Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE). The Electrical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (www.abet.org). The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Faculty: Professor Fischer, Chairperson. Professors Besio, Boudreaux-Bartels, He, Kay, Kumaresan, Mardix, Ohley, Sunak, Swaszek, and Vaccaro; Assistant Professor Wei. Supporting Faculty: Professors Lo, Sendag, Yan Sun, Ying Sun, and Q. Yang; Associate Professor Vetter; Assistant Professors Kennedy, Li, and Mankodiya; Professor-in-Residence Uht; Adjunct Professors Banerjee, Cooley, and Hartnett; Adjunct Associate Professor Davis; Adjunct Assistant Professors Sarma, and Sepe; Professors Emeriti Daly, Jackson, Lengyel, Lindgren, and Spence.

Program Educational Objectives.

Three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in Electrical Engineering, graduates will:

  1. Successfully practice electrical engineering to serve state and regional industries, government agencies, or national and international industries.
  2. Work professionally in one or more of the following areas: analog electronics, digital electronics, communication systems, signal processing, control systems, and computer-based systems.
  3. Achieve personal and professional success with awareness and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.
  4. Maintain and improve their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, or business.

Student Outcomes. Electrical engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. which are listed in the college’s student outcomes section of this catalog.

Program Description. Since instrumentation is at the heart of modern science and technology, electrical engineers are employed not only in the computer, electronics, communications, and power industries, but also in diverse enterprises such as transportation, the chemical industry, large hospitals, and government laboratories.

The curriculum emphasizes the scientific basis of electrical engineering and the application of mathematical analysis to engineering problems. Work is required in network and systems theory, atomic physics and solid state, electromagnetic theory, and electronics. Creative use of scientific principles in problems of engineering design is stressed, particularly in the senior year. The development of computer hardware and software is a part of many electrical engineering courses.

Extensive laboratory work serves to bridge the gap between mathematical analysis and the real world of “hardware.” Separate undergraduate laboratories are available for electrical measurements, analog electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors, hardware description languages, embedded systems, control systems, optics, communications, and electronic materials.

Capstone Design Courses ELE 480 and 481 provide the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in a senior capstone design project.

Electrical engineering students should note that the four-year electrical engineering curriculum allows for three credits of a completely free elective that does not have to satisfy any of the general education requirements.

The electrical engineering major requires 120–123 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); ECN 201 (3); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
CSC 200 (4); EGR 106 (2); ELE 101 (1); MTH 142 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits
ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); and general education outcome(s)1 (6).

Second semester: 15 credits
ELE 205 (2), 206 (1), 212 (3), 215 (2); MTH 243 (3); and PHY 205 (3), 275 (1).

Junior Year First semester: 14 credits
ELE 313 (3), 331 (4), 338 (3), 339 (1); MTH 451 (3) or ISE 311 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
ELE 301 (3), 302 (1), 314 (3), 322 (4), 343 (3), 344 (1).

Senior Year First semester: 14-16 credits

ELE 400 (1), 480 (3)  [capstone] – (see note)

Second semester: 15-16 credits

ELE 481 (3) [capstone] – (see note)

Note: Senior Year total credits for two (2) semesters: 29–32. See your advisor for help in preparing a suitable program. Required courses: professional elective2 (4); professional electives2 (9-12); general education outcome(s)1 (9).

1General Education Outcomes (A1-D1): if all outcomes are satisfied in fewer spaces than provided, you must take a course of your choice (Free Elective) to fill each remaining space in order to meet the required earned credit total of your degree plan. A complete detailing of these requirements are listed in the college’s curriculum requirements section of this catalog.

2Professional Elective Requirements: Four (4) courses that satisfy both of the following:

(a) Three (3) courses from: ELE 401/402, 423, 425, 432, 435/436, 444/445, 447/448, 457, 458/459,

and at least one (1) must be from: 401/402, 423, 432, 444/445, 447/448;

and at least one (1) must include a lab component (401/402, 435/436, 444/445, 447/448, 458/459).

(b) The fourth course must be from: an additional course from (a) above; BME/ELE 461; ELE 405/406, 408/409, 437, 438, 470; with prior approval of the Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering department chairperson, any other 300-, or 400-level College of Engineering course not required by the ELE major.

Minor in Electrical Engineering. The minor require the completion of 18 or more credits. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor courses, and at least 12 of the 18 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. General education requirements may be used for the minor, but no course may be used for both the major and minor field of study. Minor courses may not be taken on a pass-fail basis. Students interested in pursuing a minor in electrical engineering should speak with the department chairperson to discuss specific course requirements.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.