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Interdisciplinary Programs

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. These programs are delivered by faculty from the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and are led by Program Heads, Drs. William Pervin for the Computer Engineering Program and Andrea Fumagalli for the Telecommunication Engineering Program.

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

Affiliated Faculty

Professors: Farokh Bastani, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Andras Farago, Andrea F. Fumagelli, John L. Hansen, Kamran Kiasaleh, Philipos C. Loizou, Duncan L. MacFarlane, William Pervin, Balaji Raghavachari, Lakshman Tamil, S.Q. Zheng
Associate Professors: Jorge Cobb, Jason Jue, Aria Nosratinia, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Ravi Prakash, Murat Torlak, S. Venkatesan, Yuke Wang, Eric Wong
Assistant Professors: Latifur Khan, Niraj Mittal, Mohammad Saquib, Kamil Sarac
Senior Lecturers: Pete Bernardin, William Boyd, Nathan Dodge, Muhammad Kalam, PK Rajasekaran, Marco Tacca

The Telecommunications Engineering program is interdisciplinary. Telecommunications Engineering requires a blend of knowledge from the areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics/Policy. The focus of the Telecommunications Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern communications networks and systems and prepare the students for outstanding careers in telecommunications, data communications, network architecture, wireless, and optical networking.

The Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering programs are based on a solid foundation of science and mathematics coursework. Students in these programs are given an opportunity to learn to extend their abilities to analyze and solve complex problems and to design new uses of technology to serve today's society. The engineering programs provide an integrated educational experience directed toward the development of the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in electrical and telecommunications engineering. These programs ensure that the design experience, which includes both analytical and experimental studies, is integrated throughout the curriculum in a sequential development leading to advanced work. Design problems are frequently assigned in both lecture and laboratory courses. Each student is required to complete a major design project during the senior year. In addition, established cooperative education programs with area industry further supplement design experiences.

Mission of the Telecommunications Engineering (TE) Program

The focus of the Telecommunications Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern communications networks and systems. Our graduates are trained in a variety of subfields of telecommunications engineering at the systems level. This prepares them for reqrding and successful careers in telecommunications, data communications, network architecture, wireless, optical networking and next generation networks.

TE Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The focus of UTD's 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.

Additional Program Educational Objectives

  • Preparation for a successful, long-lived, engineering career
  • Perform, review and assess sophisticated engineering design and manufacturing
  • Further the necessities of innovation, functionality, safety, and economy in engineering
  • Critical thinking, decision making and communicating
  • Ability to contribute and to lead engineering teams
  • Place engineering design and decision making in a market and societal context
  • Growing and maintaining an outstanding faculty that remains motivated and empowers
  • Excellent facilities, including teaching laboratories, computing facilities and classrooms with advanced presentation capabilities

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 U.T. Dallas from other institutions as well as to those currently enrolled at U.T. Dallas, whether in another school or in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

ABET Requirements

All engineering degree plans must satisfy the requirements specified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The course work must include at least:

  1. One year (32 SCH) of an appropriate combination of mathematics and basic sciences;
  2. One and one-half years (48 SCH) of engineering topics;
  3. A general education component that complements the technical content.

Although the electrical engineering and telecommunications engineering curricula that follow have been designed to meet these criteria, students have the responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to monitor their own choice of courses carefully to be certain that all academic requirements for graduation are being satisfied. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in such subjects as accounting, industrial management, finance, personnel administration, and engineering economy.

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 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
    A. Communication (6 hours)
        3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)
        3 hours Professional and Technical Communication (ECS 3390)5
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
        6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)
        6 hours American History
        3 hours Social and Behavioral Science elective (ECS 3361)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
        3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
        3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
        6 hours Calculus (MATH 2417 and 2419) 2
    E. Science (9 hours)
        8 hours Physics (PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326 and 2126)3
        4 hours Chemistry (CHEM 1311 and 1111) 3

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 U.T. Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 71 hours4
    Major Preparatory Courses (16 hours beyond Core Curriculum)
        CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I3
        CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I3
        CS 1337 Computer Science I
        CS 2336 Computer Science II
        EE 1102 Introduction to Experimental Techniques
        MATH 2417 Calculus I2
        MATH 2419 Calculus II2
        MATH 2420 Differential Equations With Applications
        PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I3
        PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II3
        PHYS 2325 Mechanics 3
        PHYS 2326 Electromagnetism and Waves3
    Major Core Courses (551 hours beyond Core Curriculum)
        CS 43340 Computer Architecture
        CS 4141 Digital Systems Laboratory
        CS 4341 Digital Logic and Computer Design
        ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering5
        ECS 3390 Professional and Technical Communication5
        EE 3150 Communications Systems Laboratory
        EE 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
        TE 3307 Discrete Mathematics
        TE 3341 Probability Theory and Statistics
        TE 3346 Computer Algorithms and Data Structures
        TE 4348 Operating Systems Concepts
        TE 4365 Introduction to Wireless Communication
        TE 4367 Telecommunications Switching and Transmission
        TE 4390 Computer Networks
        TE 4388 Senior Design Project I
        TE 4389 Senior Design Project II
        ISSS 3360 Politics and Values in Business and Technology5

2 Six hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core above, and two hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
3 Nine hours of science are counted under Science Core. Three hours are counted under Major Preparatory Courses.
4 Students must have passed each of the CS, Math, Science, EE and TE courses listed above, and each of their prerequisites, with a grade of C- or better.
5 Hours fulfill the communication component requirement of the Core Curriculum
6 Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum

III. Elective Requirements: 12 hours
    Advanced Electives (6 hours)
        All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major
        field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that
        have prerequisites.
    Free Electives (6 hours)
        Both lower-and upper division courses may count as free electives, but students must
        complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation. Not all courses
        offered by the University can be used as a free elective. Please consult with your advisor.

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 U.T. 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.E.E. and an M.S.E.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’s Office.

Honors Program

The Telecommunications Engineering Program offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the B.S. Telecommunications Engineering degree programs. This program offers special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors program requires a 3.50 GPA in at least 30 hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.50 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes. These honors classes must include either Senior Honors (TE 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: TE 2310(H), TE 3350(H), TE 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.


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