Overview

Electrical Engineering is concerned with the design, analysis and implementation of a variety of systems, components and devices, primarily of an electrical or electronic nature, which form the cornerstone of our complex and technologically oriented society. For example, this ranges from small-scale integrated electronics and photonics systems and devices, the technological drivers of the information technology revolution, to large-scale electrical power systems and power generators, which supply the nation’s energy needs and form the basis for sustained economic growth. Furthermore, Electrical engineering also involves the design of micro and nano devices, integrated circuits, hardware, and large-scale systems for telecommunications and networking that engender our increasingly networked life. Therefore, electrical engineering is a vast and rich discipline involved in the design of systems, components, and devices for a variety of applications and areas such as portable electronics (e.g., cell phones), communications and networks, biomedical sensing and medical systems, energy harvesting, next generation displays, lasers, optical and wireless transmission, audio/video compression and recognition, radar and tracking/guidance systems, and remote sensing systems.

The University of Miami’s electrical engineering curriculum is focused on the fundamentals of the discipline, in the first two years building a firm foundation in mathematics, basic science, and basic engineering principles such as basic circuits, electronics, software and programming, computer hardware, and signal and system analysis. The students build upon this foundation through more advanced courses and focused specialization, culminating in a capstone major design experience. We continually update our curriculum and laboratories to incorporate new scientific and technological developments, and industry practices. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in industry, or to graduate school in science and engineering, as well as law school, business school, and medical school.

Audio Engineering Option

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.

Pre-Med Option

Our Department offers a pre-medical option that allows motivated students to obtain the rigorous education of a bachelors degree in electrical engineering while simultaneously completing the basic science requirements necessary for applying to medical or dental school. Much of the excitement in engineering involves applications of electrical and computer engineering to problems in health, such as the development of nano-scale biosensors, or the signal processing analysis of DNA sequences. The pre-med option allows students to learn the fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering while preparing them for entry into either medical school, advanced graduate study, or industry.

Curriculum Requirements: B.S. in Electrical Engineering

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 301Electromagnetic Field Theory3
ECE Electives9
Technical Electives9
Other Courses
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
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours126

Curriculum Requirements: B.S. in Electrical Engineering - Audio Engineering Option

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 Acoustics 13
ECE 540Digital Speech and Audio Processing 23
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
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours132
1

If ECE 502 is not available, students can take MMI or ECE courses (300 level or above) as a substitute with the approval of their advisor

2

If ECE 540 is not available, students can take MMI or ECE courses (300 level or above) as a substitute with the approval of their advisor

Curriculum Requirements: B.S. in Electrical Engineering - Pre-Med Option

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 Elective3
Technical Elective3
Other Courses
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
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Biology and Chemistry Credit Hours
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 222Organic Reactions and Synthesis4
CHM 206Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory1-2
Advanced BioScience Elective3
General Education Credit Hours
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Total Credit Hours135-136

Suggested Plan of Study: B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 - University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
ECE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 2
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 - University Physics II 3
(Substitutes PHY 206)
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) 1 3
PHY 223 - University Physics III 3
(Substitutes PHY 207)
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
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
CHM 151 Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHM 153 Chemistry Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
ECE 301 Electromagnetic Field Theory 3
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 Introduction to Engineering Probability 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 212 Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing 3
ECE 316 Structured Digital Design 1
EE Core Elective 1 3
EE Core Elective 1 3
ECE Elective 1 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
Fall
ECE 481 Senior Project I 1
ECE Elective 1 3
ECE Elective 1 3
ECE Design Elective 1 3
Technical Elective 1 3
PS Cognate (Adv. PS Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ECE 482 Senior Project II 2
Technical Elective 1 3
Technical Elective 1 3
HA Cognate (Humanities and Arts Elective) 1 3
HA Cognate (Adv. HA Elective) 1 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours126
1

See description of electives under the Departmental Electives Section.

2

Offered only in the Fall semester.

Suggested Plan of Study: B.S. in Electrical Engineering - Audio Engineering Option

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
MMI 201 3
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 2
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 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 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 Software Development I 3
HA Cognate (Adv. HA Elective) 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
Fall
ECE 481 Senior Project I 1
ECE 502 Engineering Acoustics 5 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 5 3
MMI 436 Audio for Visual and Interactive Media 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
1

See description of electives under the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section.

2

Recommended a cognate that includes a Musicology Elective.

3

Offered only in the Fall semester.

4

Note that MMI 504 could be substituted for MMI 436.

5

If ECE 502 or ECE 540 is not available, student can take MMI or ECE courses (300 level or above) as a substitute with the approval of their advisor

Suggested Plan of Study: B.S. in Electrical Engineering - Pre-Med Option

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ECE 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
AH Cognate (Humanities and Arts Elective) 4 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 112 Introduction to Engineering II 2
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II (Substitutes PHY 206) 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
Fall
ECE 118 Introduction to Programming 3
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 223 University Physics III (Substitutes PHY 207) 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours18
Spring
ECE 202 Electronics I 3
ECE 203 Electrical Circuits Laboratory 1
ECE 206 Circuits, Signals, and Systems 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
ECE 211 Logic Design 3
ECE 218 Data Structures 3
ECE 302 Electronics II 3
ECE 303 Electronics Laboratory 1
ECE 336 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems 3
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours18
Spring
ECE 212 Processors: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing 3
ECE 310 Introduction to Engineering Probability 3
ECE 315 Digital Design Laboratory 1
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
Advanced Bioscience Elective 2 3
PS Cognate (People and Society Elective) 4 3
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
Fall
ECE 316 Structured Digital Design 1
ECE 481 Senior Project I 1
EE Design Elective 1 3
EE Core Elective 1 3
EE Core Elective 1 3
People and Society Cognate 4 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 4 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ECE 482 Senior Project II 2
ECE Elective 3
Technical Elective 1 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 4 3
People and Society Cognate 4 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours136
1

See description of electives under the Departmental Electives Section.

2

Offered only in the Fall semester.

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.