Flexible Technical Electives (FTE's) for BSEE Students

Fred L. Terry, Jr.

April 15, 2006

The official "blue pages" information is duplicated below. The big issue is what happens if the course you are interested in is not on the list? In this case, you must check with the chief program advisor (CPA) for approval.  You should do so well in advance and you may have to do some work to justify the class as an FTE. Documentation beyond catalog level listings may be required by the CPA and it will be your responsibility to get this information. Checking with another student and assuming you will get the same deal is not a good idea. Specific exceptions are sometimes made for a specific student's program. The same exception may not be made (for good reasons) in another case. Sometimes mistakes are made and are then not repeated in following cases.

The basic standard is that a class proposed as an FTE should be involve at least as much technical content as the classes on this list. A rough guideline is that it should involve the use of college-level mathematics (differential/integral calculus - Math 116, differential equations - Math 216, probability - Math 425/EECS 401, and/or linear algebra - Math 217 or 417/419). If little mathematics beyond arithmetic or basic algebra is involved, it is unlikely to be approved. Courses that involve only qualitative reasoning are not likely to be approved.


Currently Explicitly Excluded Classes:

CIS 301 and CIS 342
Business Economics 300
Accounting 471 (and 271)
Finance 300

Math 371 (take 471 instead, it's similar but better)


There are often changes in the legal lists from year to year (for instance, Accounting 471 used to be accepted). Check with official program pages for updates and changes.


What about Probability?

What about Research?


Blue Pages Info:

Flexible Technical Electives minimum 14 credits (11 if MATH 425 is taken)

Any 300-level or above class offered by an ABET accredited College of Engineering Department (other than EECS) may be used for this requirement. In addition, some 200-level classes are also acceptable (noted by department below). EECS classes which are not used to satisfy other program requirements may also be used (see conditions below). Many mathematics and science classes are acceptable (specific ones are noted below). Other courses may be acceptable with prior approval of the Chief Program Advisor.

(Note: Some classes listed here may be 3-credit hour courses.)


CoE FTE Classes:

Aerospace Engineering

AEROSP 225  Introduction to Gas Dynamics

AEROSP 245  Performance of Aircraft and Spacecraft

AEROSP 285  Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Design


Chemical Engineering

CHEME 230    Thermodyamics I


Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 211          Statistics and Dynamics

CEE 212          Solid and Structural Mechanics

CEE 260          Environmental Principles


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 203        Discrete Mathematics

EECS 281        Data Structures and Algorithms

Any EECS Courses at the 300 level or above (excluding 314 and 495)

EECS 499        Directed Study (only with approval of Chief Program Advisor)

                        Obtain an Approval Form from the EECS Advising Office


Industrial and Operations Engineering

IOE 201           Economic Decision Making (2 cr.)

IOE 202           Operations Modeling (2 cr.)

You must take both to obtain FTE credit. Only open to sophomores.


Mechanical Engineering

ME 211           Introduction to Solid Mechanics

ME 230           Thermal and Fluid Science I

ME 235           Thermodynamics I

ME 240           Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations

ME 250           Design and Manufacturing I


Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 220         Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing

MSE 242         Physics of Materials

MSE 250         Principles of Engineering Materials


Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

NA 270           Marine Design


Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

NERS 211       Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences


Non-CoE FTE Classes:


BIO 305          Genetics

BIO 310          Introductory Biochemistry

BIO 311          Introductory Biochemistry

BIO 390          Evolution

Any course at the 400- level or above



Any course at the 300-level or above.



ECON 401      Intermediate Microeconomic Theory  

ECON 406      Introduction to Econometrics




Math 354, 395, 396, 404, 412, 416, 417, 419, 420, 423, 424, 433, 450, 451, 452, 454, 462, 463, 471, 475, 476, 481, 490, any course at the 500-level or above

Tutoring Courses are excluded.



Any course at the 300-level or above, excluding Physics 333, 334 and 420.

Tutoring Courses are excluded.


Other courses may be acceptable with advance approval of the Chief Program Advisor.