2007-2008 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs

Electrical Engineering

College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(907) 474-7137

B.S., M.E.E., M.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 135 credits

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The mission of the UAF Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is to offer the highest quality contemporary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to perform research appropriate to the technical needs of the state of Alaska, the nation and the world.
Electrical and computing engineering encompasses telecommunications, electrical power generation, transmission and distribution, control systems, and computer applications and design. Electrical engineers can typically expect gainful employment in one or more of these areas after graduation.

Communication engineers design, build and operate communication devices and systems, including satellites, antennas, wireless devices and computer networks. Electric power engineers design and oversee the construction, installation and maintenance of electrical systems that provide light, heat and power. Power engineers are also instrumental in the development of systems using modern power electronic devices to control power generation and distribution and build electric drives. People trained in computer engineering automate businesses, factories, pipelines and refineries. They design control systems and computers that guide trains, planes and space vehicles. Electrical engineers design the integrated circuits and automatic control systems used in many areas of science and engineering. Process controls in the mining and petroleum industries are also largely the responsibility of the electrical and computer engineer.

Undergraduate research and design project opportunities are available at UAF in the areas of communications, radar, sonar and lidar remote sensing, instrumentation and microwave circuit design, electric power and energy systems, digital and computer engineering and nanotechnology. The Student Rocket Project brings electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering students together to build and launch rockets at the Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-affiliated rocket range in the country. This program offers real engineering experience as well as fellowships, paid internships and scholarships.

The curriculum is designed to ensure that fundamentals and specialized skills are acquired by the student. The program prepares engineers to enter practice upon graduation and provides the theoretical background for students entering graduate studies. Candidates for the B.S. degree are required to take the state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in their general field.

The electrical engineering program educational objectives are:

  1. Breadth: To provide students with a broad education emphasizing electrical engineering that will serve as the foundation for productive careers in the public or private sectors, graduate education and lifelong learning.
  2. Depth: To provide students with understanding of the fundamental knowledge prerequisite for practice and/or advanced study in electrical engineering, including its scientific principles, rigorous analysis and creative design. Depth focus areas at UAF include communications, power and control and computer engineering.
  3. Practical Experience: To provide students with hands-on experience in the design, implementation and validation of electrical systems in an environment that fosters and encourages innovation and creativity.
  4. Professional Skills: To develop skills for clear communication and responsible teamwork and instill professional attitudes and ethics, so that students are prepared for the complex modern work environment and lifelong learning.
  5. Learning Environment: To provide an environment that enables students to pursue their goals in an innovative program that is rigorous and challenging, open and supportive.

These objectives serve the department, college and university missions by insuring that all graduates of the BSEE program have received a high quality, contemporary education that prepares them for rewarding careers in electrical engineering.

For more information about the Electrical Engineering Program mission, goals and educational objectives, visit www.uaf.edu/ece/.

Major--B.S. Degree

Concentrations: Communications, Computer Engineering, Power and Control

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X, CHEM 105X and CHEM 106X or PHYS 213X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    EE 102--Introduction to Electrical Engineering--3 credits
    EE 203--Electrical Engineering Fundamentals I--4 credits
    EE 204--Electrical Engineering Fundamentals II--4 credits
    EE 303--Electrical Machinery--4 credits
    EE 311--Applied Engineering Electromagnetics--3 credits
    EE 331--High Frequency Lab--1 credits
    EE 333W--Physical Electronics--4 credits
    EE 334--Electronic Circuit Design--4 credits
    EE 343--Digital Systems Analysis and Design--4 credits
    EE 353--Circuit Theory--3 credits
    EE 354--Engineering Signal Analysis--3 credits
    EE 471--Fundamentals of Automatic Control--3 credits
    ES 101--Introduction to Engineering--3 credits
    ES 201--Computer Techniques (3)
          or CS 201--Computer Science I (3--3 credits
    ES 208--Mechanics--4 credits
    ESM 450W--Economic Analysis and Operations--3 credits
    MATH 202X--Calculus--4 credits
    MATH 302--Differential Equations--3 credits
    Approved EE elective--3-4 credits
    Approved EE design elective--3-4 credits
    Approved engineering science elective**--3 credits
    Approved mathematics elective***--3 credits
  4. Complete state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
  5. Complete one of the following concentrations:*
    1. Complete the following:
      EE 312--Electromagnetic Waves and Devices--3 credits
      EE 332--Electromagnetics Laboratory--1 credits
      EE 461--Communication Systems--4 credits
      Approved engineering science elective**--3 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--135
    Computer Engineering
    1. Complete the following:
      EE 443--Computer Engineering Analysis and Design--4 credits
      EE 451--Digital Signal Processing--4 credits
      EE 461--Communication Systems--4 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--135 credits
    Power and Control
    1. Complete the following:
      EE 404--Electric Power Systems--4 credits
      EE 406--Electrical Power Engineering--4 credits
      Approved engineering science elective**--3 credits
    2. Minimum credits required--135 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each electrical engineering course.
** Engineering science elective to be chosen from ES 331, ME 334, ES 341 or ES 346.
*** 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.
Note: 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.