Electrical Engineering Major (B.S.)


In addition to the university's mandatory Discovery Program requirements, degree candidates must complete our core program (freshman through junior years).  In the senior year, students select professional technical electives in the areas of their interest.   They also carry out a student-designed project to acquire both breadth and depth of study and to integrate knowledge across course boundaries.

For a detailed semester by semester list of requirements for the four years of study, please refer to the Degree Plan tab.

In addition to Discovery Program requirements, the department has a number of grade-point average and course requirements.

  1. Any electrical engineering major whose cumulative grade-point average in ECE courses is less than 2.0 during any three semesters will not be allowed to continue as an electrical engineering major.
  2. Electrical engineering majors must achieve a 2.0 grade-point average in ECE courses as a requirement for graduation.

To make an exception to any of these departmental requirements based on extenuating circumstances, students must petition the department's undergraduate committee. Mindful of these rules, students, with their adviser's assistance, should plan their programs based on the distribution of courses found in the Degree Plan tab.

Required Courses

CS 410CIntroduction to Scientific Programming/C4
or CS 415 Introduction to Computer Science I
ECE 401Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering4
ECE 541Electric Circuits4
ECE 543Introduction to Digital Systems4
ECE 548Electronic Design I4
ECE 562Computer Organization4
ECE 602Engineering Analysis4
ECE 603Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I4
ECE 617Junior Laboratory I4
ECE 618Junior Laboratory II4
ECE 633Signals and Systems I3
ECE 634Signals and Systems II3
ECE 647Random Processes and Signals in Engineering3
ECE 651Electronic Design II4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MATH 645Linear Algebra for Applications4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
ECE 791Senior Project I2
ECE 792Senior Project II2
Mathematics or Science Elective
Select one from the following:3-4
Chemical Principles for Engineers
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Complex Analysis for Applications
General Physics III
Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I
Professional Electives
Choose four ECE 700-level courses16
Other Courses
Discovery requirements not already covered by required courses24
Total Credits128-129
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ECE 401 Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CS 410C Introduction to Scientific Programming/C 1 4
ECON 402
Principles of Economics (Micro)
or Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
Discovery Program Category 1 4
Second Year
ECE 541 Electric Circuits 4
ECE 543 Introduction to Digital Systems 4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
ECE 548 Electronic Design I 4
ECE 562 Computer Organization 4
MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications 4
Discovery Program Category 4
Third Year
ECE 602 Engineering Analysis 4
ECE 617 Junior Laboratory I 4
ECE 633 Signals and Systems I 3
ECE 651 Electronic Design II 4
Math/Science Elective 4 3-4
ECE 603 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I 4
ECE 618 Junior Laboratory II 4
ECE 634 Signals and Systems II 3
ECE 647 Random Processes and Signals in Engineering 3
Fourth Year
Two Professional Electives 2 8
Two Discovery Program Category courses 8
ECE 791 Senior Project I 3 2
Two Professional Electives 2 8
Discovery Program Category 4
ECE 792 Senior Project II 3 2
 Total Credits128-129
Students are required to take either ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro) or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives to fulfill the Social Science Category of the Discovery Program.
Fulfilling the EE Program curriculum automatically meets Discovery Category, "Environment, Technology and Society."
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.