Electrical & Computer Engineering

The mission of the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Nebraska is to provide undergraduate and graduate level education in electrical and computer engineering, perform research and other scholarly activities, and furnish service to the state, nation, industry, and the profession.  To fulfill this mission, the ECE department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science in electrical, computer, and 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 the electrical, computer, and electronics engineering programs.  For more details visit the ECE department’s web site at http://engineering.unl.edu/elec.


The ECE department offers several areas of concentration so that students can pursue an in-depth study of a topic in electrical, computer, or electronics engineering.


Area of Concentration


Electrical Engineering

  • Communications and Signal Processing

  • Electromagnetic Fields and Optics

  • Energy and Power Systems

  • Electronics Design

  • Materials and Devices

  • Bioengineering

  • Modeling and Simulation

At least 12 credit hours from electrical engineering courses referred to as “EE Technical Electives.”   At least 6 of the 12 credit hours must be taken from one area of concentration.  At least one 3 credit hour course from a different EE option must be taken.  The remaining 3 credits may be satisfied by any nonrequired 300 or 400 level electrical engineering course except ELEC 399.

Electronics Engineering

  • Telecommunications Engineering

  • Robotics and Control

  • Security

  • Bioelectronics

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Systems

At least one of the electronic engineering concentrations.

Computer Engineering

  • Advanced Digital Design

  • Multimedia Systems

At least one of the computer engineering concentrations.

Consult with an academic adviser for further information on the courses within each area of concentration and any prerequisites that may be needed.


Upon entry into the curriculum, each student will be assigned a faculty academic advisor. It is required that each student meet with the advisor 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 advisor.

The student is expected to have his/her academic records reviewed and approval obtained from the ECE department prior to application to the University registrar for award of a degree in order to ensure that all curricular requirements have been satisfied by the time of the student’s intended graduation.


Because of the rapid developments in the fields of electrical, computer, 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 ECE department for information on any changes to the requirements that are currently in effect but not listed in this catalog.  

Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward a degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon reentering the electrical, 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 advisor should be consulted regarding applicability. All course work for the degrees must be of “C” grade level or higher to be credited toward graduation requirements for Computer Engineering and Electronics Engineering, and certain courses must be of “C” grade level or higher to be credited in Electrical Engineering or to be valid as a prerequisite for another course. See the department for exceptions to this rule. The applicable University bulletins and college academic policies must be followed to ensure the student satisfies all of the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements.

Design Requirement

All engineering majors require a minimum of 48 credit hours of engineering topics (engineering topics include subjects in the engineering sciences or engineering design).  Engineering design is the process of devising a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.  Engineering design work may be done by individuals; however, team efforts are encouraged where appropriate.  Engineering majors are provided with an integrated engineering design experience throughout the curriculum.  In addition, all engineering programs include a meaningful major design experience that builds upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering topics, and communication skills.


Electrical Engineering—Fifteen (15) credit hours of technical electives, referred to as “Other Technical Electives,” may be taken from any 300 or 400 level course offering (with some exceptions) in the ECE Department or in any other engineering department within the College of Engineering at or in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics and Astronomy at UNL

Up to 6 credit hours of the remaining 15 credit hours of technical electives may be taken as a “Research Option.” The purpose of the Research Option is to provide research experiences and offer opportunities for students to work with a faculty advisor on a specific research topic. A certificate of completion of thesis will be awarded to the students, and outstanding thesis awards will be presented at the end of semester functions. 

Computer Engineering—Seventeen (17) hours of engineering electives are required for the degree.  Required courses for the concentrations will apply towards this requirement.  The remaining courses can be satisfied by ECE courses at the junior and senior or approved sophomore level courses. Three (3) hours of engineering electives may be selected from an approved list of non-ECE courses.

Electronics Engineering—Nineteen (19) hours of engineering electives are required for the degree.  Required courses for the concentrations will apply towards this requirement.  The remaining courses can be satisfied by ECE courses at the junior and senior, or approved sophomore level courses. Three hours of engineering electives may be selected from an approved list of non-ECE courses.

Special Interest Areas

Opportunities are provided for the development of areas of special interest through enrollment in the individual study 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 a written proposal has been approved. Special topics courses are also offered by the department as the need arises. 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 advisors 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.

Transfer Course Work—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.

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.