Electromagnetics Domain Electives

Electromagnetics is fundamental to all physics-based electrical engineering, such as antennas and propagation, photonics, solid state electronics, and power systems. Electromagnetism plays a central role in wireless/optical communications systems, radar, and remote sensing systems. For example, in addition to AM-FM radio and cellular antennas, future automobiles are predicted to have radar antennas for use with an automated highway system, tracking antennas for use with the Global Positioning System (GPS), and communication antennas to receive information about road conditions. A growing area of electromagnetics is electromagnetic compatibility, which involves the design of electronics which can operate properly even in the presence of electromagnetic fields generated from other sources.

In medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines involve structures which must produce a very uniform magnetic field so as not to distort the image. Within the optical portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, coherent light from a laser and light from incoherent sources drive research in information technology, telecommunications, health care, the life sciences, optical sensing, lighting, energy, manufacturing, and national defense. The use of light provides a route to compact and high bandwidth systems.

ECE elective courses (3 credits each)


  • Microwave Engineering (ECE 5017): 4 credits