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BS Electrical Engineering - MAS Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Description

The objective of this program is to enable interested undergraduate students in electrical engineering to integrate completion of their Bachelor of Science program with continuation into a professional master's degree in electrical and computer engineering, the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This will enable completion of the combined BS/MAS in five years. Students enter the co-terminal program going into their third year of study, and they plan the fourth year of studies so that it leads into and supports their planned area of emphasis during the fifth year. The program encourages qualified IIT undergraduates to complete graduate studies at IIT and enter professional practice having attained a master's level education.

The undergraduate portion of the curriculum for this co-terminal degree program puts emphasis on both theory and practical applications of electrical engineering. Electrical engineering is concerned with electric power, radio, radar, television, computing, telecommunication, control and information systems. Electrical engineers find solutions to the challenging technical problems that arise in our rapidly changing society. They impact virtually every aspect of daily life, as evidenced by examples such as wireless communications, audio and video equipment, power distribution, computerized traffic control, noise pollution monitoring and abatement, and medical instrumentation. Students acquire a solid background in engineering science and mathematics, followed by a sequence of core courses in electrical engineering. Design skills are fostered in the professional elective courses in the senior year, along with the project experience instilled by Interprofessional Projects (IPROs).

The objectives of the Bachelor of Science component of this co-terminal degree program are to produce electrical engineering graduates who are prepared to

  • enter their profession and make intellectual contributions to it,
  • embark on a lifelong career of personal and professional growth,
  • take advanced courses at the graduate level.

The graduate portion of the curriculum for this co-terminal degree provides advanced study in preparation for leading edge industry positions in the professional practice of electrical and computer engineering. Students arrange a program of study in consultation with their academic advisor and typically elect to build their program to emphasize one or more areas of specialization. No formal distribution requirements are imposed. Areas of specialization include communication systems, computer communication, computer engineering, power electronics, electromagnetics, electronics, VLSI and microelectronics, power systems, and signal and image processing.

The following requirements should be satisfied

  • Minimum GPA required to enroll in the program: 3.0
  • Minimum GPA required to stay in the program: 3.0
  • Minimum credit hours of completed course work at IIT:  60
  • For students transferring into junior year, they must complete at least one semester at IIT as full time student.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering / Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering Co-Terminal Degree

Required Courses


Electrical engineering requirements 36
ECE 100211, 213, 218, 242, 307, 308, 311, 312, 319
Professional ECE Electives 17
400-level ECE courses identified with (P) in the course descriptions; at least two of the electives must include a laboratory component. Courses at the 500-level may be substituted with advisor approval, and a maximum of three credits of ECE 491 or ECE 497 may be included with advisor approval.
Mathematics Requirements 24
MATH 151, 152, 251, 252, 333, 474
Physics Requirements 11
PHYS 123, 221, 224
Chemistry Requirement 3
CHEM 122
Engineering Science Course Requirement 3
MMAE 200 or MMAE 320
Computer Science Requirements 4
CS 115, 116
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 21
(per General Education specifications)
Science Elective 3
BIOL 105, BIOL 107, BIOL 114, BIOL 115, MS 201, or CHEM 126
Interprofessional Projects 6
Graduate Professional ECE Electives* 18
400-level or higher ECE courses except ECE 491, 494, 497, 591, and 691; may include up to 6 cr.-hr. of ECE short courses.
Graduate Technical Electives* 9
Advisor-approved 400-level or higher courses from engineering, science, mathematics, or computer science.
*The 18 cr.-hr. of Graduate Professional ECE Electives and 9 cr.-hr. of Graduate Technical Electives must include between them 18+ cr.-hr. at the 500-level or higher.

BSEE/MECE Curriculum

Semester 1


Semester 2


MATH 151 Calculus I 5 MATH 152 Calculus II 5
CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry I 3 PHYS 123 General Physics I 4
CS 115 Obj.-Oriented Programming I 2 BIOL 105, 107, 114 or 115, or CHEM 126, or MS 201 3
ECE 100 Introduction to the Profession 3 CS 116 Obj.-Oriented Programming II 2
Social Sciences Elective 3 HUM 102 or 104 or 106 3

Semester 3


Semester 4


MATH 252 Intro. to Differential Equations 4 MATH 251 Multivar. & Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4 PHYS 224 Gen. Physics III for Engineers 3
ECE 211 Circuit Analysis I 4 ECE 213 Circuit Analysis II 4
ECE 218 Digital Systems 3 ECE 242 Digital Computers/Computing 3
  Social Sciences Elective 3

Semester 5


Semester 6


MATH 333 Matrix Alg. & Complex Var. 3 ECE 308 Signals and Systems 3
IPRO Interprofessional Project 3 MMAE 200 or 320 3
ECE 307 Electrodynamics 4 ECE 312 Electronic Circuits 4
ECE 311 Engineering Electronics 4 ECE 319 Fund. of Power Engineering 4
Humanities Elective (300+) 3 Social Sciences Elective (300+) 3

Semester 7


Semester 8


Professional ECE Elective w/lab 4 Professional ECE Elective w/lab 4
Professional ECE Elective 3 Professional ECE Elective 3
MATH 474 Probability & Statistics 3 Professional ECE Elective 3
IPRO Interprofessional Project 3 Graduate Technical Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300+) 3 Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3

Semester 9


Semester 10


Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3 Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3
Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3 Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3
Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3 Graduate Professional ECE Elective 3
Graduate Technical Elective 3 Graduate Technical Elective 3