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Computer Engineering (BS)

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General Education Requirements (54 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (3 Courses, 9 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  2. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  3. 3 hours from:  CA 110

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4 Courses & Labs, 16 Hours)

  1. 4 hours:  MA 125

  2. 12 hours from:  CH 131 & CH 131L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 Courses, 9 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 6 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (4 Courses, 14 Hours)

  1.  14 hours from:  MA 126, MA 227, MA 238, MA 267

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Major Requirements (75 Hours)

Computer Engineering Major Core (24 Courses, 62 Hours)

  1. 2 hours: EG 101 or EG 201

  2. 3 hours: EG 231

  3. 13 hours: CIS 210, CSC 231, CSC 311, CSC 322

  4. 14 hours:  EE 220, EE 223, EE 227, EE 263, EE 264, EE 268

  5. 16 hours:  EE 321, EE 322, EE 328, EE 331, EE 334, EE 368

  6. 14 hours:  EE 401, EE 404, EE 431, EE 446, EE 454, EE 457

Computer Technical Electives for Hardware Track (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 6 hours from:  EE 438, EE 439, *EE 440, *EE 441, *EE 443, EE 444, EE 465, EE 468, EE 469, EE 470, EE 471, EE 473, CSC 410, CSC 411, CSC 412, CSC 413, CSC 414, CSC 415, CSC 416, CSC 417, CSC 418, CSC 434, CSC 440

  2. 6 hours from:  EE 438, EE 439, *EE 440, EE 441, *EE 443, EE 444, EE 465, EE 468, EE 469, EE 470, EE 471, EE 473
    *Credit for both EE 440 & EE 443 not allowed OR

Computer Technical Electives for Software Track (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 9 hours from:  CSC 331, CSC 332, CSC 333

  2. 3 hours from:  EE 438, EE 439, *EE 440, EE 441, *EE 443, EE 444, EE 465, EE 468, EE 469, EE 470, EE 471, EE 473, CSC 410, CSC 411, CSC 412, CSC 413, CSC 414, CSC 415, CSC 416, CSC 417, CSC 418, CSC 434, CSC 440

Computer Senior Lab (1 Course, 1 Hour)

  1. 1 hour from:  EE 437, EE 447, EE 449

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program


Notes:

  • Recommended Course

  • Hardware Track – Students will take 2 senior level EE or CSC Technical Elective courses along with 2 senior level EE Technical courses

  • Software Track – Students will take 1 senior level EE or CSC Technical Elective course along with CSC 331, CSC 332 and CSC 333.

  • Credit for both EE 440 & EE 443 not allowed   

  • All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor

 


Additional Information

Professional Component Standing (PCS)

PCS is required to be eligible to take EE 300-level and EE 400-level courses. PCS is awarded when the students meet the following requirements.

Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama will lose PCS and may be required to take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue in 300- and 400-level engineering courses.  

Computing Engineering (BS):  (129 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 125 Calculus I 4
CH 131/CH 131L  General Chemistry I and Lab 4
EH 101  English Composition I 3
EG 101  Intro to Engineering & Design
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours  16

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 126 Calculus II 4
PH 201/PH 201L Calculus Based Physics I and Lab 4
EH 102  English Composition II 3
CIS 210 Intro to C++ Programming 3
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 17 

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 227 Calculus III 4
PH 202/PH 202L Calculus Based Physics II and Lab 4
EE 220 Circuit Analysis 3
EE 263  Digital Logic Design 3
MA 267  Discrete Math Structures 3
     
     
     
      Total Hours  17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MA 238 Differential Equations 3
EE 223 Network Analysis 3
EE 264 Microprocessor Systems & Interfacing 3
EE 268  Digital Logic Lab 1
CSC 231 Intro to Data Structures & Algs 4
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 17 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EE 331 Physical Electronic 3
EE 321 Signals & Systems 3
EE 227 Circuits and Devices Lab 1
EG 231 Ethics & Engineering Economics 3
EE 368 Microprocessor Systems & Interfacing Lab 1
CSC 311 Networking and Communications 3
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 17 

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EE 334 Digital Electronics 3
EE 328 Feedback Control Systems 3
EE 322 Probability 3
EE 457 Embedded Systems 3
EE 446** Embedded Systems Lab
CSC 322  Operating Systems 3
     
     
      Total Hours  16

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EE 431 Analog Electronics 3
EE 401 Intro to ECE Design 1
EE 454 Digital Computer Architecture 3
EE/CSC 4xx Technical Elective 3
EE/CSC 4xx Technical Elective 3
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 16

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EE 4xx Technical Service Lab 1
EE 404** ECE Design 3
EE/CSC 4xx Technical Elective 3
EE/CSC 4xx Technical Elective 3
Gen Education Area II or IV 3
     
      Total Hours 13 
Notes
* EE Courses only taught in the fall semester
** EE Courses only taught in the spring semester 

COMPUTER ENGINEERING SAMPLE 4-YEAR PLAN WITH MILESTONES

Term 1 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 101* English Composition I   3 Must complete at least 12 hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA
MA 125 Calculus I ACT Math 27 4  
CH 131/CH 131L General Chemistry I ACT Math 24 4  
EG 101 Freshman Seminar ACT Math 24 2  
Fine Arts Elective     3  
         
      16  
Term 2 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EH 102 English Composition II  EH 101 or test score 3 MA 125
MA 126 Calculus II MA 125 4 CH 131/CH 131L
PH 201/PH 201L Physics I MA 125 and EH 101
MA 126 (cc)
4 EH 101 or EH 105*
CIS 210 Introduction to C++ Programming MA 125 (cc) 3  
CA 110 Public Speaking   3  
       17  Grade of "C" or better required in all Milestones for PCS
Term 3 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 227 Calculus III MA 126 4 PH 201/201L
MA 267 Discrete Math ACT Math 23 3 MA 126
PH 202/PH 202L Physics II PH 201 and MA 126 and EH 101 4 CIS 210
EE 220 Circuit Analysis MA 125 and PH 201 3  
EE 263 Digital Logic Design CIS 210  3  
       17  Grade of "C" or better required in all Milestones for PCS
Term 4 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
MA 238 Differential Equations MA 227 (cc) 3 EE 220
EE 223 Network Analysis EE 220, PH 202, MA 227 (cc), and MA 238 (cc) 3  EE 263 or CSC 228
EE 268 Digital Logic Design Lab EE 263 or CSC 228  1  Obtain PCS
EE 264 Microprocess Systems and Interfacing  EE 263 or CSC 228 3  
CSC 231 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms CIS 210 and MA 267 (cc) 4  
History/English Literature   EH 102 3  
      17 Grade of 'C" or better required in all Milestones for PCS
Term 5 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EE 227 Circuits and Devices EE 223 (cc) and EH 102 (cc) 1 EH 102
EE 331 Physical Electronics CH 131, MA 238 and PH 202 3  
EE 321 Signals, Systems, and Digital MA 238 and EE 223 3  
EE 368 Microprocess Systems and Interfacing Lab EE 268 and EE 264 (cc) 1  
EG 231 Engineering Economics and Ethics MA 126 3  
CSC 311 (Fall only) Networking and Communications CSC 231 3  
History/English Literature     3  
      17  
Term 6 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
EE 334 Digital Electronics EE 331 3  Apply for Graduation
EE 328 Feedback Control Systems EE 321 3  
EE 322 Probability, Random Signals, and Statistical Analysis MA 238 and EE 321 (cc) 3  
EE 446 Embedded Systems Design Lab EE 457 (cc) 1  
EE 457 Embedded System Design EE 264 and EE 368 3  
CSC 322 (Spring only) Operating Systems CSC 231 3  
      16  
Term 7 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
Technical Elective EE/CSC 400 level or higher   3  
Technical Elective EE/CSC 400 level or higher   3  
EE 431 Analog Electronics EE 334 3  
EE 401 (W) Introduction to ECE Design EE 321, CA 110, EE 334 (cc) and EE 368 (cc) 1  
EE 454 Digital Computer Architecture EE 264 and EE 268 3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
      16  
Term 8 Course Description Pre-req Cr Hrs Milestone Notes
Technical Elective EE/CSC 400 level or higher   3  
Technical Elective EE/CSC 400 level or higher   3  
Senior Technical Elective Lab EE 400 level or higher   1  
EE 404 (Spring only) ECE Design EE 401, EE 328, EE 334 and EE 368 3  
Social/Behavioral Elective     3  
      13  
    **TOTAL 129  

All bolded courses meet general education requirements.  See the departmental flow chart for the current listing of courses.

Courses listed as Milestones are required to obtain Professional Component Standing (PCS). All Milestone courses require a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisite courses denoted (cc) may be taken concurrently.

*Students who earn an English ACT score of 27, or a written SAT score of 610, can opt out of EH 101.

**Students not Term 1- Calculus I ready will exceed the 129 hours required for this degree. If math is not started prior to Fall -Year 1, you are likely extending your four-year graduation time table. Students with ACT Math scores 21 and below should begin math courses in the summer before Fall - Year 1.**

Two designated writing (W) courses are required with at least one course chosen from offerings in the student's major or minor. Courses carrying this required credit are identified in the University Bulletin by a (W) after the course title.

The Sample 4-year plan is designed as a guide for students preparing for their course selections. This information provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made in consultation with an advisor.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Administrative Staff (251) 460-6117
Chair Hulya Kirkici
Professors Kirkici, Steadman, Woods
Associate Professors El-Sharkh, Gong, Khan, Russ, Spencer, Thomas, Wang  
Assistant Professors Latif, Lazarou, Shaban, Touma 
Emeritus Professors Bosarge, Gungor, Sakla
Part-time Instructor Gholson, Sakla

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/ece/index.html

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and  Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE), both granted by the College of Engineering.  The BSCpE program is administered by the ECE Department in consultation with the School of Computing.  The ECE Department also offers the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

BSEE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Electrical Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility, leadership, and mentorship.
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply electrical engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context.
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession.
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such as studying for advanced degrees, professional registration, and leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSEE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the Electrical Engineering Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.  The BSEE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

Electrical Engineering is among the fastest evolving disciplines in our technological society. Engineering developments in electrical technology have provided, in a substantial way, 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.

BSCpE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Computer Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility, leadership and mentorship.
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply computer engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context.
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession.
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such studying for advanced degrees, professional registration, and leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSCpE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the BSCpE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:

  1.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The BSCpE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

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.

Students are required to take general education (GenEd) elective courses in two broad areas: (i) Literature, Humanities and Fine Arts, and (ii) History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.  These courses provide breadth to the educational experience of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students. They 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 from areas (i) and (ii) above must be successfully completed. In area (i), Public Speaking (CA 110) is required for all Electrical and Computer Engineering students.  Of the two remaining courses, one course must be in literature and one course must be in the fine 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 and Computing Engineering are required to become Student Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) when they enroll in EE 401 and EE 404. 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 401 and EE 404. 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.

BSEE Accelerated Bachelor's – Master's (ABM) Degree Option

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering allows well-qualified EE and CpE undergraduates to follow an “Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s” study plan.  This plan permits up to six credit hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the bachelor’s (as Technical Electives) and the master’s degrees, so that the master’s degree is earned faster than usual.  (The coursework concerned must individually satisfy the requirements of both degrees.)  See a departmental advisor for specific details.