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Electives

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Calculus I and II
If for any reason you do not complete Calculus I and II by the end of your Freshman year, you should arrange to take these course(s) during the summer before returning to Clarkson. Calculus II is a prerequisite to most of the courses in the Sophomore EE and Computer Engineering curricula. It will be difficult for you to schedule your courses so that you can graduate on time if you have not passed Calculus II before beginning your Sophomore year.

ES110 - Engineering and Society, a Knowledge Area course (STS - Science, Technology and Society). ES100 contains one communication point. Engineering majors must be first year students to enroll.

BY 160 is a 3 credit course while CM 132 is a 4 credit course. Students taking BY 160 instead of CM 132 will also need to take an additional 1 credit course in order to earn the 120 credits needed to graduate. For example, The extra credit can be earned by taking

  • BY162 Biology II Laboratory (2 credits)
  • FY100 Transitions (1 credit)
  • a 1 credit MP course

Computer Engineering Senior Laboratory
Notice that EE464 (Digital Systems Design) and EE416 (Computer Engineering Senior Laboratory) form an integrated pair of courses; each is co-requisite with the other. These courses are only taught in the Fall, and it is important to plan your schedule so that they are included then.

Area Elective

There are five Area Electives in the EE curriculum. The area electives must be selected as follows:

  • 3 from a single area of electrical and computer engineering, and
  • 1 from each of two other areas of electrical and computer engineering.

Here are the areas and the courses in thoses areas:

  • Electronics (Depth and Breadth):
    • EE345, EE365, EE441, EE442, EE445, EE446, EE447, EE448
  • Power (Depth and Breadth):
    • EE333, EE430, EE431, EE438, EE439, EE448
  • Computers (Depth Only):
    • EE360, EE361, EE363, EE365, EE368, EE404, EE407, EE408, EE410, EE427, EE462, EE465, EE466, EE468
  • Computer Hardware (Breadth Only):
    • EE360, EE365, EE404, EE407, EE466
  • Computer Software (Breadth Only):
    • EE361, EE363, EE368, EE408, EE410, EE427, EE462, EE465, EE468
  • Signal Processing, Communication and Control (Depth Only):
    • EE470, EE401, EE407, EE427, EE450, EE451, EE452, EE471
  • Signal Processing and Communication (Breadth Only):
    • EE470, EE401, EE407, EE 427, EE452, EE471
  • Control (Breadth Only):
    • EE450, EE451
  • Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (Breadth Only):
    • BR400, EE485

Breadth Only Areas can be selected only if the corresponding Depth Only Area is not selected. For example, Computer Software can be used as a Breadth Area only if Computers is not used as a Depth Area.

There are other ways of selecting Area Electives to achieve depth and breadth. An Area Elective Plan must be submitted for a plan that does not conform to the above organization of EE electives. No Area Elective Plan needs to be submitted for plans that conform to the above organization of EE electives.

Computer Engineering - Computer Science Elective
A computer science course (any course with the CS designation) numbered 200 or higher, except CS241.

Engineering Science Elective
ES220 - Statics  or ES340 - Thermodynamics.

KA/UC (Knowledge Area/University Course) Elective
A total of five KA/UC courses which must be taken to cover four of the six knowledge areas:

  • Cultures and Societies (CSO)
  • Contemporary and Global Issues (CGI)
  • Imaginative Arts (IA)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Economics and Organizations (EC)
  • Individual and Group Behavior (IG)

At least one of the KA/UC courses must be a University course. University courses are interdisciplinary courses that cover two or more knowledge areas.

One of the KA/UC courses must be in the EC area. EC350 is the recommended EC Knowledge Area elective.

Mathematics Elective
MA 211 or any course numbered MA 300+.

Professional Elective
The Professional Elective may be BR 400 or any course numbered EE 300+.

Software Engineering Professional Elective
Software Engineering Professional Electives may be any course numbered EE 300+, CS 300+, MS 300+, AS 300+, BR 400, ME 444, COMM 442, COMM 444 or CS 242.

Undesignated Elective
These electives may be used for additional technical courses, technical communications courses, management courses (in preparation for an MBA), or any other college level coursework that may interest you. These electives may not repeat material you have already studied in some other course.

ROTC courses beyond the Freshman level may be used for this requirement.

Three-credit combinations of one-credit courses and two-credit courses may also be used for undesignated elective credit.

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