2013-2014 General Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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The undergraduate programs in electrical and computer engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

College of Engineering
Department Office: 3280 Merrill Engineering Building
Mailing Address: 50 S. Central Campus Dr, Rm. 3280, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9206
Phone: 801-581-6941
Website: www.ece.utah.edu.

Department Chair: G. Lazzi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Advisors: 801-581-4657
Graduate Advisor: 801-581-6943

Engineering is a problem-solving profession that uses science, technology, computers, and common sense to design, simulate, construct, maintain, and distribute goods, services, and information systems. Electrical engineers work in researching, designing, developing, and operating many thousands of electrical systems and components that help run our world. They design all types of systems that use electricity, from microscopic sensors to large-scale power systems. In addition to computer chips, wireless communications, and signal processing, the undergraduate program at the University provides the intellectual tools and skills for specialization in control systems, microelectronics, lasers and optics, microwaves, and solid-state materials and devices.

Undergraduate Program

Please see the Electrical Engineering B.S., H.B.S. and Computer Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Admission Requirements

There are additional admission requirements for these programs. Please see the program pages for more information.

Students in Other Majors

ECE Classes numbered ECE 2240  and below are open to UofU students who have the proper prerequisites. ECE 3950 , ECE 4900 , and ECE 4910  are open only to Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering major students and may not be taken by students in other majors. All other ECE classes may be taken by students in other majors only if all of the following requirements are met:

  • You have passing grades in all required prerequisites.
  • You have a cumulative technical GPA on ECE and CS classes that equals or exceeds the EE admission GPA.
  • You have a cumulative U of U GPA that equals or exceeds the EE admission GPA.
  • You receive instructor’s permission.
  • Space is available in the class.

If you qualify, submit a request form available on the ECE website. You are put on a waiting list and are registered during open registration on a first-come, first-served basis.


See the department website at http://www.ece.utah.edu/scholarships regarding undergraduate scholarships.

Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from other colleges and universities should read the section on transfer students in the ECE undergraduate handbook, or see additional information on the ECE website.

After being admitted to the University of Utah, transfer students must petition the ECE department for acceptance of transfer classes that the student expects to count toward the electrical engineering degree. Petition forms are available on the ECE web site. Transfer students must complete the petition and have it evaluated by the department’s Undergraduate Committee before applying for admission to major status. A petition for acceptance of transfer credit is not an application for major admission.

To qualify for departmental major admission, transfer students must have the equivalent of the classes listed under Major Status above.

Graduate Program

Please see the Electrical Engineering M.E, M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Director of Graduate Studies, Ajay Nahata, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization

Electromagnetics, optics, microelectronic devices, communications, digital signal processing, microwave devices, computer engineering, control systems, and semiconductor devices.

Admission Requirements

There are additional admission requirements for these programs. Please see the program pages for more information.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), general test only.

International students are required to take the TOEFL before they can be accepted for graduate study. After beginning their studies, they are required to take the SPEAK test. Students who score below 50 on the SPEAK test are directed to take English courses.

Supervisory Committee

By the beginning of the second semester of study, students must file a Request for Supervisory Committee form with the department office. Generally, the committee consists of three members for the M.S. degree, one member (chair only) for the M.E. degree, three members for the degree of Electrical Engineer, or five members for the Ph.D. degree.

Credit Limitations

Up to nine hours of nonmatriculated coursework may be included on a student’s program of study if approved by the supervisory committee and the Department Graduate Committee. For graduation, the cumulative GPA on the courses listed on the program of study must be at least 3.0 with no grade lower than C-. 

Financial Assistance

A number of research and teaching assistantships are available. Students interested in financial aid should visit the department website at www.ece.utah.edu

Program and Course Offerings


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      Electrical and Computer Engineering

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