Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineers are the technical driving force behind the high technology electronics industries as well as other industries. Their contributions shape the design of computers, microelectronics, integrated circuits, communication systems, medical equipment, and many other forms of technology that impact the quality of our lives. Electrical engineers contribute to virtually every product, or the manufacturing process for that product, that we have in our society.

To prepare students to meet their career objectives, the electrical engineering curriculum is composed of three stages of education. During the first two years, emphasis is placed upon establishing competence in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and fundamental electrical and computer engineering topics. During the third and fourth years, the student concentrates on more advanced electrical and computer engineering subjects. Computer courses are included in the electrical engineering curriculum to bring graduates to the level at which they can successfully design microprocessor systems for automatic control and other applications. The use of computers is thoroughly integrated in the electrical engineering program, from the freshman to the senior level.

After the preparation of the first four years, the student chooses all courses and a senior design project during the fifth year, in accord with career objectives at that time. All technical courses in the first four years of the five-year electrical engineering curriculum are required; all fifth-year courses are electives. Elective course offerings in the fifth year allow students to choose major concentrations of study in applied systems, communications, computer system design, solid state electronics, signal processing and computer vision and power systems. Students also can minor in VLSI Design or Photonics Communications.

The fifth-year student chooses a senior project, working with a faculty member of the department. The purpose of this senior project is to develop the student's individual experi-mental and design abilities in a specific area of electrical engineering

Curriculum Sheets

Notes on the Curriculum Sheet

The Curriculum Sheet above is for students on a standard schedule and may need to be modified for students on irregular schedules.

The college numbers of the courses shown are not given except for 36 PD 120.

All other courses for which an area name is specified must be taken from the College of Engineering and Applied Science which has a college number of 20. The exception is 36 PD 120, whose college number is already given as 36.

BoK courses may be taken from any college of the University.

All other elective courses must be approved by the student's departmental advisor.


You are strongly encouraged to meet with your academic adviser if you currently have any curricular deficiencies or have any other reason to follow a modified program. Failure to follow an approved program may lead to Academic Probation, delay of graduation, or other more serious problems.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Study Semester

In general, a student may not take a course from another UC college during a study semester as a substitute for a required course in his or her curriculum. However, if there is an unusual reason to do so, a student may request to take a substitute course. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.

A student may not register for the substitute course until after receiving approval of his or her petition. Failure to petition for approval may result in no credit for the course toward the student's degree requirements and the course may have to be repeated.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Co-op Semester

Students are allowed to take up to six credits during a co-op semester if the class does not interfere with the co-op assignment. Approval must be secured from the Department advisor, the Professional Practice advisor, and the Chairman of the Committee on Academic Standards before registration is permitted. If a student needs to make up a class or wishes to take a class during the normal hours of a co-op assignment, then a petition must be submitted along with a letter from the employer stating that the employer is aware that the student needs to take the course, the company has a flextime policy for all employees (not just the student involved), and that the student can make up the hours in order to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.