University of Hawaii

Department of Electrical Engineering

Advising

Last updated November 21, 2011

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Brief  Description of the Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum can be found in the UH Catalog and has the following requirements

  • General Education Core and Graduation Requirements (for all students of the Manoa campus): The General Education Core Requirements include the Foundations Requirements and Diversification Requirements.  The UH Manoa Graduation Requirements include the Focus Requirements and Hawaiian or Second Language (HSL) Requirement. At the time of this writing, EE students are exempt from the HSL Requirement.
    • Foundations Requirement includes Written Communication (FW) ENG 100; Symbolic Reasoning (FS); and Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG).
    • Diversification Requirement include Arts, Humanities, and Literatures (DA, DH, DL); Natural Sciences (DB, DP, DY); and Social Science (DS).
    • Focus Requirements include Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues (H); Contemporary Ethical Issues (E); Oral Communication (O); and Writing Intensive (W).
  • College of Engineering Requirements: The College requirements cover many of the General Education Core and Graduation Requirements such as ENG 100 (FW), SP 251 (DA), ECON 120/130/131 (DS), etc. There are also mathematics, chemistry, and physics requirements.
  • Department (or Major) Requirements. The major requirements for Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CompE) include fundamental (core) EE and CompE courses, and additional mathematics and physics courses. The following are notable features
    • Project Courses: There are three project course requirements: EE 296 Sophomore Project, EE 396 Junior Project, and EE 496 Senior Capstone Design. These projects are supervised by a faculty advisor during the semester. Students should find their own faculty advisors, who will typically be an EE faculty member. However, students can also find faculty advisors who are not members of the Department with Department approval. A list of possible projects can be found here.  Other projects may be available that are not listed can be found by contacting faculty about their projects.  Check the following web site for information about EE 296, 396, and 496:  EE x96 Student Projects.  It has lists of projects and their faculty advisors, downloadable project sign-up forms, forms to get reimbursement of parts and supplies, and instructions for EE 496 students.  The instructions to students about EE 496 projects is important.  It explains the purpose of the projects, how to write the project reports, and other requirements.  Be sure to check this information before your semester.
    • Engineering Breadth: This is a 3 credit course requirement to broaden the engineering education beyond EE. Courses that satisfy this requirement can be found here.
    • Design Credits: Each EE course has an associated number of design credits.  The design credits can be found here and under the description of Design Experience. To graduate, a student must have at least 16 design credits.
    • Technical Electives
      • EE Technical Electives: The upper division EE technical electives are divided into two Tracks: Electro-Physics and Systems. A student should pick a Track of his/her interest. Track courses are divided into Group I, which are basic to the Track, and Group II, which are more specialized. A student must take
        • All Group I courses within his/her chosen Track
        • Some Group II courses within his/her chosen Track
        • Some courses outside his/her Track.
        • If a student finds that his/her interests do not match one of the existing Tracks, he/she along with an EE faculty advisor may propose an alternate track. The alternate track must be (1) equivalent in rigor and breadth to the existing tracks, (2) endorsed by another faculty member in addition to the faculty advisor, and (3) approved by the Department's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. This option is intended for the well motivated student who has a clear idea of the particular curriculum. Most students will find that the existing Track system works well. The current system is organized so that courses that are related to one another are grouped together in the same Track. As an example, here is a proposed curriculum that is different from the Tracks.
      • CompE Technical Electives:  A selection of upper division courses from the computer EE courses and ICS courses.

These requirements are summarized in the Curriculum Check Sheet for electrical engineering students.  There is also a Curriculum Check Sheet for CompE students . A useful graphical description of the curriculum is the Curriculum Flow Chart which shows how courses are prerequisites of one another: EE Curriculum Flow Chart and CompE Curriculum Flow Chart

The UH Catalog has short descriptions of the EE courses.  Longer descriptions may be found on the web site for EE syllabi, which also includes the number of design credits per course.

Tips on the Advising Procedure

Students must meet with their faculty advisors during the advising week. Assignments to faculty advisors can be found here. Students should sign up for advising before the advising period. Faculty advisors will have sign up sheets on their office doors.  Information about faculty, their offices, phone numbers, and email addresses can be found here.

If you plan to register for EE x96 (i.e., 296, 396 or 496) then you will need to sign up with a faculty advisor before registration. EE x96 sign up forms can be found on the EE x96 web page. Download a copy and have your faculty advisor sign. Then submit it to the EE Office, Holmes Hall 483.

Also check this FAQ for commonly asked registration questions.

Tips on Course Planning

Students should understand the curriculum and graduation requirements (as described above, in the UH Catalog, and on the EE web site). To ensure that courses are taken in a timely manner, it is recommended that students plan their courses at least two years into the future. The following are useful for planning.

Example plans of courses can be found here based upon information in October 2008. This is to be used only as an example since it will not fit the needs of everyone and can become outdated. The examples are based on a student who plans to graduate in 8 semesters and is following the (1) EE Curriculum Check Sheet August 2008, (2) Planned Offerings for Three Years for the period Fall 2007 through Spring 2010, and (3) the courses in Fall 2008.

Of course, to plan registration for the upcoming semester, it is useful to have the Schedule of Classes.

Tips on Career Planning

It is never too early to begin thinking about your post graduation plans.  Graduates typically become working, professional electrical or computer engineers in Hawaii or the mainland.  They may also find a profession in a related field, e.g., another engineering field or in information technology.  Another option is graduate school to earn a master of science (MS) or PhD degree.

Here are some tips to help find employment (it is recommended to begin at least two years before your planned graduation):

  • Find out about  job opportunities , e.g.,
    • The campus has a Center for Career Development and Student Employment (http://manoa.hawaii.edu/careercenter/). 
    • The College of Engineering has Career Days every semester.  You can find them on the College's web site (www.eng.hawaii.edu) in the calendar or on the list of future events.
    • The Internet is another resource to find employment opportunities.
  • Employers will visit the campus, participate in Career Day, and conduct on-campus interviews.  Find out when these employers visit and how to sign up for interviews.  If you are a sophomore or junior and are interested in an internship program, they may let you sign up for an interview if they have extra time.
  • Write a resume for yourself.  Start this as soon as possible, since it takes longer than you think.  If you are a sophomore, your resume can be used to find a summer job or an internship.
  • Summer jobs and internships at engineering companies or agencies can be valuable experience.  Many of these opportunities are at the same companies and agencies where you can find full-time employment.  The Center for Career Development and Student Employment, the College of Engineering's Career Days, and the Internet are good places to start.   Some of these opportunities are on the mainland, and they may help with travel and housing.  Some programs require planning well in advance, e.g., the CIA (www.cia.gov) has a program with an application deadline of 9 months in advance.

Graduate school is another opportunity.  Again, you should get started on this at least two years before your planned graduation.

  • Find schools that you are interested in and learn about their application requirements and deadlines.  Much of this information is on the Internet.  Note that some schools only allow admission in the fall.
  • Talk to your faculty advisor or mentor about possible schools.
  • Many of the applications require Graduate Record Examination (GRE)  (www.ets.org/gre/) scores.  Learn about GRE and their deadlines.  Practice exams can help.
  • Find opportunities for research and teaching assistantships at the schools you are interested in.  Often assistantships provide for tuition and a stipend for living expenses.  There may also be graduate fellowship opportunities at the school. Fellowships are also available from federal agences such as the National Science Foundation (www.nsf.gov) and organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (www.ieee.org) and the Society of Women Engineers (societyofwomenengineers.swe.org).  An Internet search can lead to more fellowship opportunities.