May 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Consider these questions:

Are you interested in learning how technology improves our quality of life?
Are you intrigued by high-tech gadgets?
Do you enjoy working with computers?

Now, what are you seeking from your VMI Academic Experience?

Are small class sizes and readily-available professors important to you?
Do you prefer an interactive, “hands-on” education with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment?
Are you looking for a flexible curriculum that offers many elective course options?
Are you interested in opportunities to enhance your education through undergraduate research activities and professional conference participation?

Finally, what are your career aspirations?

Are you interested in working in industry or with the government?
Do you want to serve in the military?
Are you considering graduate school and higher education opportunities?

If so, you should consider majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering!!

Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education available, balancing a solid theoretical foundation with an equally strong practical training in the electrical and computer engineering discipline. We stress the importance of high-tech design and problem solving skills coupled with integrity and professionalism. Our wide diversity of course and laboratory offerings is complemented by opportunities to personalize your education through the selection of electives and independent studies. The Electrical and Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives:

The department seeks to prepare graduates who, in a few years after graduation, have:

  1. Established themselves in, and made contributions to, a professional career in industry, government, or the military, and/or are continuing their education in graduate school.
  2. Remained current in their profession through continuing education, via the completion of graduate coursework, attainment of certifications, or maintenance of active professional licensure, or through personal self-study and/or on-the-job training as part of their career advancement.

In order to prepare students to meet these educational objectives, the Student Outcomes of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are listed below.

Student Outcomes: (through the 2018-2019 ABET Cycle)

The department seeks to prepare students who, by the time of graduation, possess:

  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 within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, an sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary 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
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in 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.

Student Outcomes: (beginning with the 2019-2020 ABET Cycle)

The department seeks to prepare students who, by the time of graduation, possess:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program of Study

In order to meet these goals, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has designed a program of study to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career. To give you the most flexibility after you graduate from our program, our courses provide a broad foundation in many areas of electrical and computer engineering. For those students seeking additional specialization in a particular area, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers a variety of elective courses, as well as customized independent research courses that are tailored to the specific interests of the students and faculty. The program of study culminates with a capstone design experience that includes a competition with design teams from other colleges and universities in the southeastern U.S.

ECE Mathematics Preparation Policy

VMI ECE majors must take Calculus I (MA 123 ) or higher in the first semester by:

  • Passing the VMI math placement test or retest (given in the summer before matriculation)
  • Passing MA 114  (Precalculus) in STP (before matriculation)
  • Achieving a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus test (either AB or BC)
  • Passing an equivalent precalculus course at another school before matriculation (requires VMI math department head approval)

Professional Licensure

The ECE Department encourages all electrical and computer engineering (ECE) cadets to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination as an early step toward licensure as a professional engineer.

The FE Examination is offered several times each year at a number of testing locations.

ECE cadets who pass the FE Examination may present documentation to the ECE Secretary for reimbursement for one exam fee.

Math/Science Electives

ECE cadets should consult with their academic advisor or department head concerning approved math/science electives.  X- and W- designated math/science courses are not acceptable, nor are math/science courses already required within the ECE program of study.  In addition, math/science courses deemed to be equivalent to, or at a lower level than, math/science content already included in the ECE program of study are not acceptable.

Honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Students may apply to the ECE Honors Program no earlier than the beginning of their third class year. The application form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office through the ECE Department Head.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum ECE GPA of 3.30.


  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum ECE GPA of 3.30 in order to remain in the ECE Honors Program and be eligible for ECE Honors upon graduation. 
  • Students must submit an honors thesis proposal to the ECE Department Head no later than the end of the second class year. The honors thesis proposal must include the following: 
    • A description of the project 
    • Approval of the project advisor(s) 
  • Students must complete (with no grades below B) a minimum of 3 hours of Undergraduate Research in ECE (EE 491-496 ) or ECE Internship for Credit (EE 469 ).  
  • Students must present the results of their work in an external professional forum, such as IEEE, NCUR, ASEE, etc. 
  • At the conclusion of their project, but no later than one week before the end of classes that semester, students must submit their final honors thesis to their project advisor(s) and the ECE Department Head for approval.

Scholarship and Internship Opportunities in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Numerous Scholarship and Internship Opportunities are available to cadets majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering! Contact the ECE Department Head, or visit the departmental web site:, for up-to-date information.

Transfer Policies

Electrical and computer engineering courses, including online courses, may be transferred to VMI pending an evaluation of equivalency and approval by the ECE Department Head.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data

Electrical and Computer Engineering Academic Year
  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Undergraduate Cadets Enrolled in ECE* 44 48 59 48 47 51 62 64 78
BS Degrees Awarded in ECE** 11 8 6 9 7 13 7 7 14

 *Fall Census
**July 1 - June 30

Major in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering



    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Department Head: Colonel Addington

    Requirements for a major in electrical and computer engineering are specified in Electrical and Computer Engineering .

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