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Recommendations for Specialized Options

The following suggested electives are for Electrical Engineering majors only. These specialized options will not appear on your diploma.  They are suggestions only.

Biomedical Engineering

Communication and Signal Processing

Computer Engineering Option, not the same as the program

Control Enginering

Electronics and Microelectronics

Electromagnetics

Optical Engineering

Power Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field with course work in engineering and life sciences. Biomedical engineers work with other health care professionals as members of a team. Employment opportunities for biomedical engineers exist in industry, government, universities, medical schools and hospitals.

Biomedical engineers have:

  • contributed many new applications of computers, including neural networks,
  • improved health care technology in hospitals,
  • contributed new physiological models and analysis methods,
  • designed monitoring equipment, artificial organs, and schemes to deliver therapeutic drugs safely and effectively,
  • developed new techniques for physiological measurement and medical diagnosis,
  • worked with technology and computers to help individuals with disabilities reach their maximum potential for an enjoyable and productive life,
  • created new biomaterials and electronic devices,
  • improved rehabilitation for acute and chronic health needs.

Math/Science Electives (3 credits)

BIOL 150 - General Biology I, 3 credits
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II, 3 credits
CHEM 364 - Physical Chemistry I, 3 credits
ZOO 460 - Animal Physiology, 4 credits (with permission)

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Any from the ECE Core list

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II, 3 credits
CE 309 - Fluid Mechanics, 3 credits
Any from the ECE approved list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

ECE 421 - Communication Circuits, 3 Credits
ECE 423 - Digital Electronics, 3 credits
ECE 425 - Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, 3 credits
ECE 437 - Power Electronics, 3 credits

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 445 Communications II, 3 credits
ECE 483 - Instrumentation for Engineers, 3 credits
ECE 485 - Biomedical Engineering, 3 credits
ECE 487 - Cardiovascular Engineering, 3 credits
ECE 488 - Cardiovascular Engineering II, 3 credits

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Communication and Signal Processing

Communication and signal processing are closely related fields in electrical and computer engineering. Communication is the process of transferring information from one point in time and space to another point. Signal processing deals with signal representation, as well as signal design and filtering. Students in electrical and computer engineering with a specialty in communication and signal processing find challenging opportunities world-wide to meet the ever increasing need for new communication and signal processing equipment, algorithms and procedures which are more convenient, less expensive, and more reliable. The objective of the communication and signal processing option is to ensure that graduates can meet new exciting challenges.

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Any from the ECE Core list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

Any from the ECE Electronics list

Math / Science Electives (3 credits)

MATH 270 - Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, 3 credits
MATH 429 -  Linear Algebra, 3 credits
MATH 450 - Real Analysis I, 3 credits
MATH 452 - Complex Analysis, 3 credits
MATH 481 - Fourier Analysis, 3 credits
MATH 488 - Numerical Methods, 3 credits
STAT 450 - Stochastic Processes, 3 credits
STAT 451 - Bayesian Statistical Decision Theory, 3 credits
STAT 468 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics II, 3 credits

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

Any from the ECE approved list

ECE Electives (6–9 credits)

ECE 444 - Applied Digital Signal Processing, 3 credits
ECE 445 - Communications II, 3 credits
ECE 741 - Signal Processing I, 3 credits
Any from the ECE approved list

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Computer Engineering Option

Math / Science Electives (3 credits)

CSCI 222 - Discrete Mathematics, 3 credits
CSCI 335 - Theoretical Computer Science I, 3 credits
CSCI 336 - Theoretical Computer Science II, 3 credits

Engineering Science Elective (6-9 credits)

CSCI 161 - Computer Science II, 3 credits
CSCI 474 - Operating Systems Concepts, 3 credits
Any CSCI 3xx / 4xxx from approved list, 3 credits

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

ECE 376 - Embedded Systems, 4 credits
ECE 443 - Communications I, 4 credits
ECE 461 - Control Systems, 4 credits

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

ECE 423 - VLSI Design, 3 credits

ECE Electives (6 – 9 credits)

ECE 373 - Assembly Programming, 3 credits
ECE 374 - Computer Organization and Architecture, 3 credits
ECE 375 - Digital System Design and Implementation, 3 credits
ECE 470 - Digital Systems II, 3 credits

Control Engineering

Control engineering is used to optimize the performance of engineered products with respect to measures such as energy and material usage, speed, reliability and accuracy of direction, or velocity of mechanical motion.

Control systems have ranged from the centrifugal governor controlling the speed of James Watt's 18th century steam engine to computer-based autopilots controlling the flight paths of 20th century jumbo jets. Control engineering is necessary in the design of many other products such as robots, automobiles, computers and peripherals, medical equipment, household appliances and space stations. In addition to being useful in many engineering systems, control engineering methods also are highly applicable to diverse areas such as economics, biological systems, climatology and sociology.

Math / Science Electives (3 credits)

MATH 429 - Linear Algebra, 3 credits
Any from the ECE approved list

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Any from the ECE Core list

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 425 - Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, 3 credits
ECE 483 - Instrumentation for Engineers, 3 credits
ECE 761 - Advanced Control Theory I, 3 credits
ECE 763 - Advanced Control Theory II, 3 credits
Any from the approved ECE list

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I, 3 credits
ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II, 3 credits
Any from the ECE approved list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

Any from the ECE Electronics list

Electronics

Electronic devices and systems are utilized in all areas of electrical and computer engineering. The electronics and microelectronics specialization in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is therefore a broad area which prepares the engineer to pursue various career opportunities.

Electronics engineers may design and develop integrated circuits. The development of integrated circuits on a large scale allows tremendous capability in a small package. This causes electronic devices and circuits to pervade nearly every facet of life. Electronics engineers are working with electronics and devices applicable to nearly every conceivable endeavor of man; hence, they are presented with a wide distribution of job opportunities.

Electronics engineers may apply their expertise to other areas of specialty such as communication, control, signal processing, computers, power systems and bioengineering. They are employed in various aspects of research, development, design, testing, manufacturing and marketing. The impact of electrical engineers specializing in electronics is tremendous and continues to grow.

Math / Science Electives (3 credits)

Any Math or Physics from ECE approved list

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Any from the ECE Core list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

Any from the ECE Electronics list

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

CE 309 - Fluid Mechanics, 3 credits
IME 440 - Engineering Economy, 3 credits
ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I, 3 credits
ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II, 3 credits
ME 223 - Mechanics Of Materials, 3 credits
ME 350 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, 3 credits

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 417 - Optical Signal Transmission, 3 credits
ECE 421 - Communication Circuits, 3 credits
ECE 423 - VLSI Design, 3 credits
ECE 437 - Power Electronics, 3 credits
ECE 721 - Integrated Circuits, 3 credits
ECE 723 - Advanced Electronics, 3 credits
Any from the approved ECE list

Electromagnetics

As use of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum increases, the demand for engineers who have practical working knowledge in the area of electromagnetics continues to grow. These engineers design high frequency or optoelectronic circuits, antennas and transmission media. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also offers opportunities to learn to design electrical circuits that will function properly in the presence of external interference while not interfering with other equipment.

The electromagnetics specialization involves the study and application of electric and magnetic fields. It is a broad specialty that has applications in many areas of electrical engineering. Electromagnetics is often attractive to students with strong interests in science and mathematics. Students pursuing this specialty gain an understanding of how information is transmitted from one point to another--whether the transmission is via a transmission line, an optical fiber, an antenna or a printed circuit board. They learn how to characterize and/or construct high frequency or optoelectronic circuits, antennas, transmission lines, etc. They also learn how undesired electrical signals can interfere with the operation of circuits, as well as how to avoid this interference.

The electromagnetics technical specialty prepares future engineers for employment in industry in the areas of radar, antennas, fiber optics, high frequency circuits, electromagnetic compatibility/signal integrity and microwave communication. Many students will find cooperative education job opportunities in these areas. Others will use this specialty as a pathway to graduate school.

Math/Science Electives (3 credits)

MATH 270 - Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, 3 credits
MATH 452 - Complex Analysis, 3 credits
PHYS 350 - Modern Physics, 3 credits
PHYS 481 - Introduction to Solid State Physics, 3 credits
PHYS 485 - Quantum Mechanics I, 3 credits

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

ECE 421 - Communication Circuits, 3 credits
ECE 425 - Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, 3 credits

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

CE 309 - Fluid Mechanics, 3 credits
IME 440 - Engineering Economy, 3 credits
ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II, 3 credits
ME 223 - Mechanics Of Materials, 3 credits
ME 350 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, 3 credits
PHYS 413 - Lasers for Scientists and Engineers, 3 credits
PHYS 415 - Elements of Photonics, 3 credits

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

ECE 331 - Energy Conversion, 4 credits
ECE 443 - Communications I, 4 credits
And at least one of the two Core Electives:
ECE 376 - Embedded Systems, 4 credits
ECE 461 - Control Systems, 4 credits

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 411 - Optics for Scientists and Engineers, 3 credits
ECE 411L - Optics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory, 3 credits
ECE 417 - Optical Signal Transmission, 3 credits
ECE 455 - Designing for Electromagnetic Compatibility, 3 credits
ECE 485 - Biomedical Engineering, 3 credits
ECE 751 - Electromagnetic Theory and Applications, 3 credits
ECE 755 - Advanced Topics in Electromagnetics, 3 credits

Optical Engineering

The demand for engineers with a background in electro-optics and photonics has grown as result of the increased use of optics in the field of engineering. These engineers design optoelectronic circuits, signal sources, detectors and transmission media. The optical engineering option in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares the engineer for various career opportunities.

The optical engineering option was developed jointly with the Department of Physics. Many technical disciplines now use optics. Medicine uses laser surgery and optical diagnostics. Communications is expanding optical fiber communication. Image processing is using optical techniques. The optical engineering option prepares future engineers for such areas as quantum theory; coherent/incoherent, polarized/non-polarized light; geometric, physical and Fourier optics; holography; and image processing and acquisition.

Math / Science Electives (3 credits)

PHYS 350 - Modern Physics, 3 credits
PHYS 481 - Introduction to Solid State Physics, 3 credits
Any from ECE approved Math / Science list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

ECE 421 - Communication Circuits, 3 credits
ECE 425 - Introduction to Semiconductor Devices, 3 credits

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

PHYS 413 - Lasers for Scientists and Engineers, 3 credits
PHYS 415 - Elements of Photonics, 3 credits - Strongly recommended
Other 3xx or 4xx from ECE approved list

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Must include ECE 443 - Communications I, 4 credits
ECE 331 - Energy Conversion,4 credits
ECE 376 - Embedded Systems,4 credits
ECE 461 - Control Systems,4 credits

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 411 - Optics for Scientists and Engineers, 3 credits
ECE 411L - Optics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory, 3 credits
ECE 417 - Optical Signal Transmission, 3 credits
Other 4xx from ECE approved list

Power Engineering

Power systems is the study of generating, transmitting and distributing electrical energy. The demand for efficient energy utilization has created expanded opportunities for students willing to accept responsible positions in a challenging field with power companies and consulting firms located all over the world. While graduates live and work in all areas of the United States, there are opportunities for power engineers in the upper Midwest.

Power engineers may design large generating stations like those in North Dakota or they may design the transmission lines and substations that deliver this power to load centers many miles away. Power engineers also design the distribution systems that tap power off transmission lines and deliver it reliably to the user at the farm, home and industrial firm. To design those systems, the power engineer receives training in power, circuits, electronics, control systems, communications and computers.

Economics, environment, efficiency and reliability are the constraints within which one must work in designing power systems. Well-rounded engineers who have an understanding of industrial and mechanical engineering in addition to electrical and computer engineering are in demand. The program in power systems at North Dakota State University is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge necessary to solve today's and tomorrow's energy problems.

Math/Science Electives (3 credits)

Any from the ECE approved list

Engineering Science Electives (6-9 credits)

IME 440 - Engineering Economy, 3 credits
Any from the ECE approved list

ECE Core Electives (12 credits)

Any from ECE approved core electives list

ECE Electronics Electives (3 credits)

ECE 437 - Power Electronics, 3 credit

ECE Electives (6-9 credits)

ECE 431 - Power Systems, 3 credits
ECE 432 - Computational Methods in Power Engineering, 3 credits
ECE 433 - Power System Design, 3 credits
ECE 731 - Power System Protection, 3 credits
ECE 733 - Power Distribution, 3 credits


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