Undergraduate Programs

EE Technical Electives
Graduating Class of 2015

The courses listed below are approved for EE in-major and non-major technical elective credit. Actual course offerings will be based on sufficient resources, including faculty availability, and student demand. Refer to the university's on-line timetable of classes for specific course availability information.

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In-Major Technical Electives

Mechanical Engineering Senior Engineering Design and Project

Non-Major Technical Electives

Graduate Courses Used as Technical Electives
In-Major Electives
Courses are grouped according to their inter-relatedness, but students are free to choose from multiple groups. If you are unsure of an academic focus, you are encouraged to take courses from several groups, giving you a broader background.

4104 Microwave and RF Engineering (4C) Prereq: 2014, 3106, 3204 (Capstone Design)

4114 Antennas (3C) Prereq: 2014, 3106 (Capstone Design)

4124 Radio Wave Propagation (3C) Prereq: 3106

4134 Fiber Optics and Applications (3C) Prereq: 3106

4144 Optical Information Processing (3C) Prereq: 3106

4154 Perils of Space: An Introduction to Space Weather (3C) Prereq: 3106

4164 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Theory and Design (4C) Prereq: 3106 (Capstone Design)

Systems & Controls

4405 Control Systems (3C) Prereq: 3704

4406 Control Systems (3C) Prereq: 4405

4704 Principles of Robotics Systems (3C) Prereq: 2704, 2534

ME 4734 Mechatronics (3C) Prereq: 2504, 2704

ME 4736 Mechatronics II (3C) Prereq: ME 4734

(ME courses are typically restricted to ME students and will need to be force-added through the ME Advising office.)

Power Systems

4304 Design in Power Engineering (3C) Prereq: 2014, 3304 (Capstone Design)

4334 Power System Analysis and Control (3C) Prereq: 3304

4344 Electric Power Quality for the Digital Economy (3C) Prereq: 3304

4354 Power System Protection (3C) Prereq: 4334

4364 Alternate Energy Systems (3C) Prereq: STAT 4714

4374 Power System Protection Lab (1C) Prereq: 4334, Coreq: 4354


4205 Electronic Circuit Design (3C) Prereq: 3204

4206 Electronic Circuit Design (3C) Prereq: 2014, 4205 (Capstone Design)

4214 Semiconductor Device Fundamentals (3C) Prereq: 2204 or MSE 3204 or Phys 3455

4220 Analog Integrated Circuit Design (3C) Prereq: 3204

4224 Power Electronics (3C) Prereq: 2014, 3204 (Capstone Design)

4234 Semiconductor Processing (3C) Prereq: 2204, 3054

4235 Electronic Packaging (3C) Prereq: 2204

4244 Intermediate Semiconductor Wafer Processing Laboratory (3C) Prereq: 2014, and 4234 or MSE 4234 (Capstone Design)

4284 Power Electronics Lab (1C) Prereq: 4224


2500 Computer Organization and Architecture (3C) Prereq: 2504

2574 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms (3C) Prereq: 1574

3504 Digital Design I (if taken prior to Fall 2013) (4C) Prereq: 2504

3544 Digital Design I (if taken Fall 2013 or later) (4C) Prereq: 2504

3574 Applied Software Engineering (3C) Prereq: 2574

4504 Computer Organization (3C) Prereq: CS 3214 if taught by CS faculty, ECE 2500 if taught by ECE faculty

4514 Digital Design II (4C) Prereq: 3504 if 4514 taken prior to Spring 2014, 3544 if 4514 taken Spring 2014 or later

4520 Digital and Mixed-Signal System Testing and Testable Design (3C) Prereq: 2574, 3504

4524 Artificial Intelligence and Engineering Applications (4C) Prereq: 2574, STAT 4714

4530 Hardware/Software Codesign (3C) Prereq: 3504, 2534

4534 Embedded System Design (4C) Prereq: 2014, 2534, 3574 (Capstone Design)

4540 VLSI Circuit Design (3C) Prereq: 2204, 2504

4550 Real-Time Systems (3C) Prereq: 4534 or CS 3214

4560 Computer and Network Security Fundamentals (3C) Prereq: 4564

4564 Network Application Design (3C) Prereq: 2504, 2574

4570 Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems (3C) Prereq: 4564, or CS 4254

4574 Large-Scale Software Development for Engineering Systems (3C) Prereq: 3574

4580 Digital Image Processing (3C) Prereq: 4624, STAT 4714


4605 Radio Engineering (3C) Prereq: 2014, 3106, 3204, 3614; Co-req: 4675 (Capstone Design)

4606 Radio Engineering (3C) Prereq: 4605

4614 Telecommunication Networks (3C) Prereq: 2504, 2704, STAT 4714

4624 Digital Signal Processing and Filter Design (3C) Prereq: 2014, 3704 (Capstone Design)

4634 Digital Communications (3C) Prereq: 3614, STAT 4714

4644 Satellite Communications (3C) Prereq: 3614

4664 Analog and Digital Communications Lab (1C) Prereq: 3614, Corequisite: 4634

4674 Scattering Parameters Lab (1C) Prereq: 4605, 4675

4675 Radio Engineering Lab (1C) Prereq: 3106, 3204; Co-req: 4605

4676 Radio Engineering Lab (1C) Prereq: 4675; Co-req: 4606

Electrical and Computer Engineering Design and Project

A two-semester design project, emphasizing systems engineering principles in the development of an electrical and/or computational system. A specific, substantial engineering design problem is taken from problem definition to system realization and testing to demonstrate meeting of design specifications. This represents a major design experience based on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work throughout the curriculum. Note: both semesters must be completed to earn credit.

ECE 4805 Engineering Design and Project (3C) Prereq: 2014

ECE 4806 Engineering Design and Project (3C) Prereq: 4805 (Capstone Design)

Mechanical Engineering Senior Engineering Design and Project

ECE students, with the permission of the ME department, can enroll in the ME senior engineering design and project courses. Note: both semesters must be completed.

ME 4015 (3) Engineering Design and Project
ME 4016 (3) Engineering Design and Project (Capstone Design)

Independent Work
& Special Studies

The courses listed below can generally be used for technical elective credit or design technical elective credit, based on the particular content of each course as it is taught in a given semester. Please discuss technical elective credit options for these courses with your advisor prior to registering for the courses.

4974 (ARR) Independent Study
4984 (ARR) Special Study
4994 (ARR) Undergraduate Research

4974 and 4994: Students must complete the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research/Independent Study Form, the ECE Undergraduate Research/Independent Study Proposal Form, and the ABET Breakdown prior to registration.

The forms are due in 340 Whittemore by 12:00 noon on the 3rd day of the first week of class for the requested semester – no exceptions. Forms are available in the ECE Student Services office in 340 Whittemore.

For purposes of satisfying the major technical elective requirements, the sum of the number of hours taken from ECE 4974, 4994 cannot exceed 6 in any one project, without prior approval.

Non-Major Technical Electives

ECE students may take up to 3 credit hours of non-major technical electives. Students are reminded that they DO NOT have to take a non-major technical elective. All technical electives can come from the in-major list.

  1. Any 3000 or 4000 level course, except those listed in Items 2 and 3 below, in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics NOT REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION, THAT DOES NOT DUPLICATE any course in the program of study, and for which you have the appropriate prerequisite, may be used as a non-major technical elective.
  2. Non-major 4974, 4984, 4994 courses and study abroad courses must be approved for non-major technical elective credit in advance. See your advisor for guidance.
  3. REMINDER: ESM 4404 – Fundamentals of Professional Engineering – CANNOT be used as a non-major technical elective and DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS GRADUATION.

Graduate Courses Used as Technical Electives

ECE students who meet the University requirements to enroll in graduate courses may use graduate level ECE courses as technical elective credit.

  1. Per University policy, undergraduate students must have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses.
  2. Note that graduate student courses taken as undergraduate cannot be used toward a graduate degree in ECE at VT. Exceptions to this policy: a) students enrolled in the Accelerated UG/G program; b) students who are dual enrolled in the ECE graduate program. Please see your advisor if you have questions regarding this policy.
  3. To enroll in graduate level courses, undergraduates must complete an Application for Graduate Courses form. If prerequisites are met and space permits, students will be force-added to the graduate course(s).