Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Electrical Engineering Areas of Concentration

Digital Systems

To fulfill the digital systems concentration requirements, a student must complete one (1) design course from the following design courses:

  • ECE 1161: Embedded Computer System Design 2
  • ECE 1193: Advanced VLSI Design
  • ECE/CoE 1896: Senior Design Project

A student must also complete one (1) of the following courses:

  • ECE 1192: Introduction to VLSI Design
  • ECE 1238: Digital Electronics

A student must take three (3) additional electives from the following list:

  • ECE/CoE 1150: Introduction to Computer Networks
  • ECE/CoE 1160: Introduction to Embedded System Design
  • ECE/CoE 1180: Computational Modeling and Simulation for Engineers
  • ECE/CoE 1186: Software Engineering
  • ECE/COE 1188:  Cyber-Physical Systems
  • CS/CoE 1501: Algorithm Implementations
  • CS/CoE 1541: Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • CS/CoE 1550: Introduction to Operating Systems
  • CS 1662: Introduction to Compiler Design

Electronics (Circuits and Devices)

To fulfill the electronics concentration requirements, a student must include any of the following four electrical engineering courses as EE electives:

  • ECE 1238: Digital Electronics
  • ECE 1266: Applications of Fields and Waves
  • ECE 1232: Introduction to Lasers and Optical Electronics
  • ECE 1286: Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits
  • ECE 1750:  Power Electronics Conversion Theory

A student must take one design elective of the following courses:

  • ECE/CoE 1896: Senior Design Project
  • ECE 1161: Embedded Computer System Design 2
  • ECE 1193: Advanced VLSI Design

Electric Power

To fulfill the area of concentration in power, a student must complete:   

  • ECE 1769: Power Systems Analysis 1

And three additional electives from the following courses:

  • ECE 1673: Linear Control Systems
  • ECE 1700: Construction and Cost of Electrical Supply
  • ECE 1710: Power Distribution Systems Engineering and Smart Grids
  • ECE 1750: Power Electronics Conversion Theory
  • ECE 1771: Electric Machinery
  • ECE 1773: Power Generation, Operation and Control 
  • MEMS 0051: Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • ENGR 1700: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • Any (1) 2000 level power course

Communications and Signal Processing

To fulfill the area of concentration in communications and signal processing, a student must take four electives from the list below:

  • ECE 1150: Introduction to Computer Networks
  • ECE 1390: Introduction to Image Processing/Computer Vision
  • ECE 1472: Analog Communication Systems
  • ECE 1473: Digital Communication Systems
  • ECE 1562: Digital and Analog Filters
  • ECE 1673: Linear Control Systems
  • ECE 2521: Analysis of Stochiatic Processes
  • ECE 2523: Digital Signal Processing

These courses can be taken as EE electives or technical electives.