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EE Major

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.

Notes about the relationship to other programs:

  • Computer Engineering:
    • ELEN 50/50L and 153 are required for the COEN major
    • ELEN 115/115L, 133/133L, 134/134L are accepted technical electives in COEN
    • ELEN 123/123L is cross-listed with COEN 123/123L
    • ELEN 160/160L satisfies a university core requirement
  • Bioengineering:
    • ELEN 21/21L and 50/50L are required for the BIOE major
    • ELEN 115/115L, 116/116L, 130/130L, 156/156L, and 160/160L are accepted technical electives in BIOE
    • ELEN 160/160L satisfies a university core requirement
  • Mechanical Engineering:
    • ELEN 50/50L is required for the MECH major
    • ELEN 123/123L is cross-listed with MECH 143
    • ELEN 160/160L satisfies a university core requirement

*Other program requirements are subject to change without notice. Please double-check requirements for your respective program.

EE Minor

An academic minor in Electrical Engineering requires eight courses. A student's minor program must include at least two courses that are not used to satisfy any part of the student's major program.

  1. Three required courses:
    The minor program must include the following courses and their associated laboratories:
    1. ELEN 021, 021L - Introduction to Logic Design
      ELEN 050, 050L - Electric Circuits I
      ELEN 115, 115L - Electronic Circuits I
  2. Two optional courses:
    Two courses must be selected from the following four courses:
    1. ELEN 100, 100L - Electrical Circuits II
      ELEN 104, 104L - Electromagnetics I
      ELEN 110, 110L - Linear Systems
      ELEN 151, 151L - Semiconductor Devices
  3. Three electives:
    Three electives must be selected from upper division ELEN courses excluding Co-op and the senior design sequence.

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 151, 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.