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
E-mail: ecedept@ece.montana.edu
Location: 610 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

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

Minors in EE, CpE, and Mechatronics

 

A Minor is a special credential recognizing a curricular focus or specialization that goes beyond the requirements of your Major. A variety of undergraduate minors are available at MSU. A popular combination is to obtain a major in EE with a minor in CpE, or a major in CpE with a minor in EE. ECE students are also often interested in minors in mechatronics, aerospace, math, computer science, and foreign languages.

EE and CpE Minors (one page info sheet)

COMPUTER ENGINEERING MINOR
(NON-TEACHING MINOR, 30 credits)

The ECE Department offers a non-teaching minor in Computer Engineering that provides a focus in computer programming, digital logic design, and microprocessor hardware/software. The minor requires a minimum of 30 credits:  23 credits in seven specified CS and EE courses and at least 7 credits (2 or 3 courses) of electives selected from among a specified list of upper-division EE courses. This minor is a useful complement to majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program.

If you are an EE major you can complete a minor in Computer Engineering by taking CSCI 111, 132, and 232 (a total of 12 credits) plus two courses (7 cr min) from the specified elective list for the CpE minor. Completing the Computer Engineering minor requires 3 credits of professional electives beyond the minimum credits required for EE majors. Thus, a BSEE degree with a CpE minor can be completed in 128 credits.

Required courses:  
CSCI 111—JAVA Programming 4
CSCI 112—Program Design with C 3
CSCI 132—Basic Data Structures 4
CSCI 232—Data Structures & Algorithms 4
EELE 261—Intro to Logic Circuits 4
EELE 371—Micr Hrdwr/Sftwr Syst  4
   

Take 7 credits minimum from the following:

 
EELE 367—Logic Design  4
EELE 465—Microcontroller Applications  4
EELE 466—Computational Comp Arch 4
EELE 475—Hrdwr & Sftwr Eng for Emb Sys 3

Students must receive a grade of “C-“ or better in all courses used to fulfill the minor.


ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING MINOR
(NON-TEACHING MINOR, 30 credits)

The ECE Department offers a non-teaching minor in Electrical Engineering that provides interested students with an introductory understanding of electrical circuits, electronics, and properties of signals. Students then choose electives from among a variety of EE topics, such as telecommunications, optics, electrical power, and control systems. This minor requires a minimum of 30 credits in electrical engineering subjects, with 9 of those credits selected from a list of upper division elective courses. This minor complements majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program.

If you are a CpE major you can complete a minor in EE by taking three EE classes (9 cr min) from the specified elective list for the EE minor. This can be done within the 126 credits required for the BSCpE degree alone, by carefully choosing the professional elective credits.

Required courses:  
EELE 101—Intro to Electr Fund  3
EELE 201—Circuits I 4
EELE 203—Circuits II  4
EELE 308—Signal and System Analysis 3
EELE 317—Electronics 4
EELE 334—Electromag Theory I 3

 

 

Take 9 credits minimum from the following:

 
EELE 321—Intro to Feedback Control 3
EELE 432—Applied Electromagnetics 3
EELE 355—Energy Conversion  4
EELE 409—EE Material Science 3
EELE 411—Adv Analog Electronics 3
EELE 414—Intro to VLSI Design 3
EELE 422—Intro Modern Control 3
EELE 445—Telecommunications Sys 4
EELE 447—Mobile Wireless Sys 3
EELE 477—Digital Signal Processing 4
EELE 482—Electro-optical Systems 3
EELE 484—Laser Engineering 3

Students must receive a grade of “C-“ or better in all courses used to fulfill the minor.


MECHATRONICS MINOR
(NON-TEACHING MINOR, 37 credits)

The ECE and MIE Departments jointly offer a non-teaching minor in Mechatronics. The field of Mechatronics combines the principles of mechanical engineering with the principles of electronic instrumentation and computerized control. Mechatronics exploits the synergy of mechanincal and electrical engineering to design unique and innovative electromechanical products, machines, robots, tools, and manufacturing processes.

The minor requires a minimum of 37 credits in specified subject areas: computer science, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering (see table below).

Credits
CpE
major
EE
major
ME
major
CSCI 111--Programming with Java I    
4
CSCI 112--Programming with C I    
3
√*
EGEN 201--Engineering Mechanics-Statics    
3
√*
EGEN 202--Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics    
3
√*
√*
EGEN 205--Mechanics of Materials    
3
√*
√*
EGEN 117--ME Design Graphics    
1
EGEN 118--ME Design Graphics Lab    
1
EMEC 320--Thermodynamics I    
3
√*
√*
EMEC 326--Fundamentals of Heat Transfer    
4
√*
√*
EELE 261--Introductions to Logic Circuits    
4
EELE 321--Introduction to Feedback Controls    
4
√*
√*
EELE 371--Microprocess Hardware & Software Systems    
4
√*
Total for Minor (minimum)
37
22
18
19
Total for the BS degree with Minor (minimum)
141 135 139

¹A √ indicates additional courses required for the minor that are not required for the major.
* Course may also satisfy a professional elective in the major.

Students must receive a grade of "C-" or better in all required courses for the Mechatronics minor.