Bachelor of Science: Electrical Computer Engineering

ABET Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Electrical & Computer Engineering program are expected to:

  • Utilize their unique blend of electrical and computer engineering proficiencies to create innovative solutions to current and emerging challenges in areas such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, robotics, RF engineering, microelectronics, communications, and the smart grid.
  • Successfully apply technical knowledge to innovate and bring forth transformational change for metropolitan, regional, and global well-being.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills in solving electrical and computer engineering problems in society.
  • Communicate effectively to build successful teams, convey technical information to multiple audiences, and bring technologies to success in the marketplace.
  • Continually contribute to the profession through graduate education, professional licensure, or other professional development pursuits.

ABET Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Identify core challenges, formulate and devise methodology for solving complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply the engineering design process to produce solutions for a given set of engineering requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Effectively communicate technical information both in written and oral presentation formats and function effectively on teams in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Identify professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in engineering practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Acquire new knowledge, choose appropriate learning strategies, and apply this knowledge in engineering applications and beyond.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org/

The ECE degree program is designed to provide the key elements of both an electrical engineering and a computer engineering curriculum. Graduates of this program are prepared for larger breadth in job opportunities than are typically available in a traditional electrical engineering program. A BS/MS Program for completing both a BS in ECE and a MS in EE in five years is available. For additional information, please contact the SS&C Student Services Center at (816)235-2399 or sce@umkc.edu

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Electrical & Computer Engineering program are expected to: 

  1. Utilize their unique blend of electrical and computer engineering proficiencies to create innovative solutions to current and emerging challenges in areas such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, robotics, RF engineering, microelectronics, communications, and the smart grid.
  2. Successfully apply technical knowledge to innovate and bring forth transformational change for metropolitan, regional, and global well-being.
  3. Exhibit strong leadership skills in solving electrical and computer engineering problems in society.
  4. Communicate effectively to build successful teams, convey technical information to multiple audiences, and bring technologies to success in the marketplace.
  5. Continually contribute to the profession through graduate education, professional licensure, or other professional development pursuits.

Career Implications

Job opportunities abound for electrical and computer engineering majors. In terms of starting salaries and the number of job offers, ECE graduates compare favorably with other engineering graduates. In addition, the ECE curriculum at UMKC equips the graduate with the analytical decision-making skills necessary to pursue diverse technical, managerial and entrepreneurial career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

High school students planning to apply to this degree program are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in electrical and computer engineering will be automatically admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 and
  3. A 3.0 Core High School GPA

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to this program but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.

Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.

Program Requirements

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Major Requirements

Math Requirements
MATH 110 (PreCalculus Algebra; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 120 (Pre-Calculus; Typically not required due to ACT Admission Requirement)
MATH 210Calculus I4
MATH 220Calculus II4
COMP-SCI 394RApplied Probability3
E&C-ENGR 241Applied Engineering Analysis I3
E&C-ENGR 341RApplied Engineering Analysis II3
Life and Physical Sciences Requirements
BIOLOGY 102
102L
Biology and Living
and Biology and Living Laboratory
4
or CHEM 211/211L General Chemistry I
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II5
Higher Order Thinking Requirements
E&C-ENGR 216Engineering Computation4
Electrical and Computer Engineering Requirements
COMP-SCI 304WIEthics and Professionalism (satisfied GECUE requirement)3
E&C-ENGR 226Logic Design3
E&C-ENGR 227Logic Design Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 228Introduction to Computer Design3
E&C-ENGR 229Introduction to Computer Design Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 276Circuit Theory I3
E&C-ENGR 277Circuit Theory I Lab1
E&C-ENGR 302Electromagnetic Waves and Fields (satisfies GECRT-SC course requirement)3
E&C-ENGR 303Electromagnetic Waves and Fields Lab1
E&C-ENGR 330Electronic Circuits3
E&C-ENGR 331Electronic Circuits Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 334Semiconductors and Devices3
E&C-ENGR 358Introduction to Control Systems3
or E&C-ENGR 474 Introduction to Communication Systems
E&C-ENGR 376Circuit Theory II3
E&C-ENGR 377Circuit Theory II Lab1
E&C-ENGR 380Signals and Systems3
E&C-ENGR 381Signals and Systems Lab1
E&C-ENGR 402Senior Design I3
E&C-ENGR 403Senior Design II2
E&C-ENGR 416Neural and Adaptive Systems3
or E&C-ENGR 486 Pattern Recognition
E&C-ENGR 426Microcomputer Architecture and Interfacing3
E&C-ENGR 427Microcomputer Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 428REmbedded Systems3
E&C-ENGR 429Embedded Systems Laboratory1
E&C-ENGR 466Power Systems I3
MEC-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
Senior Electives
Take 2 elective courses at the 400 level in ECE (not already completed above or from the list below).6
Principles of RF/Microwave Engineering
Power Electronics I
Principles of Nanoscale Devices & Circuits
Principles of Nanomanufacturing
Introduction to VLSI Design
Introduction to VLSI Design Laboratory
Instrumentation and Control
Fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic Cells
Automatic Control System Design
Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems
Advanced Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering
Smart Grid and SCADA Systems
Power Systems II
Electric Power Distribution Systems
Introduction to Power System Protection
Data Compression
Introduction to Wireless Networking
Digital Signal Processing
Digital Image Processing
Take one elective course at the 400 level in ECE, COMP-SCI, INFO-TEC, or PHYSICS (not already completed above).3
Client/Server Programming and Applications
Software Architecture: Requirements & Design
Software Testing and Verification
Practical Network Security
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Thermal Physics
Optics
Introduction To Solid State Physics
Electricity And Magnetism I
Electricity And Magnetism II
Introduction To Quantum Mechanics
Total Credits103

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Minimum grade of C in all courses offered in the School Science Engineering.

Total Credit Hours: 127

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).