Professional Enrichment Elective

Students of the Electrical Engineering undergraduate program are required to complete three hours of a Professional Enrichment 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.


Historically, EE students have most often used the Professional Enrichment 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 Professional Enrichment Elective but also complete requirements for a Mathematics Minor. ECE-approved Professional Enrichment Elective which satisfy the Mathematics Minor are as follows:

  • For students who complete IE4613, Engineering Statistics I the following would complete a math minor:
    • MA 4133 Discrete Mathematics (unless you have previously taken CSE 2813 Discrete Structures)
    • MA 4143 Graph Theory
    • MA 4153 Mat & Lin Algebra
    • MA 4173 Number Theory
    • MA 4313 Numerical Analysis I – will need pre-req override from Math department, different programming course requirement
    • MA 4323 Numerical Analysis II – will need pre-req override from Math department, different programming course requirement
    • MA 4373 Int. Part. Diff Equations
    • MA 4633 Ad. Calculus I
    • MA 4733 Linear Programming (also listed as IE 4733)
    • MA 4753 Ap. Complex Variables
      • Data Analysis I, Applied Probability, Intro to Probability, Introductory Probability and Random Processes and Intro to Math. Stats I cannot complete the math minor because of overlap with other coursework required in ECE majors.
  • 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 Professional Enrichment Elective.


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 Professional Enrichment 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 Professional Enrichment Elective to help prepare for this exam. Each course listed below represents areas typically covered by the general session of the Professional Engineering 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 Professional Enrichment 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 Professional Enrichment 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 Professional Enrichment Elective they wish to pursue.

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

Cooperative Education Program

Students who successfully complete a 3 term co-op (or more, and as shown on the transcript) will be able to apply any 3 hour course taken, but not already applied to the program, as Professional Enrichment Elective.