Oct 26, 2021  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


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M. Aghili, Head
Faculty: Aghili, Bender, Connella, Dennison, Garner, Hays, Jia, Kussmann, Liu, Menon, Ortego, Pineros, Spruel 

Department Mission

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science provides a professionally focused education in the fields of computer science, electrical engineering, and engineering technology. Our students are prepared to practice in their chosen field focusing on the industrial and business needs of the region. The needs of traditional and non-traditional students are met through close interaction with faculty, businesses, and the industrial community in a practice-oriented student friendly environment. The department maintains ABET accredited current curriculums that foster interdisciplinary teamwork, scholarly development, projects, internships, professional ethics, and training with regional businesses or industries. Our students are prepared to study for advanced degrees and work in regional businesses or industries.

EECS Programs

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers BS degrees in Computer Science (BSCS), BS degree in Engineering with concentration in Electrical Engineering (BSE-EE), and BS degree in Engineering Technology (BSET) with concentration in Electronics.

Requirements are listed in each program:

EECS Minor

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers a minor in Computer Science.

Requirements are listed in the minor:

Computer Science Program Information

CS Program Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree is accredited by CAC (Computing Accreditation Commission) of ABET, Inc.

BSCS Graduation Requirements

A student in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program must meet all graduation requirements listed in the section entitled “Graduation Requirements” in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition, all course work in Mathematics, Computing Science, or Statistics that the student applies toward a degree must be accomplished with a minimum grade of “C”. Each student is also required to complete a capstone experience, which includes taking a departmental test in the major area.

Computer Science CO-OP and Intern Programs with Industry

Computer Science students who enroll in CSCI 399 for 3 hours, working full-time in a co-op program, and making progress towards a computer science degree are considered full-time students in the fall, spring, or summer semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting. Co-op and intern students are selected by industry based on grades, experience, and interviews. A co-op or intern position cannot be guaranteed to any applicant. 

Computer Science Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives for the Computer Science undergraduate program are to produce graduates who will: 

  1. Become productive, responsible computing science professionals capable of conducting research and/or designing, developing, or maintaining projects in the various areas of computer science.
  2. Understand and apply ethical issues and social aspects of computing science in performing their duties as computer science professionals.
  3. Continue learning new technologies in thecomputer science area through self-directed professional development or postgraduate education. 

Computer Science Program Outcomes:

At the time of completion of the computer science program at McNeese State University, a student will possess all of the following: 

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  10. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

 
Computer Science Graduate Studies

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. The student may concentrate in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics.

Additional information is available under Dore’ School of Graduate Studies.

Engineering Program Information

Engineering is the profession concerned with putting scientific knowledge to practical use. The engineer combines principles of mathematics and the natural sciences with experience and judgment to transform natural resources for the benefit of mankind.

BS Engineering Program Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc.

BS Engineering Program Educational Objectives:

  1. To prepare graduates to practice engineering and to be successful in solving the engineering problems encountered in industry, government, or private practice.
  2. To provide graduates with the motivation and skills to advance into positions of increased responsibility and to pursue continuing education or graduate studies.
  3. To produce graduates who are not only ethical and professional as engineers but also are responsible members of their communities and the larger society. 

BS Engineering Program Outcomes

At the time of completion of the engineering program at McNeese State University, a student will possess all of the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations and An ability to communicate effectively through written communication
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

BS Engineering Curriculum

The BS Engineering curriculum consists of a core section and a concentration section. The core courses are required for all engineering concentrations and include study in English, chemistry, physics, mathematics, humanities, and basic engineering sciences. Core courses extend from the freshman year into the senior year. The concentration courses form a coherent unit in chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering and are taken in the junior and senior years.

An evening undergraduate engineering program was created in response to inquiries from the community. The College of Engineering works with students on a case-by-case basis to see that all courses needed for the degree will be offered during evening hours.

Courses leading to the Master of Engineering degree are offered with a concentration in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, or mechanical engineering.

Engineering CO-OP and Intern Programs with Industry

Engineering students must be enrolled full-time and must earn at least 12 hours of courses towards their engineering degree (6 hours in summer terms) the semester before the industry work term begins. Students must be registered in either ENGR 350 or ENGR 450 during the terms they work in industry (including the summer term). Students enrolled in ENGR 350 or ENGR 450 are considered full-time students in the fall and spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting.

Professional Activities

The College of Engineering encourages students to participate in the activities of the McNeese Engineering Society, the student chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society. Students are also urged to participate in the student chapters of AIChE, ASCE, IEEE, ASME, NSBE, ACM and SWE. Juniors and seniors with high academic achievements are invited to join Mu Omega Sigma, the McNeese Engineering Honor Society.

Registration as a professional engineer will assume an increasingly important role in the future of engineering. The Fundamentals of Engineering examination (formerly the Engineer-in-Training examination) is offered twice each year. The EECS Department requires all EE seniors to take this examination prior to graduation.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program

Students who declare Engineering as their undergraduate major are not automatically admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S. Eng.) Program. Eligible students who have met the minimum requirements may apply for admission to the B.S. Eng. Program.

Admission Requirements for B.S. Engineering Program

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S. Eng.) program requires completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better. Admission to the program also requires a GPA of 2.5 or better (calculated using only courses that count toward the B.S. Eng. degree).

ORIN 101 (0 hrs)
CHEM 101 (4 hrs)
CHEM 102 (4 hrs)
COMM 201 (3 hrs)
ENGL 101 (3 hrs)
ENGL 102 (3 hrs)
ENGR 107 (1 hr)
ENGR 109 (2 hrs) 
FFND 101 (1 hr)
HIST 201 or HIST 202 (3 hrs)
MATH 190 (4 hrs)
Social Science Elective (3 hrs)

To apply for admission to the B.S. Eng. Program, students who have completed the minimum admission requirements should obtain and fill out a copy of the B.S. Eng. Program Admission Form (available from the EECS Department Head). The completed form should be submitted to the student’s Engineering advisor.

Prior to admission to the B.S. Eng. Program, students will not be eligible to register for any 300- or 400- level engineering courses.

Once admitted to the B.S. Eng. Program, students who fail to meet the standards specified in the College of Engineering Retention Policy can be removed from the B.S. Eng. Program and will be required to re-apply if they seek re-admission.

Retention Policy

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in MATH 190 as well as all ENGR and ELEN courses that count toward the B.S. in Engineering degree.

Graduation Requirements

All engineering students must meet all graduation requirements listed in the section titled “Graduation Requirements” in the general information section of this catalog. Credit for courses taken at other universities with a grade below “C” cannot be applied toward a B.S. degree in engineering.

Master of Engineering Graduate Studies

The Master of Engineering offers specializations in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, and Mechanical Engineering.

The Master of Engineering program is a flexible, professionally oriented postgraduate education program. It offers courses leading to advanced degrees for the recent graduate or experienced engineer. The program may be tailored to provide expertise in areas supportive of mid-career advancement or to simply continue an individual’s education in his/her chosen field. Course credits for the degree include topics in project management, topics in the participant’s engineering specialization, and topics in math, science, and other related areas. The selection of courses will be made under the direction and with the approval of an advisor. Courses may be chosen to satisfy the individual student’s needs as long as prerequisites are satisfied.


Additional information is available under Dore’ School of Graduate Studies.

Engineering Technology Program Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electronics is designed to offer students an opportunity for specialized training and education in the fields of engineering and science technologies. The technicians employed in these fields understand the principles used by engineers and scientists, and are skilled in installing, maintaining, inspecting, producing, and distributing goods and services of a technical nature. They are members of engineering and science teams and often have important roles in planning, research, and supervision. The need for engineering and science technicians is growing and the shortage is increasing. Research has shown that, on the average, industry utilizes five technicians for each engineer or scientist.

BS Engineering Technology Program Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC ) of ABET, Inc.

Engineering Technology-Electronics Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electronics prepares graduates for employment as technicians in electronics and related fields, and with appropriate experience prepares graduates to fill supervisory or technical expert positions in industry, as well as providing a background for graduate study. To this end, the concentration is designed to help graduates achieve the educational objectives listed below. Graduates will be able to:

  1. Fill technical positions in the electronics or related fields
  2. Apply communication and teamwork skills first practiced during their degree programs to the practice of their current position
  3. Pursue further study in managerial or technical fields
  4. Fill more technically demanding and supervisory positions in the electronics or related fields as they gain appropriate work experience

Engineering Technology-Electronics Program Outcomes

At the time of completion of the engineering program at McNeese State University, a student will possess all of the following:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

Engineering Technology CO-OP and Intern Programs with Industry

Engineering Technology students must be enrolled with the Registrar as full-time students, and must enroll in at least 12 hours of courses leading to the Engineering Technology degree (6 hours in summer terms) before the following work term. The students must be registered in either TECH 250 or TECH 450 during the terms they work in industry (including the summer term). The co-op program is open only to Engineering Technology majors who have completed the associate degree and are enrolled in the bachelor’s program. Students in the associate degree program are eligible for summer intern positions. They must enroll in TECH 250. 

Students enrolled in TECH 250 or TECH 450 are considered full-time students in the fall and spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting. Other requirements for entry into, or continuance in the Co-op and Intern programs are listed in brochures available in the Office of the Co-op/Intern Director.

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