Professional Enrichment Elective

Students of the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program are required to complete three hours of a Professional Enrichment Elective (P.E. Elective). Appropriately titled, the purpose of this elective is to aid students in the enrichment of their undergraduate program in a professional manner. The intent is to help students achieve objectives such as earning a minor or a certificate, preparing for the F.E. Exam, participating in the Study Abroad Program, or additional study in technical, primarily upper-division areas of study.

Minors

Historically, EE students have most often used the P.E. Elective to satisfy the requirements for a Mathematics Minor. Presently, Math Minors consist of 24 credit hours of upper-division MA courses. Twenty-one of these hours are required as part of the EE program of study. By selecting an appropriate Mathematics course, EE students may not only satisfy the P.E. Elective but also complete requirements for a Mathematics Minor. ECE-approved P.E. Electives which satisfy the Mathematics Minor are as follows:

  • For students who complete MA4533, Probability & Random Processes:
    • 3000-level courses:
      • MA 3053 - Foundations of Math I
      • MA 3163 - Introduction to Modern Algebra
      • MA 3353 - Differential Equations II
      • MA 3463 - Foundations of Geometry
    • 4000-level courses: all 4000-level courses with an MA prefix, with the following exceptions:
      • MA 4133 - Discrete Mathematics (excluded only if CSE 2813 has been taken)
      • MA 4243 - Data Analysis I
      • MA 4513 - Applied Probability and Statistics for Secondary School Teachers
      • MA 4523 - Introduction to Probability
      • MA 4533 - Introductory Probability and Random Processes
      • MA 4543 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
  • For students who complete IE4613, Engineering Statistics I:
    • 4000-level courses: all 4000-level courses with an MA prefix, with the following exceptions:
      • MA 4133 - Discrete Mathematics (excluded only if CSE 2813 has been taken)
      • MA 4243 - Data Analysis I
      • MA 4513 - Applied Probability and Statistics for Secondary School Teachers
      • MA 4523 - Introduction to Probability
      • MA 4533 - Introductory Probability and Random Processes
      • MA 4543 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I

Numerous Minors are available to students, including those in Business, Computer Science (CS), Foreign Languages (FL), Physics (PH), etc. Electrical Engineering students are encouraged to pursue interests in minors with the understanding that all requirements for the minor must be satisfied in order for credit to be earned for the P.E. Elective.

Certificates

Similarly, EE students are encouraged to pursue interests they my have in various certificate programs such as the Entrepreneurship Certificate or the Materials Certificate. Again, all requirements for the certificate must be satisfied in order for credit to be earned for the P.E. Elective.

F.E. Exam Preparation

Students who have plans to take the fundamentals of engineering exam during their graduating semester (or closest fall/spring semester enrolled if graduating in the summer) may wish to use their P.E. elective to help prepare for this exam. Each course listed below represents areas typically covered by the general session of the P.E. exam. Assuming the course is not used to satisfy some other elective in the EE program of study, one of the following may be selected as the P.E. elective:

  • EM 2413 Engineering Mechanics I
  • EM 2433 Engineering Mechanics II
  • EM 3213 Mechanics of Materials
  • EM 3313 Fluid Mechanics
  • IE 3913 Engineering Economy
  • ME 3533 Thermodynamics or ME 3513 Thermodynamics I

Technical Study

Students who wish to complete additional EE Technical Electives are encouraged to do so as the P.E. Elective. Other, non-ECE courses may qualify, provided these are of appropriate scope. All EE students are strongly encouraged to confirm with their academic advisor the appropriateness of any potential P.E. Elective they wish to pursue.

As always, students must meet all course prerequisites. Contact the major advisor for additional information.

Study Abroad

Students who participate in the Fred and Sara Jean Burlee Study Abroad Program through the Bagley College of Engineering and successfully complete the technical courses required may apply one of these three hour credits as the P.E. Elective.