Computer Engineering Electronics Engineering

The mission of the department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN) at the University of Nebraska is to develop and maintain programs of excellence in teaching and research which meet the educational needs of its constituents, which will support the state of Nebraska in its development as a leading center for high-technology computer/electronics/ telecommunications industry and which will support national needs for well-educated computer and electronics engineering professionals. To fulfill this mission, the department offers the degrees of bachelor of science in computer engineering and bachelor of science in electronics engineering as well as several graduate programs. The faculty takes pride in its high level of interaction with both undergraduate and graduate students.

General Requirements

The following sections apply to both the computer engineering program and the electronics engineering program.

Advisement

Upon entry into the curriculum, each student will be assigned a faculty academic adviser. It is required that the student meet with the adviser prior to each class registration period and that all courses to be applied toward the degree be selected with the advice and approval of the adviser.

Students are expected to have their academic records reviewed and obtain approval from the department prior to application to the University registrar for award of the Degree in order to insure that all curricular requirements will be satisfied by the time of intended graduation.

Curriculum

Because of the rapid developments in the fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering, the curricular requirements are continually reviewed and upgraded to reflect technological advances. Curricular sequence and course descriptions contained herein are intended to serve as general guidelines. Contact the department for information on any changes to the requirements that are currently in effect but not listed in this catalog. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon reentering the computer or electronics engineering curricular sequence and will be subject to the requirements of the curriculum current at the time of their reentry. Certain courses may not be valid as prerequisites or as credit toward the degree after two academic years; the student’s academic adviser should be consulted regarding applicability.

The department maintains a high standard of excellence in meeting its objective of providing the student with extensive experience in the fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. The development of both hardware and software and the knowledge of the interrelationship of these areas is enhanced through the extensive use of laboratory equipment. All course work must be of “C” grade level or higher to be credited toward graduation requirements or to be valid as a prerequisite for another course. The applicable University bulletins and college academic policies must be followed for the areas of humanities and social sciences to ensure that such enrollments satisfy the campus general education requirements.

Senior Thesis

The capstone Senior Thesis requirement provides a unique and challenging opportunity for the undergraduate student to demonstrate his/her ability to apply the knowledge gained in the course work sequence to the planning, design, execution, testing and reporting of a significant project in the applications of engineering principles. The initiative and responsibility expected of the student executing the Senior Thesis parallel the expectations of the employer of the program graduate. After faculty approval of the Thesis topic, each student is assigned to a faculty Senior Thesis adviser who will supervise the execution of the work.

Electives

Computer engineering and electronic engineering courses which are described in the catalog but are not shown as requirements in the semester sequences are offered as the need arises to provide co-interest areas wherein the students may broaden their background in the applications of computer engineering or electronics engineering. In addition, appropriate specified technical electives will be selected to augment the student’s particular area of interest. The applicability of transfer course work with engineering content toward credit in the curriculum is determined on a case-by-case basis by the department.

The credit hours in the curriculum designated as free electives are those courses that the student may choose to enhance personal objectives in his/her academic plan. Free electives must be selected with the approval of his/her departmental adviser and may not duplicate the content of curricular requirements nor be of a remedial nature.

Special Interest Areas

Opportunities are provided for the development of areas of special interest through enrollment in the Individual Study in Computer and Electronics Engineering courses which are offered at the freshman through senior level for the student who may wish to develop a topic under the guidance of a department faculty member. Enrollment is by permission after the department chair has approved a written proposal. Special Topics in Computer and Electronics Engineering classes also are offered by the department as the need arises to cover topics needing emphasis as a result of the rapidly developing fields of computer engineering and electronics engineering. Academic advisers should be consulted regarding the particular topics to be covered and the necessary prerequisites for each offering of this course.

Students who expect to continue their education at the graduate level after the award of the baccalaureate degree should consult their adviser regarding course selections that would enhance that objective.

Students are encouraged to develop their professional and leadership potential through participation in student chapters of related professional organizations and in University extracurricular activities. Participation in the University Honors Program is encouraged for those who qualify.

Financial Aid

Numerous opportunities exist for students to obtain financial aid during the course of their academic work at the university. The office of the dean of the college and the campus financial aid office should be consulted to determine the availability of such assistance.