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Electrical, electronics and computer engineers find innovative ways to use electricity and computers to improve people’s lives. Electrical engineers have dozens of career options. They can design smart-grid power systems or electric/hybrid vehicles, develop robots that assist the disadvantaged or execute search and rescue missions. Electrical and computer engineers design medical testing equipment, work on the space shuttle and design communications satellites. The preparation for all of these jobs begins with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.

University of Detroit Mercy's ABET accredited, state-of-the-art curriculum in electrical engineering will start you in the right direction. We've revised our curriculum to tap into your creativity so you can apply theoretical concepts to find innovative solutions to new problems. By working with hands-on projects which explore a series of robotic, sensor, and/or communication systems you combine electrical and computer engineering concepts with practical applications. Then, at multiple points in your 4-year program, you work in industry (a co-op assignment with an engineer's salary) to apply your knowledge and build real work experience. Unlike a traditional engineering program, which focuses on dry theoretical topics separately, we teach you engineering theory through an integrated and applied approach, so you learn how concepts work together - as they would in the "real world." Thus your education in the ECE department helps prepare you to develop the next neural-controlled artificial limb, or hybrid "green" energy system.

Along with robotics, our curriculum also allows you to explore mechatronics - a growing area in many industries - through a new series of courses where you work on sensors, modeling, embedded computers, control systems, and electronics. In collaboration with UDM's Mechanical Engineering program, you can study elements of both mechanical and electrical/computer engineering, which are critical for developing products in today's increasingly interdisciplinary technological world.

Our Electrical Engineering program is based on three key elements:

Spiral-based curriculum - you discover that Electrical and Computer Engineering is a fascinating field as you revisit basic concepts and applications in multiple courses at different times and in increasingly more sophisticated contexts.

Contextual Understanding - By working with multiple simultaneous topics in class and project-labs, you understand the how and why of entire engineering systems rather than just pieces and parts.

Experiential Learning - You learn as you apply concepts to "hands-on" projects beyond the classroom through robot and autonomous vehicle projects, as well as through paid cooperative education placements.

Other distinctive EE program features include:

  • 5-year bachelor's/master's program for qualified students (Robotics, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, etc.
  • Hands-on projects from freshman through the senior year.
  • Engineering-Law accelerated program with reserved seats at the UDM Law School

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The Electrical Engineering Program seeks to graduate engineers who:

1. Have the ability to understand engineered products and systems in terms of the relevant fundamental principles of mathematics, science and engineering as demonstrated by the successful entrance into professional practice and/or pursuit of advanced degrees.

2. Excel in the practice of electrical engineering, are aware of the importance of effective communication, teamwork, and lifelong learning, and demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and solve engineering problems and/or specify, design, and test, engineering systems, processes or products; and

3. Contribute to the engineering profession and to society in a manner consistent with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of education. This includes leadership, service to others, and an awareness of the broader humanitarian concerns in our world including social justice, and the moral, ethical, and cultural issues of society.

Departmental Core Courses
There is a basic core of material that every electrical engineering should know to provide the foundation for all other learning and work. For this reason all electrical engineering majors are required to take a series of departmental core courses in addition to the Engineering core requirements. The departmental core courses are:

CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming I 3 3
CSC 1720 Introduction to Programming II
ENGR 3220 Control Systems 3 30
ELEE 2500 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering I 3 30
ELEE 2510 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering I Lab 1 3
ELEE 2520 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering II 3 30
ELEE 2530 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering II Lab 1 3
ELEE 3540 Electronic Systems 3 30
ELEE 3550 Advanced Electronic Systems Laboratory 1 13
ELEE 3880 Signals and Systems 3 30
ELEE 2640 Digital Logic Circuits 3 30
ELEE 2650 Digital Logic Circuits I Lab 1 03
ELEE 3660 Electromagnetics I 3 30
ELEE 3720 Electromechanical Energy Conversion 3 30
ELEE 3740 Communication Theory I 3 30
ELEE 3860 Introduction to Microcontrollers 3 30
ELEE 3870 Introduction to Microcontrollers Lab 1 03
ELEE 4010 Electrical Design I 3 23
ELEE 4030 Electrical Design II 3 23
PHY 3670 Modern Physics 2 20
PHY 3680 Solid State 2 20
The typical sequence of courses is listed in the separate Program Flow Chart and the Departmental Curriculum Forms available in the College Records Office.

Concentrations - flexibility and focus

In addition to the departmental core, each student chooses between two program options: (1) Electronics, Control and Communication Systems and (2) Computer Engineering.

Electronics, Control and Communication Systems:
Use state-of-the-art Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools for analysis and design. This option is recommended for students who want a broad exposure to the sub-disciplines within Electrical Engineering. Students in this area will take an interesting variety of courses and can explore signal processing, communications, mechatronics, robotics, and technical entrepreneurship topic areas. This option includes three technical elective courses from the electrical and computer engineering department or other engineering departments.

Computer Engineering:
Specialize in this rapidly growing area by taking courses such as Computer Architecture, Hardware Description Languages (VHDL), Computer Networking and Embedded Systems. The electrical and computer engineering program emphasizes a design-oriented philosophy, allowing students to not only grasp the theoretical concepts but to apply those concepts. It is recognized that the “tools and toys” in electrical and computer engineering continually change, but that a sound background in the underlying theoretical concepts allows straightforward assimilation of new technologies (i.e. concepts and theory prevents obsolescence). Students in the computer engineering concentration will take additional courses as follows:

ELEE 4640 Hardware Description Language (VHDL) 3 3
ELEE 4650 Hardware Description Language (VHDL) Lab 1 3
ELEE 4680 Computer Networks 3 3
ELEE 4690 Computer Networking Lab 1 3
ELEE 4780 Embedded Systems 3 3
ELEE 4790 Embedded Systems Lab 1 3
ELEE 4800 Computer Organization & Architecture 3 3

The typical sequence of courses is listed in the separate Program Flow Chart and the Departmental Curriculum Forms available in the College Records Office and at http://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/eengr/course_ info.htm Students in the Electronics, Control, and Communication Systems concentration can take technical elective courses from the undergraduate catalog for EE students after consultation with their advisors.

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