A Minor is a special credential recognizing a curricular focus or specialization that goes beyond the requirements of your Major. A variety of undergraduate minors are available at MSU. A popular combination is to obtain a major in EE with a minor in CpE, or a major in CpE with a minor in EE. ECE students are also often interested in minors in opticsmechatronics, aerospace, math, computer science, and foreign languages.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING MINOR (NON-TEACHING MINOR, 30 credits)

The ECE Department offers a non-teaching minor in Computer Engineering that provides a focus in computer programming, digital logic design, and microprocessor hardware/software. The minor requires a minimum of 30 credits:  23 credits in seven specified CS and EE courses and at least 7 credits (2 or 3 courses) of electives selected from among a specified list of upper-division EE courses. This minor is a useful complement to majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program.

If you are an EE major you can complete a minor in Computer Engineering by taking CSCI 111/127, 132, and 232 (a total of 12 credits) plus two courses (7 cr min) from the specified elective list for the CpE minor. Completing the Computer Engineering minor requires 3 credits of professional electives beyond the minimum credits required for EE majors. Thus, a BSEE degree with a CpE minor can be completed in 128 credits.

Required courses:  
CSCI 111—JAVA Programming  OR CSCI 127--Joy and Beauty of Data 4
CSCI 112—Program Design with C 3
CSCI 132—Basic Data Structures 4
CSCI 232—Data Structures & Algorithms 4
EELE 261—Intro to Logic Circuits 4
EELE 371—Micr Hrdwr/Sftwr Syst  4
   
Take 7 credits minimum from the following:  
EELE 367—Logic Design  4
EELE 465—Microcontroller Applications  4
EELE 466—Computational Comp Arch 4
EELE 475—Hrdwr & Sftwr Eng for Emb Sys 3

Students must receive a grade of “C-“ or better in all courses used to fulfill the minor.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING MINOR (NON-TEACHING MINOR, 30 credits)

The ECE Department offers a non-teaching minor in Electrical Engineering that provides interested students with an introductory understanding of electrical circuits, electronics, and properties of signals. Students then choose electives from among a variety of EE topics, such as telecommunications, optics, electrical power, and control systems. This minor requires a minimum of 30 credits in electrical engineering subjects, with 9 of those credits selected from a list of upper division elective courses. This minor complements majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program.

If you are a CpE major you can complete a minor in EE by taking three EE classes (9 cr min) from the specified elective list for the EE minor. This can be done within the 126 credits required for the BSCpE degree alone, by carefully choosing the professional elective credits.

Required courses:  
EELE 101—Intro to Electr Fund  3
EELE 201—Circuits I 4
EELE 203—Circuits II  4
EELE 308—Signal and System Analysis 3
EELE 317—Electronics 4
EELE 334—Electromag Theory I 3

 

 
Take 9 credits minimum from the following:  
EELE 321—Intro to Feedback Control 3
EELE 432—Applied Electromagnetics 3
EELE 355—Energy Conversion  4
EELE 409—EE Material Science 3
EELE 411—Adv Analog Electronics 3
EELE 414—Intro to VLSI Design 3
EELE 422—Intro Modern Control 3
EELE 445—Telecommunications Sys 4
EELE 447—Mobile Wireless Sys 3
EELE 477—Digital Signal Processing 4
EELE 482—Electro-optical Systems 3
EELE 484—Laser Engineering 3

Students must receive a grade of “C-“ or better in all courses used to fulfill the minor.

OPTICS MINOR (NON-TEACHING MINOR, 21 credits)

The ECE and Physics Departments jointly offer a non-teaching minor in Optics.  The minor provides a key set of courses and skills needed to join the rapidly growing fields of optical science and engineering. 

The minor requires a minimum of 21 credits in specified subject areas in physics and engineering (see table below), as well as a variety of electives chosen to match the goals and interests of the student.

 

Required classes:  Credits

EELE 334--Electromagnetic Theory I

or PHSX 423--Electricity and Magnetism I
3

EELE 432--Applied Electromagnetics

or PHSX 425--Electricity and Magnetism II
3

EELE 482--Electro-Optical Systems

3

PHSX 427--Advanced Optics

or PHSX 437--Laser Applications

3
Optics Electives (choose at least 9 credits): Credits
 

CHMY 371--Physical Chemistry-Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy I

PHSX 427--Advanced Optics

PHSX 437--Laser Applications

PHSX 444--Advanced Physics Lab

EELE 408--Photovoltaic Systems

EELE 481--Optical Design

EELE 484--Laser Engineering

EELE 488R--Electric Engineering Design I 1

EELE 489R--Electrical Engr Design II 1

PHSX 499--Senior Capstone Seminar 1

EELE 490R--Undergraduate Research 1

PHSX 490R--Undergraduate Research 1

PHSX 494--Seminar/Workshop 1

EELE 491--Special Topics 2

EELE 492--Independent Study 2

 
Total for Minor (minimum)
21

 

1A maximum of four (4) credits of these classes may be used if the topic is directly related to optics, on approval by academic advisor and research advisor/instructor.

2A maximum of three (3) credits of these classes may be used if the topic is directly related to optics, on approval by academic advisor and research advisor/instructor.

Note:  The following 500-level classes can be taken as electives in the Optics minor by seniors with a cumulative grade-point average >= 3.25 (by petition to the Registrar) and provided all prerequisites are met.

 

MECHATRONICS MINOR (NON-TEACHING MINOR, 31 credits)

The ECE and MIE Departments jointly offer a non-teaching minor in Mechatronics. The field of Mechatronics combines the principles of mechanical engineering with the principles of electronic instrumentation and computerized control. Mechatronics exploits the synergy of mechanincal and electrical engineering to design unique and innovative electromechanical products, machines, robots, tools, and manufacturing processes.

The minor requires a minimum of 31 credits in specified subject areas: computer science, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering (see table below). NOTE that the Mechatronics Minor requirements were updated in 2016-2017.

  Credits
EGEN 365--Introduction to Mechatronics
3
CSCI 111--Programming with Java I    OR    CSCI 127--Joy and Beauty of Data    OR   CSCI 112--C Programming
3-4
EGEN 201--Engineering Mechanics-Statics    OR    EGEN 203--Applied Mechanics
3
EGEN 202--Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics    OR    ETME 340 Mechanisms
3-4
EGEN 205--Mechanics of Materials    OR    EGEN 208--Applied Strength of Materials
3
EELE 317--Electronics    OR    EELE 250--Circuits, Devices, and Motors
4
EELE 261--Introductions to Logic Circuits    
4
EELE 321--Introduction to Feedback Controls     3
EELE 371--Microprocessor Hardware & Software Systems    OR {CSCI 232 AND CSCI 361}
4
Total for Minor (minimum)
31

 

Students must receive a grade of "C-" or better in all required courses for the Mechatronics minor.