Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
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 (BSTE)
Professors: Naofal M. Al-Dhahir, Farokh B. Bastani, András Faragó, Andrea Fumagalli, John H. L. Hansen, Jason Jue, Latifur Khan, Kamran Kiasaleh, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Won Namgoong, Aria Nosratinia, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Ravi Prakash, Balaji Raghavachari, Mohammad Saquib, Lakshman Tamil, Subbarayan Venkatesan, W. Eric Wong, I-Ling Yen, Si Qing Zheng
Professor Emeritus: William J. Pervin
Associate Professors: Jorge A. Cobb, Hlaing Minn, Neeraj Mittal, Kamil Sarac, Murat Torlak, Yuke Wang
Senior Lecturers: Charles (Pete) Bernardin, Nathan B. Dodge, P. K. 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:
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.
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.
The BS 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 BSTE 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 Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours)
II. Major Requirements: 74 semester credit hours5
Major Preparatory Courses (22 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Core Courses (52 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
III. Elective Requirements: 9 semester credit hours
Free Electives (9 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 courses 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 telecommunications engineering, a Fast Track program is available to well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students. The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate a student's education so that both a BSTE and an MSTE 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 coursework during the senior year. Details are available from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
The Telecommunications Engineering Program offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the BS 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 2310 or EE 2310 (H), EE 3350 or 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 MS 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.
- 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.
- Hours fulfill the communication component requirement of the Core Curriculum.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Transfer students with sufficient background may petition to substitute upper-division semester credit hours in the major for this class.
- Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.