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DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
 
Chair: Mohammad Alam (251) 460-6117
Professors: Alam, Hamid, Parker, Steadman
Associate Professors: Byrne, Rahman, Sakla
Assistant Professors: Al-Khatib, Alsharif, El-Saba, Khan, Ko, Thomas, Tung
Emeritus Professors: Bosarge, Gungor, Hayes
Part-time Instructors: Dawoud, El-Shark, Gardner, Hayes, Meharabi, Salam
 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering web site
http://www.ece.usouthal.edu
 
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and a joint program with the School of Computer and Information Sciences leading to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CpE), both degrees being granted by the College of Engineering.
The fundamental objectives of the Electrical Engineering Degree Program are:
  • To provide a comprehensive educational program in Electrical Engineering, founded upon strong basic instruction in science, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals.
  • To provide students with the background, means, and opportunity to plan and conduct experiments and to apply appropriate techniques for data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • To develop within students necessary electrical engineering design skills, including the capacity for problem formulation, background research, solution generation, decision making, implementation, communication and teamwork.
  • To continuously refine the curriculum and course contents to implement new engineering technological trends, including those in power and electric machine design, semiconductor electronics, control systems, signal processing, microelectronic devices, power electronics, communications, microwave devices, and electrical instrumentation, as well as new design methodologies, and state-of-the-art design/analysis tools.
  • To provide students with the background needed to identify global, societal, legal, economic, and other key issues in arriving at ethical decisions in professional life.
  • To ensure that students completing the program will be able to enter successfully a chosen field in the electrical engineering profession or to continue their education at the graduate level.
  • To instill in students an attitude of life-long learning to enable continuing career success in a changing technological environment and to prepare them for professional licensure.
  • Electrical Engineering is among the fastest evolving disciplines in our technological society. The engineering developments in electrical technology have provided, in a substantial way, for improvement in the standard of living of humanity. The domain of the electrical engineer reaches from massive electrical energy systems to microscopic integrated circuits; from life studies in bioengineering to satellite communications systems; and from the control of electromagnetic radiation to the control of information flow in a computer. The Computer Engineering program is geared to students who are interested in the design of digital computing systems, integrating both hardware and software design components.
    The highly diverse and rapidly evolving characteristics of these fields require a thorough understanding of fundamentals as well as flexibility in the design of individualized programs of study. Therefore, emphasis is placed on mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences and engineering sciences during the first two years while sufficient flexibility is provided at the senior level to allow a student, in consultation with an advisor, to prepare a specialized course of study in two areas from the broad field of electrical and computer engineering.
    The fundamental objectives of the Computer Engineering Degree Program are:
  • To provide a comprehensive educational program in Computer Engineering, founded upon strong basic instruction in science, mathematics, and hardware and software engineering fundamentals.
  • To provide students with the background, means, and opportunity to plan and conduct experiments and to apply appropriate techniques for data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • To develop within students necessary computer engineering design skills, including the capacity for problem formulation, background research, solution generation, decision making, implementation, communication, and teamwork.
  • To continuously refine the curriculum and course contents to implement new engineering technological trends including digital systems, computer architecture, parallel processing, hardware description languages, VLSI, software design, digital communications, computer networks, and the Internet, virtual instrumentation, image processing and digital signal processing as well as new design methodologies, and state-of-art design/analysis tools.
  • To provide students with the background needed to identify global, societal, legal, economic and other key issues in arriving at ethical decisions in professional life.
  • To ensure that students completing the program will be able to enter successfully a chosen field in the computer engineering profession or to continue their education at the graduate level.
  • To instill in students an attitude in lifelong learning to enable continuing career success in a changing technological environment and to prepare them for professional licensure.
  • In the Computer Engineering Degree Program, sequences of courses are chosen from Electrical and Computer Engineering and from Computer Science that produce an in-depth treatment of digital logic and systems theory. In addition, means are provided in both degree programs, through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Laboratory, for a student to pursue a design topic outside of, but related to, the formal course work.
    General Education electives, in two broad areas:
    (i) Literature, Humanities and Fine Arts,
    (ii) History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences, provide breadth to the educational experience of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students. These electives must be planned, in consultation with an academic advisor, to reflect a rationale appropriate to the educational objectives of the Departmental Programs, while conforming strictly to the requirements of the Articulation and General Studies Committee of the State of Alabama.
    A minimum of 18 semester hours, comprising three courses in each of the areas (i) and (ii) above must be successfully completed. This selection of General Education electives must include at least one (two-course) concentration in either area (i) or area (ii).
    Moreover, in area (i), at least one course must be in literature and at least one must be in the arts; in area (ii), at least one course must be in history and at least one course must be from disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
    Students in Electrical Engineering are required to become Student Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) when they enroll in EE 301. Students in Computer Engineering are required to become members of either the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) when they enroll in EE 301. Through participation in the activities of such technical organizations the student becomes aware of the activities of electrical and computer engineers in society. An excellent opportunity is provided to students for contact with practicing professionals as well as fellow students.
    Any Electrical and Computer Engineering student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or bioengineering should consult with an advisor for an appropriate sequence of courses which will meet the minimum requirements for entry into a medical school or the necessary life sciences background to enter a graduate program in bioengineering.
    The attainment of the BSEE or the BSCpE degree will allow the graduate to enter the professions of electrical engineering or computer engineering directly, or to continue his/her education at the graduate level.
     
    The Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
     
    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
     
    FIRST YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    MA 125*
    4
      MA 126
    4
     
    CH 131*
    4
      EH 102*
    3
     
    EH 101*
    3
      PH 201
    4
     
    H/SS
    3
      CIS 210
    3
     
    H/SS
    3
      H/SS
    3
     
     
    17
       
    17
     
     
    SECOND YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    MA 227
    4
      EE 223
    3
     
    PH 202
    4
      EE 227
    1
     
    EE 263
    3
      EE 264
    3
     
    EE 220
    3
      EE 268
    1
     
    H/SS
    3
      MA 237
    3
     
     
    17
      MA 238
    3
     
      EG 270
    3
     
    17
     
    THIRD YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    EE 302
    1
      EE 328
    3
     
    EE 321
    3
      EE 334
    4
     
    EE 322
    3
      EE 355
    3
     
    EE 331
    3
      EE 337
    1
     
    EE 354
    1
      EE 365
    3
     
    EE 368
    1
    EE 372
    3
    EE 381
    3
      EE 385
    1
     
     
    15
     
    18
     
    FOURTH YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    EE 301
    1
      EE 404
    3
     
    EE 356
    1
      Tech Elec**
    3
     
    EE 401
    1
      Tech Elec**
    3
     
    EG 230
    3
      Senior Lab***
    1
     
    H/SS
    3
      H/SS
    3
     
    Tech Elect**
    3
     
    13
    Tech Elect**
    3
     
    15
     
     
    *Students with an adequate ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101 as a prerequisite to EH 102.
     
    **EE technical electives must be selected from Electrical Engineering courses carrying a 400 number and must include a two-course concentration from the following concentration areas with permission of the student's advisor: Control and Communication Systems: EE 422, EE 423, EE 424, EE 427; Electromagnetics and Wireless Systems: EE 450, EE 452, EE 453, EE 454, EE 455, EE 456, EE 457, EE 458 and EE 465, 471; Digital Systems: EE 440, EE 441, EE 443, EE 444, EE 445, EE 465, EE 468, EE 469; Communications Systems: EE 441, EE 444, EE 456, EE 471, EE 473; Power Systems: EE 481, EE 482, EE 483, EE 484, EE 485, EE 486, EE 488, EE 489; Microelectronics: EE 430, EE 431, EE 432, EE 438, EE 439, EE 470
     
    ***Senior Lab may be chosen from either EE 425 or EE 447.
     
    Note:
     
    1. A student must complete EH 101, EH 102, MA 125, MA 126, CH 131, PH 201, CIS 210, and EE 220 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to obtain PCS in the Electrical Engineering Program.
     
    2. Students enrolling in EE 263 are required to own a personal laptop computer system that conforms to the current departmental minimum published standards. This is a one machine per student requirement.
     
    3. Appropriate software tools will be utilized in several courses, including EE 220, EE 263, EE 223, EE 227, EE 268, EE 302, EE 322, EE 321, EE 331, EE 365, EE 334, EE 337, EE 372, EE 385, AND EE 328.
     
    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING
    Coordinators:
    Electrical and Computer Engineering:
    Adel Sakla (251) 460-6117
    Computer and Information Sciences:
    Michael Doran (251) 460-6390
     

    The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.

     
    FIRST YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    MA 125*
    4
      MA 126
    4
     
    CH 131*
    4
      EH 102*
    3
     
    EH 101*
    3
      PH 201
    4
     
    H/SS
    3
      CIS 210
    3
     
     
    14
      H/SS
    3
     
     
       
    17
     
               
    SECOND YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    MA 227
    4
      EE 223
    3
     
    MA 267
    3
      EE 227
    1
     
    PH 202
    4
      EE 263
    3
     
    EE 220
    3
      CIS 230
    3
     
    CIS 211
    1
      MA 238
    3
     
    H/SS
    3
      H/SS
    3
     
    18
     
    16
               
    THIRD YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    EE 268
    1
      EE 328
    3
     
    EE 321
    3
      EE 334
    4
     
    EE 331
    3
      EE 368
    1
     
    EE 264
    3
      EE 322
    3
     
    EG 230
    3
      CIS 322
    3
     
    CIS 321
    3
      H/SS
    3
     
    EE 302
    3
       
    17
     
    17
     
             
    FOURTH YEAR
       
     
    Fall
      Spring
     
    EE 401
    1
      EE 404
    3
     
    EE 445
    3
      EE 468
    3
     
    EE 446
    1
      Tech Elec**
    3
     
    EE 301
    1
      Tech Elec**
    3
     
    H/SS
    3
      Senior Lab***
    1
     
    Tech Elec**
    3
      Tech Elec**
    3
     
    Tech Elec**
    3
     
    16
     
    15
             
     
    *Students with an adequate ACT/SAT score in English Composition will not be required to take EH 101 as a prerequisite to EH 102.
    **Computer Engineering technical electives must be selected with permission of the student's advisor from EE 422, EE 423, EE 424, EE 427, EE 439, EE 440, EE 441, EE 443, EE 444, EE 465, EE 469, EE 470, EE 448. CIS technical electives must be selected from CSC 410, CSC 411, CSC 412, CSC 413, CSC 414, CSC 415, CSC 433, CSC 434, CIS 439.
    ***Senior lab may be chosen from EE 425, EE 447.
     
    Note:
     
    1. A student must complete EH 101, EH 102, MA 125, MA 126, CH 131, PH 201, CIS 210, and EE 220 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 to obtain PCS in the Computer Engineering Program.
     
    2. Students enrolling in EE 263 are required to own a personal laptop computer system that conforms to the current departmental minimum published standards. This is a one machine per student requirement.
     
    3. Appropriate software tools will be utilized in several courses including: EE 220, EE 263, EE 223, EE 227, EE 268, EE 322, EE 321, EE 331, EE 365, EE 334, EE 337, EE 372, EE 385, and EE 328.
     
    4. For technical elective courses, BSCpE students must select one of the following tracks:
    Hardware Track: Students must take 3 senior level EE courses and the remaining 2 courses can be senior level EE or CSC courses.
    Software Track: Students must take CIS 231, CSC 333, CSC 432 and the 2 remaining courses can be senior level EE or CSC courses.
     
     
    MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
    With the ever-increasing pace of technological development in society, new and challenging opportunities are becoming available that require engineering graduates with increased levels of specialization. To provide for this, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers EE and CpE graduates a cutting-edge program in graduate studies leading up to the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. The program offers advanced level courses and areas of specialization in computer engineering, digital controls, laser-assisted fabrication, microelectronics, networks, optics and power. Graduate students have wide opportunities to undertake front-line engineering research alongside faculty for both thesis and project work. In addition, a course work-only program is also offered by the department for those in industry who intend to further their professional development while pursuing a graduate degree.
    The minimum credit hour requirements for the different options pertaining to the MSEE degree are:
    1. Thesis Option 30 cr
    2. Project Option 33 cr
    3. Course Option 36 cr
    The details of each option are contained in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Guidelines for the MSEE program.
     
     
     

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