Audio Engineering at the University of Miami was established 1992. The program brings together faculty expertise from Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the Frost School of Music. It uniquely meets the needs of industry, training professionals with solid foundations in technical areas where sound and acoustics play a key role. Students gain theoretical knowledge from engineering and music, along with analytical, technical and design skills that can only be acquired with an engineering degree.

The Audio Engineering option curriculum combines traditional electrical engineering areas such as electronics, digital systems, microprocessors and digital signal processing with audio studies in acoustics, digital speech and audio, and acoustic transducers. Students work in modern laboratory facilities where they can experiment with electronics, digital design, microprocessors, audio recording, audio synthesis and acoustics. UM Audio Engineering graduates are audio-specialized electrical engineers who are highly sought-after by the industry.

During its 27 successful years, Audio Engineering at UM has produced an impressive group of alumni successful careers in music, gaming and entertainment, telecommunications, the analog and digital electronics, computer and software industries, and in the biomedical systems and instrumentation industry. Many have pursued graduate degrees at other top universities. The program implements continous improvements, including innovative teaching and hands-on audio engineering design projects, as well as ever-deeper links with industry.

Curriculum Requirements

Common Engineering Requirements
ECE 111Introduction to Engineering I3
ECE 112Introduction to Engineering II2
ECE 118Introduction to Programming3
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
ECE 202Electronics I3
ECE 203Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
ECE 206Circuits, Signals, and Systems3
ECE 211Logic Design3
ECE 212Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing3
ECE 218Data Structures3
ECE 302Electronics II3
ECE 303Electronics Laboratory1
ECE 315Digital Design Laboratory1
ECE 316Structured Digital Design1
ECE 336Discrete-Time Signals and Systems3
ECE 481Senior Project I1
ECE 482Senior Project II2
EE Core Electives6
ECE Design Elective3
Engineering and Technical Electives
ECE 502Engineering Acoustics3
ECE 540Digital Speech and Audio Processing3
Audio Engineering or Technical Electives9
Other Courses
MMI (Music Media) Credit Hours9
MTC (Music Theory) Credit Hours3
Math & Basic Science Credit Hours
ECE 310Introduction to Engineering Probability3
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
CHM 151Chemistry for Engineers3
CHM 153Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers1
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
General Education Credit Hours
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours132

Suggested Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
MMI 201 Introduction to Music Recording 3
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 2
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II ( Substitutes PHY 206) 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
ECE 218 Data Structures 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
HA Cognate (Humanities and Arts Elective) 2 3
PHY 223 University Physics III ( Substitutes PHY 207) 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ECE 202 Electronics I 3
ECE 203 Electrical Circuits Laboratory 1
ECE 206 Circuits, Signals, and Systems 3
ECE 211 Logic Design 3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers 1
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
ECE 302 Electronics II 3
ECE 303 Electronics Laboratory 1
ECE 315 Digital Design Laboratory 1
ECE 336 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 3
ECE 310 or IEN 310 Introduction to Engineering Probability
or Introduction to Engineering Probability
3
Audio Engineering Elective 1 3
HA Cognate 2 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 212 Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing 3
ECE 316 Structured Digital Design 1
ECE 436 Digital Signal Processing 3
EE Core Elective 1 3
MMI 503 Audio Signal Processing II 3
HA Cognate (Adv. HA Elective) 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
Fall
ECE 481 Senior Project I 1
ECE 502 Engineering Acoustics 3
ECE Design Elective 1 3
Audio Engineering or Tech. Elective 1 3
Audio Engineering Elective 1 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ECE 482 Senior Project II 2
ECE 540 Digital Speech and Audio Processing 3
MMI 436 Audio Postproduction 4 3
MMI 501 Transducer Theory 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
PS Cognate (Adv. PS Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours132

Mission

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to achieve and maintain, through a continuous improvement process, excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service to the community and the nation. We endeavor to accomplish this by providing high-quality education and research programs which will impart the requisite knowledge and skills to our students enabling them to assume leadership roles in contributing to the advancement of the underlying electrical and computer engineering technologies which sustain the current world economy, to promote a strong commitment to life-long learning, to prepare them for a variety of alternative career paths and to participate as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and shrinking global community.

Program Educational Objectives

We expect that the alumni of the Electrical Engineering Program will exhibit the following:

  1. Successful careers in dynamic and multidisciplinary fields with the ability to apply electrical engineering practices within societal, global, and environmental contexts in an ethical manner.
  2. Demonstrating life-long learning through activities such as completion of graduate studies and/or professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.