The Telecommunications thread prepares students to effectively understand how to engineer and optimize communication systems that support the ever-increasing data flows critical to our daily lives. This thread focuses on the communication engineering principles and technologies that form the backbone of the information age, from data storage to data transmission, from wireless to optics. The thread develops the mathematical and engineering principles that enable the design of interconnected systems, from the physical medium where information is encoded, to the network level where protocols are designed, using tools from applied probability to signal processing.

Sample of related career paths:

  • Mobile Communications, 5G/6G (AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, Broadcom, etc.)
  • Satellite Communications (Intelsat, Iridium, Viasat, NASA, etc.)
  • Wifi (Broadcom, Netgear, Nest Wifi, Linksys, etc.)
  • Wireless sensor networks (Siemens AG, ST Microelectronics, Emerson Electric Co, etc.)
  • Cable replacement wireless, e.g., Bluetooth (Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, Marvell, etc.)
  • Autonomous vehicles (Ford Motor Company, Tesla, GM, BMW, etc.)
  • GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon.)
  • Video-streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google, etc.)
  • Defense (DoD, GTRI, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc.)
  • Networking (Cisco, Juniper, Netgear, Extreme, F5 Networks, etc.)
  • Content-delivery networks - companies like Akamai, Limelight, Fastly, Cloudflare
  • Network monitoring/WAN optimization- companies like Riverbed, Versa, Silverpeak, Cisco
  • Server/Desktop virtualizationd - VMware, Citrix
  • Video gaming companies - Electronic Arts (EA), Zynga, Ubisoft
  • Internet of Things - Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Hitachi, Honeywell
Course Hours
ECE 2026 - Intro Signal Processing 3
Pick 1
ECE 3600 - Computer Communications  3
CS 3251 - Computer Networking 3
Pick 1
ECE 4601 - Communication Systems  3
ECE 4606 - Wireless Communications 3
Pick 1 
ECE 3084 - Signals and Systems 3
ECE 4350 - Electromagnetic & Microwave Applications  3
ECE 4370 - Antenna Engineering  3
ECE 4500 - Optical Engineering  3
ECE 4601 - Communication Systems 3
ECE 4606 - Wireless Communications 3
ECE 4607 - Mobile and Wireless Networks 3
ECE 4502 - Fiber Optic Communications 4
ECE 4612 - Telecommunications Lab 1
Choose ECE 3000/4000 Elective
ECE 3000/4000 Elective 3