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ECE Minors

The Electrical and Computing Engineering Department supports four Minor Degrees, one in Entertainment Engineering, one in Nuclear Engineering, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Computer Engineering.  Details, including prerequisites and required and elective courses, are provided below.

Entertainment Engineering Minor

Summary

Digital technologies have revolutionized the world of entertainment and created a new field combining the foundations of electrical engineering with entertainment media. The Entertainment Engineering minor is open to all Drexel students and is designed to provide students throughout the university with the technical literacy to use, as well as develop, new tools for digital content creation and manipulation for entertainment applications. There are six (6) required courses and two (2) elective courses for a total of 24 credits for the minor.

Prerequisites

The required prerequisite for this minor is Math 122 (Calculus II) or an equivalent course. CE and EE majors must substitute ECES 302 Transform Methods & Filtering for the ECES 201 requirement.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ECE 121 Introduction to Entertainment Engineering 3 credits
ECES 201 Introduction to Audio Visual Signals* 4 credits
ECES 352 Introduction to Digital Signals Processing 4 credits
PSY 101 General Psychology I 3 credits
DIGM 105 Overview of Digital Media 3 credits
ECE 101 ECE in the Real World 1 credit
Subtotal 18 credits

*CE and EE majors substitute ECES 302 Transform Methods for ECES 201

Elective Courses

Students must choose one (1) class from each of the elective sections below, totalying 6 credits. All prerequisites must be satisfied.

The following are the approved elective courses.

Choose one (1) of the following electives:

  • PSY 213: Sensation and Perception [3 credits]
  • CS 337: Human-Computer Interaction [3 credits]

Choose one (1) of the following electives:

  • FMVD 110: Basic Shooting & Lighting [3 credits]
  • FMVD 115: Basic Editing [3 credits]
  • FMVD 120: Basic Sound [3 credits]
  • MIP 133: Computer & Digital Applications 1 [3 credits]

Application for Admission to Minor Program


Nuclear Engineering Minor

Summary

The Nuclear Engineering (NE) minor is open to all engineering majors and is designed to provide an introduction to the wide-ranging content of the nuclear engineering field.  The minor consists of 6 required courses for 17 credits plus a minimum of 9 credits of electives for a total of 26 credits.  The NE minor electives must be chosen from at least two principal areas including: Power Engineering, Industrial Applications, Nuclear & Thermal Engineering & Science, Materials, Transport Phenomena and Simulation. Prerequisites The minor assumes that students will have a background in mathematics and physics equivalent to that covered in the first two years of the engineering curriculum. The required prerequisites for the Nuclear Engineering minor are PHYS 101, PHYS 102, ENGR 210 and ENGR 220.  Courses taken to meet these pre-requisite requirements will not count toward the minor. 

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MEM 371/ ECEP 404 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 2 credits
PHYS 330 Introduction to Nuclear Physics 2 credits
ECEP 372 Radiation Detection and Measurement 3 credits
ECEP 302 Theory of Nuclear Reactors 4 credits
MATE 450 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials 3 credits
ECEP 406 Introduction to Radiation Health Principles 3 credit
Subtotal 17 credits

Elective Courses

Students should choose 9 credits of electives from at least two of the principal areas listed below. All prerequisites must be satisfied. The following are the approved elective courses, broken down by principal areas.

Elective Courses related to Power Engineering

  • ECEP 352: Electric Motor Control Principles [4 credits]
  • ECEP 354: Energy Management Principles [4 credits]
  • ECEP 411: Power Systems I [3 credits]
  • ECEP 412: Power Systems II [4 credits]

Elective Courses related to Industrial Applications

  • ECEP 403: Nuclear Power Plant Design & Operation [3 credits]
  • MEM 402: Power Plant Design [3 credits]
  • MEM 448: Applications of Thermal Plasmas [3 credits]
  • MEM 449: Applications of Non-Thermal Plasmas [3 credits]

Elective Courses related to Nuclear & Thermal Engineering & Science

  • MEM 446: Fundamentals of Plasmas I [3 credits]
  • MEM 447: Fundamentals of Plasmas II [3 credits]

Elective Courses related to Materials

  • MATE 221: Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials [3 credits]
  • MATE 355: Structure & Characterization of Crystalline Materials [3 credits]
  • MATE 341: Defects in Solids [3 credits]
  • MATE 370/MEM 333: Mechanical Behavior of Solids/Materials [3 credits]

Elective Courses related to Transport Phenomena

  • CHE 302: Process Fluid Mechanics [4 credits]
  • CHE 303: Process Heat Transfer [3 credits]
  • CHE 310: Transport Phenomena [4 credits] 
  • CHE 311: Fluid Flow & Transport [3 credits]
  • CIVE 320: Introduction to Fluid Flow [3 credits]
  • MEM 220: Basic Fluid Mechanics [4 credits]
  • MEM 345: Heat Transfer [4 credits]

Elective Courses related to Simulation

  • PHYS 105: Computational Physics I [3 credits]
  • PHYS 305: Computational Physics II [3 credits]
  • PHYS 405: Advanced Computational Physics [3 credits]

The Nuclear Engineering Minor for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students

The University limit on overlap between major and minor programs is 9 credits. Electrical and Computer Engineering majors that are also getting a minor in Nuclear Engineering can have 9 credits of Nuclear Engineering courses count as ECE Electives (core or technical electives) for fulfillment of the EE or CE degree program. 

Application for Admission to Minor Program


Electrical Engineering Minor

Summary

The Electrical Engineering minor is designed to provide other engineering majors or students from other disciplines an introduction to the wide-ranging content of the electrical engineering major. The minor consists of a minimum of eight ECE courses resulting in 26 credits. There are five required courses and an additional 12 credits of elective courses.

Prerequisites

The minor assumes that students will have a background in mathematics and physics equivalent to that covered in the first two years of the engineering curriculum. In mathematics, this would cover calculus (MATH 121-122 and 200) and differential equations (ENGR 232). Knowledge of linear algebra is also recommended. Physics requirements are PHYS 101, 102 and 201. Courses taken to meet these requirements will not count toward the minor.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ECE 200 Digital Logic Design 3 credits
ECE 201 Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits 3 credits
ECES 302 Transform Methods & Filtering 4 credits
ECEL 301 Electrical Engineering Laboratory I 2 credits
ECEL 302 ECE Laboratory II 2 credits
Subtotal 14 credits

Elective Courses

Students should choose 12 credits from 300- and/or 400-level ECE courses. These courses can come from the Computer (ECEC), Electrophysics (ECEE), Electric Power (ECEP), or Systems (ECES) groups. All prerequisites must be satisfied.

The Electrical Engineering Minor for Computer Engineering Students

The University limit on overlap between major and minor programs is 9 credits. Since all of the required courses in the EE minor are also in the CE degree program, computer engineering students will be required to add at least 5 additional EE credits to their minor plan of study in consultation with their academic advisor. Computer Engineering majors may only choose their elective courses from the ECEE, ECEP, and ECES course groups.

Application for Admission to Minor Program


Computer Engineering Minor

Summary

The Computer Engineering minor is designed to provide students from other computer-intensive majors, such as computer science or other engineering majors, with a foundation of knowledge in the hardware portion of computer systems. The minor consists of a minimum of seven ECE courses resulting in 25 credits. There are four required courses and an additional 12 credits of elective courses.

Prerequisites

The minor assumes that students will have a background in mathematics, physics, and computer programming. Calculus prerequisites should include MATH 121-122 and 200. Physics requirements are PHYS 101, 102 and 201. Programming experience must include CS 121/122/123 or CS 171 at the minimum. CS 172, CS 260 and CS 265 are also recommended, and are required for some upper level ECEC courses. Courses taken to meet these requirements will not count toward the minor.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ECE 200 Digital Logic Design 3 credits
ECEC 302 Digital Systems Projects 4 credits
ECEC 355 Computer Organization & Architecture 4 credits
ECEL 304 ECE Laboratory IV 2 credits
Subtotal 13 credits

Elective Courses

Students should choose an additional 12 credits from 300- and/or 400-level Computer Engineering (ECEC) courses. All prerequisites must be satisfied.

The Computer Engineering Minor for Electrical Engineering Students

The University limit on the overlap between major and minor programs is 9 credits. Since 5 of the 13 required credits in the CE minor are also in the EE degree program, electrical engineering students can overlap 1 additional 4-credit ECEC course in their major plan of study. ECEC courses that are used to satisfy core or technical electives in the EE degree program, beyond this one additional course, cannot be used toward the CE minor due to the credit overlap limit.

Application for Admission to Minor Program