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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Telephone: (302) 831-2405
E-mail: dnelson@udel.edu
Website: http://www.ece.udel.edu
Faculty Listing: http://www.ece.udel.edu/people/faculty.php



The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs that lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Computer Engineering, both with Honors Degree options. The Electrical Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to enter the broad profession of modern electrical engineering. The Computer Engineering curriculum is more focused on the application of electrical engineering principles to the design of computers, networks of computers, or systems that include computers.



The Educational Objectives of the department are:

  1. Graduates who choose to follow a career path in industry or government will be successful in obtaining employment and will become productive and valued engineers within their companies.
  2. Graduates who choose to obtain an advanced degree in engineering will be successful in gaining admission to a graduate program and obtaining their desired degree.
  3. Graduates will have the professional skills required to advance into leadership positions within their chosen careers.




The Department has rigorous standards for admission into the courses in the Department.  These standards have evolved over time and are intended to promote success in the sequential development of the material.  Coursework in electrical and computer engineering starts with the first term of the freshman year, with successive years building on prerequisite courses and including an unusually high number of courses with laboratories.  Please read the course descriptions for the specific prerequisites and corequisites.




To qualify for sophomore standing, students must have satisfactorily completed MATH 241MATH 242CISC 210 , PHYS 207, and CPEG 202 by the end of the summer session of their freshman year. With few exceptions, students are expected to complete this program in eight regular semesters. With electrical and computer engineering courses being offered only once each year, it is imperative that students follow as closely as possible the course sequences outlined below.


There are four basic parts to the Delaware curriculum in engineering: (1) a core group of courses, (2) a group of foundation electives, (3) an elective group of technical courses, and (4) a “breadth” component that includes six courses in the humanities and social sciences and two in written communications.

The core group consists of required courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering.


Foundation electives are chosen from a restricted list of courses.  Electrical engineering majors must take three foundation classes and Computer Engineering majors must take one (Computer Engineers cannot count CPEG 323 since it is a core course for their major).


The breadth component must include courses from the humanities and from the social sciences, including courses at an advanced level. Electrical and Computer Engineering students must include two writing courses (ENGL 110 and one from a list of five upper level English courses).


Any deviation from the above requirements must be approved by the ECE Department Associate Chair or the student’s designee.




Bioelectrical Engineering

A minor in Bioelectrical Engineering may be earned by a student in any University bachelor’s degree program. This minor provides students with an opportunity to integrate physiology and biological sciences with engineering aspects in signal measurement and processing. Further inquiries about the Bioelectrical Engineering Minor can be made to the Minor Advisor.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Abhyudai Singh at (302) 831-8447 or absingh@udel.edu.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students pursuing the Electrical and Computer Engineering minor can get advice from the ECE office or from the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. The minor is not available to students majoring in Electrical Engineering (ELEG) or Computer Engineering (CPEG). Accomplishment of a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering has many advantages but it must be understood that meeting the requirements for a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering without fulfilling the remaining requirements for an accredited engineering degree does not provide the breadth and depth of knowledge required of an electrical or a computer engineer.  For students in other majors, such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science, a minor in ECE will help expand their knowledge and capabilities and make them more desirable employees in many jobs.  Questions, please contact ece-info@udel.edu



A minor in Cybersecurity may be earned by a student in any University bachelor’s degree program. This minor provides students with an opportunity to help infuse cybersecurity fundamentals into other degree programs. Further inquiries about the Cybersecurity Minor can be made to the Minor Advisor.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Chase Cotton at (302) 831-8517 or ccotton@udel.edu.





Technical electives are chosen from a set of approved courses in the fields of engineering, mathematics, natural science, and computer science. These electives provide the student with the opportunity to study an area of interest at greater depth. The technical elective courses chosen by the student must follow the specific guidelines for the student’s major and be approved by the departmental academic advisor. Students must take at least six credits in courses designated as “design.”


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