Why should I consider a BI in Electrical Engineering?
If you’re not sure what the BI is, you might want to read this first, “What is the BI?” If you’ve already done that, then here’s what the BI for electrical engineering has to offer.

A Bachelor of Innovation Degree in Electrical Engineering is ABET accredited and will not only prepare you for being an engineer but it will also give you the skills you need to shine in any company. As an EE student, you will take all the core classes required of any EE student. You’ll be well set up as an engineer in UCCS’s “Best in the West” engineering program. As a part of the BI program, EE students will take teams courses and have opportunities to work with real companies on real projects. Not only will you gain valuable work experience, but you’ll learn team skills and have an opportunity to practice the innovation techniques you’ve learned along the way. The BI in EE is the only EE ABET accredited program in the world with a core of innovation where you will learn to do a patent, write proposals as well as start a business and work in teams.

Objectives

The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Electrical Engineering will provide students with both the technical and business background to work on innovative electrical engineering-related projects, including the ability to:

  • recognize the broader issues in electrical engineering technology-related problems
  • understand the technological, business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology
  • communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge

The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the technical competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, students will develop the critical thinking skills, multi-faceted team oriented skills and basic business background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing technological career landscape for positions that are unlikely to be out-sourced.

Please visit Bachelor of Innovation™ (BI) Degree for more information about this program.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Innovation degree in Electrical Engineering requires the following:

  • completion of at least 128 credit hours
  • participation in the Exit Interview
  • a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in all ECE courses and all courses taken at the University of Colorado
  • a minimum of 2.0 in ECE 1411, ECE 2205, and ECE 2411

Course Requirements:

Innovation Core (24 Credits)

ENTP 1000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
INOV 1010 The Innovation Process 3
BLAW 2010 Business and Intellectual Property Law 3
INOV 2010 Innovation Team: Analyze and Report 3
INOV 2100 Technical Writing, Proposals, and Presentations 3
INOV 3010 Innovation Team: Research and Execute 3
INOV 4010 Innovation Team: Design and Lead 3
ENTP 4500 Entrepreneurship and Strategy 3

 

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

 

Composition Courses (3 Credits)

 

Compass Curriculum (3 Credits)

 

Mathematics (18 Credits)

MATH 1350 Calculus I 4
MATH 1360 Calculus II 4
MATH 2350 Calculus III 4
MATH 3400 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
ECE 3610 Engineering Probability & Stats 3

 

Science (11 credits)

PES 1110 General Physics I 4
PES 1120 General Physics II 4
PES 2130 General Physics III 3

 

EE Core (43 credits)

ECE 1001 Introduction to Robotics 3 Credits
ECE 1021 Computer-Based Modeling and Methods of Engineering 3 Credits
ECE 1411 Logic Circuits I 2 Credits
ECE 2050 Introduction to Physical Electronics 3 Credits
ECE 2205 Circuits and Systems I 4 Credits
ECE 2411 Logic Circuits II 2 Credits
ECE 2610 Introduction to Signals and Systems 4 Credits
ECE 3020 Semiconductor Devices I 3 Credits
ECE 3110 Electromagnetic Fields I 3 Credits
ECE 3205 Circuits and Systems II 4 Credits
ECE 3210 Electronics I 3 Credits
ECE 3230 Electronics Lab I 1 Credit
ECE 3420 Microprocessor Systems Lab 1 Credit
ECE 3430 Introduction to Microcomputer Systems 3 Credits
ECE 4890 Senior Seminar (Must be taken semester prior to ECE 4899) 1 Credit
ECE 4898 Senior Project 3 Credits

 

Electrical Engineering Electives (8 Credit Hours)

Select any two of the following three credit-hour courses (student must meet course prerequisites)

ECE 3120 – Electromagnetic Fields II 3 Credits
ECE 3220 – Electronics II 3 Credits
ECE 4020 – Semiconductor Devices II 3 Credits
ECE 4242 – Advanced Digital Design Methodology 3 Credits
ECE 4340 – VLSI Circuit Design I 3 Credits
ECE 4480 – Computer Architecture and Design 3 Credits
ECE 4510 – Feedback Control Systems 3 Credits
ECE 4625 – Communication Systems I 3 Credits
ECE 4650 – Modern Digital Signal Processing 3 Credits
ECE 4910 – Power Systems II 3 Credits

 

Select any two of the following 1-credit-hour specialty labs (students must meet course prerequisites)

ECE 3240 – Electronics Laboratory II 1 Credits
ECE 3440 – Microcomputer Systems Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4040 – Introductory VLSI Fabrication Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4150 – Microwave Measurements Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4200 – Advanced Digital Design Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4530 – Control Systems Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4560 – Digital Control Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4670 – Communications Laboratory 1 Credits
ECE 4680 – Signal Processing Laboratory 1 Credits

 

How Rigorous is a BI in Electrical Engineering?
The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Electrical Engineering provides students with both the technical and business background to work on innovative electrical engineering-related projects, including the ability to:

1. recognize the broader issues in electrical engineering technology-related problems;
2. understand the technological, business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology
3. have the ability to communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge.

The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the technical competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, students will develop the innovative thinking skills, multi-faceted team oriented skills and basic business background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing technological career landscape for positions that are unlikely to be off-shored.

In 2016 we had two BI in Electrical Engineering (BIEL) graduates; you can find BI EL (and all major) graduation data the campus SpringDatabook here, search for BIEL.   In Fall 2016 there were approximately eight official BIEL Majors, with full (official) campus enrollment data here. While we work hard to help students succeed, EE can be a difficult major and the six-year graduation rate is quite good;  you can see the full graduation rate data for all campus majors here; search for BIEL.

 

What might my college schedule look like?
The sample plan represents the suggested order and semesters in which students ought to take a course to graduate within four years. Since each student starts at a different level of mathematical ability, this listing should only be considered a guide. Specific questions about the sample program should be directed to an Engineering or Faculty Advisor.