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ECE Undergraduate Policies and Procedures

The following information is a partial listing of ECE Department policies.

All freshman-year course requirements must be completed in order to register for any ECE courses, with the exception of IUPUI General Education Core courses ECE32700, ECE 26100, and ECE 26300.

  • Freshman year course requirements include ENGR19500, ENGR19600, MATH16500, MATH16600, MATH17100, PHYS15200, CHEM-C105, ENG-W131*, COMM-R110*. A minimum grade of C- is required in all freshman year courses except CHEM-C 105.

*TCM36000 requires a grade of C or higher in both ENG-W131 and COMM-R110

Senior Design Courses

Students must have senior standing in the degree program to take ECE48700, the first of the two-course senior design sequence.

  • For a student to have senior standing, the student must have completed all freshman, 200-, and 300-level required courses, with the following exceptions.
    • For computer engineering students, ECE 36500 may be taken during the senior year.
    • For electrical engineering students, in rare cases ECE31100 or ECE38200 may be taken during the senior year. However, students are strongly urged to complete both of these required courses during their junior year in the program, as their senior design work will be impacted.

Minimum Grade Requirements

For students admitted to the School of Engineering & Technology with a declared major of Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering in Fall 2016 or later, a minimum grade of C- is required in courses listed below.

  • ENGR 19500, ENGR 19600, ENGR 29700;
  • ENG-W 131*, COMM-R 110*;
  • MATH 16500, MATH 16600, MATH 17100, MATH 26100, MATH 26600;
  • PHYS 15200, PHYS 25100;
  • ECE courses:
    • 20100, 20700, 26300, 26100, 20200, 25500 (EE only), 20800 (EE only), 21000, 27000, 30100, 30200
  • CSCI courses (CmpE only):
    • 24000, 34000**

*TCM36000 requires a grade of C or higher in both ENG-W131 and COMM-R110
**CSCI36200 requires a grade of C- or higher in both CSCI24000 and CSCI34000.

The use of any transfer credit to fulfill a degree requirement must be approved by the Faculty in the ECE department.

  • For current IUPUI electrical or computer engineering students, whether in the ECE Department, E&T New Student Academic Advising Center, or University College, any substitution on the plan of study must be approved in advance and in writing, whether the course is taken at IUPUI or is transferred from any other university. The student must submit the Student Petition for Course Substitution with supporting documents to obtain this approval.
  • The ECE department will not accept transfer credit for courses that do not require proctored, in-person exams. The ECE department will not accept transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions if the transfer course conflicts with an IUPUI course.
  • Approval of a particular course for transfer to ECE in the past is not a blanket approval for use of that course in the future, except for  defined 2+2 or dual degree programs.

ECE policy on testing: Except for general education courses chosen from the Cultural Understanding, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences lists, the ECE department requires that all courses used toward the degree have in-person, proctored exams. Video proctoring is not acceptable as in-person proctoring.

Pre- and corequisites for courses are strictly enforced. When the term 'senior' or 'senior standing' is used by the ECE Department in course or degree program information, this refers to senior standing in the degree program. 

  • For a student to have senior standing, the student must have completed all freshman, 200-, and 300-level required courses, with the following exceptions.
    • For computer engineering students, ECE 36500 may be taken during the senior year.
    • For electrical engineering students, in rare cases ECE31100 or ECE38200 may be taken during the senior year. However, students are strongly urged to complete both of these required courses during their junior year in the program, as their senior design work will be impacted.

BEGINNING STUDENTS

All beginning students are required to complete ENGR 19500 and ENGR 19600, whether they begin in the School of Engineering and Technology or in University College. No student will be allowed to take ECE courses until all freshman-year requirements have been completed.

Transfer from Freshman Engineering to the ECE Department requires the completion of all freshman-year courses (28 credit hours), with an average GPA of 2.0. 

  • These freshman-year courses include: ENGR 19500, ENGR 19600, MATH 16500, MATH 16600, MATH 17100, PHYS 15200, CHEM-C 105, ENG-W 131, COMM-R 110
  • A minimum grade of C- is required in all freshman year courses except CHEM-C 105.

Beginning students in NSAAC may register for the third semester while still advised by NSAAC (during the second semester). They may not continue to register for ECE courses beyond the first three semesters until they have completed all freshman-year courses and their files are moved to the ECE department, with the exception of ECE 32700, ECE 26100, and ECE 26300 (IUPUI General Education Core courses).

TRANSFER STUDENTS

 Process of Moving Transfer Students from NSAAC to ECE

 Start in New Student Academic Advising Center (NSAAC)

  1. Complete minimum of 1 semester
  2. Minimum GPA 2.0
  3. Complete or have transfer credit for
    1. ENGR 195 Intro to Engineering Profession (C-)
    2. ENGR 196 Intro to Engineering (C-)
    3. MATH 165 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (C-)
    4. MATH 166 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (C-)
    5. MATH 171 Multidimensional Math (C-)
    6. PHYS 152 Mechanics (C-)
    7. ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, And Inquiry I (C-)
    8. COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (C-)
    9. CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  4. NSAAC processes and applies transfer credits to degree plan
  5. All transfer credits shall be evaluated, approved, and applied during the transfer student’s first semester. Requests for faculty approval of the use of transfer credit must be submitted to the ECE academic advisor or course coordinator, using an ECE Transfer Credit Approval form (not a Course Directive form). The course coordinator and department chair will review and either approve or deny the request.
  6. Transfer students that have credit for ENGR 19700 prior to the transfer must complete ECE 26400 during their first or second semester, not including summer. Students who do not complete ECE 26400 by the end of their second semester will be required to take ECE 26300 and ECE 26100.
  7. Transfer students may register for the second semester while still advised by NSAAC (during the first semester). Transfer students may not continue to register for ECE courses beyond the first two semesters until their files are moved to the ECE department, with the exception of ECE 32700, ECE 26100, and ECE 26300 (IUPUI General Education Core courses).
  8. NSAAC initiates move to ECE

APPROVAL AND USE OF TRANSFER CREDIT

The use of any transfer credit to fulfill a degree requirement must be approved by the Faculty in the ECE department. The ECE department will not accept transfer credit for courses that do not require proctored, in-person exams. The ECE department will not accept transfer credit for courses taken at other instutions if the transfer course conflicts with an IUPUI course.

Transfer credit used to meet any degree requirements must have equivalent course content. For example: physics may not be used for math; chemistry may not be used for ENGR 19500; etc.

NOTE: If transfer credit is used for a pre- or co-requisite course, this must be approved using the ECE Transfer Credit Approval form BEFORE that student may take the dependent course. For example, a student using transfer credit for ECE 20100 (pre-requisite course) may not enroll in ECE 20200 (dependent course) until the use of transfer credit is approved.   

ECE 49600 is an independent projects course and is not to be used to make up lab and course credit deficiencies for transfer students. There will be special ECE 49500 sections as needed for this purpose.

Courses transferred from Purdue University must have an earned grade of C- or higher to be used on the ECE Department’s BSE, BSEE or BSCmpE plan of study.

For Current IUPUI Students

For current electrical or computer engineering students, whether in the ECE Department, NSAAC, or University College, any substitution on the plan of study must be approved in advance, whether the course is taken at IUPUI or is transferred from another university. The student must submit the Student Petition for Course Substitution with supporting documents to obtain this approval.

Use of transfer credit by students in dual degree or consortium programs must be approved as described above unless there is a program-specific course equivalency table approved by the ECE chair. All course equivalency tables are subject to periodic review and updates to reflect possible changes in course content and program requirements.

For Transfer Students

Requests for faculty approval of the use of transfer credit must be submitted to the ECE academic advisor or course coordinator, using an ECE Transfer Credit Approval form (not a Course Directive form). The course coordinator and department chair will review and either approve or deny the request.

The NSAAC Advisor prepares the Petition for Course Directive (Substitution) form, attaches the ECE Transfer Credit Approval and supporting documentation, and routes to the ECE department.

SPECIAL CREDIT

Special Credit for freshman engineering courses will be accepted only if the credit is based on knowledge, credentials, or life or learning experiences acquired prior to the semester when students usually take the course (e.g., first semester of freshman year). Evidence of such knowledge, credentials, or life or learning experiences must show attainment of the course outcomes.

The ECE Department will not accept Special Credit for use on the plan of study if a student has previously attempted the course, but failed to pass or complete it.

PRE- AND CO-REQUISITES

The ECE Department Faculty enforces all pre- and co-requisites, including minimum grade requirements. Pre- and co-requisites for courses include the specific courses listed, and all pre- and co- requisites of those listed courses. For instance, ECE20100 is a pre-requisite for ECE20200. If you pass ECE20100 but do not pass PHYS25100 (corequisite for ECE20100), you cannot move into ECE20200.

If you have registered for a course and do not meet the course requisites, you must drop or withdraw from the course. Enrollment in a class does not entitle a student to remain in the course without meeting ECE Department requirements, course requisites, and minimum grades.