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Electrical Engineering Minor

A student graduating with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder may also receive a Minor in Electrical Engineering. The Minor in Electrical Engineering provides training in electrical engineering beyond the training usually received by science, mathematics and applied mathematics majors. It can also broaden the training of students majoring in other engineering fields to provide more depth in electrical engineering. The goal is to teach students the fundamentals of electrical engineering and introduce them to at least one of its many advanced application areas. Such skills are important to students who expect to participate in real world situations that increasingly involve electrical engineering applications. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Preparation for the minor
Prerequisites for these courses are two semesters of calculus, differential equations with linear algebra. Note also that ECEN 1400, Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronics is available as a freshman elective but is not required.

All the courses listed below are 3 credit-hour courses.

Course Number    Course Title
Required courses - 9 credits
ECEN 2250 Intro to Circuits and Electronics (prereq/coreq of APPM 2360)
ECEN 2260 Circuits as Systems
ECEN 2270 Electronics Design Lab
Choose the remaining 9 credits from the list below based on area of interest
ECEN 4811Neural Signals & Functional Brain Imaging
ECEN 4821Neural Systems & Physiological Control
ECEN 4831Brains, Minds & Computers
Computer Engineering (must take all three courses)
ECEN 2350Digital Logic (prereq of ECEN 1030 or CSCI 1300)
ECEN 3350Programming Digital Systems
ECEN 3360Digital Design Lab
ECEN 3250Circuits/Electronics 3 (prereq for follow-on courses)
ECEN 3320Semiconductor Devices
ECEN 3170Energy Conversion 1
ECEN 4797Introduction to Power Electronics
ECEN 4827Analog Integrated Circuit Design
Fields, Waves, Photonics
ECEN 3400Electromagnetic Fields & Waves (prereq for follow-on courses)
ECEN 3410Electromagnetic Waves & Transmission
ECEN 4106Photonics
ECEN 4645Introduction to Optical Electronics (prereq ECEN 3400 and 3410)
Nanostructures & Devices
ECEN 3320Semiconductor Devices (prreq ECEN 3250)
ECEN 4345Introduction to Solid State (prereq ECEN 3400)
ECEN 4555Energy Systems and Devices (prereq PHYS 2130 and ECEN 3810 or APPM 3570)
Signals & Systems
ECEN 3300Linear Systems (prereq for follow-on courses)
ECEN 4138Control Systems Analysis
ECEN 4242Communication Theory (requires one of the following courses in probability: ECEN 3810, APPM 3570, or MATH 4510)
ECEN 4632Introduction to Digital Filtering

Minimum Grades
Students admitted to the Electrical Engineering Minor must have a cumulative GPA of 2.700 or better. A cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better is required in courses used to satisfy the requirements of this minor. Each individual course that is counted toward this minor must be passed. A passing grade is a D- or better. Note, however, that a C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses.