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 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
  • ECE 1775:  Power Quality   
  • ENGR 1281:  Clean Energy Grid Engineering:  Scandinavia
  • MEMS 0051: Introduction to Thermodynamics *
  • ENGR 1700: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering *
  • ENGR 1701:  Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactors *
  • ENGR 1702:  Nuclear Plant Technology *
  • Any (1) 2000 level power course

* For EE students, although these courses will satisfy the power concentration, they are not ECE electives.  These courses can only be counted as technical or open electives.

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 Stochastic Processes
  • ECE 2523: Digital Signal Processing

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