Description

Website: engineering.unl.edu/ece

The computer engineering program is administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the bachelor of science degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs on the Scott Campus (in Omaha) at the University of Nebraska is to develop and maintain programs of excellence in teaching and research which meet the educational needs of its constituents, which will support the state of Nebraska in its development as a leading center for high-technology computer/electronics/telecommunications industry and which will support national needs for well-educated ECE professionals.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the computer engineering program are a statement of what its graduates are doing or are capable of doing three to five years after graduation. The students in the computer engineering program receive a strong foundation in engineering science and design that not only enables them to pursue productive careers in the computer engineering field but also in other areas such as business, management, and medicine. Typical industries in which computer engineering graduates are employed include microprocessor/embedded system design, digital design, hardware/software integration, and computer architecture and parallel processing.

The Program Educational Objectives for the computer engineering program are that graduates will be:

  1. Employed in business, academia, or government.
  2. Successful engineers who have established productive careers in their field and have contributed to improve and provide innovative and effective solutions in computer engineering or related fields.
  3. Demonstrating technical and decision-making processes and the human interactions necessary to produce viable, responsible, and sustainable technological solutions.
  4. Engaging in lifelong learning, which may include postgraduate education, to successfully adapt to technological, industry specific, and cultural changes and to foster adept functioning in society.
  5. Performing engineering practice in a context that reflects awareness of the ethics of their profession and of the impacts of their work on the profession and society at large.

These Program Educational Objectives were developed with input from the program’s educational objectives constituency consisting of employers (including ECE Industry Advisory Board), graduates of the program, and faculty of the department.

Major Department Admission

General Requirements

Requirements for admission to the computer engineering program are that the student has:

  • maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.4 and is in good standing in the College of Engineering, and
  • completed ECEN 213 Electrical Circuits I and ECEN 313 Switching Circuits Theory with a grade of C or better.

A transfer student will be admitted if he/she has:

  • completed courses equivalent to ECEN 213 and ECEN 313 at other institutions with acceptable transfer grades of C or better, and
  • earned a GPA of 2.4 or better during their first 12 credit hours in computer engineering coursework at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Transfer students will be able to appeal to the advisors for admission if they fail to meet the GPA requirement for an additional semester.

Advisement

Upon entry into the program, each student will be assigned a faculty academic advisor. It is required that the student meets with the advisor prior to each class registration period and that all courses to be applied toward the degree be selected with the advice and approval of the advisor. Students are expected to have their academic records reviewed and obtain approval from the department prior to application to the University registrar for award of the degree in order to insure that all curricular requirements will be satisfied by the time of intended graduation.

Curriculum

Because of the rapid developments in the field of computer engineering, the curricular requirements are continually reviewed and upgraded to reflect technological advances. Curricular sequence and course descriptions contained herein are intended to serve as general guidelines. Contact the department for information on any changes to the requirements that are currently in effect but not listed in this catalog. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable coursework will be considered as new students upon reentering the computer or electronics engineering curricular sequence and will be subject to the requirements of the curriculum current at the time of their reentry. Certain courses may not be valid as prerequisites or as credit toward the degree after two academic years; the student’s academic advisor should be consulted regarding applicability.

The department maintains a high standard of excellence in meeting its objective of providing the student with extensive experience in the fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. The development of both hardware and software and the knowledge of the interrelationship of these areas is enhanced through the extensive use of laboratory equipment. The applicable University catalogs and College academic policies must be followed to ensure that the student satisfies the campus general education requirements.

Capstone

The capstone requirement provides a unique and challenging opportunity for the undergraduate student to demonstrate his/her ability to apply the knowledge gained in the coursework sequence to the planning, design, execution, testing and reporting of a significant project in the applications of engineering principles. The initiative and responsibility expected of the student executing the senior thesis parallel the expectations of the employer of the program graduate.

Electives

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEN) courses that are described in the catalog but are not shown as requirements in the semester sequences are offered as the need arises to provide co-interest areas wherein the students may broaden their background in the applications of computer engineering or electrical engineering. In addition, appropriate specified technical electives will be selected to augment the student’s particular area of interest. The applicability of transfer coursework with engineering content toward credit in the curriculum is determined on a case-by-case basis by the department.

Special Interest Areas

Opportunities are provided for the development of areas of special interest through enrollment in the Individual Study in Computer and Electronics Engineering courses which are offered at the freshman through senior level for the student who may wish to develop a topic under the guidance of a department faculty member. Enrollment is by permission after approval of a written proposal. Special Topics in Computer and Electronics Engineering classes also are offered by the department as the need arises to cover topics needing emphasis as a result of the rapidly developing fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. Academic advisors should be consulted regarding the particular topics to be covered and the necessary prerequisites for each offering of this course.

Students who expect to continue their education at the graduate level after the award of the baccalaureate degree should consult their advisor regarding course selections that would enhance that objective.

Students are encouraged to develop their professional and leadership potential through participation in student chapters of related professional organizations and in University extracurricular activities. Participation in the University Honors Program is encouraged for those who qualify.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. Mathematics – 4 units: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry
  2. English – 4 units
  3. Natural sciences – 3 units that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management)
  4. Foreign language – 2 units of a single foreign language
  5. Social studies – 3 units
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at Nebraska.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another University college until they meet COE admission requirements. Students transferring from UNO, UNL, or UNK to the College of Engineering must be in good academic standing with their institution.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although the University of Nebraska–Lincoln accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Upon admission to Nebraska, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

Students who were previously admitted to COE and are returning to the College of Engineering must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be readmitted to COE.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the computer engineering program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The above student outcomes have been approved by the ABET Engineering Area Delegation for use beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, and have been adopted by the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Degree

First Semester
ECEN 103Electrical and Computer Engineering Fundamentals4
CSCE 155AComputer Science I3
or CSCE 155E Computer Science I: Systems Engineering Focus
MATH 106Calculus I5
JGEN 300Technical Communication II3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Second Semester
ECEN 106Microprocessor Applications3
ECEN 123Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering1
ECEN 225Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar1
CSCE 156Computer Science II4
MATH 107Calculus II 14
PHYS 211General Physics I4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Third Semester
ECEN 213Electrical Circuits I3
ECEN 218Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
MATH 221Differential Equations3
PHYS 212General Physics II4
PHYS 222General Physics Laboratory II1
COMM 109Fundamentals of Human Communication3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Fourth Semester
ECEN 217Electrical Circuits III1
ECEN 222Electronic Circuits I4
ECEN 313Switching Circuits Theory4
MATH 208Calculus III4
ACE 5 Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Fifth Semester
ECEN 310Digital Design and Interfacing4
ECEN 332Assembly Language Programming1
CSCE 310Data Structures and Algorithms3
MATH 314Linear Algebra3
STAT 380Statistics and Applications3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Sixth Semester
ECEN 325Communications Systems4
ECEN 433Microprocessor System Design4
ENGR Electives6
ACE 6 Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Seventh Semester
ECEN 435Embedded Microcontroller Design4
ECEN 496Capstone I2
ENGR 469Technology, Science and Civilization (UNO) 23
ENGR Electives3
ACE 7 Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Eighth Semester
ECEN 499Capstone II3
ENGR Electives9
ACE 9 Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours124

Technical Electives

The computer engineering program requires 15 hours of engineering electives. These consist of at least 15 hours of any ECEN courses at the junior or senior level as well as ECEN 214/2140 or ECEN 216/2160. Students can substitute 3 of these hours with a course from the following list:
 

Computer Science (Omaha CSCI) courses:

4150/8156       Graph Theory and Applications

4220/8226      Programming Languages

4300/8306      Deterministic Operations Research Models

4310/8316       Probabilistic Operations Research Models

4440/8446     Introduction to Parallel Computing

4450/8456      Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

4470/8476      Pattern Recognition

4500/8506      Operating Systems

4510/8516       Advanced Operating Systems

4620/8626      Computer Graphics

4660/8666      Automata, Computability and Formal Languages

4760/8766      Topics in Modeling

4830/8836      Introduction to Software Engineering

4850/8856      Database Management Systems

Math (Omaha MATH) courses:

            4150/8156       Graph Theory and Applications

4300/8306      Deterministic Operations Research Models

4310/8316       Probabilistic Operations Research Models

4660/8666      Automata, Computability and Formal Languages

4760/8766      Topics in Modeling

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Electronics Engineer, National Air and Space Intelligence Center - Dayton OH
  • Design Engineer, Garmin - Olathe KS
  • Jr. Project Engineer, Union Pacific - Omaha NE
  • Product Manager, Hudl - Lincoln NE
  • Embedded Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin - Denver CO
  • Software Developer, IBM - Rochester MN
  • Computer Engineer, United States Department of Defense - San Antonio TX
  • Software Developer in Test, Amazon - Seattle WA
  • Software Developer Engineer, Microsoft - Seattle WA
  • System Integration Specialist, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • System Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
  • Aviation Software Engineer, Garmin - Olathe KS
  • Software Engineer Intern, Microsoft - Redmond WA
  • Simulation Lab Intern, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Hardware Engineer, Springbok Inc. - Omaha NE
  • Software Development Intern, Epic Systems - Madison WI
  • Software Engineering Intern, Firespring - Lincoln NE
  • Applications Developer Intern, Gallup - Omaha NE
  • Design Engineering Intern, Communication Systems Solutions - Lincoln NE
  • Network Design Intern, Union Pacific - Omaha NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Electrical Engineering, M.S., University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Electrical Engineering, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles CA
  • Robotics Engineering, Northwestern University - Evanston IL
  • Visualization, M.S., Texas A&M University - College Station TX
  • Computer Science, Ph.D., University of Colorado - Boulder CO
  • Information Technology, M.S., University of Texas-Austin - Austin TX
  • Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Areas, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Computer Science, M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Mathematics, M.S., University of Nebraska Omaha - Omaha NE
  • Software Engineering, M.Sc., University of Sheffield - Sheffield Great Britain