Minor in Electrical Engineering

The minor in Electrical Engineering is designed to allow students with quantitative and scientific aptitudes and interests to acquire a basic level of competence in a particular area of electrical engineering. It can bring significant career benefits to majors in science or other engineering programs.

A minor must be completed at the time of the degree and will be so noted on the student's transcript.  A student cannot be readmitted to the University to complete only a minor.

Admission and Constraints

Any degree candidate who has earned at least 24 credits, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 and with at least a 2.500 GPA in the major, may request admission to a minor in Electrical Engineering from the Chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A total of at least 19 credits, of which 9 must be at the upper division (300-400) level, of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses must be taken, following a plan of study approved by an advisor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and signed by the Chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be taken at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the GPA in the minor must be at least 2.000.

Each plan must include the following courses (7 or 7.5 credits):

  • (1) ECE 201 and ECE 202; OR
  • (2) ECE 211, ECE 202, and ECE 251

In addition, one of the following clusters must be completed.

General Electrical Engineering (15 to 18.5 credits)

  • ECE 160 Foundations of Computer Engineering I
  • Choose one of the following two courses:
    • ECE 250 Fundamentals of MATLAB
    • ECE 260 Digital Logic and Computer Design
  • Choose three of the following seven courses:
    • ECE 311 Dital Electronics
    • ECE 312 Analog Electronics
    • ECE 320 Discrete-Time Linear Systems
    • ECE 321 Continuous-Time Linear Systems
    • ECE 335 Electromagnetic Theory I
    • ECE 336 Electromagnetic Theory II
    • ECE 384 Random Signals and Noise

Electromagnetic Theory (12 credits)

  • ECE 335 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • ECE 336 Electromagnetic Theory II
  • ECE 431 Antennas and Propagation
  • ECE 435 Microwave and RF Engineering

Electronics (14.5 credits)

  • ECE 260 Digital Logic and Computer Design
  • ECE 311 Digital Electronics
  • ECE 312 Analog Electronics
  • Choose one of the following two courses:
    • ECE 413 Introduction to VLSI Design
    • ECE 424 Introduction to Solid State Electronics

Signal Processing (15 credits)

  • ECE 160 Foundations of Computer Engineering I
  • ECE 250 Fundamentals of MATLAB
  • ECE 320 Discrete-Time Linear Systems
  • ECE 321 Continuous-Time Linear Systems
  • ECE 384 Random Signals and Noise