Electrical Engineering, BSE

Electrical engineering connects the physical world with the information world. Electrical engineers apply physics and chemistry in modern nanotechnology devices, encode and manipulate information in circuits and networks, and mathematically understand and reason with large amounts of data in real time. This makes electrical engineering one of the broadest forms of engineering, resulting in a multitude of possible careers. The societal impact of electrical engineering can be found in numerous domains, from smartphones, 5G wireless, and medical imaging to electric/driverless cars and the Internet of Things. Electrical engineering includes the engineering of electrons, magnets, photons, electro-magnetic waves, quantum states, and electro-mechanical structures. Electrically engineering systems provide communication, sensing, actuation, display, storage, conversion, control, and computation. The electrical engineering discipline includes both the design and implementation of physical realizations (devices, circuits, antennas) and the mathematical tools for optimizing the exploitation of these systems (control theory, information theory, digital logic, signal processing).

Electrical Engineering (EE) Major Requirements

40 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

CIS 110Introduction to Computer Programming1
or ENGR 105 Introduction to Scientific Computing
ESE 111Atoms, Bits, Circuits and Systems 11
ESE 215Electrical Circuits and Systems1.5
ESE 218Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices1.5
ESE 224Signal and Information Processing1.5
Area Course: (A) Advance Computing Elective
CIS 120Programming Languages and Techniques I1
or CIS 240 Introduction to Computer Systems
Area Course: (B) Intermediate or Advanced ESE Elective
Select one ESE Elective1
Area Course: (C) Advanced ESE Courses
Select any combination of 4 Advanced Electives from the following areas:4-4.5
Circuits and Computer Engineering:
Fundamentals of Solid-State Circuits
Embedded Systems/Microcontroller Laboratory
Circuit-Level Modeling, Design, and Optimization for Digital Systems
Analog Integrated Circuits
Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
Mixed Signal Design and Modeling
Digital Integrated Circuits and VLSI-Fundamentals
RFIC (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit) Design
Nanodevices and Nanosystems:
Electric and Magnetic Fields I
Physics and Models of Semiconductor Devices
Principles of Microfabrication Technology
Waves, Fibers and Antennas for Telecommunications
Electromagnetic and Optical Theory
The Physics of Solid State Energy Devices
Quantum Engineering
Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Photovoltaic Systems Engineering
Introduction to Micro- and Nano-electromechanical Technologies
Information and Decision Systems:
Stochastic Systems Analysis and Simulation
Robotics and Bioinspired Systems
Fourier Analysis and Applications in Engineering, Mathematics, and the Sciences
Introduction to Networks and Protocols
Linear Systems Theory
Introduction to Optimization Theory
Control of Systems
Dynamical Systems for Engineering and Biological Applications
Design of Smart Systems
Estimation and Detection Theory
Digital Signal Processing
Neural Networks, Chaos, and Dynamics: Theory and Application
Systems Methodology
Area Course: (C) Design and Project Courses
Select one ESE Lab from the following:1
Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering Research Methodology
Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering Research and Design
Fundamentals of Solid-State Circuits
Embedded Systems/Microcontroller Laboratory
Design of Mechatronic Systems
Medical Devices
ESE 450Senior Design Project I - EE and SSE1
ESE 451Senior Design Project II - EE and SSE1
Professional Electives 2
Engineering Elective1
Math, Science, or Engineering Electives2
Professional Elective - Select from the following:1
Math, Science, or Engineering Elective
Engineering Economics
Engineering Entrepreneurship I
Foundations of Leadership
Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Management of Technology
Math and Natural Science
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
ESE 301Engineering Probability1
Select one of the following:1
AP Credit for Principles I (PHYS 150)
Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Introduction to Mechanics
Select one of the following:1
AP Credit for Principles II (PHYS 151)
Physics Laboratory II
Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
CHEM 101General Chemistry I1
or BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology A
or BIOL 121 Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Math Elective1
Math or Natural Science Elective1
Natural Science Lab 31
Social Sciences and Humanities 4
EAS 203Engineering Ethics1
Select 1 Social Science course1
Select 2 Humanities courses2
Select 1 Social Science or Humanities course1
Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses2
Free Elective
Select 3 course units of free electives3
Total Course Units40

If not taken freshman year, must be replaced by another department approved engineering course.


Dual Degree, Dual Major or Second Major candidates in Math or Natural Science, may use up to three Professional Electives to satisfy requirements for their second major.  One freshman-level Engineering course may be used as a Professional Elective.


One approved Natural Science Lab (.5cu) is required.  Satisfied if PHYS 050 Physics Laboratory I, PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion, PHYS 170 Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion, MEAM 147 Introduction to Mechanics Lab, BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology A or CHEM 053 General Chemistry Laboratory I is taken).


The Social Science & Humanities Depth and Writing Requirement can be satisfied with the 7 total course units.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.