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Electrical & Computer Engineering > Major in Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers both undergraduate and masters degree programs. The undergraduate major in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students may choose electives in microelectronics, communications, signal processing, control, robotics, energy conversion, microwaves, electromagnetics and computer engineering.

Electrical Engineering continues to be a growth program in the field of engineering due to a rapidly changing technological society and expanding industrial needs. The New Paltz program is designed to meet these needs generally and those of the mid-Hudson valley specifically.

The curriculum consists of a general education component, a pre-engineering phase (pre-engineering major code 516), and upper-division engineering course work (electrical engineering major code 517). Electrical engineering students must meet a modified General Education Requirement. The pre-engineering and general education
requirements are exactly the same for the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum 127 - 128 credits
General Education ............................................ 18 credits
Pre-Engineering ................................................ 43 credits
Electrical Engineering Core ............................ 52-53 credits
Technical Electives ........................................... 14 credits

Although it is possible for a dedicated student who begins the math sequence with Calculus I to complete all degree requirements in four years, our students, like those at most engineering schools in the United States, typically require an additional semester to complete the program.

General Education - 18 credits
Choose one (1) course from each of the following six categories:
1. American History
2. World Civilization
3. Western Civilization
4. Humanities
5. Social Science
6. Art

Pre-Engineering Requirement - 43 credits
The pre-engineering course of study consists of 43 credits in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, introductory engineering, and English. The required courses are:

Mathematics
MAT251 Calculus I (4)
MAT252 Calculus II (4)
MAT353 Calculus III (4)
MAT341 Applied Mathematics I (3)
MAT342 Applied Mathematics II (3)

Computer Science
CPS210 Computer Science I: Foundations (4)

Physics
PHY201 General Physics I (4)
PHY202 General Physics II (4)

Chemistry
CHE201 General Chemistry I (4)

Engineering
EGG101 Introduction to Engineering Science (3)

English
ENG160 Freshman Composition I (3)
ENG180 Freshman Composition II (3)
OR
ENG205 General Honors English I (3)
ENG206 General Honors English II (3)

Admission to the Electrical Engineering Major
Students completing the pre-engineering sequence with a grade point average of 2.50 or above are eligible for admission to the Electrical Engineering program (major code 517).

Note that the general education and pre-engineering requirements are identical for both electrical and computer engineering majors. Therefore, a student who has successfully completed the preengineering requirement may declare either the electrical engineering (major code 517) or the
computer engineering (major code 518) upper division major.

Students are strongly advised to complete at least six credits of general education courses before applying for admission to an engineering major.

The admission of transfer students will be based on a detailed comparison of their transcript with the New Paltz pre-engineering requirements and consultation with an advisor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Departmental Academic Policies
Pre-engineering students may not enroll in engineering or engineering-related courses other than Introduction to Engineering Science (EGG101) and Technical Communications (EGG309). Exceptions are frequently granted for Circuits Laboratory (EGE209), Circuit Analysis (EGE210), Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (EGG350), Digital Logic Laboratory (EGG208), Digital Logic Fundamentals (EGG230), Ordinary Differential Equations [ODE] (MAT359), and Linear Algebra (MAT362). Permission to register in any of these courses must be obtained from the department before registration.

Students may not enroll in any engineering course unless all prerequisites have been met with a grade of C- or better. Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis cannot be applied to meet the engineering degree requirements.

Upper-Division Electrical Engineering Requirement
The upper-division electrical engineering course work, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree
in Electrical Engineering, consists of the electrical engineering core and a series of technical
electives.

Electrical Engineering Core Curriculum - 52-53 credits
The following courses constitute the electrical engineering core:

   
Total
Credits
Design
Credits
Eng/Sci
Credits
EGE209 Circuits Laboratory
1
0.5
0.5
EGE250
Circuit Analysis
3
0.5
2.5
EGE311 Signals and Systems 3
0.5
2.5
EGE312 Communication Systems 3    
EGE316 Control Systems I 3    
EGE320 Electronics I
3
1.0
2.0
EGE321 Electronics II
3
1.0
2.0
EGE322 Electronics I Lab
1
1.0
0
EGE323 Electronics II Lab
1
1.0
0
EGE340 Engineering Electromagnetics I
3
0.5
2.5
EGE341 Engineering Electromagnetics II
3
0.5
2.5
EGE370 Engineering Statistics 3    
EGE408 Senior Design Project I1
3
3.0
0
EGE409 Senior Design Project II1
3
3.0
0
EGC150 Engineering Computing I 1    
EGC208 Digital Logic Laboratory 1
1
0.5
0.5
EGC230 Digital Logic Fundamentals
3
1.0
2.0
EGC250 Engineering Computing II 1    
EGC308 Microprocessor Laboratory 1
1
0.5
0.5
EGC331 Microprocessor System Design
3
1.0
2.0
EGG309 Technical Communications
3
0
0
PHYXXX Engineering Mechanics OR Thermodynamics2
3 or 4
1.0
2.0
   
52-53

Electrical Engineering Technical Electives - 14 credits
Fourteen credits of technical electives are required which must include at least three electrical and/or computer engineering (EGEXXX and/or EGGXXX) lecture courses (9 credits) and two engineering (EGEXXX and/or EGGXXX) laboratories (2 credits). Students must obtain the advice of their advisor about their choice of electives before registering. (Engineering graduate courses can be used as undergraduate technical electives.)

 

Lecture Group:
Total
Credits
Design
Credits
Eng/Sci
Credits
CPS310 Computer Science II: Data Structure
4
1.0
3.0
CPS340 Operating Systems I
3
1.0
2.0
CPS353 Software Engineering 3 2 1
EGE317 Digital Control Systems
3
1.0
2.0
EGE342 Microwave Fundamentals
3
1.0
2.0
EGE436 Microelectronic Technology
3
1.0
2.0
EGE451 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
3
1.0
2.0
EGE452 Electric Power Systems
3
1.0
2.0
EGE440 Solid State Devices
3
1.0
2.0
EGE494 Co-op/Fieldwork 3 1.5 1.5
EGC423 Digital Integrated Circuits
3
1.0
2.0
EGC432 Intro. to Computer Architecture 3 1 2
EGC435 VLSI Design
3
0.5
1.5
EGC450 Digital Systems Design 3 2 1
EGC416 Embedded Systems
3
1.5
1.5
EGG4XX Computer Communication
3
1.0
2.0
MAT320 Discrete Mathematics 3 0 0
MAT375 Numerical Methods
3
0
1.0
MAT382 Probability and Statistics II
3
0
1.0
MAT488 Partial Differential Equations 3 0 0
PHY309 Modern Physics II
3
0
0

 

Laboratory Group:
Total
Credits
Design
Credits
Eng/Sci
Credits
EGE302 Antenna Lab
1
0
1.0
EGE303 Microwave Fundamentals Lab
1
0.5
0.5
EGE304 Control
1
0
1.0
EGE305 Communication Lab
1
0
1.0
EGE306 Microwave Circuits Lab
1
0.5
0.5
EGE450 Microelectronics Technology Lab
1
0
1.0
EGEXXX Electromechanical Energy Conversion Lab
1
0
1.0
EGEXXX Computer Simulation 1 0 1
EGEXXX Electric Power 1 0 1
EGE401 VLSI Design Lab
1
0.5
0.5

Footnotes:

1 Senior Design Project (EGE408 and EGE409) - 6 cr. Seniors must register during each of the last two semesters preceding their graduation for Senior Design Project. A single project under the direction of a single faculty member will be spread over two semesters. This project should provide a meaningful engineering design experience and should draw on the cumulative technical background of the student.

2 Choose one of the following two courses:
PHY315 Engineering Mechanics (4)
PHY422 Thermodynamics (3)