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Electrical Engineering Technical Electives

All electrical engineering undergraduates must complete a range of technical electives designed to ensure they have the appropriate breadth and depth of training in electrical engineering, a rigorous advanced laboratory experience, and a sophisticated and sustained exposure to engineering design. A total of 13 credits of 400-level ENEE technical electives must be completed and distributed among the following categories:

  • Category A. Advanced Theory and Applications: minimum of 3 credits
  • Category B. Advanced Laboratory: minimum of 2 credits
  • Category C. Capstone Design: minimum of 3 credits

In addition, students must satisfy the Specialty Area Requirement. This entails completing at least two courses from a single area of concentration within electrical engineering. ECE has six such Specialty Areas.

Please read care​fully, and make a note of, the following special cases and other items:

  1. Completing the minimum required credits from Category A-C comes to 8 credits.  The remaining credits necessary to reach 13 may come from any of the three categories.
  2. A second Capstone Design course may be used as a substitute for the required Advanced Theory and Applications course.  However, students who have already completed a capstone design course or who are registered for their first will have to wait until the beginning of the semester to receive permission for a second capstone courses – assuming seats are available.
  3. Students may enroll in a second advanced laboratory.  However, students who have already completed an advanced laboratory or who are registered for their first will have to wait until the beginning of the semester to receive permission for a second advanced laboratory – assuming seats are available.
  4. Upper-level ENEE elective courses may be used to satisfy General Technical Elective requirements.  However, any upper-level ENEE course used for this purpose may NOT then be used to satisfy the ENEE Technical Elective Requirement.  
  5. ENEE499: A maximum of five credits of approved ENEE 499: “Senior Projects in Electrical Engineering” may be used to satisfy the electrical engineering technical electives. Approved ENEE499L credits may satisfy the Category B requirement.  NOTE:  ENEE499 credits cannot be used to satisfy the Category C Capstone requirement.

 If you have any questions about how these requirements affect your current selection of senior EE electives, please contact an advisor.

ENEE Technical Elective Courses:

Below is a list of courses that can be used for the ENEE Technical Elective Requirements.  When using this list for academic planning purposes, please make sure you check on Testudo ( for the course availability, as not all of these courses are offered every semester.

Category A: Advanced Theory and Applications (3 credit minimum)

ENEE411 (formerly 419A) Analog and Digital Electronics (3)
ENEE 413 (formerly 480) Funds. of Solid State Electronics (3)
ENEE420 Communication Systems (3)
ENEE425 Digital Signal Processing (3)
ENEE426 Communication Networks (3)
ENEE439M Machine Learning (3)
ENEE440 Microprocessors
ENEE446 Digital Computer Design
ENEE459A CAD Tools (1)
ENEE457 Computer Security (3)
ENEE459E Introduction to Cryptology (3)
ENEE459V Embedded Systems (3)
ENEE460 Control Systems (3)
ENEE463 Digital Control Systems (3)
ENEE474 Power Systems (3)
ENEE475 Power Electronics (3)
ENEE476 Renewable Energy
ENEE488 Directed Study[1] (1-3)
ENEE489I Solar Energy Conversion (3)
ENEE489Q Quantum Phenomena in EE (3)
ENEE490 Radiowave Propagation and Antennas for Wireless Communications (3)
ENEE496 Lasers and Optics (3)
ENEE499 Senior Research Projects in ECE[1] (1-3)

Category B: Advanced Laboratory (2 credit minimum)

ENEE 359F Adv. FPGA System Design using Verilog (3)
ENEE407: Microwave Circuits Laboratory (2)
ENEE416: Integrated Circuit Fabrication Lab (3)
ENEE417: Microelectronics Design Laboratory (2)
ENEE428: Communication Design Laboratory (2)
ENEE445: Computer Laboratory (2)
ENEE459B Reverse Engineering and Hardware Security Laboratory (3)
ENEE461: Control Systems Laboratory (3)
ENEE473: Electric Machines Laboratory (2)
ENEE486: Optoelectronics Laboratory (2)
ENEE489A: Laboratory for Antennas for Wireless Personal Communication (3)
ENEE499L[1]: Senior Research Projects in ECE (1-3)

Category C: Capstone Design (3 credits minimum)

ENEE408A: Microprocessor-Based Design (3)
ENEE408B: Digital VLSI Design (3)
ENEE408C: Modern Digital System Design (3)
ENEE408D: Mixed Signal VLSI Design (3)
ENEE408E: Optical System Design (3)
ENEE408G: Multi-Media Signal Processing (3)
ENEE408I: Autonomous Robots for Control & Co-op. (3)
ENEE408L: Electric Guitars (3)
ENEE408R: Electric Bikes (3)
ENEE408T: Accelerator Physics - Building the Maryland 5 MeV Cyclotron (3)

[1]: Only 5 total credits of ENEE488/ENEE499/ENEE499L may be applied to the degree requirements.