UT Dallas 2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Engineering and in Telecommunications Engineering. These programs are delivered by faculty from the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Telecommunications Engineering (B.S.T.E.)

Affiliated Faculty

Professors: Farokh Bastani, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Andras Farago, Andrea F. Fumagalli, John L. Hansen, Jason Jue, Kamran Kiasaleh, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Aria Nosratinia, William Pervin (Emeritus), Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Balaji Raghavachari, Lakshman Tamil, S.Q. Zheng

Associate Professors: Jorge Cobb, Latifur Khan, Neeraj Mittal, Ravi Prakash, Mohammad Saquib, Kamil Sarac, Murat Torlak, S. Venkatesan, Yuke Wang, Eric Wong

Senior Lecturers: Charles Bernardin, William Boyd, Nathan Dodge, Muhammad Kalam, PK Rajasekaran, Marco Tacca

Goals for the Telecommunications Engineering Program

The focus of the UT Dallas' Telecommunications Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern communications networks and systems. Our graduates shall be uniquely qualified to apply traditional engineering design and problem solving skills in modern telecommunications.

Program Educational Objectives for Telecommunications Engineering

Within a few years after graduation, graduates of the Telecommunications Engineering Program should:

  • Have a successful, long-lived, engineering based career path
  • Meet the needs of industry
  • Contribute to, and/or lead, engineering based teams
  • Actively pursue continuing (lifelong) learning
  • High School Preparation

    Engineering education requires a strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should have high school preparation of at least one-half year in trigonometry and at least one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry, and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry for science majors. It is also essential that pre-engineering students have the competence to read rapidly and with comprehension, and to write clearly and correctly.

    Lower-Division Study

    All lower-division students in either Electrical Engineering or Telecommunications Engineering concentrate on mathematics, science and introductory engineering courses, building competence in these cornerstone areas for future application in upper-division engineering courses. The following requirements apply both to students seeking to transfer to UT Dallas from other institutions as well as to those currently enrolled at UT Dallas, whether in another school or in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

    ABET Accreditation

    The B.S. program in Telecommunications Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

    Academic Progress in Telecommunications Engineering

    In order to make satisfactory academic progress as a Telecommunications Engineering major, a student must meet all University requirements for academic progress, and must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the major core courses. No "Major Requirement" course (as listed under Section II of the B.S.T.E. degree requirement) may be taken until the student has obtained a grade of C- or better in each of the prerequisites (if a higher grade requirement is stated for a specific class, the higher requirement applies).

    Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering

    Degree Requirements (125 semester credit hours)

    I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 semester credit hours

    Communication (6 semester credit hours)

    3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
    3 semester credit hours Professional and Technical Communication (ECS 3390)2

    Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

    6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
    6 semester credit hours American History
    3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Science elective (ECS 3361)

    Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

    3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
    3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

    Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

    6 semester credit hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and MATH 2419)3

    Science (9 semester credit hours)

    8 semester credit hours Physics (PHYS 2325, PHYS 2125, PHYS 2326 and PHYS 2126)4
    4 semester credit hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111)4

    II. Major Requirements: 74 semester credit hours5

    Major Preparatory Courses (22 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

    CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I4
    CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I4
    ECS 1200 Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science6
    CS 1337 Computer Science I
    TE 2305 Discrete Mathematics I
    CS 2336 Computer Science II
    TE 1202 Introduction to Electrical Engineering6
    MATH 2417 Calculus I3
    MATH 2419 Calculus II3
    MATH 2420 Differential Equations with Applications
    PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory4
    PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II4
    PHYS 2325 Mechanics4
    PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves4

    Major Core Courses (52 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)

    CS 3340 Computer Architecture
    CS 4141 Digital Systems Laboratory
    CS 4341 Digital Logic and Computer Design
    ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering7
    ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication2
    EE 3150 Communications Systems Laboratory
    ENGR 3300 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
    EE 3350 Communications Systems
    EE 4360 Digital Communications
    EE 4361 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
    TE 3101 Electrical Network Analysis Laboratory
    TE 3102 Signals and Systems Laboratory
    TE 3301 Electrical Network Analysis
    TE 3302 Signals and Systems
    ENGR 3341 Probability Theory and Statistics
    TE 3345 Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithmic Analysis
    TE 4348 Operating Systems Concepts
    TE 4365 Introduction to Wireless Communication
    TE 4367 Telecommunication Networks
    TE 4388 Senior Design Project I
    TE 4389 Senior Design Project II
    TE 4390 Computer Networks

    III. Elective Requirements: 9 semester credit hours

    Advanced Electives (6 semester credit hours)

    All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. Four of these semester credit hours may be satisfied with MATH 2420 counted under Major Preparatory courses.

    Free Electives (7 semester credit hours)

    Both lower-and upper division courses may count as free electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

    Degree programs in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science are governed by various accreditation boards that place restrictions on classes used to meet the curricular requirements of degrees they certify. For this reason, not all classes offered by the University can be used to meet elective requirements. Please check with your academic advisor before enrolling in classes you hope to use as free electives.

    Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees

    In response to the need for advanced education in electrical engineering, a Fast Track program is available to exceptionally well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students who meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school. The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate a student's education so that both a B.S.T.E. and an M.S.T.E. degree can be earned in five years of full-time study. This is accomplished by (1) taking courses (typically electives) during one or more summer semesters, and (2) beginning graduate course work during the senior year. Details of the requirements for admission to this program are available from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

    Honors Program

    The Telecommunications Engineering Program offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the B.S. Telecommunications Engineering degree program. This program offers special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors programs requires a 3.500 GPA in at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.500 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes. These honors classes must include either Senior Honors (CE 4399) or Undergraduate Research in Telecommunications Engineering (TE 4V98) and a Senior Honors Thesis must be completed within one of those two classes. (While the topics may be related, the Senior Thesis does not replace the need for the student to complete a regular Senior Design Project.) The other 5 honors classes can come from a mixture of Graduate level (up to a count of 4) classes and special honor sections of regular undergraduate TE classes (up to a count of 2). Current undergraduate honors courses include but are not limited to: CE/EE 2310(H), EE/TE 3350(H), CE 4399 and TE 4V98. Course grades in the 6 honor classes used to determine Honors status must be B- or higher to qualify.

    Departmental Honors with Distinction may be awarded to students whose Senior Honors Thesis is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Only students graduating with Departmental Honors are eligible. Thesis/projects must be submitted by the deadline that applies to M.S. Theses in the graduating semester to allow for proper evaluation. Students interested in Honors with Distinction are encouraged to start working on their thesis/project a year prior to graduation.


    The School of Engineering and Computer Science does not offer minors in Telecommunications Engineering at this time.

    1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
    2. Hours fulfill the communication component requirement of the Core Curriculum.
    3. Six semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core above, and two semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
    4. One semester credit hour of General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory is counted under Science core, and three semester credit hours are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
    5. Students must pass each of the EE, CS, Math and Science courses listed in this degree plan and each of their prerequisites, with a grade of C- or better.
    6. Transfer students with sufficient background may petition to substitute upper level semester credit hours in the major for this class.
    7. Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.
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