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EE Core Required Courses

Electrical Engineering

Required Courses

The following are required courses in the EE curriculum:

Please Note: The course links below are for the current term. If a course is not offered during the current term, please search the course catalog to view other terms.

 

ECE/CoE 0031: Linear Circuits and Systems 1


Credits: 4

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
The analysis of linear circuits. Electric variables and circuit elements, Kirchoff's and Ohm's Law, mesh and node equations, Thevenin and Norton Equivalent circuits. First and second-order circuits, time domain analysis.

Prerequisites:

  • PHYS 0175
  • MATH 0230

 

Credits: 1

Term(s) Offered: (Beginning Fall 2017) Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No 

Description:
The analysis of linear circuits. Electric variables and circuit elements, Kirchoff's and Ohm's Law, mesh and node equations, Thevenin and Norton Equivalent circuits. First and second-order circuits, time domain analysis. This is a lab that is required for all transfer students.

Prerequisites:

  • PHYS 0175
  • MATH 0230

ECE/CoE 0132: Digital Logic


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
Introduction to digital systems, Boolean algebra, minimization of logic functions, combinational and sequential circuit design.

Prerequisites:

  • PHYS 0175

 

ECE/CoE 0142: Computer Organization


Credits:

Term(s) Offered:Fall: No Spring: Yes  Summer: Yes  

Description:
Digital computer data representation, instruction formats, control, memory and input-output units, microprocessors, minicomputers.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE/COE 0132

 

ECE 0257: Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: Yes

Description:
Diode circuits, power supply design; analysis and design of bipolar junction transistor and field effect transistor amplifiers. Bias stability analysis, power amplifiers. Ideal operational amplifiers, CMOS inverters.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE/COE 0031

 

ECE/CoE 0501: Digital Laboratory


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: Yes

Description:
This course and laboratory introduces students to the basic concepts of digital circuits, simulation and instrumentation, systems composed of discrete devices, logic gates, and combinatorial and sequential circuits are designed, simulated, built and tested.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE/COE 0031
  • ECE/COE 0132

 

ECE 1201: Electronic Measurements and Circuits Laboratory


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
This is a laboratory course which includes electronic measurements and circuits including experiments on the use of electronic test equipment, a variety of linear circuits; non-linear device characteristics, operational amplifier basics, and transistor amplifier characteristics and design. Time and frequency domain methodologies are also covered.

 Corequisites:

  • ECE 0257

 

ECE 1212: Electronic Circuit Design Laboratory


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: No Spring: Yes Summer: Yes

Description:
This is an electronic circuit's laboratory experience with emphasis on circuit applications and design. Topics include: multi-stage amplifier design; operational amplifier applications; analog-digital conversion applications, active filters.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE 0257
  • ECE 1201

 

ECE 1247: Semiconductor Device Theory


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
This course includes the electrical properties of solids, energy levels, semiconductor theory, diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE/COE 0031

 

ECE 1259: Electromagnetics


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
The content of this course included: Vector Calculus, Gradient Curl, Divergence Theorem and Stokes' Theorem, Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law, Laplace Equation, Poisson Equation, Dielectrics, Biot-Savart Law, Vector Potentials, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, Inductance, Magnetic Materials, Lorentz Force, Maxwell's Equations, Electromagnetic Radiation.

Prerequisites:

  • PHYS 0175
  • MATH 0240

 

ECE 1552: Signals and Systems Analysis


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
This course provides an introduction to signal representation, continuous-time systems, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, Laplace transforms, discrete-time systems, Fourier analysis of discrete-time systems, z-transforms, the discrete Fourier transforms.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE/COE 0031
  • MATH 0240

 

ECE 1563: Signal Processing Laboratory


Credits: 3

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: No

Description:
This is a laboratory course that includes data acquisition and computer-based measurements, recursive and FIR filters, and frequency response and filter implementation using FFT's.

Prerequisites:

  • ECE 1201
  • ECE 1552

 

 

Each student must complete the following probability and statistics course:

ENGR 0020: Probability and Statistics for Engineers 1


Credits: 4

Term(s) Offered:Fall: Yes Spring: Yes Summer: Yes

Description:
An introductory course in statistics. Topics covered include: data analysis, probability, random variables, selected discrete and continuous probability distributions, one sample and two sample estimation, hypothesis testing, experiments with one factor, experiments with two factors and introduction to regression analysis.

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 0230 (Calculus 2) or equivalent

 

 

Substitute Courses

The following University of Pittsburgh courses may be substituted for required courses in the EE curriculum:

  • CHEM 0110 and/or 0120 for CHEM 0960 and/or 0970
  • PHYS 0475 and 0476 (honors physics) for PHYS 0174 and 0175
  • PHYS 1351 for ECE 1259

If a student wishes to have any other courses considered as a substitute for a required ECE course, the student must submit a written request to the undergraduate coordinator, including a course syllabus, catalog description, and description of prerequisites.