Montana State University

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173780
Bozeman, MT 59717-3780

Tel: (406) 994-2505
Fax: (406) 994-5958
Location: 610 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

Robert C. Maher, Ph.D., P.E.

ECE Undergraduate Advising Information

Advising and course selection for Summer and Fall 2014 begins March 17. Online registration opens on Monday, March 24, 2014. Your registration eligibility date is based on earned credits and class standing.

Who is my advisor?

Please consult the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall. Advisors should also be listed in your DegreeWorks entry.

ECE Advising Procedure

The ECE Department will be following the same advising procedure as in previous semesters. You will need to stop by your advisor's office and schedule an individual appointment. Some advisors will have appointment time blocks posted outside their offices where you can sign up for the time that fits your schedule, while other advisors will use email to schedule appointments.

Don't know who is your advisor? See the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall.


  • The list of courses you are currently taking this semester (Spring 2014).
  • The tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester (Fall 2014).
  • The estimated semester in which you expect to graduate.

At the end of your advising session, your advisor will sign an advisor evaluation form for you to complete. You will need to bring that signed form to the ECE office in order to pick up your Advisor PIN to equip you for online course registration.

Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 updates and information

  • EELE 203 Circuits II will be offered SUMMER 2014 as a hybrid course taught by Professor Jim Becker, with the lecture portion fully online via D2L and the lab portion taught in the normal (live) fashion in the circuits lab in Cobleigh Hall. This summer offering of EELE 203 is a continuing experiment: it is our intent to help students get "back in sync" with our fall-spring course alternation in the junior year. Please read these Frequently Asked Questions regarding Summer EELE 203.
  • EELE 101 Introduction to Electrical Fundamentals Students enrolling in EELE 101 need to sign up for the lecture, and choose both a lab section and a recitation section.
  • The 2012-2014 curricula for EE and CpE have been updated. The degree requirements are very similar to the 2010-2012 catalog, but there are a few changes to the required course lists and elective slots. Please speak with your advisor if you are currently in the 2010-2012 catalog and wish to consider moving to the 2012-2014 catalog.
  • Alternate year or annual electives for the fall 2014 semester include:

    EELE 407 Intro to Microfabrication
    EELE 414 Intro to VLSI Design
    EELE 417 Acoustics and Audio Engineering

    EELE 422 Intro to Modern Control
    EELE 447 Moblie Wireless Communications

    EELE 454 Power Systems Analysis
    EELE 455/EELE 555 Alternative Energy Power Generation
    EELE 482 Electro-Optical Systems
    EELE 491/EELE 591 Control Systems Lab
    EELE 528 Advanced Controls and Signals-- Introduction to Statistical Signal Processing
    EELE 533 Antenna Engineering
    EELE 538 Advanced Topics in Electromagnetics and Optics
    EELE 541 Advanced Communication Theory

  • The list of approved Professional Electives for EE and for CpE has been updated. Please note that the approved elective courses are now largely the same list for both EE and CpE majors.

General undergraduate program information:


Special notes:

  1. If you plan to graduate between now and the end of Fall Semester 2014 and you have not already done so, please meet with your advisor to fill our your Application for Baccalaureate Degree. You may pick up the Application for Baccalaureate Degree and instructions in the display rack outside the ECE Office, 610 Cobleigh Hall. Note that applications for Fall 2014 graduation were due back in December, 2013: if you have not submitted a Fall 2014 application yet, you must do so immediately!

  2. If you plan to graduate in Spring 2015, the registrar is changing the Baccalaureate Degree application process. The application for Spring 2015 graduation will be taken care of during the fall semester, with a deadline of October 1, 2014. The registrar will be producing a new application form that will be available in the fall, and the degree completion will be handled via DegreeWorks. So, if you plan to graduate in Spring 2015 or later, talk to your advisor to make sure you will meet all the degree requirements, and then remember to see your advisor in September to finalize the degree application process.

  3. Please be aware that if you plan to graduate Fall 2014, or Spring or Summer 2015, you are required to take the FE Exam before you graduate. You may take the FE Exam either the semester of graduation or one semester prior to graduation, but keep in mind that the FE Exam requires advance registration. You must be registered for EGEN 488 the semester you plan to take the FE Exam. The format of the exam was recently changed: the FE exam is now offered individually through the MSU Testing Center, rather than a day-long exam taken by everyone at the same time. YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE TESTING CENTER to take the exam.

NOTE: If you are graduating in December 2014 and did not take the FE exam already, you must take the exam in the Fall of 2014.  If you are graduating in May 2015, you may take the exam in Fall 2014 or wait until Spring 2015 to take the exam. You must take the exam no more than one semester prior to the semester you will graduate; therefore, if you plan to graduate in Fall 2015 or later, the Fall 2014 exam opportunity does NOT apply to you.

You will not be able to graduate if you do not follow the proper FE procedures. Don't let this happen to you!!

Questions: ECE Department, 610 Cobleigh Hall, 994-2505. Office hours: 8AM-noon and 1PM-5PM.