Core Courses

Additional Information for the Spring Semester

Welcome back to the Spring 2013 Semester. Here are a few additional pieces of information to help you with figuring out our various TCOM 590 and 690 courses and to help you with your course selection. This includes alternative offerings for 509/29, 519/39, and 548/556, new and exciting courses that are not yet listed in the catalog, additional options for satisfying the elective core requirement, and a list of courses that are available in distance education format.

Welcome New TCOM Students

A large number of new TCOM students attended yesterday's Graduate Student Orientation. Important information about the Telecommunications program and its structure was discussed to allow students to hit the ground running. A copy of the slides from the orientation is attached below.

What does it mean for credits to be "carried forward"?

This procedure allows students to maximize the flexibility in their Specialty Module course selection. With only 15 credit hours available in the Specialty Modules, the ability to "carry forward" TCOM 501/502 into modules 1, 2, or 3 and TCOM 521 into modules 4 or 5 allows students to satisfy the minimum requirements in the Specialty Modules (i.e. 6 credit hours) and take elective courses from other modules.

Do I have to take all of the core courses first before I can take the Specialty Module courses?

No; in fact, you will most likely be prevented from doing this due to the pre-requisites for a couple of the core courses. LAW 181 requires a student to be in regular status before they can register for this course. TELE 750 requires students to have completed 18 credits before they register for that course. Most students, however, start by taking TCOM 500 and TCOM 501/502 and then mix and match between the Specialty Modules and the core courses.

Can I pass a core course with a C grade?

You may not carry a grade below B for TCOM 500, TCOM 501, TCOM 502, and TCOM 521. However, students may carry a C grade (or a C+, B- grade) for the other core courses, LAW 181, TELE 750, and/or PUBP 726. Note that a student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 through the program to graduate. If a student obtains a grade below a B in TCOM 500, 501, 502, and/or 521, they must retake that course to achieve a B grade, or better, to graduate.

Core Courses:

15 credits of core courses, subject to the following constraints:
Required Courses (9 credits)

Program Format

The program consists of 9 credits of mandatory engineering and technology core courses (TCOM 500, 521, and 530); 6 credits of electives drawn from an interdisciplinary group of core courses (PUBP 726, TCOM 547 or TCOM 750), and a basic switching lecture and laboratory course (TCOM 514) or an Internet protocol routing lecture and laboratory course (TCOM 515); and four areas of emphasis.