleased you have chosen the
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department to help pursue your
career goals. The department offers two
baccalaureate degrees, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Both
degree programs are accredited by the
Engineering Accreditation Commission
of ABET, http://www.abet.org. .
This HELP! Guide has been written to
assist you in understanding department
curriculum requirements and regulations. You should also be familiar with
the Advising Guides published by the
Dean’s Office. In cases where department rules differ from those of the College, the department rules supersede.
You are responsible for knowing both
sets of rules.
Because the curriculum is continually
changing, you are expected to follow the curriculum in effect when you
entered the program, as reflected in this
HELP! Guide.
The ECEE faculty and staff are here to
help you with whatever problems you
may encounter along the way. You
should become familiar with the people
listed in the box on this page.
As a freshman, you should see any of
the freshman advisors or the Undergraduate Staff Advisor when you have
questions. At the beginning of your
sophomore year, you will be assigned
a permanent faculty advisor for the
remainder of your program.
If you have questions about curriculum
requirements, department regulations,
course sequences, etc., the Undergraduate Staff Advisor is the person to
contact. She can perform a degree audit
which will tell you the courses you
have already completed and also which
courses you still need to take to com-
plete your degree requirements.
If you have technical questions
about course content, or the desirability of certain courses in the marketplace, see a freshman advisor or
your faculty advisor. Your faculty
advisor may also assist you with
career counseling and other similar
topics.
When rearranging courses to fit
your particular needs, be sure to
consider how postponing a course
that is a prerequisite to others will
affect the remainder of your schedule. You will find that some courses
may be moved without penalty,
while postponing others will delay
your graduation by a semester or
more. As you will see in the curriculum guide, many courses are
only offered once an academic year.
College is very different from high
school. You are expected to take
much more initiative in such things
as arranging your own schedule,
gathering information, and seeking
help when needed.
If you find you need help – whether
for academic or personal difficulties
– there are many resources available on this campus. Please come
see us before a problem becomes
serious. If we can’t help you solve
your problem, we can refer you to
someone who can help.
Information is also available on the ECEE Department web page at:
http://ecee.colorado.edu
Check regularly for updated schedules, course information, faculty email
addresses, phone numbers and office locations, and much more.
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering Advisors
Associate Chair and Head of the Undergraduate Program:
Prof. Peter Mathys
ECEE 1B67
303-492-7733
Undergraduate Staff Curriculum Advisor:
Ms. Valerie Matthews
ECEE 1B20
303-492-7671
Freshman Advisors:
Prof. Andrew Pleszkun
Prof. Juliet Gopinath
ECOT 334
ECEE 1B43
303-735-6319
303-492-5568
Transfer Credit Evaluator:
Prof. Ed Kuester
ECOT 248
303-492-5173
Academic and Career Advisors:
Your assigned faculty advisor or any ECEE faculty member
Career Advising outside the department:
Career Services Office
Willard Hall
http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public/
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Mission and Objectives for the EE/ECE Undergraduate Programs
Department Overview
The department was founded in the 1890’s, in the earliest days of the College of Engineering. Today it has 39
tenured and tenure-track professors, 10 professors with secondary appointments to the department, 3 research professors, and over 10 adjunct professors, instructors, and lecturers.
Two of our faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering, fourteen are Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows, three are Optical Society of America Fellows and eight are members of Eta
Kappa Nu, the national Electrical and Computer Engineering honors society.
Our faculty are active in research, with research expenditures totaling about $6.8 million annually. Our research is
concentrated in ten different areas, from biomedical engineering to VLSI/CAD.
Mission Statement
The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder is the premier undergraduate and graduate EE/ECE program in the state of Colorado and all adjoining states, as measured by
reputation, national rankings, and department size. The primary mission of the ECEE Department is:
• To provide relevant and highly-respected undergraduate EE and ECE degree programs to on-campus students,
• To provide excellent graduate degree programs in electrical and computer engineering,
•To advance industry in the state of Colorado and the nation, as well as the accumulated knowledge of humanity,
through our high quality research programs, and
•To use our on-campus educational activities to provide high-quality continuing education programs for off-campus
students.
It is widely acknowledged that an engineering undergraduate education is a strong foundation for a successful
career in many different disciplines including, of course, engineering, but additionally in management, business, law,
medicine and even politics. While our primary focus is on engineering careers we are pleased when our graduates
take their foundations in analysis, problem solving and understanding of complex systems into diverse careers.
Our curriculum is designed to help our graduates become viable in a globally competitive work environment.
Our graduates are able to establish a portfolio of up-to-date skills, abilities, and accomplishments that distinguish
them from the competition. Further, the core disciplines and intellectual skills they develop form the framework for a
successful career in an environment where the state of practice advances rapidly.
Employment Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical, electronics, and computer engineers make up the largest
branch of engineering. They are found in professional, scientific, and technical services firms, government agencies,
manufacturers of computer and electronic products and machinery, wholesale trade, communications, and utilities
firms. On the CU-Boulder campus, recruiters request interviews with electrical engineering and computer engineering
graduates in numbers several times those of other majors, even other engineering majors.
Our graduates go to work for both large engineering companies (Lockheed Martin, IBM, Agilent, Hewlett Packard, Xilinx, Intel, Northrup Grumman, Ball Aerospace, Maxtor, Seagate, Sun Mircosystems, National Instruments,
Texas Instruments, Apple Computers, Micron) and smaller, local firms such as SpectraLogic and Level 3 Communications. Some of our graduates go on to graduate school and occasionally our graduates start their own companies.
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Disciplines
Biomedical and Neural Engineering
Biomedical engineering is concerned with the development and manufacture of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices,
drugs, and other therapies. It is more concerned with biological, safety, and regulatory issues than other disciplines in engineering. Our faculty are currently pursuing research in bioelectromagnetics which involves the use of electromagnetic fields to probe
biological functions, MRI, and other diagnostic tools.
Communications and Signal Processing
Communication engineering and information theory are concerned with the efficient representation and reliable transmission and/
or storage of information. Communications engineers develop: digital audio, pattern recognition, speech processing and recognition, audio and image compression, medical imaging, digital filtering, and more.
Computer Engineering
A computer engineer is an electrical engineer with a focus on digital logic systems, and less emphasis on radio frequency or
power electronics. From a computer science perspective, a computer engineer is a software architect with a focus on the interaction between software programs and the underlying hardware components.
Dynamics and Controls
Control techniques are used whenever some quantity, such as speed, temperature, or force must be made to behave in some desirable way over time. Currently, our dynamics and controls group are working on diverse problems such as developing controllers
for aircraft, spacecraft, information storage systems, human-machine interfaces, manufacturing processes, and power systems.
Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves
This specialty area is concerned with the use of the electromagnetic spectrum. In particular, our faculty focus on current commercial and military needs such as active circuits, antennas for communications and radar, theoretical and numerical techniques for
analysis of high-frequency circuits and antennas, and artificial electromagnetic materials.
Nanostructures and Devices
Solid-state devices form the basis of integrated circuits, which have a variety of electronic, optoelectronic, and magnetic applications. The research in this field is concerned with the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel materials and devices with
sub-micron feature sizes. Their potential applications include very high-speed devices, optical sources and detectors, optoelectronic components and all-optical devices. The design and fabrication of devices and integrated circuits are inextricably related to
device physics, solid-state materials, and sophisticated processing techniques.
Optics and Photonics
This area emphasizes the design, fabrication, and characterization of materials, devices and systems for the generation, transmission, amplification, detection, and processing of light signals. These are enabling and pervasive technologies applied in fields like
communications, sensing, bio-medical instrumentation, consumer electronics and defense.
Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems
Power electronics is the technology associated with the efficient conversion, control and conditioning of electronic power by static
means from its available input form into the desired electrical output form. In contrast to electronic systems concerned with transmission and processing of signals and data, in power electronics substantial amounts of electrical energy are processed.
VLSI/CAD
Very Large Scale Integration – a term applied to most modern integrated circuits which comprise from hundreds to thousands to
millions of individual components. Research in this area works toward developing new algorithms and design methodologies to
efficiently design VLSI integrated circuits.
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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raduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical or
electronic systems, devices, instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.
Graduates attaining the EE degree will have comprehensive knowledge and experience in the concepts and design
of electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems. This is achieved through a sequence of required courses in these areas, culminating in a major design project incorporating realistic engineering constraints. Moreover,
graduates will have advanced, specialized knowledge and skills in elective areas such as communications and
digital signal processing, control systems, analog and digital integrated circuit design, semiconductor devices and
optoelectronics electromagnetics and wireless systems, power electronics and renewable energy, bioelectronics,
and digital systems.
EE graduates will have attained other professional skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including
verbal and written communication and the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
The EE curriculum is rich in laboratory work. EE graduates will have achieved extensive practical experience in
the laboratory techniques, tools, and skills that provide a bridge between theory and practice.
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raduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments, and will
have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.
EE graduates experience a curriculum that contains a broad core of classes focused on mathematical and physical principles that are fundamental to the field of electrical engineering. Hence, they understand the physical and
mathematical principles underlying electrical and electronic technology, and are able to analyze and solve electrical engineering problems using this knowledge. In addition to basic classes in mathematics, science, and computing, the EE curriculum includes a sequence of courses in analog and digital electronic circuits and systems, and
electromagnetic fields.
EE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.
To lay the foundation for a long career in a rapidly changing field, a broad background of fundamental knowledge is required. This is achieved in the EE curriculum through a sequence of required classes in mathematics,
physics, chemistry, and the EE core. In addition, the graduate must be capable of lifelong learning; this is taught
through assignments and projects that require independent research and study.
The curriculum includes a significant component of electives in the humanities and social sciences. EE graduates will have knowledge of the broader contemporary issues that impact engineering solutions in a global and
societal context. They will have the verbal and written communications skills necessary for a successful career in
industry or academia. Graduates also understand the meaning and importance of professional and ethical responsibility.
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Program Objectives for a BS Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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raduates will be situated in growing careers involving the design, development or support of electrical,
electronic, and computer hardware and software systems, software engineering, devices instruments, or products, or will be successfully pursuing an advanced degree.
Graduates attaining the ECE degree will have comprehensive knowledge and experience in the concepts and design of electrical, electronic, and computer devices, circuits, and systems. Besides emphasizing computer hardware and software, the ECE curriculum also emphasizes design, integration,
implementation, and application of computer systems, as well as experience in software development.
This is achieved through a sequence of required courses in these areas, culminating in a major design
project incorporating realistic engineering constraints. The curriculum also provides opportunities for
specialization in areas such as compiler design, embedded systems, software engineering, and VLSI
design, as well as in the electrical engineering specialties.
ECE graduates will have attained other professional skills that will be useful throughout their careers,
including verbal and written communication and the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
The ECE curriculum is rich in laboratory work. ECE graduates will have achieved extensive practical experience in the laboratory techniques, tools, and skills that provide a bridge between theory and
practice.
ECE-2 Graduates will have advanced in professional standing based on their technical accomplishments
and will have accumulated additional technical expertise to remain globally competitive.
ECE graduates experience a curriculum that contains a broad core of classes focused on mathematical and physical principles that are fundamental to the fields of electrical and computer engineering.
Hence, they understand the physical and mathematical principles underlying electrical and electronic
technology and computer systems, and are able to analyze and solve electrical and computer engineering problems using this knowledge. In addition to basic classes in mathematics, science, and computing, the ECE curriculum includes a sequence of courses in analog and digital electronic circuits and
systems, electromagnetic fields, probability, computer software, and computer design and architecture.
ECE-3 Graduates will have demonstrated professional and personal leadership and growth.
To lay the foundation of a long career in a rapidly changing field, a broad background of fundamental
knowledge is required. This is achieved in the ECE curriculum through a sequence of required classes
in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the ECE core. In addition, the graduate must be capable of
lifelong learning; this is taught through assignments and projects that require independent research and
study.
The curriculum includes a significant component of electives in the humanities and social sciences.
ECE graduates will have knowledge of the broader contemporary issues that impact engineering solutions in a global and societal context. They will have the verbal and written communications skills
necessary for a successful career in industry or academia. Graduates also understand the meaning and
importance of professional and ethical responsibility.
Basic Program Requirements
Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 hours)
Electrical & Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 hours)
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Terms Offered
Lab Course Schedule
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
Graduation Checklist
Miscellaneous Curriculum Notes
Other Important Publications and Links
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 hours)
Math (16 hours)
APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
APPM 2360 Diff Equations w/ Linear Algebra
4
4
4
4
Physics (9 hours)
PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
4
4
1
Freshman Elective (3-5 hours) choose one:
ECEN 1400 Intro to Digital/Analog Elect.
GEEN 1400 Freshman Projects
Freshman Projects from other Engr. Dept.
CHEM 1131 General Chemistry 2 (AP/transfer)
3
3
3
5
Freshman Seminar (1 hour) choose one:
ECEN 1100 Freshman Seminar
GEEN 1500 Introduction to Engineering
Freshman Seminar from other Engr. Dept.
1
1
1
General Science Elective (3-5 hours) choose one:
PHYS 2130 General Physics 3
MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics
CHEN 1211 General Chemistry for Engineers plus
CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
EBIO 1210 General Biology 1 (lab optional)
MCDB 1150 Intro to Molecular Biology
IPHY 3410 Intro to Human Anatomy
3
3
3
2
3
3
3
Computer Programming (4 hours)
ECEN 1030 C Programming for EE/ECE*
*(May substitute CSCI 1300 for transfers only)
Sophomore Electives (6 hours) choose two:
ECEN 2410 Renewable Energy
ECEN 2420 Wireless Electronics
ECEN 2430 Robotics & Controls
ECEN 2440 Application of Embedded Systems
Electrical Engineering Core (21 hours)
ECEN 2250 Intro to Circuits & Electronics
ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems
ECEN 2270 Electronics Design Lab
ECEN 2350 Digtal Logic
ECEN 3350 Programming of Digital Systems
ECEN 3360 Digital Design Lab
ECEN 3810 Probability**
**(May substitute APPM 3570 or MATH 4510)
Advanced Analog Core (9 hours)
ECEN 3250 Microelectronics
ECEN 3300 Linear Systems
ECEN 3400 Fields
4
3
3
3
3
F
S
S
F
3
3
3
3
3
3
3 F
3
3
3
Technical Electives (22-24 hours)
Must fulfill requirements for two “tracks” (see page 24)
ECEN 4242 Communication Theory
3 F
ECEN 4652 Communication Lab
2 F/D
ECEN 4532 Digital Signal Processing Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 4632 Intro to Digital Filtering
3 S
ECEN 4138 Control Systems Analysis
3 F/D
ECEN 4638 Controls Lab
2 F/D
ECEN 3410 EM Waves & Transmissions
3 S
ECEN 4634 Microwave/RF Lab
3 F/D
ECEN 4827 Analog IC Design
3 F/D
ECEN 4837 Mixed Signal IC Design Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 3320 Semiconductor Devices
3 F
ECEN 4555 Prin of Energy Systems/Devices
3 F/D
ECEN 4375 Microstructures Lab
3 S***
ECEN 4831 Brains, Minds, & Computers
3 F/D
ECEN 4811 Neural Signals/Functnl Brain Imag
3 S/D
ECEN 4821 Neural Systems/Physiol. Control
3 S/D
ECEN 4606 Undergrad Optics Lab
3
varies
ECEN 4616 Optoelectronic System Design
3 F
ECEN 4106 Photonics
3 F
ECEN 4116 Intro to Optical Communication
3 F/D
ECEN 4645 Intro to Optical Electronics
3 S/D
ECEN 4797 Intro to Power Electronics
3 F/D
ECEN 4517 Renewable Power Electronics Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 3170 Energy Conversion
3 F
ECEN 4167 Energy Conversion 2
3 S
Non-track Technical Electives
ECEN 4224 High-Speed Digital Design
3 S/D
ECEN 4324 Fund of Microsystem Packaging
3 F/D
ECEN 4345 Intro to Solid State
3 F/D
ECEN 4553 Compiler Construction
3 F/D
ECEN 4583 Software Systems Development
3 S
ECEN 4593 Computer Organization
3
ECEN 4613 Embedded System Design
3
ECEN 4623 Real-Time Digital Embedded Systems 3 F
ECEN 4633 Hybrid Embedded Systems
3
ECEN 4643 Real-Time Digital Media Systems
3 S
ECEN 4--- Selected Special Topics
3
Other technical courses to complete 128 hour requirement. May
use 6 hrs EMEN/Business/ECON or 3 hrs UD Free Elective.
Check with Advisor for applicability.
Capstone Design Lab (5 hours)
ECEN 4600 Capstone Laboratory, Part 1
ECEN 4620 Capstone Laboratory, Part 2
Humanities/Social Sciences (21 hours)
1000/2000 A&S Core Lower Division
3000/4000 A&S Core Upper Division
WRTG
Approved upper-division writing
(see page 20 for course selection requirements)
2
3
F
S
12
6
3
Free Electives (6 hours maximum)
Student choice of courses
F = fall only
S = spring only
D=undergrad & grad
***offered only in even years
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Sample Schedule for Electrical Engineering Program
Freshman Year
Course
APPM 1350
PHYS 1110
ECEN 1100
ECEN 1400
Fall
Title
Calculus 1
Physics 1
Freshman Seminar
Freshman Elective*
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
4
4
1
3
3
15
Course
APPM 1360
PHYS 1120
PHYS 1140
ECEN 1030
Spring
Title
Calculus 2
Physics 2
Experimental Physics
C Programming for EE/ECE*
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
4
4
1
4
3
16
Spring
Title
Calculus 3
Sophomore Elective 2
Circuits as Systems
Electronics Design Lab
General Science Elective**
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
4
3
3
3
3
16
Spring
Title
Digital Design Lab
Advanced Analog Core
Technical Electives**
Approved upper-division writing
Free Elective
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
3
3
6
3
3
18
Spring
Title
Capstone Lab: Part 2
Technical Electives**
Humanities & Social Sciences
Hrs
3
9
3
Sophomore Year
Course
APPM 2360
ECEN 24-ECEN 2250
ECEN 2350
Fall
Title
Diff. Eq. with Linear Algebra
Sophomore Elective 1
Intro to Circuits & Electronics
Digital Logic
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
4
3
3
3
3
16
Course
APPM 2350
ECEN 24-ECEN 2260
ECEN 2270
Junior Year
Course
ECEN 3350
ECEN 3810
ECEN 3--ECEN 3---
Fall
Title
Programming of Digital Systems
Probability*
Advanced Analog Core
Advanced Analog Core
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
3
3
3
3
3
15
Course
ECEN 3360
ECEN 3---
Senior Year
Course
ECEN 4600
Fall
Title
Capstone Lab: Part 1
Technical Electives**
Humanities & Social Sciences
Free Elective
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
2
9
3
3
17
Course
ECEN 4620
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
S
15
Semester credit hours, General Science Elective hours, and Technical Elective hours may vary over semesters. Total hours taken
towards the degree must equal 128.
* See the previous page for approved substitutes.
** See the previous page for General Science Electives and Technical Electives.
F = course offered only in the fall semester; S = course offered only in the spring semester
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 hours)
Math (16 hours)
APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers
APPM 1360 Calculus 2 for Engineers
APPM 2350 Calculus 3 for Engineers
APPM 2360 Diff Equations w/ Linear Algebra
4
4
4
4
Physics (9 hours)
PHYS 1110 General Physics 1
PHYS 1120 General Physics 2
PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1
4
4
1
Freshman Elective (3-5 hours) choose one:
ECEN 1400 Intro to Digital/Analog Elect.
GEEN 1400 Freshman Projects
Freshman Projects from other Engr. Dept.
CHEM 1131 General Chemistry 2 (AP/transfer)
3
3
3
5
Freshman Seminar (1 hour) choose one:
ECEN 1100 Freshman Seminar
GEEN 1500 Introduction to Engineering
Freshman Seminar from other Engr. Dept.
1
1
1
General Science Elective (3-5 hours) choose one:
PHYS 2130 General Physics 3
MCEN 3012 Thermodynamics
CHEN 1211 General Chemistry for Engineers plus
CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab
EBIO 1210 General Biology 1 (lab optional)
MCDB 1150 Intro to Molecular Biology
3
3
3
2
3
3
Computer Programming (4 hours)
ECEN 1030 C Programming for EE/ECE*
*(May substitute CSCI 1300 only for transfers)
Sophomore Electives (3 hours) choose one:
ECEN 2410 Renewable Energy
ECEN 2420 Wireless Systems
ECEN 2430 Robotics & Controls
ECEN 2440 Application of Embedded Systems
Electrical Engineering Core (21 hours)
ECEN 2250 Intro to Circuits & Electronics
ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems
ECEN 2270 Electronics Design Lab
ECEN 2350 Digital Logic
ECEN 3350 Programming of Digital Systems
ECEN 3360 Digital Design Lab
ECEN 3810 Probability**
**(May substitute APPM 3570 or MATH 4510)
Computer Engineering Core (10 hours)
ECEN 2703 Discrete Math for Computer Engineers
CSCI 2270 Data Structures
ECEN 4593 Computer Organization
4
3
3
3
3
Advanced Analog Core (6 hours) choose two:
ECEN 3250 Microelectronics
ECEN 3300 Linear Systems
ECEN 3400 Fields
Humanities/Social Sciences (21 hours)
1000/2000 A&S Core Lower Division
12
3000/4000 A&S Core Upper Division
6
WRTG
Approved upper-division writing
3
(see page 20 for course selection requirements)
F
S
S
F
3
3
3
3
3
3
3 F
3 F
4
3
3
3
3
Technical Electives (15-18 hours)
Must fulfill requirements for one “track” (see page 24)
ECEN 4242 Communication Theory
3 F
ECEN 4652 Communication Lab
2 F/D
ECEN 4532 Digital Signal Processing Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 4632 Intro to Digital Filtering
3 S
ECEN 4138 Control Systems Analysis
3 F/D
ECEN 4638 Controls Lab
2 F/D
ECEN 3410 EM Waves & Transmissions
3 S
ECEN 4634 Microwave/RF Lab
3 F/D
ECEN 4827 Analog IC Design
3 F/D
ECEN 4837 Mixed Signal IC Design Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 3320 Semiconductor Devices
3 F
ECEN 4555 Prin of Energy Systems/Devices
3 F/D
ECEN 4375 Microstructures Lab
3 S***
ECEN 4831 Brains, Minds, & Computers
3 F/D
ECEN 4811 Neural Signals/Functnl Brain Imag
3 S/D
ECEN 4821 Neural Systems/Physiol. Control
3 S/D
ECEN 4606 Undergrad Optics Lab
3
varies
ECEN 4616 Optoelectronic System Design
3 F
ECEN 4106 Photonics
3 F
ECEN 4116 Intro to Optical Communication
3 F/D
ECEN 4645 Intro to Optical Electronics
3 S/D
ECEN 4797 Intro to Power Electronics
3 F/D
ECEN 4517 Renewable Power Electronics Lab
3 S/D
ECEN 3170 Energy Conversion
3 F
ECEN 4167 Energy Conversion 2
3 S
Non-track Technical Electives
ECEN 4224 High-Speed Digital Design
3 S/D
ECEN 4324 Fund of Microsystem Packaging
3 F/D
ECEN 4345 Intro to Solid State
3 F/D
ECEN 4613 Embedded System Design
3
ECEN 4623 Real-Time Digital Embedded Systems 3 F
ECEN 4633 Hybrid Embedded Systems
3
ECEN 4643 Real-Time Digital Media Systems
3 S
ECEN 4--- Selected Special Topics
3
Other technical courses to complete 128 hour requirement. May
use 6 hrs EMEN/Business/ECON or 3 hrs UD Free Elective. Check
with Advisor for applicability.
Software Electives (3-4 hours) choose one:
ECEN 4553 Compiler Construction
ECEN 4583 Software Systems Development
CSCI 3202 Intro to Artificial Intelligence
CSCI 3287 Database & Information Systems
CSCI 3308 Software Engr Methods & Tools
CSCI 3753 Operating Systems
CSCI 4113 Unix Systems Administration
CSCI 4229 Computer Graphics
CSCI 4273 Network Systems
CSCI 4838 User Interface Design
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
F/D
S
F
F
F
S
S
F
Capstone Design Lab (5 hours)
ECEN 4600 Capstone Laboratory, Part 1
ECEN 4620 Capstone Laboratory, Part 2
2
3
F
S
Free Electives (6 hours maximum)
Student choice of courses
S
F = fall only
S = spring only
D=undergrad & grad
***offered only in even years
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Sample Schedule for Electrical & Computer Engineering Program
Freshman Year
Course
APPM 1350
PHYS 1110
ECEN 1100
ECEN 1400
Fall
Title
Calculus 1
Physics 1
Freshman Seminar
Freshman Elective
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
4
4
1
3
3
15
Course
APPM 1360
PHYS 1120
PHYS 1140
ECEN 1030
Spring
Title
Calculus 2
Physics 2
Experimental Physics
C Programming for EE/ECE*
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
4
4
1
4
3
16
Spring
Title
Calculus 3
Digital Logic
Circuits as Systems
Electronics Design Lab
General Science Elective**
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
4
3
3
3
3
16
Spring
Title
Digital Design Lab
Computer Organization
Advanced Analog Core
Technical Electives**
Approved upper-division writing
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Hrs
3
3
3
6
3
18
Sophomore Year
Course
APPM 2360
ECEN 24-ECEN 2250
ECEN 2703
Fall
Title
Diff. Eq. with Linear Algebra
Sophomore Elective
Intro to Circuits & Electronics
Discrete Mathematics
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
4
3
3
3
3
16
Course
APPM 2350
ECEN 2350
ECEN 2260
ECEN 2270
Junior Year
Course
ECEN 3350
ECEN 3810
ECEN 3--CSCI 2270
Fall
Title
Programming of Digital Systems
Probability*
Advanced Analog Core
Data Structures
Humanities & Social Sciences
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
3
3
3
4
3
16
Course
ECEN 3360
ECEN 4593
ECEN 3---
Senior Year
Course
ECEN 4600
Fall
Title
Capstone Lab: Part 1
Technical Electives**
Humanities & Social Sciences
Free Elective
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
F
Hrs
2
8
3
3
16
Course
ECEN 4620
Spring
Title
Capstone Lab: Part 2
Software Elective
Technical Electives**
Humanities & Social Sciences
Free Elective
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
S
Hrs
3
3
3
3
3
15
Semester credit hours, General Science Elective hours, and Technical Elective hours may vary over semesters. Total hours taken
towards the degree must equal 128.
* See the previous page for approved substitutes.
** See the previous page for General Science Electives and Technical Electives.
F = course offered only in the fall semester; S = course offered only in the spring semester
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Terms Offered
Course
Title
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
Term offered
General Courses
1030
C Programming for ECE
1400
Intro to Digital & Analog Electronics
2250
Intro to Circuits & Electronics
2260
Circuits as Systems
2270
Electronics Design Lab (2830)
2350
Digital Logic
2703
Discrete Mathematics
3250
Microelectronics
3300
Linear Systems
3350
Programming Digital Systems
3360
Digital Design Lab
3400
Electromagnetic Fields
3410
Electromagnetic Waves & Transmission
3810
Introduction to Probability
4600/
Capstone Laboratory
4620
Biomedical and Engineering
4/5811
Neural Signals & Functional Brain Imaging
4/5821
Neural Systems & Physiological Control
Communications and Signal Processing
4242
Communication Theory
4/5532
DSP Laboratory
4632
Introduction to Digital Filtering
4652
Communication Laboratory
Computer Engineering
4553
Introduction to Compiler Construction
4583
Software Systems Development
4593
Computer Organization
4/5613
Embedded Systems Design
4/5623
Real-Time Embedded Systems
4/5633
Hybrid Embedded Systems
4/5643
SW Engineering of Concurrent Systems
4/5653
Real-Time Digital Media
4/5743
SW Engineering of Distributed Systems
Dynamics and Controls
Only final prerequisites are listed.
none
APPM 1350 (co-req)
APPM 1360, APPM 2360 (co-req)
ECEN 2250
ECEN 2260 (co-req)
ECEN 1030 or CSCI 1300
ECEN 1030 (CSCI 1300), APPM 1360
Fall
ECEN 2260
ECEN 2260
ECEN 1030 or CSCI 1300, ECEN 2350
ECEN 2350, ECEN 3350
APPM 2350, ECEN 2260, PHYS 1120
ECEN 3400
Spring
APPM 2350, APPM 2360
Fall
ECEN 2270, 3360, 3810, & 2 (ECE) or 3 (EE) analog electives. ECEN 4593 is also
required for ECE majors.
4138
Control Systems Analysis
ECEN 3300
Fall
4638
Control Systems Laboratory
ECEN 4138 (co-req)
Fall
Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves
2420
Wireless Electronics for Communication
4/5224
High Speed Digital Design
4/5324
Microsystem Packaging
4/5634
Microwave & RF Lab
Nanostructures and Devices
3320
Semiconductor Devices
4/5375
Microstructures Laboratory
4/5555
Principles of Electrical Energy Systems
4645
Introduction to Optical Electronics
Optics and Photonics
4106
Photonics
4116
Intro to Optical Communication
4606
Optics Laboratory
ECEN 2260
ECEN 2260
ECEN 3300, 3810
ECEN 3300, 4632 (co-req)
ECEN 3300
ECEN 3300, 4242 (co-req)
ECEN 2350, 2703
CSCI 2270
ECEN 3350
ECEN 3360 (3250, 4593 recommended)
ECEN 3360 (4613 recommended)
ECEN 3360, ECEN 4593
ECEN 4583 or 5543
ECEN 1030 , CSCI 3753 (see catalog for prereqs)
ECEN 4583 or 5543, (4/5643 recommended)
Fall
Fall
Fall
Spring
Spring
Fall
Fall
Fall
Spring
PHYS 1120, APPM 1360
ECEN 3400
ECEN 3400, (3410 recommended)
ECEN 3410
Spring
Fall
Fall
ECEN 3250
ECEN 3320
ECEN 3810, PHYS 2130 or 2170 (co-req)
ECEN 3410
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
ECEN 3400, 3300 (co-req)
ECEN 3400
ECEN 3400 or PHYS 4510, ECEN 4106 (co-req)
Fall
Fall
Fall
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Terms Offered
Course
Title
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
4616
Optoelectronic System Design
ECEN 3400
Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems
2410
Renewable Sources/Efficient Energy Syst
3170
Energy Conversion 1
4167
Energy Conversion 2
4/5517
Renewable Power Electronics Lab
4/5797
Introduction to Power Electronics
4/5827
Analog IC Design
PHYS 1120 or ECEN 2250 (co-req)
PHYS 1120, ECEN 3250 (co-req)
ECEN 3170
ECEN 4797
ECEN 3250
ECEN 3250
Term offered
Fall
Fall
Fall
Spring
Spring
Fall
Fall
Miscellaneous Curriculum Notes
The curricula listings on page 12 and page 14 are not a misprint. It is necessary that you take APPM 2360 (Differential Equations with Linear Algebra) before APPM 2350 (Calculus 3). Material covered in APPM 2360 will help
you with ECEN 2250 and must be taken as a co-requisite if not taken prior to 2250.
Because the curriculum is in transition, the numbers associated with the core courses may change. The course
titles, however, should remain the same.
Other Important Publications and Links
University of Colorado CatalogDegree requirements, academic standards, administrative regulations, university
policies and procedures (dry and dull, but important)
http://www.colorado.edu/catalog/
College Advising GuidesCollege of Engineering requirements, rules, regulations (must read).
http://ecadw.colorado.edu/engineering/students/advising.htm
Ralphie’s Guide to Student LifeA-Z listing of university resources, facilities, and special programs as well as rules,
regulations, and policies
http://www.colorado.edu/ralphie/
Registrar’s OfficeDeadlines, instructions for registration and drop/add, transcript requests, calendars http://registrar.colorado.edu
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Prerequisites for ECEE Program Courses
X
Notes
X
X
ECEN 4242
X
X
ECEN 4138
X
X
ECEN 4613
X
X
ECEN 4632
X
ECEN 4593
X
ECEN 3320
X
X
ECEN 3410
X
X
ECEN 3170
X
X
ECEN 3810
X
X
ECEN 3400
X
ECEN 3300
X
ECEN 3250
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ECEN 3360
X
ECEN 3350
X
ECEN 2350
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ECEN 2270
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ECEN 2260
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X
ECEN 2250
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X
CSCI 2270
C
X
ECEN 1030
X
X
PHYS 1120
X
PHYS 1110
APPM 2350
C
APPM 2360
APPM 1350
ECEN 1400
ECEN 2250
ECEN 2260
ECEN 2270
ECEN 2350
ECEN 2420
ECEN 2703
ECEN 3170
ECEN 3250
ECEN 3300
ECEN 3320
ECEN 3350
ECEN 3360
ECEN 3400
ECEN 3410
ECEN 3810
ECEN 4106
ECEN 4138
ECEN 4167
ECEN 4224
ECEN 4242
ECEN 4324
ECEN 4375
ECEN 4517
ECEN 4532
ECEN 4553
ECEN 4555
ECEN 4583
ECEN 4593
ECEN 4600
ECEN 4606
ECEN 4613
ECEN 4623
ECEN 4632
ECEN 4633
ECEN 4634
ECEN 4638
ECEN 4645
ECEN 4652
ECEN 4653
ECEN 4797
ECEN 4811
ECEN 4821
ECEN 4827
ECEN 4831
APPM 1360
Prerequsite
courses
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C = co-requisite
*1 = ECEN 2703
E = ECE majors only
*2 = 2 Analog Core for ECE or 3 for EE
R = recommended
*3 = may sub PHYS 4510 for ECEN 3400
S = PHYS 2130
*4 = CSCI 3750 (prereqs CSCI 2270 and ECEN 3350 or CSCI 2400)
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Labs offered Fall semester only:
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Lab Course Schedule
ECEN 4652 - Communication Lab / Corequisite ECEN 4242 Communication Theory
Prerequisites: ECEN 3300 Linear Systems and
ECEN 3810 Intro to Probability or approved substitute (see page 10)
ECEN 4606 - Undergrad Optics Lab / Corequisite: ECEN 4106 Photonics
Prerequisite: ECEN 3400 EM Fields & Waves
ECEN 4623 - Real-Time Embedded Systems
Prerequisites: ECEN 2350 Digital Logic and
ECEN 3350 Programming Digital Systems and
ECEN 3360 Digital Design Lab
ECEN 4613 Embedded System Design recommended
ECEN 4634 - Microwave/RF Lab / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 3400 EM Fields & Waves and
ECEN 3410, EM Waves & Transmission (offered spring only)
ECEN 4638 - Controls Lab / Corequisite ECEN 4138 - Control Systems Analysis
Prerequisite: ECEN 3300 Linear Systems
Labs offered Spring semester only:
ECEN 4375 - Microstructures Lab (offered only in even years) / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 3320 Semiconductor Devices (offered fall only)
ECEN 4517 - Renewable Power Electronics Lab / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 3250 Microelectronics and
ECEN 4797 Intro to Power Electronics (offered fall only)
ECEN 4532 - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Lab / Corequisite ECEN 4632 Intro to Digital Filtering
Prerequisites: ECEN 3300 Linear Systems and
ECEN 3810 Intro to Probability or approved substitute (see page 10)
ECEN 4653 - Real-Time Digital Media
Prerequisites: ECEN 1030 or CSCI 1300 C Programming
CSCI 3753 Operating Systems
ECEN 4837 - Mixed Signal IC Design Lab / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 3250 Microelectronics and
ECEN 4827 Analog IC Design (offered fall only)
Labs offered both Fall and Spring semesters:
ECEN 4613 - Embedded System Design / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 2350 Digital Logic and
ECEN 3350 Programming Digital Systems and
ECEN 3360 Digital Design Lab and
ECEN 3250 Microelectronics
ECEN 4593 Computer Organization recommended
ECEN 4633 - Hybrid Embedded Systems / No Corequisite
Prerequisites: ECEN 2350 Digital Logic and
ECEN 3350 Programming Digital Systems and
ECEN 3360 Digital Design Lab and
ECEN 4593 Computer Organization
ECEN 4613 Embedded System Design recommended
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Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
Students must complete 18 credit hours in approved courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences and 3 credit hours
in an approved upper division writing course.
Writing: 3 credit hours in one of the following upper division courses: WRTG 3030, WRTG 3035, HUEN 3100, or
other writing courses as approved by petition.
H&SS: 18 credit hours of approved courses, of which 6 must be at the 3000 level or higher.
Courses approved for the 18 credit-hour H&SS requirement:
•Any course included in any of the following eight of the eleven categories of courses in the Arts &Sciences Core
found from the A&S Core Curriculum web page and through the CU Schedule Planner:
a) Contemporary Societies
b) Critical Thinking
c) Culture & Gender Diversity
d) Foreign Language
e) Historical Context
f) Ideals and Values
g) Literature and the Arts
h) United States Context
Exceptions: Critical Thinking courses taught in the following departments do NOT count for H&SS credit: ASTR,
CHEM, EBIO, MATH, MCDB, PHYS.
•The College is eager to see meaningful groupings of courses in related subjects and hence will approve H&SS
electives, even if they are not courses in the A&S Core, when they are grouped so as to form a coherent plan of
study. Prior approval is granted for any group of four courses that would count toward a minor field in any of the
following departments in the College of Arts & Sciences: Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, or Women’s Studies.
•All courses taught through the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers and have “HUEN” as their prefix are
approved. See the description of the Herbst Program below.
•See http://engineering.colorado.edu/homer/Fall2007.htm for assistance in selecting approved courses. Any exceptions must be approved by petition to the department.
Herbst Program for Humanities
The centerpiece of the Herbst Program is a two-semester seminar sequence open to Juniors and Seniors. These
seminars are limited to 12 students and are devoted to roundtable discussions of original texts, primarily in literature
and philosophy, but with secondary attention to art, music, and architecture. These seminars also help our students
improve their writing skills, gain confidence and skill in civil discourse on controversial issues, see more clearly the
inadequacy of dogmatic responses to complex questions, and develop intellectual rigor on non-technical issues. Students must apply to participate in the Junior Seminars, which also satisfy the University’s required writing course.
The Herbst Program also offers courses at other levels. HUEN 1010 is similar to HUEN 3100 in being a text-based
seminar, but it is designed for freshmen. In HUEN 1100, History of Science & Technology, original source material
and textbook readings provide insight into science and technology in changing historical, social, and political contexts. For Freshmen and Sophomores, Herbst offers Tradition and Identity, HUEN 2010, which explores the following
questions: Why am I who I am, and why do I desire my future to look a certain way? What ways, both positively and
negatively, does tradition determine/influence the possibilities of my individuality?
For a full list of courses and other information, see http://engineering.colorado.edu/herbst/
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Graduation Checklist
 1.Successfully complete a minimum of 128 semester credit hours according to the curriculum in effect at the
time the student was officially admitted to the EEEN or ECEN degree program. The last 45 credit hours must
be earned as a degree student in classes at the Boulder campus after admission to the College of Engineering
and Applied Science unless exempted by prior petition.
 2.Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better in all courses taken at the University of Colorado
(all campuses) as well as a grade point average of 2.25 or better in all courses taken from, or cross listed in,
the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering.
 3.Satisfy any outstanding MAPS deficiencies.
These deficiencies should have been resolved in the first year or
two of enrollment in the College, but students cannot graduate without having met the basic requirements in
effect at the time of their admission.
 4.Meet with the Undergraduate Staff Advisor the semester prior to the semester of intended graduation for a
comprehensive review and approval of remaining courses needed to satisfy graduation requirements.
 5.Notify the ECEE Department and the Engineering Dean’s Office of your intent to graduate by filling out the
Application for Graduation online. Deadlines for completion of the application process will be announced by
the Registrar’s Office and the Undergraduate Staff Advisor.
 6.If you are completing a minor, a Minor Completion form must be submitted to the Undergraduate Staff Advisor’s Office.
 7.A graduation list is posted near the Dean’s Office (AD 110) and the ECEE Undergraduate Advisor’s Office
(EE 1B20) about a month after the beginning of each semester. Students intending to graduate should make
certain that their names are listed. Any omissions or changes should be reported to both the Dean’s Office
and the ECEE Undergraduate Office as soon as possible.
It is the responsibility of each student to be certain that all degree requirements have been met and to keep the
Department and the Engineering Dean’s Office informed of any change in graduation plans.
ECEN Track Courses
Choosing Theory and Elective Track Courses
Communications
Digital Signal Processing
Dynamics And Controls
Electromagnetics, RF And Microwaves
Nanostructure Materials & Devices
Neural And Biomedical Engineering
Optics and Photonics
Power Electronics
Renewable Energy
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Choosing Theory and Elective Track Courses
The body of knowledge found under Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering is far too large to be obtained in
only four years of college. Because of the continual appearance of new technologies, new tools, and new opportunities, this body of knowledge gets ever larger. This situation is not a matter of concern, but it is merely the inevitable
consequence of healthy growth in the profession.
As a student of the profession, you need to have a combination of broad and narrow studies. All Electrical Engineers
share a special vocabulary and a core knowledge of things electrical. But because the range of application is so large,
it is necessary for you to sample some areas of specialization. This section has been prepared to help you select upper
division courses in areas of interest (tracks) in which you might eventually specialize. The areas chosen reflect the
individual research interests and expertise of our faculty. Faculty members in each area have written the one-page
descriptions.
Each track lists prerequisite courses (normally from the ECEE core) and the courses that must be taken to complete
the track. As part of the curriculum requirements, EE majors must complete at least two tracks, while ECE majors
must complete at least one track.
Should you develop an appetite for further study, or would like to be involved in some independent work, you should
consult one or more of the faculty listed. Finally, be sure to consult the current University Course Catalog or the
Course Schedule (found on a link from the front page of the department’s site) for course descriptions. Several of the
areas have listed follow-on graduate courses for those interested in further study.
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Communications
Core prerequisite: Linear Systems, ECEN 3300
ECEN 4242 - Communication Theory
ECEN 4652 - Communication Lab
Faculty advisors: E. Liu, P. Mathys, M. Varanasi
One of the most fascinating and important topics in electrical communications is the wireless transmission and reception of analog and digital signals. Early examples, most of which are still in use today, include wireless communication using Morse signals and AM (amplitude modulation) and FM (frequency modulation) radio broadcasts. Modern
examples of wireless systems are satellite radio and TV, wireless LANs (local area networks), and cellular telephones.
All practical communication systems are affected by noise that is picked up during transmission, either by the communication channel itself or by the front-end of the receiver, and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the received signal
is a crucial measure for the quality of a communication system. For analog systems quality is synonymous with high
fidelity reproduction of the transmitted signal. For digital systems the main quality measure is the probability of bit or
symbol error. Early on, the common perception was that in order to improve quality more transmit power was needed.
But it is now recognized that putting intelligence in various forms of coding into communication systems is an energyconscious and smart alternative. Most modern communication systems use digital symbols to represent signals,
independent of whether the original signal, like speech or music, is analog or, like computer data, is already digital.
Source coding, like MP3, for example, and error-control coding can be applied easily to digitally represented signals.
However, most physical channels require a waveform that is continuous in time and in amplitude and is restricted to a
specific frequency range for efficient signal transmission. Thus, important topics for the treatment of communication
systems are the study of signal processing of both analog and digital signals and the conversion between analog and
digital representations.
Representative Technical Applications
• Wireless and wired transmission of analog and digital data
• Reliable reception of analog and digital data
• Information storage and retrieval
• Telephone network, cell phones, data networks
• Coding for compression, error-control, and secrecy/privacy
• Radio and TV broadcasts
Representative Societal Applications
• Voice and data communication for personal and commercial purposes
• Digital storage of multimedia including audio, images, and movies
• Wireless communication networks for remote areas
• Communications for rescue missions and disaster recovery
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Digital Signal Processing
Core prerequisite: Linear Systems, ECEN 3300
ECEN 4632 – Digital Filtering
ECEN 4532 – Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
Faculty advisors: S. Hughes, F. Meyer
Digital Signal Processing became possible when digital computers came into existence and then became cheap
enough to be considered components. Almost all the classical analog signal processing applications (like telephones,
radio sets, signal generators, and oscilloscopes) can now be done digitally. DSP is done in real time or offline; it is
done on one-dimensional signals like audio, and two-dimensional signals like images. Embedded processors for doing DSP are found in cell phones, audio players, digital cameras, automobile engines, braking control systems, and
medical instruments. Examples of applications on large computers include seismic exploration, geophysical mapping,
motion picture animation, and medical imaging. The range of application is enormous.
To study Digital Signal Processing, it is necessary to have a good grounding in discrete-time linear systems and timefrequency transformations. The essential pre-requisite for the senior DSP theory and lab courses is the Linear Systems Core course. In addition, real-time applications require experience with assembly language code development.
Offline processing requires the use of high-level application languages like MATLAB. DSP is a good area for those
who enjoy the design and development of algorithms, applied mathematics, and applications. Students who intend to
complete degrees in both EE and Music will find the DSP lab course especially interesting.
Representative Technical Applications
• Audio generation, coding, reproduction, and enhancement
• Image Processing, enhancement, coding, and pattern recognition
• Video analysis, coding and decoding
• Wireless Communications modulation and demodulation
• The Design of dedicated DSP processors
• The use of DSP in feedback control
Representative Societal Applications
• Aids for human speech and hearing
• Aids for human vision
• Medical instruments which can see into the body and the brain
• Environmental analysis using remote sensing data
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Dynamics And Controls
Core prerequisite: Linear Systems, ECEN 3300
ECEN 4138 – Control Systems Analysis
ECEN 4638 – Control Systems Laboratory
Faculty advisors: J. Hauser, J. Marden, D. Meyer, L. Pao
Safe airplanes and vehicles, minimally invasive surgery, reliable manufacturing, computer-assisted physical rehabilitation—these all have automatic control and robotics as core technologies. Automatic control has been a key technological component since the middle of the 20th century, and with the advent of fast computers, nearly any device
that moves or has dynamics has an embedded digital controller. Moreover, robotic applications have found their way
into more than just automotive manufacturing. We now see robotic devices in medical, defense, and renewable power
industries. Students wishing to pursue these areas will increasingly need expertise in the robotics and control areas.
To study robotics and control, students need to have taken Linear Systems Analysis (ECEN 3300) and the controls
sequence early. If possible, students should take ECEN 3300 by their Spring sophomore term so that they can take
ECEN 4138/4638 in their Fall junior term. This will allow them to take a senior robotics elective. Many students find
that a course in matrix methods (typically offered through the Applied Mathematics Department) is helpful in robotics
and control. Other relevant courses include embedded systems and power electronics, both of which play significant
roles in autonomous, robotic systems.
Representative Technical Applications
• Haptic rendering for minimally-invasive surgery
• Motion planning in uncertain environments, such as the NASA Mars rover
• Flight control of aggressive aircraft
• Reconfigurable manufacturing
• Image recognition and autonomous response
• Fast and precise control of atomic force & near field scanning optical microscopes
Representative Societal Applications
• Safe transportation
• Precise medical treatment and rehabilitation
• Efficient energy usage
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Electromagnetics, RF And Microwaves
Core prerequisite: Electromagnetic Fields, ECEN 3400
ECEN 3410 – Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission
ECEN 4634 – RF & Microwave Laboratory
Faculty advisors: D. Filipovic , A. Gasiewski, E. Kuester, M. Piket-May, Z. Popovic
The origins of electromagnetics can be traced to the earliest days of human existence. Fear and fascination with many
natural phenomena including lightning lingered for thousands of years until sound physical understandings were
developed. Ancient Greeks noticed that rubbing fur against amber (‘electron’ in Greek language) caused attraction
between the two. The 20th century archeological findings indicate that the first battery was made in old Iraq in 3rd
century BC. Many scientists and free thinking minds over the last 300 years, including Benjamin Franklin, Michael
Faraday, Nikola Tesla, James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz and others have contributed to tremendous advances in
electromagnetics, and by application of electromagnetics, to electrical and electronic engineering as a whole. Try to
imagine life without electrical signals, power, and modern electronic materials: radio, TV, phones, air travel, refrigeration, etc... would be virtually impossible.
The CU Electromagnetics, RF and Microwave focus area provides the necessary foundation for understanding the
phenomena of electricity, magnetism and radio waves, and facilitates the engineering of a wide range of RF and
microwave components, devices, sub-systems, and systems. EM theory, design, measurements and fabrication are
covered on a level that enables a career in industry, government, or further education on a master or doctoral level. A
background in mathematics and elementary circuits are needed. The low-frequency part of this track is the foundation
for circuit theory, while the high-frequency portion merges with the optics track.
Representative Technical Applications
• Generation, transmission, propagation, and reception of radio waves
• Wireless, satellite, and cable communications, including radio and television
• Antennas for cell phones, vehicles, space exploration, navigation, and sensing
• RF and microwave transmitters and receivers
• Microwave transmission lines, amplifiers, oscillators, resonators, and filters
• Radar, concealed weapon and buried object detection; stealth design
• Remote sensing of Earth and planetary surfaces, oceans, atmospheres, and cryospheres
• RF tagging, telemetry, therapeutic and industrial heating
• Acoustic sensing and communications; seismic sensing
Representative Societal Applications
• Wireless communications and networking
• Medical instrumentation, diagnostics, treatment and therapeutics
• Alternative energy resources – wireless power harvesting
• Environment sensing, monitoring, and forecasting
• Border control, defense, homeland security
Possible follow-on courses
ECEN 5114, Waveguides and Transmission Lines
ECEN 5134, Electromagnetic Radiation and Antennas
ECEN 5104, Computer-Aided Microwave Circuit Design
ECEN 5254, Radar and Remote Sensing
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Nanostructure Materials & Devices
Prerequisites: Semiconductor Devices, ECEN 3320
ECEN 4555 – Principles of Energy Systems & Devices
ECEN 4375 – Microstructures Laboratory (spring of odd years)
Faculty advisors: F. Barnes, G. Moddel, W. Park, B. Van Zeghbroeck,
Materials and device electronics dominated technological advances in the 20th century, and are advancing at an accelerated rate in the 21st century. Early electronics used the vacuum tube, but about 50 years ago this gave way to
solid state electronics based on semiconductors. This enabled the growth of the microelectronics industry, integrated
circuits, superconductor devices, and more recently practical use of solar cells. Virtually all audio, video, communications, computing and more recently aerospace and automotive technologies are based on microelectronic devices.
During the last few years, nanostructured materials and nano-scale (below 1 micron) devices have allowed the fabrication of devices that were not even dreamed of earlier.
Nanostructures is based upon a solid understanding of modern physics as well as a “feel” for physical structures. In
addition to the physics courses required for the EE degree, it would be useful to take PHYS 2130 Physics 3 as early as
possible. The stepping-off point to junior and senior-level nanostructures courses is ECEN 3250 Electronics. ECEN
3320 Semiconductor Devices and ECEN 4555 Principles of Energy Systems & Devices can be taken in any order.
Semiconductor Devices must be taken before Microstructures Laboratory. ECEN 4375 Microstructures Laboratory
provides hands-on experience with designing and fabricating working some of the microelectronic devices learned
about in Semiconductor Devices.
Representative Technical Applications
• Higher-density computers and memories
• Lower-power portable devices
• Lasers and solid-state lighting devices
• Flat-panel displays
• Digital cameras and photodetectors
Representative Societal Applications
• Alternative energy devices
• Nano-scale electronic devices for medical implants
• Medical imaging, cancer detection and therapeutics
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Neural And Biomedical Engineering
Core prerequisite: Circuits as Systems, ECEN 2260
ECEN 4831 – Brains, Minds, and Computers
ECEN 4811 – Neural Signals and Functional Brain Imaging
Faculty advisors: F.Barnes, M.Lightner, R.Mihran, H.Wachtel
The roots of electrical engineering and neuroscience both go back to the late 18th century when scientific debates as
to the fundamental nature of electricity and its role in the neural control of muscle activity were raging. For example,
the Italian physiologist and anatomist Luigi Galvani built a sensitive device (subsequently known as a Galvanometer) used it to, he claimed, detect electrical activity in active frog muscles. His fellow Italian, physicist Alessandro
Volta, however, disputed this and suggested instead that the electrical potentials (subsequently known as Voltages) that
Galvani registered were due to the interface of metal wires with the muscle tissue. To prove his point Volta showed
that you could generate voltages simply by interfacing metal plates with salt solutions—and in so doing he invented
the battery ! History would prove that both Galvani and Volta were correct in their own context and ever since progress in electrical and neural sciences has been intrinsically linked.
Today, this strong linkage between ECE and Neural Sciences has re-emerged as a field called Neural Engineering
or Neurotechnology, and it is well represented in the course offerings open to junior and senior (as well as first-year
graduate) EE/ECE students.
The NE track does not require any previous coursework in biology. The courses listed above are designed to be comprehensible to engineering students with no prior biological background.
Representative Technical Applications
• Measurements of biomedically important signals
• Algorhythms for biomedical signal processing and display
• Technologies for imaging body anatomy (MRI, CAT, etc.) and imaging neuroelectric activity patterns (FMRI, etc.)
• Studying the molecular and cellular basis of bioelectrical phenomena
• Applying control theory and signal flow concepts to physiological systems
• Quantifying and understanding the biological effects of electromagnetic fields
• Modeling the genesis and propagation of neuromagnetic fields
• Improving neurosurgical techniques such as Deep Brain Stimulation
Representative Societal Applications
• Improved diagnoses and treatment for cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary diseases.
• Improved diagnoses and treatment for neural diseases.
• Development of assistive devices for cognitive disabilities
• Development of brain controlled prostheses for disabled patients.
• Better understanding of health risks (or lack thereof) posed by EMF devices.
• Refinement of "artificial intelligence" to be more like actual cognitive function.
Possible follow-on courses:
ECEN 4821 – Neural Systems and Physiological Control
ECEN 4011, Engineering Applications in Medicine
ECEN 4021, Design of Medical Devices
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Optics and Photonics
Core prerequisite: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, ECEN 3400 and Linear Systems, ECEN 3300
ECEN 4606 - Undergraduate Optics Lab
ECEN 4106 - Photonics or PHYS 4510 Optics, co-requisite
Faculty advisors: J. Gopinath, R. McLeod, A. Mickelson, R. Piestun, M. Popovic, K. Wagner
From LCD displays and CMOS cameras, fiber optics and telecommunications, to medical and astronomical imaging,
optics and photonics are critical to many modern technologies. Based on the science of light, optics and photonics are
at the confluence of electrical and optical engineering with applied physics. Iconic developments that are prevalent
in daily life such as the laser, holography, liquid crystal displays, charge coupled device (CCD) detectors, and fiber
optics are being extended by CU faculty into future applications such as silicon photonics, computational imaging,
nano-lithography, biophotonics, femtosecond lasers, and quantum and optical computing.
The study of Optics and Photonics requires a background in electromagnetic fields and waves and the interaction
of light with matter, as well as the system viewpoint of linear systems and communication theory. Thus, both fields
and linear systems are required prerequisites of the Photonics Theory/Lab senior electives.. Theory courses in either
Photonics, Optics, Optical Electronics, or Optical Systems Design can be followed with more advanced courses such
as Physical or Fourier optics or others offered in the department of ECEE.
Representative Technical Applications
• Laser diodes, solid state lasers, tunable lasers, ultrafast lasers, and other novel light sources
• Holography for display and storage, interferometric metrology
• Fiber optic components, lasers, detectors, amplifiers, modulators
• Microscopes, Telescopes, Spectrometers, Polarimeters, Interferometers
• Quantum optics, quantum encryption, quantum information processing
• Nonlinear optics based information processing, frequency conversion
Representative Societal Applications
• Optical data storage (CDs, DVDs, holographic storage)
• Fiber optic communication (internet backbone, fiber to the home)
• Imaging (digital cameras for consumer, microscopy, medical, defense, astronomy applications)
• Displays (for computers, portable devices, video and art, including 3-D displays)
• Electronic-photonic circuits (next generation ICs and planar lightwave integrated circuits)
• Lasers sources (precision metrology, spectroscopy, time and frequency standards)
• Energy conversion (semiconductor and organic solar cells)
Alternate theory courses:
ECEN 4645 Optical Electronics
ECEN 4616 Optoelectronic Systems Design
Advanced follow on courses:
ECEN 5696 Fourier Optics and Imaging
ECEN 5156 Physical Optics
ECEN 5166 Guided Wave Optics
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Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
Power Electronics
Core prerequisite: Microelectronics, ECEN 3250
ECEN 4797 – Introduction to Power Electronics
ECEN 4517 – Power Electronics Laboratory
Faculty advisors: R. Erickson, D. Maksimovic, R. Zane
Although vast majority of electronic signal processing and computing is now performed digitally, signal and power
generation and delivery remain fundamentally analog. Interfaces between sensors such as microphones, temperature,
motion or optical sensors and digital computers involve analog signal conditioning and analog-to-digital conversion.
Similarly, digital computer outputs, such as audio or communication signals must be ultimately converted to realworld analog signals via digital-to-analog converters. All electronic systems require efficient, tightly regulated power
supplies. Advances in power electronics have enabled improved operating life of battery powered electronics, significant energy savings and reductions in size and cost in all electronic systems, as well as more effective utilization of
renewable energy sources such as wind or solar. Performance of systems ranging from cell phones to audio or video
players, to medical instrumentation, measurement devices, or renewable energy systems is often determined by the
noise, bandwidth or efficiency of analog and power microelectronics.
Basic understanding of transistors and other semiconductor devices, as well as circuit analysis techniques in time and
frequency domains, are necessary to learn about circuit design techniques in microelectronics. ECEN 2250, ECEN
2260 and ECEN 3250 are therefore essential prerequisites for the senior power electronics and analog integrated circuit design courses. In the Introduction to Power Electronics and the Power Electronics Laboratory, we address analysis, modeling and design of switched-mode power conversion circuits capable of supplying arbitrary tightly regulated
voltages and currents at very high efficiencies. The lab culminates with a project where students design, build and test
power electronics for a complete solar power system. Analog Integrated Circuits Design addresses transistor-level circuit design of current and voltage references, amplifiers, comparators, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters with numerous applications in audio, video, radio-frequency and sensor interfaces. Microelectronics is a good area
for those who enjoy hands-on circuit design, experimentation, and applications.
Representative Technical Applications
• Efficient electrical power processing and power management
• Signal conditioning, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
• Audio, video, radio-frequency and sensor interfaces
Representative Societal Applications
• Energy efficiency and energy savings
• Effective utilization of renewable energy sources
• Computing and communication infrastructure
• Sensors and instrumentation: environmental, medical, industrial
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Renewable Energy
Core prerequisite: Circuits as Systems, ECEN 2260
ECEN 3170 – Energy Conversion I
ECEN 4167 – Energy Conversion II (co-requisite Microelectronics, ECEN 3250)
Faculty advisors: R. Erickson, D. Maksimovic, R. Zane
Renewable energy was established as a new field about 20 years ago with the design of wind and photovoltaic
power plants. Although in some areas great progress has been made, it is still insufficient to cover the electric energy
needs of our nation which requires a total installed power capacity of about 800GW with a spinning reserve of about
80GW. The latter is required because the electricity consumed by residential, commercial and industrial loads must
be generated at the very moment when consummation occurs. This requirement cannot be met by renewable energies
alone because they are intermittent in their energy production and even meteorological forecasts cannot alleviate this
problem. In addition, the change of the wind, for example, may result in the loss of 60MW per minute. This loss of
generation capacity can only be covered either by conventional plants (e.g., natural gas or coal-fired plants) or by energy storage facilities, and to a lesser extent by nuclear plants which serve mostly as base load plants due to the long
thermal time constants of the nuclear reactor.
Applications range from the development of new algorithms for the control of distributed systems (DG), load flow
analyses for fundamental and harmonics as required by power system control centers, the development of emergency
operational procedures in case of brown- or blackouts, the interaction of renewable plants with energy storage plants.
From the Dutch experiences one can conclude that renewable energy of 30% of the entire required power, that is, in
our nation’s case 240GW, poses tremendous control problems. Needless to say, the range of application is enormous.
To study renewable energy systems, it is necessary to have a good grounding in basic laws and theorems of electrical engineering. The prerequisite for the sophomore, senior, and cross-listed graduate courses is Circuits and Electronics 1 and 3. In addition, real-time applications require some experience in computer languages such as Quick
Basic, C++, D/D, D/A and A/D converters, and other soft- and hardware. Off-line processing requires the use of
high-level application languages like MATLAB, MATHEMATICA and SPICE. The renewable energy field is a good
area for those who want to contribute to solving the problems of society and who enjoy the design and development
of power system and power electronic components, applied mathematics, and applications.
Representative Technical Applications
• Renewable energy sources such as wind- photovoltaic and co-generation
•Large-scale energy storage to mitigate intermittent nature of renewable sources: design of pumped-storage hydro
plants, compressed air storage plants, emergency and standby power supplies, and uninterruptible power supplies
for data processing equipment
• Design of large-scale machines, rectifiers and inverters
•AC and DC transmission of electrical energy, voltage- and frequency control of systems with distributed generation
• Energy conservation
•Replacement of internal combustion engine (IC) by electric drives based on either fuel cells or batteries/supercapacitors
Representative Societal Applications
• Reduction of particulates, sulfur and carbon dioxide emissions
• Providing fuel (electricity from renewable sources) for public and individual transportation
Program Enrichment Options
Concurrent BS/MS Program
Certificate Programs
Biomedical Engineering Option (BIM)
Engineering Honors Program
Other International Opportunities
Student Societies for EE/ECE
Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering
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Concurrent BS/MS Program
Students with strong academic records who plan to continue in the Graduate School for a Masters in the same
discipline usually find it advantageous to apply for admission to the concurrent BS/MS degree program.
Purpose of the Program
The concurrent BS/MS program in Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering enables especially well-qualified students to be admitted to the MS program during the junior year of their BS program, and to work thereafter
towards both the BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This program allows for early planning of the MS portion of the student’s education, taking graduate courses as part of the BS degree, more flexibility in
the order in which courses are taken, and more efficient use of what would otherwise be a final semester with a light
credit hour load. Due to the tighter coordination of courses within the ECEE Department than is possible for students
who come to UCB from other institutions to pursue the MS degree, up to six (6) credit hours may be counted toward
both the BS and MS degree programs.
Admission to the Program
Application for admission to the Concurrent BS/MS program in the ECEE Department may be made at any
time during or after the student enters his or her junior year. Minimum requirements for admission to the concurrent
program are: (i) completion of the eight core EE courses, (II) a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, (iii) a minimum GPA
of 3.25 in ECEE Department courses, and (iv) at least three (3) letters of recommendation must be provided by the
applicant (at least two (2) must be from ECEE faculty at UCB). Transfer students in place of requirement (i) above,
must have taken at least two (2) of the core ECEE courses at the Boulder campus and have completed coursework at
another institution (or other institutions) which is approved for the transfer credit equivalent to all ECEE core courses
not taken on the Boulder campus, and must have completed at least 15 credit hours of total courses at UCB in order to
qualify for admission.
Staying in the Program
The student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 over all undergraduate courses taken, and a GPA of at least 3.0 in
all graduate courses taken in order to remain in good standing in the program.
Regulations
Until a student in this program reaches a total of 128 credit hours of courses applicable to the BS or MS degree in
Electrical and Computer Engineering taken and passed (each with a grade of D or better), he/she will be governed by
the rules and regulations applicable to any undergraduate student in the ECEE Department, unless specified otherwise
in the regulations described herein. After a student has accumulated a total of 128 applicable credit hours, he/she will
be governed by the rules and regulations applicable to any graduate student in the ECEE Department, unless specified
otherwise in the regulations described herein. It is the intention of the department that, as far as possible, a student in
this program is treated on the same basis as any other student in the department at a comparable stage of their academic career.
Overlapping Credit
With the recommendation of the student’s academic advisor and the approval of the ECEE Graduate Coordinator,
as many as six (6) credit hours of ECEE Department courses at the 5000 level or above may be counted both toward
the undergraduate degree requirements and the requirements for the MS degree. Therefore, the minimum number of
credits for the Concurrent BS/MS degree is 152. Courses used in the BS/MS may not be used towards a PhD.
Advising
Students in the Concurrent BS/MS program must have a faculty advisor with whom they must consult to compose a degree plan, including a list of courses to be taken from the senior year through the end of the program. This
plan must be filed with the ECEE Department Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies by the end of the third week of
the first semester in which the student has been admitted into the program.
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Certificate Programs
Certificate programs are similar to minor programs, and upon completion will be identified on the student’s transcript immediately following the semester in which the certificate was completed. It is possible that course work used
to satisfy a certificate can also be used for free electives, technical electives, or humanities/social sciences electives.
Check with the Undergraduate Advisor to determine how a certificate program fits in with your degree plans.
Embedded System Design
Commercially available digital systems (microprocessors, microcontrollers, memory chips, interface systems, and
systems that handle image, voice, music, and other types of signals) have experienced explosive growth in the electronics industry. These devices are increasingly powerful, cheap, and flexible as design components. The certificate
in embedded system design offers students the hardware and software knowledge, and the skills needed to design and
implement these systems. The curriculum consists of two core courses and one elective course from an approved list.
The two core courses are:
ECEN 4613
ECEN 4623
ECEN 4643
Embedded System Design
Real-Time Embedded Systems or
Real-Time Media Design
The list of approved electives is periodically updated and currently includes:
ECEN ECEN
ECEN ECEN
4610
4033
4633
4583
Capstone Laboratory
Software Engineering of Stand-Alone Programs
Hybrid Embedded Systems
Software Systems Development
Software Engineering
Experienced software professionals work in a field that has maintained a rapid rate of change for decades making
it impossible to stay current in all aspects of software engineering. Those with limited experience find that the challenges of work assignments exceed their preparation from most undergraduate degree programs. In a typical computer-related undergraduate curriculum, it is not possible to devote enough credit hours specifically to software engineering to address all of the aspects of engineering complex systems including, for example, design for maintainability,
concurrency, and distributed systems. The professional certificate in software engineering covers the body of knowledge necessary to develop products more predictably and reliably for stand-alone programs as well as for software in
more complex environments. The curriculum consists of three core courses:
ECEN 4033 Software Engineering of Stand-Alone Programs
or
ECEN 4583 Software Systems Development
and
ECEN 4643 Software Engineering of Concurrent Systems
ECEN 4743 Software Engineering of Distributed Systems
International Engineering Certificates
The International Engineering certificate provides Engineering students training in language, culture and engineering to be prepared to work in a global marketplace. Students take language and culture classes and do an international internship. There are certificates in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Please visit http://
engineering.colorado.edu/academics/international.htm.
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Certificate in Engineering, Science & Society and the Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate
Information on these certificate programs may be found at http://engineering.colorado.edu/academics.
ATLAS
The Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS) offers two certificates: Technology, Arts, and Media (TAM) and Multidisciplinary Applied Technologies (MAT). Both require 18 credit hours. For additional information, call 303-735-6588 or visit the website: http://www.colorado.edu/ATLAS.
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences offers certificate programs in the following areas: Actuarial Studies, British Studies, Central
and Eastern European Studies, Cognitive Sciences, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Medieval and
Early Modern Studies, Neurosciences and Behavior, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Western American Studies.
Completion of specified course work in these programs entitles students to a certificate issued by the Dean of Arts &
Sciences. Students interested in these programs should contact the appropriate program.
Biomedical Engineering Option (BIM)
The Biomedical Engineering (BIM) option, available to both electrical and computer engineering majors, focuses
on the application of biophysical and engineering concepts to the improvement and protection of human health. Successful completion of this option is noted on a student’s transcript and meets most medical school admission requirements.
Coursework in the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum is coupled with specialized courses linking
electrical engineering to biomedical applications such as neural signals and systems, bioeffects of electromagnetic
fields, therapeutic and diagnostic uses of bioelectric phenomena and medical image processing. Undergraduates may
also elect independent study courses in these areas.
Students interested in the option may receive elective credit for two semesters of biology if they also complete
two bioengineering courses from the ECEE offerings. One of these ECEE courses also may be used to satisfy distribution requirements. The basic BIM option includes two semesters of biology and two junior or senior bioengineering courses in the ECEE Department taken in lieu of other electives. Several of these electives are also applicable to
the Boulder campus Neurosciences Program. ECEE Biomedical Engineering courses regularly offered include:
ECEN 4811/5811
ECEN 4821/5821
ECEN 4831/5831
ECEN 40x1/50x1
Neural Signals and Functional Brain Imaging
Neural Systems and Physiological Control
Brains, Minds, and Computers
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
For more information on the content of the BIM-ECEE courses and pre-medical studies in ECEE contact Professor Howard Wachtel, [email protected], ECOT 433. For specific advice on fitting the BIM Option into an existing EE/ECE program contact the Undergraduate Staff Advisor.
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Engineering Honors Program
The Engineering Honors Program was created as an educational experience for our very best students that not
only included the classroom, but significantly transcended the classroom. To do this, we are building an educational
culture whose core values are excellence, community and opportunity.
Excellence: excellence is not an abstract value or virtue, but something very concrete. It is what happens when talented individuals choose to do excellent things. It requires both expecting the best from yourself and others, and being
ambitious without being competitive
Community: belonging to a group that comes together to encourage, support, inspire and enjoy one another in the
pursuit of excellence. On a very practical level, it means entering a group of advanced peers already succeeding and
expanding the possibilities for you
Opportunity: creating an overall educational experience (special classes, research positions, internships, study abroad,
service projects, mentors, leadership training) that matches your individual abilities and ambitions.
There will be a combination of college-wide and department-specific Honors experiences beginning your very
first semester. Learn more about EHP at http://www.cuhonorsengineering.com/
Other International Opportunities
Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Program housed within the Office of International Education in the Environmental Design
building and has over 200 CU approved Study Abroad programs all over the world. Programs may vary in length,
with summer, semester and year-long offerings. If you register for a CU program, you earn in-residence credit and are
eligible for financial aid. For more information call 303-492-7741 or visit http://studyabroad.Colorado.edu/.
CU Engineering Global E 3
Beginning in the fall of 2009, CU will now be participating in the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E 3). CU Engineering students will be able to participate in Study Abroad and take engineering courses at over 40
universities all over the world. For more information, please contact Dr. Sherry Snyder, Director of Student Programs
and International Affairs, 303-492-5071, [email protected]
Engineers Without Borders
The student organization Engineers Without Borders is committed to researching sustainable development by
practicing in developing countries around the world. CU Engineering students have traveled to Rwanda, Peru, Tibet
and other countries to set up sustainable systems. For more information regarding this and other programs for developing communities, please contact Robyn Sandekian, 303-735-6708, [email protected]
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Student Societies for EE/ECE
Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ) - Rho Chapter
About HKN
Eta Kappa Nu is a nation-wide organization that is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the
electrical and computer engineering field. It was founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois by ten students as the
vision of an organization recognizing academic excellence in electrical engineering.
The local Rho Chapter at the University of Colorado dates back to March 4, 1922 and consists of electrical engineering students who are excited about the possibilities of our major and are willing to share this with anyone who
might ask. The chapter hosts several service and social events throughout the year, including a series of seminars that
focus on teaching technical skills that are not typically taught, but yet are very useful for the engineering student or
practicing engineer. The chapter also hosts small social events where students can wind down from a tough day in the
books.
The Rho Chapter is one of a select few which has won the HKN Outstanding Chapter Award two years in a row.
For more information, look online at http://hkn.colorado.edu or contact the current president, Kelly Shuster at
[email protected]
IEEE Student Group
About IEEE
A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today,
the organization’s scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters
I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).
Benefits
• Monthly events on campus ranging from social gatherings to technical talks with industry
• Technical workshops and events throughout the year
• IEEE Potentials and Spectrum Magazines
•The IEEE, in conjunction with Microsoft, is pleased to offer a wide selection of development software to IEEE
Student members.
• All benefits can be found at http://www.ieee.org/benefits
Quick Facts
More than 375,000 members including nearly 80,000 student members in more than 160 countries
324 sections in ten geographic regions worldwide
1,784 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests
1,616 student branches and 452 student branch chapters at colleges and universities in 80 countries
38 societies and 7 technical councils representing the wide range of technical interests
To Join
Go to http://www.ieee.org/join
For details, events, and forum please visit our web site at http://ieee.colorado.edu
Other Information
Department Regulations and Other Useful Information
Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)
Advising Resources
ECEE Teaching Faculty
Engineering Center Map
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Department Regulations and Other Useful Information
Students with questions concerning Departmental regulations and requirements should check with the Undergraduate
Staff Advisor first. In some cases, Department regulations differ from those of the College of Engineering. Students
should make themselves aware of the following regulations, as well as the those in the College Advising Guides.
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College-Level Examination Program
AP, IB, and CLEP credit is handled as transfer credit. For students who have taken an advanced placement
course in high school and who have attained the required score in the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement examination, advanced placement and college credit will be granted if the subject would normally
be part of the student’s curriculum. If the student elects to take the equivalent college course, the credit for that course
will replace the advanced placement credit. For a listing of AP examinations, score required for credit, and equivalent
courses at CU-Boulder, please refer to the current University of Colorado at Boulder Catalog. You may also find this
information at: http://www.colorado.edu/prospective/freshman/admission/criteria.html
Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC)
The COSGC is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 13 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. This group provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world
hands-on telescope and satellite programs. Students interact with engineers and scientists from NASA and aerospace
companies to develop, test, and fly new space technologies. Many EE and ECE majors find working for Space Grant
a way to practice and develop their engineering skills. Find more information at http://spacegrant.colorado.edu.
Discovery Learning Apprenticeships
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to conduct research via a Discovery learning
apprenticeship. Students can earn an hourly wage while engaging in research with college faculty and graduate students. Positions are announced in April for the following fall term and spring term. Students must apply and selection for positions is competitive. For more information, an application and a list of current discovery learning projects
visit http://engineering.colorado.edu/activelearning/discovery.htm.
Double Degrees
It is possible to obtain bachelor’s degrees in two engineering disciplines. Students must satisfy curricula for both
programs and complete a minimum of 30 additional hours beyond the largest minimum required by either program.
Of the 30 additional semester credit hours, double degree students must complete 24 semester credit hours in
courses offered by the secondary academic department or in courses approved in advance by the department as substitutes. Transfer students pursuing double degrees must complete a minimum of 75 semester credit hours as a degree
student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and must satisfy all other stipulations regarding total hours
required and approval of all coursework by both departments concerned.
E-Mail Communication
E-mail is an official means of communication within the CU-Boulder community. Therefore, the University has
the right to send communication to students via e-mail and expect that those communications will be received and
read in a timely fashion. The campus recommends checking e-mail once per week, at minimum, because some communications may be time critical.
Additionally, the department maintains e-mail lists for communication with its students. You will be automatically placed on this list when you are accepted into the department. If you wish to be removed from this list, contact
the Undergraduate Staff Advisor.
Engineering Management Courses
Engineering Management courses equip students with technical management expertise. Areas of technical
management emphasis are in quality and process, research and development, operations, and project management.
Engineering Management courses may be used to satisfy technical elective requirements for a B.S. degree up to a
maximum of 6 credit hours.
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Free Electives
The curriculum includes a maximum of 6 credit hours of free electives. Free electives may be any course that
covers different material than other courses the student has taken. For example, a student may not take APPM 1350
Calculus 1 for Engineers and MATH 1300 Analytic Geometry/Calculus 1 and receive credit for both.
GPA
In addition to other University requirements, each student must satisfy the following at the time of graduation: a
cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in all courses taken on any campus at the University of Colorado;
a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in all departmental courses (labeled ECEN xxxx or cross-listed with ECEN)
taken on any campus at the University of Colorado. “Courses taken” means all courses for which a letter grade has
been received, including all grades for repeated courses.
Grades
Faculty within this College have the option of awarding grades with a plus (+) or minus (-) designation, except
for A+. Faculty who teach courses have complete authority for calculating and assigning final grades in courses they
teach. A final grade of “D-“ or better in a course is sufficient to satisfy degree requirements unless the course is a
prerequisite for another course in the student’s program (see Prerequisite Requirements).
Graduate-Level Courses
Courses in ECEN at the 5000-level are closed to undergraduates with a GPA of less than 2.85 except by petition. Other campus departments may have different restrictions. Courses at the 6000-and 7000-level are closed to all
undergraduate students. Graduate level courses applied towards the graduation requirement for the B.S. degree cannot
be used again toward a graduate degree, either here or at another school. The only exception to this rule is students
who are enrolled in the Concurrent BS/MS program. See the section about the Concurrent BS/MS program for further
details.
Graduation Check
Each student should make an appointment with the Undergraduate Staff Advisor one semester prior to the semester in which he or she plans to graduate to review credits toward graduation. Even though all students are invited to
review credits several times throughout their studies, this final graduation check is mandatory. If a student has not
been through the graduation check and problems are found at graduation, an extra semester may be necessary. Also
see the “Graduation Checklist” on page 21.
Honors
Students with cumulative GPA between 3.75 and 3.89 at the end of the semester prior to graduation will be
awarded the designation “With Distinction” on their diploma. A GPA of 3.90 or higher earns the citation “With High
Distinction.” At least 50 hours must have been earned at the Boulder campus and grades earned during the semester
of graduation will not be considered.
Eligible students are also encouraged to participate in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Criteria
for the designations of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are set by the Honors Council and are
recorded on the student’s diploma and in the commencement program. This is a separate program and both distinction
and cum laude can be earned. Interested students should consult with the Director of the Engineering Honors Program for detailed information. GPA for cum laude is 3.700, for magna cum laude is 3.800 and for summa cum laude
is 3.900.
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Independent Study
Upper division independent study (ECEN 3840/4840) may be used as a technical elective to fulfill graduation
requirements without petitioning. If it is used to fulfill any other requirement, it must be approved ahead of time by
petition. Any Independent Study course sponsored by a faculty member in another department must be approved
by petition and may not be used to fulfill the senior theory or lab requirements. If interested, an Independent Study
Agreement form must be completed and signed by both the student and the sponsor of the Independent Study or Undergraduate Research. These forms are available from the Undergraduate Staff Advisor and also on the ECEE website. Students should use the faculty list section on page 47 of this HELP! Guide to determine the appropriate faculty
member to contact. At most, 6 credit hours of independent study may be used towards a degree.
No Credit and Pass/Fail
A course taken for no credit or pass/fail cannot be used for fulfilling graduation requirements. Once a course has
been taken for no credit it cannot be repeated for a grade. Students are still subject to course tuition and fee expenses
when registering for a course with the NC option.
Petitions
Any exceptions to department or college rules must have prior approval by petition. All petitions must be submitted to the Undergraduate Staff Advisor for departmental approval. Petitions involving exceptions to College rules
will then be submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval. It is the student’s responsibility to find out if a petition has
or has not been approved. Blank petition forms are available from the Undergraduate Staff Advisor, online on the
ECEE website, and the Dean’s Office (AD 100).
Prerequisite Requirements
The minimum passing grade for a course that is considered a prerequisite for another course is C-. If a grade of
D+ or lower is received in a course which is prerequisite to another, the student is required to repeat the course until
the minimum acceptable course grade has been earned. However, no course may be repeated more than thee times.
If a student takes the advanced course, it does not remove the obligation to repeat the prerequisite course, even if the
grade earned in the advanced course is a C- or above. The minimum passing grade for a course that is not specifically
a prerequisite for another course taken is D-. See the list and chart for prerequisite courses.
Repeating Courses
A course in which a successful grade has not been received must be repeated until the appropriate grade is attained. All instances of a course will be included in the cumulative GPA. However, no course which is required for
the degree may be taken more than 3 times. If a course is taken 3 times and still has not been successfully completed,
the student will be dropped from the department and must apply to another major.
ROTC
Students participating in the ROTC program may use approved ROTC coursework as credit toward fulfilling
ECEN BS degree requirements. Normally, 6 hours are used as Free Electives and 6 hours are used as Humanities/Social Science Electives. Some ROTC courses with technical content may occasionally be used as a technical elective,
but this is only done by petition.
Telecommunications Courses
The graduate Telecommunications Program offers special courses, most of which are usually not suitable as technical electives in the departmental programs. Therefore, a student may use only that Telecommunications course for
which he or she has received prior approval, by petition, in his or her degree program. Only one approved Telecommunications course may be applied to the B.S. program. A brochure listing courses offered in the Telecommunications Program may be obtained in the Telecommunications Office (OT 313).
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Transfer Credits
The initial transfer credit evaluation is performed by the Office of Admissions upon receiving an official transcript mailed directly from the institution where the credit was earned. Once the Office of Admissions has completed
their evaluation, the ECEN Transfer Credit Evaluator, Professor Edward Kuester, ECOT 248, can verify which
courses can be applied to the Department’s curriculum. The Office of Admissions will not accept course work in
which the student received a grade lower than a C-. Nor will Pass/Fail credit be accepted. Credits from an Engineering Technology program normally will not transfer, and no academic credit is given for work or co-op experience.
Credit received more than 10 years prior to admission will not be accepted.
All transfer students should see the Department’s Transfer Credit Evaluator, Professor Edward Kuester, ECOT
248, about acceptance of transfer credits before classes begin. (Those transferring here from UCD or UCCS are not
considered transfer students, but they should review their credits with the Undergraduate Staff Advisor in order to
determine how credits received at another campus will fit into this program. A chart of course equivalencies may be
found at http://ecadw.colorado.edu/engineering/Advising_Guides/Intercampus_Transfer.pdf
Once the Transfer Credit Evaluator has approved transfer hours, the student should deliver a copy of the signed
sheet to the Undergraduate Staff Advisor in the Undergraduate Office to be made a part of his or her departmental file.
45-Hour Rule
Students admitted to the CU-Boulder College of Engineering must complete their last 45 hours on the Boulder
campus or through CAETE (Center for Advanced Engineering & Technology Education). Any exceptions to the
45-hour rule must be approved by petition in advance of registering for those courses. Courses taken without prior
approval will not be counted toward the degree.
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Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)
All students entering the University of Colorado who finished high school in the spring of 1988 or thereafter must
meet Minimum Academic Preparation Standards specified by each school or college. The College of Engineering
and Applied Sciences has adopted the following standards for admission. These standards are defined in high school
units. A unit is one academic year of course work.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
English
Mathematics
Natural Science
Social Science
Foreign Language
4 units
4 units (including 2 algebra, 1 geometry, and 1 college prep, eg. trigonometry)
3 units (including 1 unit in chemistry and 1 unit in physics)
3 units
3 units of the same language, or 2 units each in 2 different languages
Policies Concerning MAPS Deficiencies
Students who are admitted to the College of Engineering with a deficiency in one or more of the above categories
are required to complete the appropriate courses through courses taken at CU-Boulder or other institutions of higher
education or approved credit-by-examination programs prior to their graduation from college.
The policies of the Boulder campus with respect to completing MAPS coursework after enrollment are as follows:
1. Appropriate missing MAPS course work may be included in the hours for graduation.
2. All coursework taken to fulfill MAPS deficiencies must be taken for a letter grade.
3.Students are required to enroll in and complete at least one MAPS course each term, beginning in the first term of
enrollment, until all MAPS units are completed. This policy applies to new freshmen, to transfer students, and to
students transferring from other academic units on the Boulder campus and from other campuses of the University.
Failure to comply with this requirement may result in suspension at the end of the term in which the student ceases
taking courses to complete missing MAPS units.
4.All students who first enroll in one academic college or school at CU-Boulder and who subsequently transfer to
another college or school are required to meet the MAPS specified for the new unit, irrespective of their completion of MAPS units in their previous college or school.
5. Students in double-degree programs must meet MAPS requirements of both degree-granting programs.
6.Students must consult with a CU-Boulder academic advisor (or read the University’s Course Catalog for course
descriptions) to determine which specific courses may be used to meet a MAPS requirement.
7. Students who graduate from a foreign high school are exempt from MAPS requirements.
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Advising Resources
There are many advising resources available to students at CU-Boulder, but students frequently do not know about
them. Please do not hesitate to contact any of these offices for assistance or use their on-line tools.
BOLD Center
The Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center is an academic excellence community committed to serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and to preparing engineers with diverse perspectives to be innovative leaders in a global society. BOLD offers a dynamic “collaborative learning” curriculum that
supports CU students in successfully achieving their educational and career goals. Take advantage of great academic
services such as free tutoring and programs proven to help you boost your grades. The BOLD Center is located in
ECCE 110 and their website is at http://engineering.colorado.edu/bold/index_old.html
Career Counseling in Career Services
The professional career counselors can help students and alumni clarify career interests, values and work-related
skills; explore potential careers and employers; and refine job seeking, interviewing, and resume preparation skills.
They host Career Fairs and Internship Fairs, sponsor resume writing workshops, and hold mock interview sessions.
Career Services is located in Willard Hall, Room 34 (303-492-6541), or you may visit their website at http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public/.
Career Services Online (CSO)
Search jobs and internship listings, apply for on-campus interviews, and get weekly e-mail updates about career
events. Sign up at http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public/.
College of Engineering Advising Guides
These College guides, published by the Engineering Dean’s office, are a series of individual sheets which cover a
wide range of topics, including everything from academic honesty and ethics to scholarships to descriptions of every
degree program offered in the College. They are located in a wall-mounted display near the Coffee Cafe in the Engineering Center. These guides are also available online at http://ecadw.colorado.edu/engineering/students/advising.htm
Counseling and Psychological Services: A Multicultural Center
This center provides a variety of programs and assistance to address general academic or personal issues. They
are located in Willard Hall, room 134, or call 303-492-6766.
Degree Audit System (DARS)
The advising system used by the University of Colorado to track student progress is known as DARS. You are
able to access the system through Campus Solutions. This system provides a degree audit which will aid you in
schedule planning and tracking your degree progress.
Engineering Peer Advocates Office
This office provides services which include academic advising, assistance with major selection, tutoring, and test
files as well as providing general information about study skills, test anxiety, resume writing, study abroad opportunities and much more. The office is staffed by sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been trained to answer questions about anything that may affect you as an engineering student. It is located in ECCR 263 (303-492-0828), and is
open and free to all current and prospective engineering students.
Pre-Professional Advising Center
Located in Old Main, room 1B90 (303-735-3000), the advisors provide support services to all CU-Boulder students preparing for careers in the medical sciences, health professions, and law.
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ECEE Teaching Faculty
(Area code 303)
Professor
Frank Barnes
Timothy Brown
Thompson Brown
Ruth Dameron
Robert Erickson
Dejan Filipovic
Albin Gasiewski
Juliet Gopinath
John Hauser
Harry Hilgers
Shannon Hughes
Edward Kuester
Michael Lightner
Eugene Liu
Dragan Maksimovic
Jason Marden
Peter Mathys
Linden McClure
Robert McLeod
David Meyer
Francois Meyer
Alan Mickelson
Richard Mihran
Garret Moddel
William Newhall
Lucy Pao
Wounjhang Park
Rafael Piestun
Melinda Piket-May
Andrew Pleszkun
Milos Popovic
Zoya Popovic
Li Shang
Jeremy Siek
Samual Siewert
Fabio Somenzi
Bart VanZeghbroeck
Mahesh Varanasi
Howard Wachtel
Kelvin Wagner
Regan Zane
Office
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EE 1B22
OT 435
OT 356
OT 243
OT 246
EE 1B43
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Telephone
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OT 248
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OT 337
OT 346
OT 332
EE 1B67
EE 2B37
EE 1B47
EE 1B55A
OT 340
EE 130
OT 436
EE 148
OT 120
OT 350
EE 248
EE 246
OT 240
OT 334
EE 1B48
OT 252
EE 197A
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492-5173
492-5180
735-6307
492-4863
492-5867
492-7733
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EE 1B41
OT 333
OT 433
EE 233
OT 352
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492-1889
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735-0894
492-7448
492-3571
492-5304
492-0374
492-8785
492-5069
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492-3466
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492-0258
492-7713
492-4661
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Bioengr, Nanostructures
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Electromagnetics
Electromagnetics
Nanostructures & Devices, Optics
Dynamics & Controls
Digital Signal Process., Comm.
Electromagnetics
VLSI/CAD
Digital Signal Process., Comm..
Power Electronics
Dynamics & Controls
Digital Signal Process., Comm.
Computer Engineering
Optics & Photonics
Dynamics & Controls
Bioengr., Comm.
Optics, EM.
Bioengineering
Nanostructures & Devices
Dynamics & Controls
Nanostructures & Devices
Optics & Photonics
Electromagnetics
Computer Engineering
Optics & Photonics
Electromagnetics
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering
VLSI/CAD
Nanostructures & Devices
Digital Signal Process., Comm.
Bioengineering
Optics & Photonics
Power Electronics
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