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 2015 begins March 16. Online registration opens on Monday, March 23, 2015. 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.

NOTE that if you are a student who has been identified in the COEX (College of Engineering Exploration) group, you will already have received an email message from the COEX advisor, Karen Steele, regarding COEX advising.  The COEX desigation is simply a sub-category of any of the engineering majors for students working on getting to the M-151 (pre-calculus) level of mathematics. COEX students must see Karen Steele rather than an ECE faculty advisor. , .

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 or the online scheduler to make 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 2015).
  • The tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester (Fall 2015).
  • 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 2015 and Fall 2015 updates and information

  • EELE 203 Circuits II will be offered SUMMER 2015 as a 10-week (05/18/15 - 07/24/15) hybrid course taught by Professor Jim Becker, with the lecture portion fully online via D2L and the lab portion taught in the circuits lab in Cobleigh Hall on 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, and 7/24 (refer to course information for times and locations of these face-to-face meetings). 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 261 Intro to Logic Circuits will be offered SUMMER 2015 if at least 18 students sign up to take it. If offered, EELE 261 will be a 12-week (05/18/15 - 08/07/15) fully online course, requiring students to participate by viewing online lectures and performing hands-on laboratory work on their own. Please read the information flyer regarding summer EELE 261.
  • Fall 2015: EELE 101 Introduction to Electrical Fundamentals-- Reminder that students enrolling in EELE 101 need to sign up for three course components: lecture, lab section and recitation section.
  • EE students need to take 9 credits of EELE Professional Electives. Some EE students end up taking two 4-credit elective classes totaling 8 credits and just need one more credit to fulfill the 9 EELE elective credit requirement.  If this is your situation, you might be interested in taking a 1-credit EELE course. The options include Independent Study (EELE 492), Undergraduate Research (EELE 490), or Internship (EELE 498).  These special courses require individual arrangements, so see your advisor.  Another option is the 1-credit Multidisciplinary Seminars (EELE 394) course, which requires you to attend 12 campus seminars on your own during the semester. Or you can, of course, take a 3 or 4 credit EELE class. See your advisor if you have questions.
  • Alternate year or annual electives for the fall 2015 semester include:

    EELE 407 Intro to Microfabrication
    EELE 414 Intro to VLSI Design
    EELE 422 Intro to Modern Control
    EELE 454 Power Systems Analysis
    EELE 482 Electro-Optical Systems
    EELE 503 Advanced Analog Circuit Design
    EELE 556 Advanced Power Electronics
    EELE 565 Parallel Processing
    EELE 581 Fourier Optics/Imaging Theory

General undergraduate program information:


Special notes:

  1. If you plan to graduate in Summer or Fall 2015, you should already have completed the Application for Baccalaureate Degree. If you have NOT done so, you are LATE, so please see your advisor immediately and get the application process completed!

  2. The application for Spring 2016 graduation will be taken care of early in the fall semester, with a deadline of October 1, 2015. Using DegreeWorks, create a "Plan" showing the courses you will need to complete your degree, and let your advisor know that you are nearing your graduation semester, then remember to see your advisor in September to finalize the degree application process. Refer to our ECE Degree Application Instructions.

  3. Please be aware that if you plan to graduate Fall 2015 or Spring/Summer 2016, you are required to take the FE Exam before you graduate. You may take the FE Exam either the semester of graduation or the semester prior to graduation, but keep in mind that the FE Exam requires advance registration. You must be registered for EGEN 488 (formerly ENGR 499) the semester you plan to take the FE Exam. The format of the exam is now electronic using the MSU Testing Center. You must make your own exam appointment individually through the MSU Testing Center. Refer to our FE Exam Instructions.

NOTE: If you are graduating in December 2015 and did not take the FE exam already, you must take the exam in the Fall of 2015.  If you are graduating in Spring 2016, you may take the exam in fall 2015 or wait until spring 2016 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 2016 or later, the fall 2015 exam opportunity does NOT apply to you.

Fall 2015 FE Exam: Registration for the fall FE exam period (computer-based, six hour duration) is open year-round. Go to the website, create a user account, and then select your desired exam site location and available appointment dates. Appointments will be made available in two-month windows (Jan-Feb, Apr-May, Jul-Aug, Oct-Nov), so fall 2015 graduates need to schedule their exam appointment in the Jul-Aug or Oct-Nov windows. If the available appointment dates do not match your availability, you may consider taking the exam at another testing center (e.g., Helena, Billings, or Missoula). The exam fee is $225.

You will not be able to graduate if you do not follow the proper FE and EGEN 488 procedures. Don't let this happen to you!!


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