Technical Cores

Students pursing a BSEE must choose a primary technical core (includes 8 courses) and a secondary technical core (includes 4 courses). Primary core options are chosen from Electrical Engineering technical cores or Computer Engineering technical cores. For the secondary technical core, students may choose any technical core, including Academic Enrichment. 


Electrical Engineering Technical Cores

Computer Engineering Technical Cores

Communications, Signal Processing, Networks and Systems
Electronics and Integrated Circuits
Energy Systems and Renewable Energy
Fields, Waves and Electromagnetic Systems
Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology

Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems
Data Science and Information Processing*
Software Engineering and Design

*Students wishing to combine Data Science and Software Engineering will need to select Academic Enrichment as their secondary core and count the secondary core's courses toward Academic Enrichment coursework.

Academic Enrichment (optional secondary technical core)


    Packet of Approved Technical Core Courses (Details required courses and electives for each technical core) 
    2018-2020 ECE Elective Offerings (Outlines elective courses offerings by semester)
    Technical Core Faculty Mentors 2017-2018 (Lists Faculty Mentors for each technical core) 


Step 1: Declare your technical core selections online. Students are expected to declare their technical cores by the time they have completed EE 312 and EE 313.

Technical Core Selections Form (Use this form to declare or change your technical cores) 

  • You will receive a Secure Academic Note (SAN) confirming your technical core selections and assigning you a Faculty Mentor. You have the option to change your Faculty Mentor at any time - please notify the advising office. 
  • You are given the option to change your technical cores until your last semester of enrollment. If you decide to change your technical core selections, please resubmit the Technical Core Selections Forms and redo the steps on this page. 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. 

Step 3: Complete the Academic Enrichment survey. 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.