Electrical and Computer Engineering / Undergraduate Study

Electrical Engineering BS

Capstone Major

The Electrical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Electrical Engineering major is a designated capstone major. Undergraduate students complete a design course in which they integrate their knowledge of the discipline and engage in creative design within realistic and professional constraints. Students apply their knowledge and expertise gained in previous mathematics, science, and engineering coursework. Within a multidisciplinary team structure, students identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and present their projects to the class.

The undergraduate curriculum provides all Electrical Engineering majors with preparation in the mathematical and scientific disciplines that lead to a set of courses that span the fundamentals of the three major departmental areas of signals and systems, circuits and embedded systems, and physical wave electronics. These collectively provide an understanding of inventions of importance to society, such as integrated circuits, embedded systems, photonic devices, automatic computation and control, and telecommunication devices and systems.

Students are encouraged to make use of their electrical engineering electives and a two-term capstone design course to pursue deeper knowledge within one of these areas according to their interests, whether for graduate study or preparation for employment. See the department website for examples of specializations.

Learning Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Application of knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design of a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • Function as a productive member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Effective communication
  • Identification, formulation, and solution of electrical engineering problems

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A; Computer Science 31, 32; Electrical and Computer Engineering 2, 3, 10, 11L, M16 (or Computer Science M51A); Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL.

The Major

Required: Electrical and Computer Engineering 101A, 102, 110, 111L, 113, 131A; six core courses selected from Computer Science 33, Electrical and Computer Engineering 101B, 115A, 121B, 132A, 133A, 141, 170A; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; 12 units of major field elective courses, at least 8 of which must be upper-division electrical and computer engineering courses — the remaining 4 units may be from upper-division electrical and computer engineering courses or from another engineering school department; and one two-term electrical and computer engineering capstone design course (8 units).

For information on UC, school, and general education requirements, see the College and Schools chapter.