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Important note regarding when courses are offered

Term notations of Pre-term, Fall, Interterm, Spring, Post-term, or Summer mean that the course is offered during that term every year. When a term notation is followed by odd or even, then the course is offered during that term only in odd or even years, respectively.

Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

Prereq. for all EG courses is a major in engineering with electrical or mechanical concentration.

EG 103 Engineering Orientation (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 131 or 221. A brief survey of major engineering topics will give the student an overall understanding of the career of engineering. Fall, Spring.

EG 106 Engineering Graphics (2) Students learn to communicate engineering design through technical sketching, computer-aided drafting, and solid modeling. Students generate 2-D and 3-D part models, drawings, and assemblies using current industry-standard software. Lecture plus lab. Spring.

EG 201 Materials Science (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in CH 111. The student learns the basic mechanical, thermal, and other properties of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Spring.

EG 205 Statics (3) Prereq.: High school physics and satisfactory performance on physics placement exam or at least “C-” in PY 100; at least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 221; and EG 103 or EL 107. Students learn the use of vector mechanics and the free-body diagram in the solution of systems of forces in equilibrium including trusses, friction, center of gravity, and moment of inertia. Fall.

EG 206 Mechanics of Materials (3) Prereq.: EG 205 and at least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 222. The student performs analysis of stress and strain, deformation, torsion, and loading in beams, connections, and columns. This course also includes a weekly lab of one hour. Spring.

EG 208 Dynamics (3) Prereq.: EG 205 and at least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 222. Students learn the application of vector mechanics to the solution of problems involving plane motion; force, mass, and acceleration; impulse and momentum; and work and energy. Spring.

EG 241 Numerical Methods for Engineering (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MA 401. This course is designed to enable the student to use computer software in solving engineering problems involving six areas of mathematics: roots of equations, systems of linear algebraic equations, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, and ordinary differential equations. This course may be taken as a mathematics elective by mathematics major, minor, or teaching field. Fall.

EG 321 Electrical Circuits (4) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MA 401 and PY 232. The student learns the relationships among current, voltage, and power in direct- and alternating-current circuits. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

EG 322 Electrical Systems (2) Prereq.: EG 321. Students learn the basic concepts of energy systems including AC power systems and rotating machines. 1 hour lecture, plus lab. Spring.

EG 425 Engineering Economics and Professional Issues (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MA 220 or 221. Students learn principles and techniques used to make rational decisions about the acquisition and retirement of capital goods by industry and government in recognition of the time value of money. A strong emphasis will be placed on solving engineering economics problems. Professional issues are covered including ethics, professional communication skills, and social aspects of engineering practice. Fall.

Electrical Engineering

Prereq. for all EL courses is a concentration in electrical engineering.

EL 107 Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Digital Logic Design (2) Prereq.: At least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 221. Students receive a brief overview of the engineering disciplines. Students learn binary arithmetic, Boolean algebra, logic minimization, Karnaugh maps, design and application of digital systems. Traditional design methods are learned and applied to produce combinational and sequential logic systems including finite-state machines. Fall.

EL 148 Introduction to Microprocessors (3) Prereq.: EL 107. Students learn the fundamental concepts of microprocessor architecture, basic computer organization, bus architecture, and the 8085 microprocessor instruction set. Students develop assembly language programs and compile to produce machine-level code to achieve assigned tasks. Students learn the role of software in controlling the hardware components of microprocessor-based systems with hands-on programming exercises. Spring.

EL 223 Circuits I (4) Prereq.: At least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 401. Students learn the fundamental concepts, units, network theorems, network simplification, and laws applied in DC circuit analysis. Passive and active circuit elements are introduced. Transient analysis of first- and second-order systems is presented. Circuit analysis using SPICE is introduced. The lab is an introduction to computer methods, instruments, devices, and measurements in electrical networks. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

EL 224 Circuits II (4) Prereq.: EL 223 and at least “C-” or concurrent enrollment in MA 401. Students begin with transient analysis of second-order circuits based on differential equations and then use phasor analysis to solve linear circuit problems including magnetically coupled circuits, ideal transformers, steady-state power and balanced three-phase circuits. Phasor analysis is extended to investigate resonance and frequency-selective circuits. Fourier analysis is introduced. Laplace Transforms are applied to model and analyze transients in circuits and the concepts are linked to transient analysis based on differential equations. In the lab, students make voltage, current, and power measurements and characterize coupled, resonant, and frequency-selective circuits. Students use computer simulation to apply the principles of Fourier series. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

EL 326 Linear Systems (3) Prereq.: EL 224 and at least “C-” in MA 326 and 401. This course teaches students to utilize Fourier Series, the Fourier Transform, Laplace Transforms, and Z-transforms to analyze continuous- and discrete-time linear systems in time and frequency domains. Spring.

EL 331 Electromagnetic Fields (3) Prereq.: EL 224 and at least “C-” in MA 401 and PY 232. Students learn topics including vector analysis, static electric fields, energy and potential, static magnetic fields, and inductance. Fall.

EL 332 Electromagnetic Waves (3) Prereq.: EL 331. Students learn about Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic wave propagation and reflection in various media, transmission lines, rectangular wave guides, and antennas with lab involvement. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

EL 341 Electronics I (4) Prereq.: EL 224 and at least “C-” in PY 232. Students learn basic semiconductor theory and application of electronic devices and circuits using diodes, bipolar transistors, and FETs. Single stage analog circuits are covered and digital circuits are introduced. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

EL 342 Electronics II (4) Prereq.: EL 341. Students learn to apply small signal analysis and frequency response in designs of single- and multiple-stage amplifiers using BJTs and MOSFETs. Negative feedback and stability issues of amplifiers are introduced. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

EL 347 Advanced Digital Logic Design (3) Prereq.: EL 148 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in EL 341. Students learn advanced digital logic design using Verilog Hardware Description Language (HDL) in hierarchical modeling, gate-level modeling, dataflow modeling, behavioral modeling, and switch-level modeling. Students create HDL design and verification modules for combinational and sequential logic including finite-state machine (FSM) systems. Students design Rapid Prototyping of the combinational and sequential logic using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). Design project. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

EL 352 C Programming for Electrical Engineers (3) Prereq.: EL 347. Students learn and apply the C programming language focusing on programming to solve engineering problems while developing skills in program design, coding, debugging, file I/O, structures, strings, arrays, and pointers. A secondary focus emphasizes hands-on microcontroller programming exercises using the C programming language to familiarize the student with microcontroller operation and relationships between software and hardware in microcontroller systems. Spring.

EL 361, 461 Electrical Engineering Practicum (1 each) Prereq.: Junior or senior; electrical engineering concentration; and approval from chair of engineering. Students receive practical engineering experience in this elective course conducted for a minimum of 40 hours at an approved off-campus facility supervised by a practicing professional. Students are required to document their involvement and contemplate details related to problem solving, teamwork, current practice, and the flexibility observed in engineering scenarios. Both sem., Interterm, Post-term, and Summer.

EL 426 Automatic Control Systems (3) Prereq.: EL 326. Students learn analysis and design of linear feedback systems along with mathematical modeling. Transfer functions and signal-flow graphs are presented. Both state variable analysis and time-domain analysis along with frequency-domain analysis and design of linear control systems are given. Design project. Spring.

EL 431 Power Systems (3) Prereq.: EL 332. Students analyze and design balanced power systems including transmission lines and transmission networks in balanced fault situations. Students are introduced to circuit protection techniques and over-current device coordination. Transmission line design project. Fall.

EL 443 Electronics Design Lab (2) Prereq.: EL 352, credit for or concurrent enrollment in EL 445, and senior. Students design, construct, and test subsystems typical in electronic equipment using modern design methods and electronic design automation tools in the context of the senior design project to be completed in EL 450. Typical subsystems included are microcontrollers, oscillators, amplifiers, and DC power supplies using analog and digital integrated circuits and discrete components. Students prepare project plans and requirements documents for their senior design project to be implemented in EL 450. Fall.

EL 445 Communication Systems (4) Prereq.: EL 326 and 342. Students learn to evaluate and design communication systems utilizing Fourier and random-signal analysis along with the amplitude, frequency, pulse, pulse-code modulation and demodulation with multiplexing. Design project. 3 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

EL 446 Analog VLSI Design (3) Prereq.: EL 342. Students learn the details of complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, CMOS fabrication, design methods, and physical implementation (layout) of analog CMOS integrated circuits using current simulation and layout tools for design verification. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

EL 450 Electrical Engineering Design (3) Prereq.: EL 443 and senior graduating in May or December. A capstone design project is completed which integrates the coursework of the electrical engineering curriculum using modern design methods and tools. Design teams complete the design project for the project proposal approved in EL 443. Design project. 1 hour lecture, plus lab. Spring.

Mechanical Engineering

Prereq. for all ME courses is a concentration in mechanical engineering.

ME 301 Thermodynamics (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in PY 232. The student applies the first and second laws of thermodynamics to the study of irreversible processes in gases, vapors, and liquids. Fall.

ME 308 Fluid Mechanics (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in PY 231. Students learn the laws of statics, buoyancy, stability, and energy and momentum as they apply to the behavior of ideal and real fluids. Spring.

ME 310 Kinematic Design of Planar Mechanisms (3) Prereq.: EG 208. Students learn kinematic synthesis and design machine parts including linkages, cams, and gear trains. Position, velocity, and acceleration are evaluated by graphical and analytical methods. Spring.

ME 331 Manufacturing Engineering (3) Prereq.: EG 201, 206, 208, and at least “C-” in MA 326. Students learn the manufacturing processes involved in the conversion of metal and nonmetal raw materials into final products. The manufacturing engineering topics of materials, design, processes, management, economics, quality control, and computers are studied. Fall.

ME 361, 461 Mechanical Engineering Practicum (1 each) Prereq.: Junior or senior; mechanical engineering concentration; and approval from chair of engineering. Students receive practical engineering experience in this elective course conducted for a minimum of 40 hours at an approved off-campus facility supervised by a practicing professional. Students are required to document their involvement and contemplate details related to problem solving, teamwork, current practice, and the flexibility observed in engineering scenarios. Both sem., Interterm, Post-term, and Summer.

ME 405 Automatic Control Systems (3) Prereq.: EG 322. The student applies engineering principles to the analysis and design of mechanical control systems including the concepts of response, oscillation, and stability. Fall.

ME 407 Heat Transfer (3) Prereq.: At least “C-” in MA 401 and credit for or concurrent enrollment in ME 407. Students learn to analyze heat transfer by the mechanisms of conduction, convection, and radiation. Spring.

ME 408 Heat and Power Design Laboratory (1) Prereq.: ME 301 and 308; credit for or concurrent enrollment in ME 407. The student measures design parameters and determines operating points for selected thermal and mechanical systems including pumps, fans, compressors, heat exchangers, internal combustion engines, air conditioners, and solar collectors. Lab reports document “hands-on” operating experience with commercial heat and power equipment and experimental evaluation of operational and performance characteristics under varied operating conditions. Spring.

ME 409 Design of Thermal Systems (3) Prereq.: ME 301, credit for or concurrent enrollment in ME 308 and 407. Students learn design principles for residential, commercial, and industrial energy systems—including heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Spring.

ME 412 Machine Design I (3) Prereq.: EG 106, 201, and 206. Students apply the principles of mechanics of materials and materials science to the design of machine elements, including shafts, bearings, mechanical drive elements, brakes, and joints. Finite element analysis software is introduced. A team design project is completed. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

ME 413 Machine Design II (3) Prereq.: ME 412. Students design machine elements required in a power transmission system and predict failure for different types of loading. The design and manufacture of functioning mechanisms is completed as a team project. Finite element analysis software is used for analysis and optimization. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Spring.

ME 415 Vibrations (3) Prereq.: EG 208 and at least “C-” in MA 326 and 401. Students learn the mathematical analysis of free and forced vibrations in mechanical systems. 2 hours lecture, plus lab. Fall.

ME 422 Circuits and Instrumentation Design Laboratory (1) Prereq.: EG 321. Students will solve design projects in the area of circuits and instrumentation. These projects include solving open-ended problems using the student’s creativity and modern design theory. Specifications will be formulated and alternative solutions will be evaluated. Economic and safety factors will be considered. Fall.

ME 442 Senior Mechanical Engineering Design (3) Prereq.: Senior graduating in May or December. This capstone design course consists of special topics for advanced students and emphasizes the use of the computer for solving open-ended design problems. Students form design teams and complete a comprehensive design project. Meets 4 hours a week. Spring.

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