How Credits Count: Electrical & Computer Engineering

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering wants to encourage students to maximize their VIP experience.  To this end, VIP credits cannot be used as ECE electives unless students take 6 credits of VIP as described below.

NOTE: There is a 6 credit limit on the following types of courses: Independent Research, Special Problems and VIP. Students can take all three types of courses, but only 6 credits can be applied toward the degree.  Students interested in doing more than 6 credits of VIP should consider using VIP for Senior Design, which allows for an additional semester of VIP participation through the Senior Design course.  To do this, students must follow a specific timeline.

For students not using VIP projects for Senior Design:

  • If 5 or fewer VIP credits are earned:
    • 5 credits can be used as approved electives.
    • During the junior year (or after ECE 2031), VIP can be used to fulfill the ECE 3006 Professional Communications requirement.  Click for details.
  • If 6 VIP credits are earned with the same team:
    • 3 credits can be used as ECE electives.
    • 3 credits can be used as approved electives.
    • During the junior year (or after ECE 2031), VIP can be used to fulfill the ECE 3006 Professional Communications requirement.  Click for details.

 
For students using VIP for Senior Design, at least 5 VIP credits will be earned with the same team prior to Senior Design (per the required timeline):

  • 3 credits can be used as ECE electives.
  • 2-3 credits can be used as approved electives.
  • During the junior year (or after ECE 2031), VIP can be used to fulfill the ECE 3006 Professional Communications requirement.  Click for details.

 
Please check with your ECE academic advisor if you have questions on how credits count.