Technical Cores / Technical Components

2014-2016 and 2016-2018 catalogs use "Technical Cores". Students pick a primary and secondary tech core.

  • Tech Cores: Students must choose a primary tech core (includes 8 courses) and a secondary techn core (includes 4 courses). Primary core options are chosen from Electrical Engineering tech cores or Computer Engineering tech cores. For the secondary tech core, students may choose any tech core, including Academic Enrichment. 

2018-2020 catalogs use "Technical Components". Students only pick ONE primary tech component. They don't have a "secondary", instead they have Free Electives (also known as Academic Enrichment).

  • Tech Components: Students must choose an Advanced Techn Component (includes 8 courses) and 14 hours of Free Electives. Tech Components are chosen from Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering tech components.


Electrical Engineering Cores / Components
Computer Engineering Technical Cores / Components
*Students in the 14-16 or 16-18 catalogs wishing to combine Data Science and Software Engineering will need to select Academic Enrichment as their secondary core and count the DS courses toward Academic Enrichment coursework.
Academic Enrichment (optional secondary technical core)


Click HERE for the Yellow Tech Core Packet! (Details on required courses and electives) 
Click HERE for the 2020-2022 Tech Elective Offerings! (NEW: Updated April 2, 2020) 

List of Faculty Mentors (Lists Faculty Mentors for each technical core/component) 


Step 1: Declare your tech cores/components here using the correct link below. Students declare by the time they complete EE 312 and EE 313.

Technical Core Selections Form 2014-2016 or 2016-2018 catalogs (declare/change your technical cores)

Technical Component Selections Form 2018-2020 catalog ONLY (declare/change your technical component) 

  • You'll receive a Secure Academic Note (SAN) confirming your technical core/component selections and assigning you a Faculty Mentor. You have the option to change your Faculty Mentor at any time using the above link.
  • You can change your tech cores until your last semester of enrollment. If you decide to change them, please re-submit the correct Tech Selections Form (catalog dependent). Please think carefully before making changes to technical cores and see an advisor if you have any questions. 
Step 2: Meet with your Faculty Mentor.  It is recommended to meet with your Faculty Mentor for advice on technical core courses, research interests, graduate school options, and career goals. 
Tech Core ABET Advising Worksheet (Use this worksheet during advising on technical core courses with your faculty mentor)
Data Science and Information Processing Form (If you have selected Data Science as your PRIMARY technical core, complete this form with your Faculty Mentor and return it to the ECE Undergraduate Advising Office).
NOTE: Data Science & Information Processing will show as Software Engineering and Design in your degree audit (2014-2016, 2016-2018 catalogs only). 
Step 3:  If choosing Academic Enrichment (AE) as your secondary technical core, please review guidelines and submit a survey on the Academic Enrichment website in order to have your AE courses approved and addedd to your IDA degree audit.