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Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Overview

ABET-logo.jpgThe Bachelor of Engineering degree program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating, the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Electrical engineering is a science-oriented branch of engineering, primarily concerned with all the phases of development and utilization of electric signals. The study of electrical engineering can be conveniently divided into the areas of circuits, electronics, electromagnetism, electric energy systems, communications, control, and computer engineering. Due to the extremely rapid growth and changes relating to the application of electrical engineering principles, the curriculum is designed for concentration on a solid core of basic foundation courses, covering all areas of electrical engineering. As part of the academic program, six credits of professional experience are also included in the last summer prior to graduation, to give students an opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience.

Mission

The mission of the B.E in Electrical Engineering is to educate each student to become a responsible and productive electrical engineer capable of effectively managing future challenges.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, the graduates of the B.E. in Electrical Engineering program will:

  1. demonstrate technical aptitude in Electrical Engineering careers and/or graduate studies,
  2. establish themselves in diverse fields of Electrical Engineering, and
  3. conduct themselves as effective professionals.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.E. in Electrical Engineering, students will acquire the following skills, knowledge and behaviors:

  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 and sustainability, 
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  6. an understanding of one’s professional and ethical responsibility,
  7. an ability to communicate effectively,
  8. a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context,
  9. a recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning,
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues, and
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and the modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission may apply to any of the two campuses (Beirut or Byblos). Applicants will be evaluated by the School of Engineering Admissions Committee and final acceptance will be based on each applicant’s qualifications and the availability of places. The following documents are required for admissions:

  1. Scores on English exam as per university regulations.
  2. Scores on the SAT I exam.
  3. Scores on one of the following Official Exams: Lebanese Baccalaureate or equivalent, French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, and A-Levels.
  4. Grades on the last three years of school.

More details are found in the SOE Admissions Quick Guide.

Curriculum

For the B.E. in Electrical Engineering, a student must complete a minimum of 150 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Electrical Engineering Core Courses (95 credits)
  • Mathematics and Science Core Courses (19 credits)
  • Other Engineering Required Courses (15 credits)
  • LAC Requirements (18 credits)
  • Free Elective Courses (3 credits)

in addition:

  • a minimum residency of four years including three summer semesters is required prior to graduation
  • a capstone design project is required for all students in addition to successful completion of the course of study.

Electrical Engineering Core Courses (95 credits)

  • COE211 Computer Programming (4 cr.)
  • COE321 Logic Design (3 cr.)
  • COE322 Logic Design-LAB (1 cr.)
  • COE323 Microprocessors (3 cr.)
  • COE324 Microprocessors - LAB (1 cr.)
  • ELE201 Electrical Circuits I (3 cr.)
  • ELE302 Electrical Circuits II (3 cr.)
  • ELE303 Electrical Circuits - LAB (1 cr.)
  • ELE391 Mathematical Methods in ELE (3 cr.)
  • ELE401 Electronics I (3 cr.)
  • ELE402 Electronics I-LAB (1 cr.)
  • ELE411 Electromagnetic Fields (3 cr.)
  • ELE413 Electromagnetic Waves (3 cr.)
  • ELE420 Electro Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • ELE422 Power Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE423 Electric Machines Lab (1 cr.)
  • ELE430 Signals and Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE442 Control Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE443 Control Systems - LAB (1 cr.)
  • ELE493 Professionalism in Engineering (3 cr.)
  • ELE498 Professional Experience (6 cr.)
  • ELE537 Communication Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE538 Noise in Communication Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE539 Telecommunications (3 cr.)
  • ELE540 Communication Systems - LAB (1 cr.)
  • ELE591 Capstone Design Project (3 cr.)
  • ELE593 Electrical Engineering Applications (3 cr.)
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • ECE      Technical Elective (3 cr.)1
  • Engineering Elective (3 cr.)2
  • Engineering Elective (3 cr.)2

Mathematics and Science Core Courses (19 credits)

  • MTH201 Calculus III (3 cr.)
  • MTH206 Calculus IV (3 cr.)
  • MTH207 Discrete Structures I (3 cr.)
  • MTH304 Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • GNE331 Probability & Statistics (3 cr.)
  • PHY201 Electricity & Magnetism (4 cr.)

Other Engineering Required Courses (15 credits)

  • GNE212 Engineering Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • GNE301 Professional Communication (2 cr.)
  • INE320 Engineering Economy I (3 cr.)
  • MEE211 Engineering Graphics (1 cr.)
  • COE201 Computer Proficiency (1 cr.)
  • GNE303 Engineering Ethics (2 cr.)
  • GNExxx SOE Signature Course (3 cr.)3

ECE Technical Electives (18 credits)

ECE technical electives for both COE and ELE programs are grouped into four different tracks. The four tracks and courses within each track are:

Communications Track

  • ELE535 Information and Coding Theory (3 cr.)
  • ELE531 Optical Fiber Communications (3 cr.)
  • COE431 Computer Networks (3 cr.)
  • COE535 Optical Networks (3 cr.)

Systems Engineering Track

  • ELE548 Linear Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE553 Reliability Evaluation of Engineering Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE525 Faulted Power Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE526 Renewable Energy Sources (3 cr.)
  • ELE529 Design & Operation of Smart Grids (3 cr.)

Hardware Track

  • COE423 Computer Architecture (3 cr.)
  • COE424 Digital Systems (3 cr.)
  • COE527 VLSI Design (3 cr.)
  • COE521 Embedded Systems (3 cr.)
  • COE522 High Performance Computer Architecture (3 cr.)
  • ELE501 Microelectronics (3 cr.)

Software and Theory Track

  • COE418 Database Systems (3 cr.)
  • COE414 Operating Systems (3 cr.)
  • COE555 Queuing Theory (3 cr.)
  • ELE557 Simulation of Electronic Circuits (3 cr.)
  • COE543 Intelligent Data Processing & Applications (3 cr.)
  • COE544 Intelligent Engineering Algorithms (3 cr.)

ELE594 Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr.)

Engineering Electives (6 credits)

  • CIE522 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 cr.)
  • CIE525 Environmental Policy and Management (3 cr.)
  • CIE526 Environmental Remediation (3 cr.)
  • CIE585 Risk and Natural Hazard Management (3 cr.)
  • INE307 Deterministic OR Models (3 cr.)
  • INE308 Stochastic OR Models (3 cr.)
  • INE340 Advanced Statistics (3 cr.)
  • INE402 Optimization (3 cr.)
  • INE428 Project Management (3 cr.)
  • INE450 Simulation (3 cr.)
  • INE506 Decision Analysis (3 cr.)
  • INE527 Project Scheduling (3 cr.)
  • INE529 Project Contracting (3 cr.)
  • MEE550 Mechatronics (3 cr.)
  • MEE599 Energy Audit (3 cr.)

Note that except for ELE305, ELE391 and COE312, any COE/ELE course can be considered as a Technical Elective as long as it is not a required course. COE599/ ELE599 could be taken more than once for credit when topics differ.

3 Engineering Elective Signature Courses (3 credits)

  • GNE335 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering (3 cr.)
  • GNE340 Engineering Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
  • GNE3xx Civic Engagement (3 cr.)

LAC Requirements (18 credits)

Core Courses (6 credits):

  • ENG202   Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • COM203  Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Free Electives (3 credits)

Sample Study Plan

Year One

Fall (16 credits)

  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • PHY201 Electricity and Magnetism (4 cr.)
  • MTH201 Calculus III (3 cr.)
  • GNE212 Engineering Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • MTH207 Discrete Structures I (3 cr.)

Spring (17 credits)

  • COE201 Computer Proficiency (1 cr.) 
  • COE211 Computer Programming (4 cr.)
  • MTH206 Calculus IV (3 cr.)
  • MTH304 Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • ELE201 Electrical Circuits I (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Summer (6 credits)

  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (17 credits)

  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)
  • ELE302 Electrical Circuits II (3 cr.)
  • ELE303 Electrical Circuits II Lab (1 cr.)
  • ELE391 Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering (3 cr.)
  • COE321 Logic Design (3 cr.)
  • COE322 Logic Design Lab (1 cr.)
  • Engineering Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • ELE411 Electromagnetic Fields (3 cr.)
  • ELE401 Electronics I (3 cr.)
  • ELE402 Electronics I Lab (1 cr.)
  • ELE430 Signals & Systems (3 cr.)
  • COE323 Microprocessors (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Summer (7 credits)

  • GNE301 Professional Communication (2 cr.)
  • GNE 303 Engineering Ethics (2 cr.)
  • GNE331 Probability & Statistics (3 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (17 credits)

  • ELE493 Professionalism in Engineering (3 cr.)
  • ECE Track 1 (3 cr.)
  • ELE537 Communication Systems(3 cr.)
  • ELE442 Control Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE443 Control Systems Lab (1 cr.)
  • ELE413 Electromagnetic Waves (3 cr.)
  • COE324 Microprocessors Lab (1 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • ECE Track 1 (3 cr.)
  • Engineering Elective (3 cr.)
  • ELE420 Electromechanics (3 cr.)
  • ELE538 Noise in Communication Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE540 Communication Systems Lab (1 cr.)
  • INE320 Engineering Economy I (3 cr.)

Summer (6 credits)

  • ELE498 Professional Experience (6 cr.)

Year Four

Fall (16 credits)

  • ECE Track 2 (3 cr.)
  • ECE Elective (3 cr.)
  • ELE422 Power Systems (3 cr.)
  • ELE591 Capstone Design Project (3 cr.)
  • MEE211 Engineering Graphics (1 cr.)
  • Free Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • ELE423 Electric Machines Lab (1 cr.)
  • ELE593 ELE Application (3 cr.)
  • ELE539 Telecommunication Systems (3 cr.)
  • Engineering Elective (3 cr.)
  • ECE Track 2 (3 cr.)
  • GNExxx SOE Signature Course (3 cr.)