A student graduating with a bachelor's degree from CU Boulder may also receive a minor in quantum engineering, though the minor is not available to students earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering.
The minor in quantum engineering provides training and a solid foundation in quantum technologies. Quantum technologies have applications in quantum-enhanced sensors, quantum communications, and quantum computing. The goal is to introduce students to the fundamentals of quantum theory and explore all of the major hardware platforms. This will allow graduates to easily adapt to the variety of technologies seen in industry. The skills obtained in this minor are important to students who expect to participate in real-world situations that increasingly involve quantum technologies.
Students admitted to the Quantum Engineering Minor must have a cumulative GPA of 2.700 or better.
There are three prerequisites for the quantum engineering minor.
- Programming. ASEN 1320, ECEN 1310, ECEN 2310, CSCI 1300, APPM 3050, PHYS 2600 or similar.
- Calculus 2 (minimum). APPM 1360, APPM 1350, MATH 2300, APPM 2360 or similar.
- Linear Algebra. MATH 3135, MATH 2130, MATH 2135, APPM 3310, CSCI 2820, APPM 2360 or similar.
Additionally, it is recommended that students have taken Calculus 3 and probability: APPM 3570, STAT 3100, MATH 3510, ECEN 3810 or similar. A grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses.
Required Courses and Credit Hours
This minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.
A cumulative GPA of 2.250 or better is required for courses used to satisfy the requirements of this minor. Each individual course that is counted toward this minor must be passed with a grade of D- or better (note that a C- or better grade is required in all prerequisite courses).
Required courses (9 credit hours)
Within the Quantum Engineering minor there is a theory and experiment track. It will consist of a set of required core courses and a selection of electives, as follows.
All students will take:
- ECEN 3XXX Foundations of Quantum Engineering (Fall) 3 credit hours, and
- ECEN 3XXX Foundations of Quantum Hardware (Spring) 3 credit hours.
The theory track will take
The experimental track will take (first offered in 2023 or 2024)
- ECEN 4XXX Quantum Engineering Lab (Spring) 3 credit hours.
Electives (9 credit hours)
The electives below are not required to relax their prerequisites to enable students to take the course, however if the students fulfill the requirements then they may take the course. Students make seek permission from the program director of the Quantum Engineering minor to take a particular subject not listed below. The decision will be at the discretion of the program director.
|ECEN 4634||Microwave and RF Laboratory||3|
|ECEN 4606||Undergraduate Optics Laboratory||3|
|ECEN 4616||Optoelectronic System Design||3|
|ECEN 4553||Compiler Construction||3|
|ECEN 4138||Control Systems Analysis||3|
|ECEN 3400||Electromagnetic Fields and Waves||3|
|ECEN 3410||Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission||3|
|APPM 4490||Theory of Machine Learning||3|
|APPM 4515||High-Dimensional Probability for Data Science||3|
|PHYS 4340||Introduction to Solid State Physics||3|
|PHYS 4230||Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics||3|
|PHYS 4430||Advanced Laboratory||3|
|STAT 4250||Data Assimilation in High Dimensional Dynamical Systems||3|
|STAT 4400||Advanced Statistical Modeling||3|
|STAT 4100||Markov Processes, Queues, and Monte Carlo Simulations||3|
|STAT 4610||Statistical Learning||3|
|STAT 4540||Introduction to Time Series||3|
|CHEN 4570||Instrumentation and Process Control||4|
|CHEN 4521||Physical Chemistry for Engineers||3|
|CHEN 4130||Chemical Engineering Laboratory||3|
|CSCI 3656||Numerical Computation||3|
|CSCI 3434||Theory of Computation||3|
|CSCI 4555||Compiler Construction||3|
|CSCI 4622||Machine Learning||3|
|MCEN 4173||Finite Element Analysis||3|