Elective Courses

Students can take an elective course (4 hours) in addition to the “track” courses. Those with primary background in engineering may choose a biology-based course, while students with a job-focused need to develop skills in a particular area may choose a desired engineering course.  Class offerings are subject to change each semester.

Approved Breadth Electives (4 hours)

Business and Entrepreneurship

  • GE 400 – Engineering Law
  • ABE 430 – Project Management
  • ENG 461 – Technology Entrepreneurship
  • ENG 466 – High-Tech Venture Marketing
  • ENG 565 – Technology Innovation and Strategy
  • ENG 566 – Finance for Engineering Management
  • ENG 567 – Venture-Funded Startups
  • TE 401 - Developing Breakthrough Projects
  • TE 450 - Startups:  Inc, Fund, Contracts, IP

Electromagnetic and Acoustic Waves

  • ECE 452 – Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 455 – Optical Electronics
  • ECE 520 – Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems
  • ECE 540 – Computational Electromagnetics
  • ECE 473 – Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics
  • ECE 545 – Advanced Physical Acoustics

Image Processing, Signal Processing, and Numerical Analysis

Chemical, Molecular, and Cellular Biology

Biomedical Imaging

  • ECE 472 – Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging
  • ECE 480 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Sensors and Instrumentation

  • BIOE/ECE 414 – Biomedical Instrumentation
  • BIOE/ECE 415 – Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory
  • BIOE/ECE 416 – Biosensors
  • ECE 437 – Sensors and Instrumentation
  • ECE 515 – Control System Theory & Design
  • ECE 517 – Nonlinear & Adaptive Control
  • ECE 528 – Analysis of Nonlinear Systems
  • CHBE 553 – Surface Chemistry
  • ME 586 – Mechanics of MEMS
  • ME 487 – MEMS-NEMS Theory & Fabrication
  • ECE 481 – Nanotechnology
  • ECE 484 – Principles of Advanced Microelectronic Processing
  • ECE 485 – MEMS Devices and Systems
  • ECE 510 – Micro and Nanolithography
  • ECE 536 – Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics
  • ECE 598JL – Advanced Nanotechnology

Biophotonics

Neuroscience

  • BIOP/MCB 419 – Brain, Behavior, & Information Processing

Bioinformatics

  • ANSC 542 – Applied Bioinformatics
  • ANSC 545 – Statistical Genomics
  • CS 466 – Introduction to Bioinformatics

University of Illinois students with extra credit hours (those with credit hours in excess of their undergraduate degree requirements) may be able to participate in the accelerated coursework program, where, upon admission to the M.Eng. program, the student can allocate up to 8 credit hours of graduate coursework taken during their senior year from the approved track and breadth electives lists and have these hours count towards the M.Eng. program's degree requirements.  This will open up the student's required M.Eng. course load, providing more time to devote to job searching or the opportunity to take additional technical electives.  Graduate courses allocated towards the M.Eng. program cannot be used to fulfill an undergraduate degree.