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.

Intra-University Transfer Students:

Students admitted to UCCS into the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as “Business Intent” or “Engineering Intent” students are required to meet the College of Business intra-university transfer requirements  within two semesters of enrolling at UCCS or the College of Engineering intra-university transfer requirements  within three semesters of enrolling at UCCS in order to progress into those respective colleges’ majors. Students not meeting business or engineering intra-university transfer requirements within the allotted time for each college become ineligible for future admission into that respective college and will be advised into another degree program at the University.

Students from other colleges at UCCS may transfer into the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Students transferring into the College must have completed at least 13 credit hours at UCCS and have a cumulative CU GPA of at least 3.3, including completion of Calculus I. Students completing 30 credit hours must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at UCCS before being admitted into their major, including MATH 1350MATH 1360, and either CHEM 1401/CHEM 1402 or PES 1110.  All math courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better for admission into the College.

Intra-University Transfer guidelines for the BI in Electrical Engineering are the same as for the BS in Electrical Engineering.

BIEE ABET

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

ECE Department faculty in co-ordination with the innovation faculty has established the following set of program education objectives for the Bachelor of Innovation in Electrical Engineering.

  1. Illuminate: lifelong learning in electrical engineering


Alumni are expected to learn new and emerging engineering technologies and pursue graduate school or technology careers, including but not limited to technical development, project management, and technical sales.

  1. Investigate: demonstration of electrical engineering principles


Alumni should have the ability to find and access information relevant to an application under development and have the ability to understand and approach various engineering problems and convert their solutions into engineering products.

  1. Innovate: creative application of electrical engineering principles

Alumni should be able to apply the theory and techniques of electrical engineering to innovative real-world solutions.

The BIEE program and BSEE program broadly have broadly sane goals, BIEE program provides students both the technical and business concepts of engineering.

Learning outcomes:

Program outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These are as follows:

The learning outcomes of innovation core:

  • SLO1 recognize the broader issues in electrical engineering technology-related problems
  • SLO2 understand the technological, business, legal and societal constraints affecting this technology
  • SLO3 communicate the key issues, needs, potential options, and final solution to a challenge.

The learning outcome EE part of BIEE program are the same as ABET (a) to (k) outcomes, shown below, and are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5.

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solution in a global, economic, environmental and social context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The objectives are regularly reviewed by the constituents of the department’s programs, including industrial advisory committee, students in the program, and the faculty of the department.

The objectives are used to focus the undergraduate degree program and assure best possible education of our students.

Enrollment Information:

Number of students enrolled in Undergrad (Declared Major):

  • Fall2012 –7
  • Fall 2013 –10
  • Fall 2014 – 11
  • Fall 2015- 12
  • Fall 2016- 14
  • Fall 2017- 8
  • Fall 2018- 10
  • Fall 2019- 5

Degrees Conferred by Academic year

Academic Year Degree granted
2019 1
2018 2
2017 1
2016 1
2015 2
2014 1