The BS Electrical Engineering degree is offered as part of the comprehensive ECE program, which offers a robust and multidisciplinary curriculum that includes strong theoretical fundamentals and practical problem-solving. The program is recognized for shaping students to be the next leading electrical engineers. The uniqueness of our engineering program hinges on sound and contextualized liberal arts exposure that provides the mold for a ‘great engineer’.
Requirements for the Electrical Engineering Major
All students majoring in Electrical Engineering are required to complete 42 courses and a minimum of 134 (on average, 137) credit hours of course work, and achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.33. The course categories are shown in the table below:
|Course Category||Number of Courses to complete||Credit hours|
|Habib Liberal Core||10||30 1|
|Engineering Sciences & Computing|
|Natural Sciences||2||7 4|
|Electrical Engineering – Foundation|
|Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering||1||4|
|Circuits and Electronics||3||12 5|
|Systems and Signal Processing||2||7 6|
|Digital Systems Design||1||4 7|
|Electromagnetic Theory||1||3 8|
|Electrical Engineering – Breadth|
|Communication and Control||2||810|
|Power and Energy Systems||2||811|
|Electrical Engineering Seminar||1||1|
|Engineering – Depth|
|Engineering – Breadth|
|Interdisciplinary Engineering Electives (IDEE)||1||3|
|Economics, Management, and Entrepreneurship||2||5-6|
|Design in Engineering|
|Engineering Innovation and Design||1||213|
|Senior Capstone Design Project||2||6|
1 Course credits may differ depending on the offerings. Details of courses are provided in the section above on the Habib Liberal Core.
2 CS 101, CS 102, and CS 224. CS 101 can also be counted towards meeting the university form of thought requirement in Formal Reasoning.
3 MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 201, and MATH 205.
4 PHY 101 and any natural science elective offered by ISciM program.
5 EE 111, EE 212, and EE 213.
6 EE 252 and EE 354. EE354 can also be counted towards meeting the university form of thought requirement in Quantitative Reasoning.
7 EE 172. 8 EE241 9 EE 375. 10 EE 322 and EE 361. 11 EE 331 and EE 335.
12 Elective courses could be offered with or without labs (3 or 4 credits). Labs are mandatory, if offered.
13 EE 391. This course can also be counted towards meeting the university form of thought requirement in Creative Practice.
Electrical Engineering Thrusts
Through Electrical Engineering breadth courses, every student is exposed to various concentrations within Electrical Engineering. The program further offers students the flexibility to specialize in one of the following thrust areas, by appropriately choosing electives in these areas. The elective courses can be selected in consultation with their academic advisor. Additionally, the Electrical Engineering seminar is offered in students’ junior year to expose them to a diverse set of specializations within EE.
- Control and Robotics
Control technology exists in the background in airplanes, spacecraft, factories, cell phones, and even communication networks. Control theory helps us understand how systems (engineered and natural) behave, and essentially allows us to design means to control them and make them act in the desired manner. It is also at the heart of any robotic system. Robotics is in fact an interdisciplinary area involving Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. Robotic systems are increasingly being employed in all areas of life: they exist as self-driving cars on our roads, surgical robots in healthcare, special purpose arms in industries, space exploration rovers, disaster handlers, and hopefully as service robots in our homes. With the ever-increasing utilization of robotic systems, the demand for properly trained engineers in robotics is also increasing.
- Electronics and Embedded Systems
Electronic systems are ubiquitous in today’s consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, commercial, and military devices. The percentage of electronics in even traditionally mechanical systems, such as automobiles, has steadily increased to more than 30% and is expected to increase further. This trend of ‘electronification’ of society, coupled with the availability of inexpensive but powerful embedded systems, opens up a huge valley of opportunities for well-trained electronic engineers and entrepreneurs.
- Power and Energy Systems
Ready availability of electrical power at a reasonable price is essential for the economic development of a country. In order to come out of the current energy crisis, Pakistan needs thoughtful electrical engineers with technical expertise in the area of energy systems (power generation, transmission, and distribution), and the contextual awareness to develop the best possible solution to our crisis.
- Telecommunications & Networks
Cellular mobile phone networks, satellite and fiber-optics communication systems, and global positioning systems are playing a fundamental role in increasing the quality of life and improving the efficiency of the service sector. A well-knit telecommunications infrastructure is essential for the economic development of a country. In Pakistan we are witnessing the introduction of 4G LTE and 5G cellular phone systems, proliferation of data networks, and a shift towards electronically facilitated services by both the public and private sector. Telecommunications thrust is intended to sustain the positive growth in this industry by providing adequately trained technical managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.