Undergraduate Electrical Engineering Courses

ELEN 1212. Introduction to Electrical Engineering. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The course elaborates on the question “What is Electrical Engineering?”, and also aims to cover background and basics on various topics in electrical engineering, such as analog and digital circuitry, microelectronics, signal processing, control systems, communication systems, and power systems. After learning some fundamental theories and concepts, the students will apply them to standard electrical system designs and analysis. The students will also utilize a variety of systems testing and circuit prototyping tools, such as digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, function generators, electronic workstations, along with industry-standard software. Prerequisite: ENGR 1211 Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 2425. Electrical Circuit Theory. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Theory of electrical circuits, including voltage, current, power, and energy as circuit variables and sources, resistors, capacitors, and inductors as circuit elements. Coverage of disciplined circuit analysis techniques, equivalent circuit models, maximum power transfer, ideal operational amplifiers, first- and second-order circuits, sinusoidal steady state operation, phasor analysis, and computer-aided circuit simulation. This course concludes with an introduction to system-level concepts, the Bode response, and system transfer functions. Prerequisite: PHYS 2426 or concurrent registration; MATH 2414 or concurrent registration. Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 2448. Introduction to Digital System Design. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Combinational and sequential digital system design techniques; programmable logic devices; computer components (ALU, memory, IO circuits); hardware description language (VHDL); introduction to machine and assembly languages. Credit for both COSC 2448 and ELEN 2448 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: COSC 1310 (concurrently), or ELEN 1212 (prerequisite), or MEEN 2212 (prerequisite) Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 3310. Power Systems Engineering. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power, along with the electrical devices connected to such systems including generators, motors and transformers. Topics include: fundamentals of electromagnetic field theory, fundamentals of electric power, basic components of power systems, three-phase systems, transformers, electric machines, AC and DC motors, generators, power generation and distribution, power plants, transmission lines, and renewable energy systems. Prerequisite: ELEN 2425; MATH 3306 or concurrent registration.

ELEN 3314. Signals and Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Modeling and analysis of electrical and mechanical systems using Laplace transformation methods; transient and steady-state analysis; Fourier series; Fourier transform; elementary feedback. Prerequisites: ELEN 2425, MATH 3306 or concurrent registration.

ELEN 3320. Engineering Analysis Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course covers the applications and implementation of numerical algorithms commonly encountered in engineering and scientific analyses. Topics may include statistical analysis, analysis of linear and non-linear systems, optimization and linear programming, numerical differentiation and integration, and analysis of differential equations. Use of MATLAB (or other similar computational tools) for performing computational analysis and generating graphical interpretations of the results is also included. Prerequisite: MATH 3306 or concurrent enrollment and either MEEN 2212 or COSC 1310 Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 3332. Electromagnetic Field Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides the background necessary to formulate and solve electromagnetic problems relevant to many fields of electrical engineering such as RF and microwave circuits, photonics, wireless networks, computers, bioengineering, and nanoelectronics. Topics include: static electric and magnetic fields; Maxwell’s equations in integral and differential forms; wave propagation; reflection and refraction of plane waves; transient and steady-state behavior of waves on transmission lines. Prerequisites: PHYS 2426; MATH 3306 and MATH 3433 or concurrent registrations.

ELEN 3360. Microwave Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the key concepts related to the analysis and design of microwave systems at the subsystem and component level. Topics include: waveguides and wave propagation on transmission lines, including stripline and microstrip structures; microwave network analysis; impedance matching techniques; analysis and design of microwave resonators; power dividers, couplers, and hybrids; microwave filters; noise and distortion in microwave circuits; an introduction to microwave system implementation. Prerequisites: ELEN 3314, 3445, and either ELEN 3332 or PHYS 3332.

ELEN 3443. Computer Architecture. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Hardware and software structures found in modern digital computers. Digital circuits, instruction set architecture, hardwired design of the processor, assembly language programming, microprogramming, I/O and memory units, analysis of instruction usage, hardware complexity, and parallel computer architectures and programming. Credit for both ELEN 3443 and COSC 3443 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: COSC 1310 or COSC 2321 or COSC 2331. Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 3445. Electronics I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A first course in microelectronics intended to give students an introduction to the analysis and design of analog and digital integrated circuits. Topics include: semiconductor physics theory and operating principles of the p-n junction, MOS field effect transistor (MOSFET), and bipolar junction transistor (BJT); operational amplifiers; large- and small-signal equivalent circuit models of diodes, MOSFETs, and BJTs; single-transistor amplifier configurations; digital logic circuits. Prerequisite: ELEN 2425; ELEN 3314 or concurrent registration Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 4086. Special Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-4 Hours, Lab: 1-4 Hours).

Directed study of selected topics in Electrical Engineering. May be repeated with approval of department head.

ELEN 4088. Undergraduate Research Project. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Methods of research in electrical engineering through a research project directed by a departmental faculty member. The student is required to prepare a final report and presentation. No credit is earned until the final report and presentation are certified as completed by the faculty member directing the project. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

ELEN 4336. Solid State Physics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the basic principles required to understand the operation of solid-state devices with an emphasis on device physics. Semiconductor fundamentals including crystals and energy bands, charge carriers (electrons and holes), doping, and transport (drift and diffusion); basic concepts of generation-recombination and the P-N junction as capacitors and current rectifier; semiconductor device equations developed from fundamental concepts; P-N junction theory developed and applied to the analysis of devices such as varactors, bipolar transistors, and field-effect transistors. Prerequisites: ELEN 3445 and MATH 3306.

ELEN 4340. Digital VLSI Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the key concepts to design CMOS VLSI digital integrated circuits. Topics include the basic physical operation and terminal characteristics of CMOS devices, CMOS fabrication highlights, the design of logic gates, static and dynamic digital circuits, timing, memory, and low-power techniques. A project will give students the opportunity to design a digital integrated circuit block from specifications by the use of computer-aided design tools. Prerequisite: ELEN 1212; ELEN 2425; ELEN 2448.

ELEN 4350. Communication Systems Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the frequency and time domain; modulation; random signal theory; network analysis using nondeterministic signals; basic information theory; noise. Prerequisites: ELEN 3314 and ELEN 2425.

ELEN 4355. Digital Signal Processing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to discrete-time signal processing and discrete-time systems. Topics include: discrete-time linear systems, difference equations, z-transforms, discrete convolution, stability, discrete-time Fourier transforms, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion, digital filter design, discrete Fourier transforms and fast Fourier transforms, spectral analysis, and applications of digital signal processing. Prerequisite: ELEN 3314.

ELEN 4441. Microprocessor System Design. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Introduction to microprocessors; 8/16 bit single board computer hardware and software designs; chip select equations for memory board design, serial and parallel I/O interfacing; ROM, static and dynamic RAM circuits for no wait-state design; assembly language programming, stack models, subroutines and I/O processing. Credit for both COSC 4441 and ELEN 4441 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: COSC 1310; ELEN 2448 or COSC 2448. Lab fee: $2.

ELEN 4443. Linear Control System Design. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Application of state variable and frequency domain techniques to modeling and analysis of single input, single output linear control systems; physical implementation of control systems by integrating sensors, actuators and other control system components; use of software design tools. Prerequisite: ELEN 2425, MATH 3306, and either ELEN 3320 or COSC 3344. Lab fee $2.

ELEN 4446. Electronics II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A second course in microelectronics emphasizing the analysis and design of analog integrated circuits. Topics include: MOSFET and BJT fabrication technologies; current mirrors and biasing techniques; amplifier topologies; frequency response of analog integrated circuits; feedback, stability, and amplifier compensation techniques; output stages; noise in integrated circuits; linear integrated circuit applications. Prerequisites: ELEN 3445 and ELEN 3314 Lab fee: $2.