The University of Alaska Fairbanks

1997-98 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs


Course Description Index

Electrical Engineering

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Electrical Engineering (907) 474-7137

Degrees: B.S., M.E.E., M.S.

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 135 credits; M.S.: 30 additional credits; M.E.E.: 32 additional credits

Electrical engineering encompasses the areas of computer applications and design, electrical power transmission and distribution, telecommunications and electronics. The electrical engineer designs and oversees the construction, installation and maintenance of electrical systems providing light, heat and power. Engineers design the communication systems of telephone, radio and television as well as the transistors and integrated circuits used in these systems. People trained in computer engineering automate businesses, factories, pipelines and refineries; and design control systems and computers which guide trains, planes and space vehicles. Even the test devices and tools of investigation -- in medicine, in physics, in geology and in other sciences -- are today largely electronic.

The scope of electrical engineering has expanded tremendously in recent years. Many developments have been important in this expansion, including automatic control theory, environmental monitoring, communications theory, new geophysical instrumentation, extra-high voltage power transmission, medical electronics, plasmas, magneto hydrodynamics, integrated circuits, satellites, and mini and microcomputers. The process controls in the extraction, transmission and refining of petroleum products are largely the responsibility of the electrical and computer engineer. Development of techniques for utilizing new energy sources presents a challenge, requiring much imagination and resourcefulness. Advanced training in engineering science and mathematics is required for creative work in these areas.

The curriculum is designed to insure that basic fundamentals are learned, as well as specialized skills. The practical needs of engineers who plan to enter practice immediately upon graduation, as well as the theoretical background needed for individuals planning to pursue graduate studies, have been taken into account in our program. Candidates for the bachelor of science degree will be required to take the State of Alaska Engineer-In-Training Examination in their general field.

Graduate degree programs in electrical engineering are closely connected with research activities of the faculty. Research areas in electrical engineering emphasize high latitude problems, and include such areas as: data communications, telecommunications, electromagnetic wave propagation, satellite communications, digital and physical electronics, computer and microcomputer applications, remote biomedical and environmental instrumentation, electric energy system analyses, electric power quality improvement, geomagnetic storm interaction with electric energy systems, system identification and simulation and digital signal processing.

The M.S. degree program includes research and advanced specialized study with a thesis. The M.E.E. degree program is composed of coursework with the possibility of a research project.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Electrical Engineering -- B.S. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the following degree and program (major) requirements. Students must plan their elective courses in consultation with their electrical engineering faculty advisor, and all elective courses must be approved by their electrical engineering faculty advisor.
First Year
Fall Semester 16 credits
ENGL 111X -- Methods of Written Comm. (3 credits)
MATH 200X -- Calculus (4 credits)
ES 101 -- Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
CHEM 105 -- General Chemistry (4 credits)
Spring Semester 17 credits
COMM 131X or 141X - Fundamentals of Oral
Communication (3 credits)
MATH 201X -- Calculus (4 credits)
EE 102 -- Intro. to Electrical Engineering (3 credits)
CHEM 106 -- General Chemistry (4 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Second Year
Fall Semester 18 credits
MATH 202X -- Calculus (4 credits)
PHYS 211 -- General Physics (4 credits)
ES 201 -- Computer Techniques (3 credits)
EE 203 -- Fund. of Elec. Engineering (4 credits)
ENGL 211X -- Intermediate Exposition with Modes of Lit
or ENGL 213X -- Intermediate Exposition (3 credits)
Spring Semester 16 credits
MATH 302 -- Differential Equations (3 credits)
PHYS 212 -- General Physics (4 credits)
ES 208 -- Mechanics (4 credits)
EE 204 -- Fund. of Elec. Engineering (4 credits)
LS 101 -- Library Information and Research (1 credit)
Third Year
Fall Semester 17 credits
EE 333 -- Physical Electronics (4 credits)
EE 353 -- Circuit Theory I (3 credits)
Approved Math Elective** (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Option I: Communications
EE 311 -- Applied Engineering Electromagnetics (3 credits)
EE 331 -- High Frequency Lab (1 credit)
Option II: Power and Control
EE 303 -- Electrical Machinery (4 credits)
Option III: Computer Engineering
EE 442 -- Digital Syst. Analysis & Design I (4 credits)
Spring Semester 18 credits
EE 334 -- Electronic Circuit Design (4 credits)
EE 354 -- Engineering Signal Analysis (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
EE 471 -- Fundamentals of Automatic Control (4 credits)
Option I: Communications
EE 312 -- Electromagnetic Waves and Devices (3 credits)
EE 332 -- Electromagnetics Laboratory (1 credit)
Option II: Power and Control
EE 404 -- Electric Power Systems (4 credits)
Option III: Computer Engineering
EE 443 -- Digital Systems Analysis and Design II (4 credits)
Fourth Year
Fall Semester 18 credits
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Option I: Communications
Approved Engineering Science Elective*** (3 credits)
EE 303 -- Electrical Machinery (4 credits)
EE 442 -- Digital Systems Analysis and Design I (4 credits)
EE 461 -- Communications Systems (4 credits)
Option II: Power and Control
Approved Engineering Science Elective*** (3 credits)
EE 311 -- Applied Engineering Electromagnetics (3 credits)
EE 331 -- High Frequency Lab (1 credit)
EE 406 -- Electrical Power Engineering (4 credits)
EE 442 -- Digital Systems Analysis and Design I (4 credits)
Option III: Computer Engineering
EE 303 -- Electrical Machinery (4 credits)
EE 311 -- Applied Engineering Electromagnetics (3 credits)
EE 331 -- High Frequency Lab (1 credit)
EE 451 -- Digital Signal Processing (4 credits)
EE 461 -- Communications Systems (4 credits)
Spring Semester 15 credits
ESM 450 -- Economic Analysis and Operation (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Approved Engineering Science Elective*** (3 credits)
Approved EE Elective (3-4 credits)
Approved EE Design Elective (3-4 credits)
Must take State of Alaska Engineer-in-Training Examination
* Perspectives on the Human Condition and ES 201 may be interchanged if student's mathematics preparation allows.
** Mathematics elective to be chosen from the following advanced topics: linear algebra and matrices, probability and statistics, partial differential
equations, numerical analysis, advanced calculus or complex variables.
*** Engineering science elective to be chosen from ES 331, ME 334, ES 341 and ES 346.

Graduate Degree Requirements

Electrical Engineering -- M.E.E. Degree

Admission Requirements
Those entering the Master of Electrical Engineering degree program should have completed a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Students with bachelors degrees in other fields should work out a program to remove background deficiencies with their graduate committee.

Degree Requirements
The M.E.E. is structured to be a terminal degree for the practicing professional engineer. Students must complete UAF degree requirements, and complete 32 credits of coursework, beyond the Bachelor of Science degree, approved by their advisory committee. At least 26 credits must be at the 600 level. Courses may be selected from electrical engineering and related fields. A research project is not required, although up to six credit hours of research may be completed as part of the degree program. Candidates must pass a department-administered written comprehensive examination. If a research project is part of the degree program, an oral project presentation and defense is required.

Electrical Engineering -- M.S. Degree

Admission Requirements
Students entering the Master of Science in electrical engineering degree program should have completed a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. Students with bachelors degrees in other fields should work out a program to remove background deficiencies with their graduate committee.

Degree Requirements
Students must complete UAF degree requirements, and complete 30 credits of coursework, beyond the Bachelor of Science degree, approved by their advisory committee. At least 24 credits, including thesis and research must be at the 600 level. Courses may be selected from electrical engineering and related fields. A thesis must be completed, carrying a maximum of 12 credits.

Candidates for the M.S. degree in electrical engineering must pass a department-administered comprehensive examination and an oral thesis presentation and defense.


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