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Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering

ELEN Programs

Major in Electrical Engineering

In addition to fulfilling the undergraduate Core Curriculum for the bachelor of science degree, students majoring in electrical engineering must fulfill the following major requirements and complete a minimum of 190 units. For every required engineering and science course, if an associated laboratory is listed following the course description, then that laboratory is also required to fulfill the major requirements.


  • ENGL 181

Mathematics and Natural Science

  • MATH 11, 12, 13, 14

  • AMTH 106 (or MATH 22) and AMTH 108

  • CHEM 11 or 11T

  • PHYS 31, 32, 33

  • PHYS 34 or MATH 51

  • One from CHEM 12, BIOL 1A, PHYS 113 or 121, MATH 53, 105 or 123


  • ENGR 1

  • COEN 10 (or demonstrated equivalent programming proficiency)

  • COEN 11, COEN 12

  • MECH 121

  • ELEN 20, 21, 50, 100, 104, 110, 115, 120, 192, 194, 195, 196

Technical Electives

Five undergraduate elective courses. One course must be selected from at least four of the following five areas:

  • IC Design: ELEN 116, 151, 152, 153, 156

  • Systems: ELEN 118, 130, 133, 134, 160, 167

  • RF and Communication: ELEN 105, 141, 142, 144

  • Power Systems: ELEN 164, 183, 184

  • Digital and Embedded Systems: ELEN 121, 122, 123, 124, 127, 161

Additional electives may be substituted, with the approval of the advisor, including first-year graduate-level electrical engineering coursework.

Professional Development

A professional development experience selected from one of the following options:

  • Four or more units in a study abroad program that does not duplicate other coursework

  • Cooperative education experience with enrollment in ELEN 188 and ELEN 189

  • 2 units in ENGR 110 (Community-Based Engineering Design)

  • Preparation for graduate study in electrical engineering with completion of 2 or more additional units of upper-division or graduate-level courses

  • Completion of an approved minor or second major in any field of engineering or science

  • Completion of 10 or more units in the combined bachelor of science and master of science program

  • 2 units of Peer education experience

  • 2 units of undergraduate research, ELEN 199

Minor in Electrical Engineering

Students must fulfill the following requirements for a minor in electrical engineering:

  • ELEN 21, 21L, 50, 50L, 115, 115L

  • Two courses selected from ELEN 100, 104, and 110, including their associated laboratory courses

  • Three upper-division ELEN lecture courses (ELEN 100-level courses, excluding ELEN 188, 189, 192, 194, 195, and 196)

  • Work completed to satisfy these requirements for the minor must include at least two courses beyond any free electives or other courses required to earn the bachelor's degree in the student's primary majors

Combined B.S./M.S.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a combined degree program leading to the bachelor of science and a master of science. This program is open to electrical engineering majors with an approved grade point average in electrical engineering, mathematics, and physics courses. Under the combined degree program, an undergraduate student begins taking courses required for a master’s degree before completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree and typically completes the requirements for a master of science in electrical engineering within a year of obtaining the bachelor’s degree. Undergraduate students interested in the combined degree program are required to apply for the program between February of their junior year and December of their senior year.

Students in this program will receive their bachelor’s degree after satisfying the full undergraduate degree requirements. To earn the master’s degree, students must fulfill all the requirements for the degree, including the completion of 45 units of coursework beyond that applied to their bachelor’s degree. No course can be used to satisfy requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. However, completion of 10 or more units of coursework in electrical engineering taken for the master’s degree satisfies the professional development requirement of the undergraduate program.

The program of studies for the master’s degree may include up to 20 units of electrical engineering upper-division elective coursework excluding ELEN 188, and 189. These undergraduate units can count toward a master’s degree only if a grade of “B” or better is earned. Students who do not complete the combined degree program within six years of entering the University will automatically be transferred to the regular master’s degree program. Although six years is the maximum timeframe for completing the combined degree, full-time students enrolling in February of their junior year normally complete both degrees within five years.

Combined B.S./M.S. Application Form

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Chair: Shoba Krishnan
Department Manager: Leilani De Nieva

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA 95053

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