Degree Programs, Courses and Curriculum

Degree Programs, Courses and Curriculum

ECE Degree Programs

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers two undergraduate programs:

(1) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
(2) Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCPE)

Both programs are accredited by ABET.

Taking courses in either BSEE and BSCPE is organized into two phases.  The first two years are the ECE Base.  The ECE Base provides fundamental skills in math, science, and electrical engineering, and is identical for BSEE and BSCpE majors. In addition, all students take 42 semester hours of core curriculum designed to provide a strong liberal arts education essential in an educated person.

BSEE Degree Program

In the last two years of the BSEE degree plan, students must choose one of six Concentration Areas.  The Concentration Area allows the student to choose a subset of Electrical Engineering that is of particular interest to the student, while still encouraging the student to take courses in related areas.

All students in the BSEE program must submit a Degree Plan for Electrical Engineering prior to enrolling in their first Concentration or ECE Elective.  The student will then be assigned a Faculty Advisor in the chosen Concentration Area.  Following the initial advising session with the Faculty Advisor, the student may proceed to enroll in Elective courses.

BSCpE Degree Program

In the last two years of the BSCpE degree plan, students specialize in Computer Engineering, including a mix of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science courses.

All students in the BSCpE program must submit a Degree Plan for Computer Engineering prior to enrolling in their first Computer Engineering Elective. The student will then be assigned a Faculty Advisor in the Computer Engineering area.  Following the initial advising session with the Faculty Advisor, the student may proceed to enroll in Elective courses.

Please refer to the curriculum flowcharts for further details on the two degree plans.  

 

ECE First-Year Experience

The First Year Experience includes two courses, Introduction to Engineering (ENGI 1100) and Computing & Problem Solving (ENGI 1331). Our mission is to improve student success and retention in upper level engineering courses and the engineering profession by focusing on problem solving and students’ professional and personal development in the First Year Experience courses through project-based and active learning environments. 

 

Nano Engineering Minor Option (NEMO Program)

The high technology revolution, driven by the breathtaking successes of semiconductor integrated circuits, has transformed world economies and will continue shaping the human enterprise for generations to come. A number of nanotechnology initiatives has facilitated a transition into the era of nanoscale integrated systems. The innovative ideas resulting from these nanotechnology initiatives are being rapidly commercialized and new knowledge is being created. There exists a critical need to supplement traditional in-discipline training with interdisciplinary nanoengineering curriculum to address the needs of both emerging nanotechnology enterprises and rapidly forming nanoscale industries.

The NEMO program provides the structured curriculum, research opportunities, funding, and resources for undergraduate students to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century. 

To apply, send resume, transcript, and one-page statement of interest to litvinov [at] uh.edu (Prof. Dmitri Litvinov), the Director of the NEMO program.

 

Accelerated Masters Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree following the BSEE or BSCPE may choose to enroll in the Accelerated Masters Program. Students in this program may complete up to 6 graduate credit hours in their undergraduate degrees that can be used toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees. This allows students to begin their Master’s program with 6 credit hours already completed, leaving only 8 courses (24 credit hours) remaining. The Master’s degree can then be completed on a full-time basis in 2 long semesters. Students should apply for and be accepted into the Accelerated Masters Program before they start taking their graduate classes. Any exceptions should be approved by the College.

Admission Application for the Accelerated Masters Program