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2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog


Electrical Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Hours for the Degree: 126
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Electrical engineering is concerned with all phases and development of the transmission and utilization of electric energy and intelligence. Electrical engineers design products and systems that meet the needs of today and tomorrow's electrical and electronic systems. Electrical engineers design communication systems; the electronic components that run computers, motor vehicles, TVs, stereo systems and robots for automated factories; aircraft and spacecraft control systems; utility and industrial power systems; and biological and biomedical systems.

While it is essential that electrical engineers understand the fundamentals of their chosen fields, they must also understand the role that other branches of engineering play in completed work. The curriculum provides a foundation in basic engineering as well as depth and breadth in electrical engineering and sufficient electives to allow specialization in three academic areas:
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Electromagnetics, Power and Photonics
  • Computers, Communications and Systems and Controls.

The curriculum also prepares the young engineer for professional licensure.

Computer engineering has become a major part of electrical engineering, so much so that a separate degree is offered in computer engineering (see Computer Engineering, CEE-Hardware Emphasis).

The department's extensive laboratory facilities and varied research programs assist in both experimental and theoretical approaches to electrical and computer engineering.


The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical and computer engineering and conducts research to serve the needs of Florida and the nation.


The baccalaureate program prepares students to embark upon professional careers in electrical and computer engineering or to begin graduate study. The department's educational objectives are consistent with the ABET General Criteria for Accrediting Programs in Engineering in the United States.

Educational Objectives
  • To provide students with the education to understand the impact of electrical engineering solutions in a global and societal context consistent with principles of sustainable development,
  • To develop the ability to analyze and solve electrical engineering problems by applying knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering, and to develop the ability to use modern engineering techniques, skills and tools, particularly recognizing the role that computers play in engineering,
  • To develop the ability to identify, formulate and solve novel electrical engineering problems, including the planning, specification, design, implementation and operation of systems, components and/or processes that meet performance, cost, time, safety and quality requirements,
  • To develop the ability to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, and to analyze and interpret the resulting data,
  • To develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and the need for and ability to engage in perpetual learning,
  • To develop the ability to communicate effectively—verbally, graphically and in written form,
  • To develop the ability to function on multi-discipline teams.

Admission Requirements

It is the department's policy to admit the best-qualified applicants as demonstrated by academic achievement.

Successful applicants must have earned a 2.5 grade point average, based on the last of two attempts, in the eight preprofessional courses and have earned a grade of C+ or higher in each course of Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Physics with Calculus 1, Physics with Calculus 2, and Differential Equations. Only the first two attempts (including withdrawals) in each course will be considered for admission to or retention in the department.

Department Requirements

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in ENC 2210, all required EEL prefixed courses and any course transferred into the junior-senior years from another institution.

Students pursuing the BSCEN degree must also earn a grade of C or better in all required CISE courses.

A grade of C or higher is required in any electrical engineering course that is a prerequisite for another electrical engineering course. The prerequisite course and its subsequent course cannot be taken the same term, even if the prerequisite course is being repeated.

A student who is registered for an electrical engineering lecture section and its co-requisite lab who wants to drop the lecture section must also drop the lab.

Electrical engineering students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all electrical engineering courses. Computer engineering students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in both electrical and computer engineering courses.

Any course taken to satisfy a degree requirement (General Education, required course or technical elective), with the exception of EEL 4948 and 4949, cannot be taken under the S-U grade option.

An electrical or computer engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below a 2.0 or whose preprofessional grades do not meet department admission requirements will be placed on academic probation and required to prepare a probation contract with an ECE academic adviser.

Students normally are given two terms in which to remove their deficit points. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the first term on probation may be dismissed from the department.

All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview with their adviser and submit a copy of their senior design report before graduating.

Students are encouraged to read the undergraduate counseling guide at

Critical Tracking Requirements

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 2 of 8 tracking courses. MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 must be completed with a 2.5 GPA in each course within two attempts (including withdrawals). A minimum grade of C within two attempts (CHM 2045, CHM 2046 or approved biological science course)

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C+ within two attempts

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C+ within two attempts

Semester 4:

  • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which will be bold.

Suggested semester-by-semester plan

Semester 1Credits
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE–M)4
CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE–P)3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry Laboratory 1 (GE–P)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S)3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Total 14
Semester 2 Credits
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE–P)3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for PHY 20481
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE–M)4
Biological Science (GE–B) or
CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE–P)
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE–C) or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE–C)
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE–M)4
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE–P)3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for PHY 20491
Computer programming elective 12
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S)3
Total 13
Semester 4Credits
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
EEL 3111C Circuits 14
EEL 3135 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems3
Humanities (GE–H)3
Total 13
Humanities (GE–H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE–S)3
General elective3
Total 6
Semester 5Credits
EEL 3112 Circuits 23
EEL 3396 Solid-State Electronic Devices3
EEL 3701C Digital Logic and Computer Systems4
EGM 4313 Intermediate Engineering Analysis4
Total 14
Semester 6Credits
EEL 3304C Electronic Circuits 14
EEL 3472 Electromagnetic Fields and Applications 13
EE specialization elective 2 4
College breadth elective 3 3
Total 14
Semester 7Credits
STA 3032 Engineering Statistics or
EEL 4516 Noise in Devices and Communication Systems or
STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics 1
EGN 4034 Professional Issues 1
EE technical elective 46
EE specialization elective 2 4
Total 14
Semester 8Credits
EE technical electives 46
EE specialization elective 23-4
College breadth elective 3 3
Total 12 or 13
Semester 9Credits
EEL 4914C Electrical Engineering Design3
College breadth elective 33
EE technical elective 45-6
Total 11 or 12

1 Computer Electives
  • CGS 2425 Computer Programming for Engineers (C++ section)
  • CGS 3460 Computer Programming Using C
  • EEL 4834 C++ Programming for Electrical Engineers
  • CIS 3020 Advanced Programming Fundamentals for CIS Majors or
    CIS 3022 and CIS 3023 Programming Fundamentals for CIS Majors 1 and 2

2 EE Specialization Areas (choose 3 of 5)
  • EEL 3211 Basic Electric Energy Engineering (3) and
    EEL 4201L Electrical Energy Conversion Laboratory (1)
  • EEL 4306C Electronic Circuits 2 (3) or
    EEL 4310C Digital Integrated Circuits (3)
  • EEL 4514 Communication Systems and Components (3) and
    EEL 4514L Communication Laboratory (1)
  • EEL 4657 Linear Control Systems (3) and
    EEL 4657L Linear Controls Laboratory (1)
  • EEL 4744C Microprocessor Applications (4)

3 College Breadth Electives
Mechanical Engineering
  • EML 3005 Mechanical Design
  • EML 3007 Elements of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer or
    EML 3100 Thermodynamics
  • EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design

Engineering Science
  • EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics or
    EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
  • EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials

  • EIN 4354 Engineering Economy
  • CGN 4101 Civil Engineering Cost Analysis

Advanced Math
  • MAS 3114 Computational Linear Algebra or
    MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1
  • EGM 4344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis

4 Technical Electives
  • Must be 3000 level and higher. Some restrictions apply and the adviser must approve these choices.
  • A minimum of 17-18 hours must be EEL-prefixed courses. If a student takes 11 credits of EE specialization courses, they must take 18 credits of EE technical electives. If a student takes 12 credits of EE specialization courses, they must take 17 credits of EE technical electives.