Electrical engineering is based on scientific principles governing the motion of charged particles through conductors, semiconductors, or even a vacuum. These phenomena can be harnessed in a variety of applications such as wireless, optical or satellite communications, control of robots, radio and television broadcasting, development of microelectronics for computers and analog circuits, and development of instruments that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
The bachelor’s program in electrical engineering has four fundamental components: mathematics and sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities, and general education. Within each component a number of courses has been set aside as electives in order to allow students, with the guidance of their advisors, to customize their education according to personal and career objectives. Some of these electives can be used towards completing minors in mathematics, in a technical area or in a non-technical area. A summary of required and elective credits within each component follows:
Mathematics and Science: 30 required, 3 elective, 33 total credits;
Engineering: 42 required, 21 elective, 63 total credits;
Social Science and Humanities: 3 required, 9 elective, 12 total credits;
General Education: 9 required, 9 elective, 18 total credits;
Free: 6 elective, 6 total credits
Overall: 84 required, 48 elective, 132 total credits.
Electives have been divided into the following areas:
1.) Technical Electives: Tracks of specialization (described above) and minors are used to regulate technical electives. A student must complete either two electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) tracks (at least one of which is in EE) or a combination of one track in EE and a technical Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) minor. If a student chooses to complete two tracks, there are 12 credit hours of elective courses in technical areas. If a student chooses to complete one EE track and a technical ECS minor, the technical electives are increased to 21 credit hours. Courses which are not required for students who complete a technical minor are marked with a ‘*’ in the curriculum table (ELE 346, 325 and 312).
2.) Mathematics and Sciences Elective: This three credit hour elective may be fulfilled by any mathematics course with a calculus prerequisite, any physics course with a calculus based physics prerequisite or any college level course in other science departments. By taking an appropriate math course, EE students can use this elective to complete a minor in mathematics.
3.) General Education Electives: This nine credit hour requirement may be fulfilled by any combination of courses which do not have technical engineering or computer science content. These courses, either by themselves or in combination with social sciences & humanities electives and free electives, present a very attractive opportunity to complete one of the many non-technical minors offered in the University.
4.) Free Electives: This six credit hour requirement may be fulfilled by any combination of college level courses, for example to help fulfill the requirements of a technical or a non-technical minor.
The Electrical Engineering curriculum is flexible enough to allow a student to complete up to three minors. Today’s engineers work in an environment where they are expected to know not only their specialty areas but also a collection of other subject areas — from computers to finance. The EE curriculum responds to this need by providing students with a strong basis in fundamentals of electrical engineering, coupled with an opportunity to broaden the scope of their education. An Electrical Engineering student may complete one or all of the following types of minors within the normal limits of the curriculum:
1.) Technical Minor: in Any Program in ECS Students majoring in electrical engineering are able to complete a technical minor in any program in ECS by appropriately selecting their technical and free electives. Depending on the specific minor, students may have to take more than the required credits to complete a technical minor.
2.) Non-Technical Minor: A student who would like to complete a non-technical minor has six credits of social sciences and humanities electives and nine credits of non-engineering/computer science electives, which can be used toward any one of more than 70 minors offered at Syracuse University. Since these minors usually require 18 credits, students need to take three credits beyond the 129 credits required by the computer engineering program.
3.) Minor in Mathematics: The computer engineering curriculum requires students to take 18 credits of courses from the Department of Mathematics. To complete a minor in mathematics, students must take two extra math courses. These two courses can be taken as non-engineering/computer science electives. Therefore, students may complete a minor in mathematics within the minimum 129 credits required by the computer engineering program.