Electrical Engineering Requirements 2011-12

2005-2009 Program Requirements
Program Educational Objectives

The University of Alaska Anchorage Electrical Engineering program has been carefully designed to prepare students for the profession of electrical engineering through study, experience and practice.  Program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.   In cooperation with the program's constituents, employers, alumni and students, the electrical engineering faculty present the following program objectives:

1.  To develop electrical engineering graduates with the training and skills to enter and succeed in the engineering industry or to continue their educations by attending graduate school.

2.  To develop electrical engineering graduates who will, through their training in electrical engineering and their commitment to continuing education, become industry leaders driving growth in Alaska and beyond.

3.  To develop electrical engineering graduates who conduct themselves and practice their profession with the highest of professional and ethical standards.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of their graduation.   Mastery of these Outcomes will, by graduation, provide the tools for the electrical engineering students to achieve the program's educational objectives.  The electrical engineering program prepares students to have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data

  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities

  • an ability to communicate effectively

  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

  • a recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in, life-long learning

  • a knowledge of contemporary issues

  • and an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

During the first two years (freshman and sophomore) of the BSE degree program, the student completes a set of fundamental courses of 74 credits (59 Core Course credits and 15 credits General Education Requirements). These courses cover basic sciences, mathematics, writing and communications (speech), and other general education requirement (GER) courses. This provides the student with a broad and solid background in the topics necessary to build a specialization in a field of engineering.

Electrical engineering specialization courses (43 credits) are taken mostly in the 3rd and 4th( junior and senior) years. In addition, the student selects an additional 12 credits of advanced engineering or science electives, and a 3 credit advanced mathematics elective.

Engineering design is introduced early in the curriculum and is emphasized throughout the program. In addition to the seminar series, a three course introductory Engineering Practices series is a required part of the curriculum. It is an outstanding customized coordination of courses that specifically teaches engineering students what they most need to know early in the curriculum. These courses help students become more successful in all of their subsequent courses and to be more effective as practicing engineers. Topics include applied mathematics, computer applications, experimental data gathering and analysis, collaborative teamwork, and report preparation and presentation. Also, a senior capstone design course is required.

Since the BSE program allows for the selection of more electives than the traditional BS engineering programs, students can custom design their curriculum to specialize in the areas of engineering most applicable for their plans. So, students can prepare themselves to specifically meet the needs of specific companies, and state and federal agencies. Professional registration is emphasized throughout the program.

Students attend two professional seminar courses that expose them to multiple experts from education and industry speaking about their field of expertise. All students are encouraged to take the Fundamental of Engineering examination before graduation.

All undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with their academic faculty advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

All prerequisites for engineering courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. A student that has a cumulative semester GPA in engineering courses below 2.00 will be placed on academic warning by the School of Engineering. If a student on academic warning status receives a semester GPA for engineering courses of at least 2.00, that student will be removed from academic warning status by the School of Engineering. Otherwise, the student will be dropped from the BSE program and must reapply in order to continue in the BSE program. Re-admittance requires a letter from the student requesting re-admittance with an explanation of the reasons why that is subject to approval by the department head.

The total required credits for the BSE degree is 132 credits. There are five main categories of required credits: 1) General Education Requirements (GER), 2) Core Courses, 3) Specialization Courses, 4) Advanced Mathematics Elective, and 5) Advanced Engineering Electives.

Complete the General Education Requirements (GER) for Baccalaureate Degrees listed at the beginning of this chapter. All GER requirements (a minimum of 37 total credits in 8 different categories) are built into the required courses for the BSE degree. There are 15 GER credits in three different categories that the student may select.
     Fine Arts (3)
     Humanities (6)
     Social Sciences (6)
It is very important that students should see their faculty advisors and review the rules for selecting these 15 credits. A website with the rules is linked on the main School of Engineering website.

2. Complete the following core courses (59 Credits):

CHEM A105 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM A105L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
*COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communications (3)
ENGL A111 Methods of Written Communication (3)
ENGL A212 Technical Writing (3)
ENGR A151 Engineering Practices I (3)
ENGR A161 Engineering Practices II (3)
ENGR A192 Engineering Seminar I (1)
ENGR A105A Engineering Computer Aided-Design I (1)
ENGR A105B Engineering Computer Aided-Design II (1)
ENGR A251 Engineering Practices III (3)
ENGR A292 Engineering Seminar II (1)
ES A208 Engineering Mechanics (4)
ES A302 Engineering Data Analysis (3)
ESM A450 Economic Analysis & Operations (3)
MATH A200 Calculus I (4)
MATH A201 Calculus II (4)
MATH A202 Calculus III (4)
MATH A302 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
PHYS A211 General Physics I (3)
PHYS A211L General Physics I Lab (1)
PHYS A212 General Physics II (3)
PHYS A212L General Physics II Lab (1)

*Note: Any one of the following courses may be taken: COMM A111, COMM A235, COMM A237, or COMM A241.

3. Complete the following EE Specialization Courses (43 credits):
CSE A205 Intro. to C Programming for Engineers (3)
CSE A215 Object-Oriented C++ Programming for Engineers (3)
CSE A225 Assembly Language Programming for Engineers (3)
EE A203 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I (4)
EE A204 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II (4)
EE/CS A241 Computer Hardware Concepts (4)
EE/PHYS A314 Electromagnetics (3)
EE/PHYS A324 Electromagnetics II (3)
EE/PHYS A324L Electromagnetics Laboratory II (1)
EE A354 Engineering Signal Analysis (3)
EE A353 Circuit Theory (3)
EE A441 Integrated Circuit Design (3)
EE A465 Telecommunications (3)
EE A438 Electrical Engineering Systems Design (3)

4. Advanced Electives
BSE students are required to take 12 credits of advanced engineering/science electives from an approved list of electives for the particular specialty area. Also, a 3 credit advanced mathematics elective is required that is selected from a single list common for all specialty areas.

Many elective courses require prerequisite courses that are also elective courses. Thus, in selecting elective courses students are strongly advised to work with their advisor to develop a cohesive set of elective courses. Choice of engineering electives is subject to approval by the student's advisor and the department head.

5. Advanced Mathematics Electives (3 credits)
BSE students are required to take one course from the following list of advanced mathematical elective courses:

MATH A314 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH A321 Analysis of Several Variables (3)
MATH A371 Stochastic Processes (3)
MATH A407 Mathematical Statistics I (3)
MATH A410 Introduction to Complex Analysis (3)
MATH A422 Partial Differential Equations (3)
MATH A423 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers (3)
MATH A426 Numerical Methods (3)

Advanced Engineering & Science Electives (12 credits)
BSE students are required to take 12 credits from the following list.

CS A330 Algorithms and Data Structures (3)
CS A401 Software Engineering (3)
CS A413 Computer and Data Security (3)
CSE A335 Operating Systems for Engineers (3)
CSE A355 Computer Networking for Engineers (3)
CSE A445 Computer Design & Interfacing (3)
CSE A451 Digital Signal Processing (3)
CSE A465 Network Security (3)
EE/ME A308 Instrumentation & Measurement (3)
EE A407 Power Distribution and Control (3)
EE/ME A471 Automatic Control (3)
**ES A411 Northern Design (3) or
            CE A403 or CE A603 Arctic Engineering (3)
PHYS A303 Modern Physics (3)
**Only one of the following may be taken for the degree: ES A411 (3) or CE A403 (3) or CE A603 (3)

A total of 132 credits is required for the BSE degree, of which
42 credits must be upper division.


Minor in Electrical Engineering

Students majoring in another subject who wish to minor in Electrical Engineering must complete the following requirements. 

A minimum of 18 credits must be selected from:

EE A203 * Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I (4)
EE A204 * Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II (4)
EE/CS A241 Computer Hardware Concepts (4)
EE/ME A308 Instrumentation and Measurement (3)
EE A314 * Electromagnetics (3)
EE A324 Electromagnetics II (3)
EE A324L* Electromagnetics Laboratory II (1)
EE A353 * Circuit Theory (3)
EE A407 Power Distribution (3)
EE A441 Integrated Circuit Design (3)
EE A451 Digital Signal Processing (3)
EE A458 Antenna Theory (3)
EE A462 Communication Systems (3)
EE A465 * Telecommunications (3)
EE/ME A471 Automatic Control (3)

* Recommended set of courses for the minor


Faculty Advisors

Last Name Begins With..
Faculty Advisor
A - C
Dr. John Lund
D - K
Dr. Joe Mixsell
L - P
Dr. Jens Munk
Q - Z
Dr. Todd Petersen