Electrical and Computer Engineering (BEE)


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 a smart-phone, smart-grid power system, electric/hybrid vehicle or an autonomous vehicle. They can develop robots that assist the disadvantaged or execute search and rescue missions. The Internet of Things (IoT) is entirely a product of Electrical Engineering. Electrical and computer engineers design medical testing equipment, work on the spacecraft and design communication satellites. The preparation for all of these jobs begins with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.

University of Detroit Mercy's state-of-the-art curriculum in electrical and computer 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 wireless 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 under the supervision of engineers (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, hybrid "green" energy system or vision-controlled autonomous vehicle.

Along with robotics, wireless communication, and embedded systems, 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. You can study elements of electrical/computer engineering and select mechanical engineering topics, which are critical for developing products in today's increasingly interdisciplinary technological world.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our Bachelor of 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 will 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 electronics, wireless IoT, robotics, 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 real-world projects from freshman through the senior year.
  • Engineering-Law accelerated program with reserved seats at the Detroit Mercy Law School
  • Pre-medical tracks in engineering which include strong concentrations in biology and chemistry that are needed to gain admission to and be successful in medical school.

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    Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

    ABET defines Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

    The graduates of the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering program are expected, within a few years of graduation, to:

    1. Demonstrate by successful professional engineering practice and/or pursuit of advanced engineering degrees, technical proficiency in engineering fundamentals;
    2. Excel in the practice of engineering through effective communication, collaboration and teamwork, lifelong learning, and creative engineering problem solving; and,
    3. Contribute to the engineering profession and to society in a manner consistent with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which include leadership and service within a strong moral and ethical framework.

    Curriculum - Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

    The BEE Curriculum involves University Core Curriculum Courses, Engineering Core Courses for Electrical Engineering, EE Major Courses, and Technical Electives.

    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Major Courses

    There is a basic set of material that every electrical engineering student should know in order to provide the foundation for all other learning and work. For this reason all electrical engineering majors are required to take a series of EE program core courses in addition to more general engineering Core requirements. The EE program major courses are:

    • CSSE 1712 Introduction to Programming I (3 credits)
    • CSSE 1722 Introduction to Programming II (3 credits)
    • ELEE 2500 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering I (3 credits)
    • ELEE 2510 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering I Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 2520 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering II (3 credits)
    • ELEE 2530 Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering II Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 2640 Digital Logic Circuits (3 credits)
    • ELEE 2650 Digital Logic Circuits Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 3540 Electronic Systems (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3550 Electronic Systems Laboratory (1 credit)
    • ELEE 3660 Electromagnetics I (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3720 Electromechanical Energy Conversion (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3740 Communication Theory I (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3860 Introduction to Microcontrollers (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3870 Introduction to Microcontrollers Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 3880 Signals and Systems (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4000 Hardware and Software Integration (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4011 ECE Senior Capstone Design I (2 credits)
    • ELEE 4012 ECE Senior Capstone Design I Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 4031 ECE Senior Capstone Design II (2 credits)
    • ELEE 4032 ECE Senior Capstone Design II Lab (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3300 Principles of Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
    • ENGR 4220 Control Systems (3 credits)
    • PHY 3690 Modern Physics with Device Applications (3 credits)
    • ELEE Technical Elective (4000/5000-level) 3 credits
    • ELEE Technical Elective (4000/5000-level) 3 credits
    • Engineering/CSSE/Math Technical Elective (any discipline, 4000/5000-level) with advisor approval 3 credits

    Students must earn an average 2.0 GPA or better in the major courses above.

    Engineering Core Courses for Electrical Engineering (41 credits)

    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (F1, IT6) (2 credits)
    • ENGR 1020 Basic Engineering Graphics and Computer Aided Design (1 credit)
    • ENGR 1023 Engineering Computing and Problem Solving (1 credit)
    • ENGR 1080 Fundamentals of Engineering Design (2 credits)
    • ENL 3030 Technical Writing (3 credits)
    • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • MTH 4270 Applied Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (C2, IT3) (2 credits)
    • ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice (1 credit)
    • ENGR 3000 Intro to Cooperative Education in Engineering & Science (IT5) (1 credit)
    • CTA 3010 Co-op (IT5) (2 credits)
    • CTA 3020 Co-op (IT5) (2 credits)
    • CTA 3030 Co-op (2 credits)

    University Core Curriculum Courses

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

    Computer Engineering Concentration

    The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree provides broad exposure to the sub-disciplines within Electrical Engineering. Students in this program will take a variety of interesting courses and can explore many topic areas such as signal processing, communications, mechatronics, robotics, control systems, and technical entrepreneurship. The general EE program includes three technical elective courses to give students freedom of pursuing topics that interest them. The Technical Elective (TE) courses are required to be at a 4000 level or above, and shall be from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, or other engineering departments with advisor’s approval. Technical Electives are included in the Major GPA calculation.

    As an alternative, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Engineering (EE-CpE). The degree is a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE), but the courses are arranged and selected to produce a specialization consistent with the EE sub-field “computer engineering”.

    The EE-CpE concentration specializes in this rapidly growing area by including courses in Computer Architecture, Computer Networking, and Embedded Systems, as well as coordinated laboratory courses that provide extensive hardware experience. Thus, the computer engineering concentration 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 prevent obsolescence).

    Students in the Computer Engineering Concentration will take the following courses for their technical electives:

    • ELEE 4680 Computer Networks (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4690 Computer Networking Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 4780 Embedded Systems (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4790 Embedded Systems Lab (1 credit)
    • ELEE 4800 Computer Organization & Architecture (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Program Chairperson: Dr. Nizar Al-Holou
Engineering 330/331
Telephone: (313) 993-3365
Fax: (313) 993-1187
E-mail: ece_chair@udmercy.edu