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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The Klipsch School is dedicated to providing a quality, hands-on, educational experience for our students. Below are the program educational objectives (PEOs) that describe the expected accomplishments of graduate during their first few years after graduation.

  1. Our graduates will obtain relevant, productive employment in the private sector, government and/or pursue an advanced degree.
  2. Our graduates will be using their engineering foundation to innovate solutions to the problems of the real world.

Requirements (120 credits)

General Education (43 credits)

State of New Mexico Common Core (37 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area II: Mathematics (4 credits)
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Natural Science (8 credits)
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 215GLEngineering Physics I Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students select the following elective course:

*Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least 6 credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Institution Specific General Education (6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Electives

6 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Program Specific Requirements (77 credits)

Mathematics (14 credits)

E E 210Introduction to Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 310Multivariate and Vector Calculus

3 cr.

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Natural Science (4 credits)

PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 216GLEngineering Physics II Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

STEM (6 credits)

STEM Elective (6 credits)

6 cr.

STEM Elective: Any course at the 300 level or above from ENGR, BIOL, CHEM, C S, MATH, ASTR and PHYS.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (53 credits)

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

E E 100Introduction to Electrical Engineering

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 120Embedded Systems I

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 220Introduction to Computer Architecture and Organization

4 cr.(3+3P)

E E 230AC Circuit Analysis and Power Systems

4 cr.(3+3P)

E E 300Cornerstone Design

2 cr.(6P)

E E 312Signals and Systems I

3 cr.

E E 314Signals and Systems II

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 351Applied Electromagnetics

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 380Semiconductor Devices and Electronics

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 410Capstone

3 cr.(2+3P)

E E Concentration Courses (11 credits)

11 cr.

E E Electives: Lists of approved electives can be formed in ECE main office

Object-Oriented Programming

Three credits from one of the following:
C S 177C++ Programming

3 cr. (2+2P)

C S 187Java Programming

3 cr. (2+2P)

C S 271Object Oriented Programming

4 cr. (3+2P)

Viewing a Wider World Electives:

It is strongly recommended that students select the following elective course:

PHIL 323VEngineering Ethics

3 cr.

The Freshman Year

Incoming freshmen are expected to be eligible for MATH 191G. A typical first year of study for E E students includes the following 31 credits:

Fall Semester (15 credits)

E E 100Introduction to Electrical Engineering

4 cr. (3+3P)

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Spring Semester (15 credits)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 110The Science and Engineering of How Things Work

4 cr.

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

General Education Requirements from either Area I, IV, V or VWW

3 cr.

MATH 191G: Eligibility for MATH 191G must be established with AP Calculus credit or by taking the Math Placement Exam, administered by the Math Learning Center


Interest Areas and Elective Courses in Electrical Engineering

Through the proper choice of math, science and engineering electives in the junior and senior years, it is possible for the student to specialize in an area of interest. In the electrical engineering program at NMSU, these areas include:

  1. Signals and Systems consisting of:
    1. Communications and Telemetry

      Students study space communication systems, wireless systems or telemetry. Elective courses include: E E 496, Communications Systems, and E E 497, Digital Communications Systems I.

    2. Digital Signal Processing

      Digital signal processing (DSP) uses digital systems to measure, classify, filter and/or compress real-world signals. These signals may come from a wide- range of sources: music, images, seismic data, brain waves, or speech, for example. Elective courses include: E E 395, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing and E E 446, Digital Image Processing.

  2. Computer Engineering consisting of:
    1. Computer Systems

      Courses in computer engineering offer the student an opportunity to obtain in- depth knowledge of digital systems and practical experience in the design, operation, and programming of digital computers. Students wishing to specialize in this area may choose to complete the designated minor in Computer Engineering. Elective courses include: E E 363, Computer Systems Architecture, E E 469, Communications Networks and EE443 Mobile Application Development.

    2. Micro-Electronics

      Students study discrete analog circuits as well as the design, simulation, layout, and verification of complex digital and analog integrated circuits. Elective courses include: E E 425, Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, E E 480, Introduction to VLSI, E E 482, Electronics II, E E 485, Analog VLSI Design, and E E 486, Digital VSLI.

    3. Space Systems Engineering

      Work in this area prepares the student for employment opportunities in the aerospace industry. Students are introduced to the complexities of a space systems life cycle and the disciplines required to design, integrate, and operate large systems. Elective courses include: E E 460, Space System Mission Design.

  3. Power and Control consisting of:
    1. Control Systems

      Work in the systems area provides the student with a background in modeling, analysis, design, simulation, and control of complex systems. These systems may be associated with robotics, aerospace, transportation, power systems or natural resources. Elective courses include: E E 475, Automatic Control Systems and E E 476, Computer Control Systems.

    2. Electric Energy System

      Courses in this area acquaint students with the design, analysis, and operation of electrical power systems. Topics include high voltage transmission lines, distribution systems, rotating machines and digital computer analysis of the steady state operation and short circuit conditions of a power system. Elective courses include: E E 431, Power Systems II, E E 432, Power Electronics, E E 493, Power Systems III, and E E 494, Distribution Systems.

  4. Electromagnetics and Photonics consisting of:
    1. Electromagnetics and Microwave Engineering

      Students study electromagnetic fields, wave propagation, antennas, waveguides and transmission lines. Elective courses include: E E 449, Smart antennas, E E 452, Introduction to Radar, E E 453, Microwave Engineering and E E 454, Antennas and Radiation.

    2. Photonics

      Students may concentrate in the fields of fiber optics, lasers, optical communications, imaging and optical signal processing. Elective courses include: E E 470, Physical Optics, E E 473, Introduction to Optics, E E 477, Fiber Optics Communication Systems, E E 478, Optical Sources, Detectors, and Radiometry and E E 479, Lasers and Applications.

Related Areas of Study

Electrical and computer engineering students wishing to broaden their educational experience may elect to earn additional bachelor's degrees in

  • Engineering Physics or Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Klipsch School students may also choose to earn a minor in one or more of the following fields:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Students must consult with an academic advisor in the offering department for specific requirements related to additional degrees and minors.

BS/MS Program

This program option is designed to provide a means for ECE undergraduates to obtain both a BSEE and a MSEE degree with 154 credit hours of coursework (normally: BSEE = 130 hours, MSEE = 30 hours; total =160 hours). Students electing this option will follow the existing undergraduate curriculum for the first seven semesters. In the final undergraduate semester, two graduate courses (>500 level) will be taken in lieu of two E E electives. The student receives a BSEE degree at this point. A MSEE program can be completed in three additional semesters. Students must obtain prior approval of the department before starting this program option.

Transfer Credit

Credit earned at other institutions is generally accepted; however the following restrictions apply to transfer credits:

  • Engineering credit must be earned at an ABET accredited school.
  • Physics must be calculus based.
  • If the NMSU requirement includes a lab, the transfer credit must include a lab.
  • A grade of C-, or better, must have been earned.
  • The E E Elective and Capstone courses may not be transferred.
  • The upper division E E core classes can only receive transfer credit after review and approval of the course area faculty.