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Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.

Electrical engineering involves the design, analysis, and effective use of electrical systems including electronic computers. Electrical systems and computers play a central role in nearly all aspects of modern life, including communication, medicine, education, environmental protection, space exploration, defense, and home entertainment.

Students who complete the Electrical Engineering curriculum will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, one of the engineering degrees recognized in all fifty states as eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer.

Objectives. The Electrical Engineering program has adopted the following objectives to serve the long-term interests of our students and the industries of Northern California and the nation. Foundation—To provide our graduates with a solid foundation in engineering science, including mathematics, physical science, and the fundamentals of electrical engineering. This foundation is necessary to succeed in more advanced engineering courses and to be able to continue learning throughout a career. Breadth —To provide our graduates the sufficient breadth in electrical engineering in order to understand engineering tradeoffs that cross disciplines, to contribute effectively to multidisciplinary projects and to make an informed decision about their area of specialization. Depth—To provide our graduates with sufficient depth in a specific area of electrical engineering necessary to solve complex real-world engineering problems and to contribute to a specific discipline within electrical engineering. Ethics—To provide our graduates with a basic understanding of, and ability to handle correctly, ethical problems that may arise during their careers. To provide them with an understanding of their obligations to society at large.

Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units for the Electrical Engineering major is 146.

Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22B 6
Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D 19
Chemistry 2A 5
Computer Science Engineering 30 4
Engineering 6, 17 8
Electrical and Computer Engineering 1, 10 5
(Electrical and Computer Engineering 10 is designed for sophomore students and is not recommended for upper-division students. Transfer and change of major students who do not take Electrical and Computer Engineering 10 will substitute four additional units of upper-division electives.)
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, 1Y or 1V or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 (grade of C- or better required) 4
Communication 1 or 3 4

Upper Division Requirements:

Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Areas of Specialization  
For updated recommended courses, see the department website at http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/undergrad/undergradhandbook.html.
Physical Electronics: solid-state devices, circuits and fabrication and the theory courses supporting those subjects.
Recommended elective courses:  
Core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 130B, 140B
Design Electives with Lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering 118, or 132A, 132B or 135. Select remaining upper-division design electives from Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B, 146A, 146B
Technical electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 112, 180B
Suggested Advisers. S. Chowdhury, E. Seker, J. Hihath, C.E. Hunt, S. Islam, J.M. Woodall
Electromagnetics: microwave circuits and systems, and fiber optical systems.
Recommended elective courses:  
Core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 130B, 140B
Design Electives with Lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering 132A, 132B. Select remaining upper division design electives from Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B, 132C, 135
Technical electives: Select from Electrical and Computer Engineering 112 and 133
Suggested Advisers. G.R. Branner, A. Knoesen, X. Liu, N. Luhmann, O. Momeni, A. Pham, B. Yoo
Analog Electronics: transistor- and system-level analog circuit design.
Recommended elective courses:  
Core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B, 140B, 150B
Design Electives with Lab: at least two from Electrical and Computer Engineering 112, 157A, 165, 195A-195B
Select remaining upper division design electives from Electrical and Computer Engineering 118, 132A, 132B, 132C, 157B, 160, 210
Technical electives: Select from Electrical and Computer Engineering 130B, 146A
Suggested Advisers. R. Amirtharajah, Q.J. Gu, P.J. Hurst, S.H. Lewis, O. Momeni
Digital Electronics: transistor- and system-level digital circuit design.
Recommended elective courses:  
Core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B, 140B, 150B
Design Electives with Lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering 118 and 180B or 172 or 183 or 195A-195B
Select remaining upper division design electives from Electrical and Computer Engineering 116, 170 or 171
Technical electives: Select from Electrical and Computer Engineering 130B and 112 or 146A or 157A or 160 or 210
Suggested Advisers. R. Amirtharajah, P.J. Hurst, S.H. Lewis
Communication Controls and Signal Processing: digital communication, robotics, classical controls and communication, wireless and cellular digital communication systems, signal and image processing, and computer vision.
Recommended elective courses:
Core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering, 150B, 180B
Design Electives with lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering 157A and 157B or 165
Select remaining upper division design electives from Electrical and Computer Engineering 160
Technical Electives: select from Electrical and Computer Engineering 112, 195A-195B
Suggested Advisers. S. Cui, Z. Ding, A.N. Gündes, B.C. Levy, Q. Zhao

Upper Division Required Courses

Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, 110A, 130A, 140A, 150A, 161, 180A, 196 31
Engineering 160, 190 or Computer Science Engineering 188 3-4
Upper-division electives*** 32
Chose at least eight courses for a minimum of 32 units from the following:
Two core electives: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B*, 130B, 140B, 170*, 180B*, one from 150B, 157A*, or 160*
Design laboratory electives: At least two design electives with lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110B, 112, 116, 118, 132A, 132B, 132C, 135, 146A, 146B, 152, 157A, 157B, 165, 172, 180B, 183
At least one design project course**: Electrical and Computer Engineering 119AB, 134AB, 136AB, 181AB, 193AB, 195AB;
The remaining electives may be any letter-graded upper division Electrical and Computer Engineering course not used to satisfy another major requirement; Computer Science and Engineering 40, 150, 152B, 163, 175, 177, or 178
Technical electives***, **** 9

Chemistry 2B, 2C and any upper-division course except Chemistry 195 & 197

Engineering 35, 45, and any upper-division engineering course not used in satisfaction of core degree requirements, excluding Engineering 100, 160, 190 (each restricted to one unit of technical elective), 198, Computer Science Engineering 132, 155, 157, 188, 154A, & 154B (ECS 154AB courses may be used by EEEL majors who did not take EEC 170). A maximum of 6 units for any combination of engineering courses numbered 190C, 192, 198, and 199 may be used.

Mathematics: any upper-division course except Mathematics 135A & 197TC

Physics: any upper-division course except 116, 137, 160 (restricted to one unit of technical elective), 195, 197T

Statistics: any upper-division course except Statistics 100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 120, 130A

Biological Sciences 101, 101D, 102, 103, 104, 120, 120P, 122, 122P, 132

Economics 100, 101, 102, 103, 122, 140

Management 11A, 11B, 100, 120, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180

Upper Division Composition Requirement: One course from the following (a grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 101, 102A-L, 104A-T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam 0 or 4
* Maximum of one course appearing on both the core elective list and the design elective list may be counted in both categories.
** All design project courses are also considered design lab courses and may be counted in both categories simultaneously.
*** Computer Science Engineering 154B may be substituted for Electrical and Computer Engineering 170.
**** After completion of the upper division elective requirement (at least 8 courses, 2 core, 2 with labs, 1 project) any units in excess of 32 will count toward the technical elective requirement.

Computer Engineering Undergraduate Program

The Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Computer Engineering undergraduate major is 148.
Students are encouraged to adhere carefully to all prerequisite requirements. The instructor is authorized to drop students from a course for which stated prerequisites have not been completed.

Lower Division Required Courses

 
UNITS
Mathematics 21A-21B-21C-21D 16
Mathematics 22A-22AL-22B 7
Physics 9A-9B-9C-9D 19
Chemistry 2A 5
Computer Science Engineering 20, 30, 40, 60 16
Electrical and Computer Engineering 1, 10 5
(Electrical and Computer Engineering 10 is designed for sophomore students and is not recommended for upper-division students. Transfer and change of major students who do not take Electrical and Computer Engineering 10 will substitute four additional units of upper-division electives.)
Engineering 17 4
English 3 or University Writing Program 1, 1Y or 1V or Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Native American Studies 5 (grade of C- or better) 4
Communication 1 or 3 4

Upper Division Required Courses

Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, 110A, 140A, 161, 170*, 172, 173A, 180A, 180B, 196 40
Computer Science Engineering 122A, 150 8
Engineering 160, 190, or Computer Science Engineering 188 3-4
Upper-Division Elective Courses: 9-11
One design project course: Electrical and Computer Engineering 119AB, 134AB, 136AB, 181AB, 193AB, 195AB
One upper division Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science course (excluding Computer Science 132, 155, 157, 188, 154A, & 154B).
Technical electives 8

Chemistry 2B, 2C and any upper-division course except Chemistry 195 & 197.

Engineering 35, 45, and any upper-division engineering course not used in satisfaction of core degree requirements, excluding Engineering 100, 160, 190 (each restricted to one unit of technical elective), 198, Computer Science Engineering 132, 155, 157, 188, 154A, 154B. A maximum of 6 units for any combination of engineering courses numbered 190C, 192, 198, and 199 may be used.

Mathematics: any upper-division course except Mathematics 135A & 197TC

Physics: any upper-division course except 116, 137, 160 (restricted to one unit of technical elective), 195, 197T

Statistics: any upper-division course except Statistics 100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 120, 130A

Biological Sciences 101, 101D, 102, 103, 104, 120, 120P, 122, 122P, 132

Economics 100, 101, 102, 103, 122, 140

Management 11A, 11B, 100, 120, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180
Upper Division Composition Requirement 0 or 4
One course from the following (a grade of C- or better is required): University Writing Program 101, 102A-L, 104A-T or passing the Upper Division Composition Exam.

Electrical Engineering Minor

There has been an increasing need for professionals in most engineering disciplines to understand the fundamentals of electronic circuits, electronic signals, semiconductor devices, applied electromagnetics, control systems, computer systems, and communication systems.
The objective of this minor program is to prepare students with the necessary theoretical and practical training in one or many of the above mentioned fields. The minor program curriculum is designed to allow flexibility while ensuring a solid foundation of fundamental electrical engineering concepts. The program is expected to accommodate students of diverse backgrounds.
The minor must be outside the department or program of your major and no more than one course may be counted toward both your minor and your major. The courses you take to satisfy the requirements of a minor, including those completed elsewhere, must be approved by an adviser in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.000 and satisfy the minor course requirements, listed below. To receive notation of this minor on your diploma, you must obtain a minor petition and file it no later than the deadline for filing for graduation.

Minor Requirements

 
UNITS
Electrical Engineering
21
Electrical and Computer Engineering 100 5
At least one of the following combinations:
Analog circuits: Electrical and Computer Engineering 110A and 110B
Electromagnetics: Electrical and Computer Engineering 130A and 130 B
Physical Electronics: Electrical and Computer Engineering 140A and 140B
Signals and Systems: Electrical and Computer Engineering 150A and 150B
Communication: Electrical and Computer Engineering 150A and 160
Control Systems: Electrical and Computer Engineering 150A and 157A
Digital Systems: Electrical and Computer Engineering 180A and 180B 8-10
At least 8 additional units of Electrical and Computer Engineering courses numbered 101 or above, except for Electrical and Computer Engineering 190, 192, 196, 197, 198, 199, 298, 299, 390, and 396. (If you elect to do a design project, you must be registered for both quarters) 8-10
Minor Advisers. Z. Ding, X. Liu

The Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D.
http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu; 530-752-8251

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares graduate students to do meaningful research and acquire skills and insights vital to solving some of the world's most complex technological problems. Our graduate program offers a challenging and stimulating environment, covering optical, wireline and wireless communications, telecommunication networks, computer engineering, circuits, electromagnetics, physical electronics, optoelectronics, control, and signal processing. The depth of resources in the study of circuit design alone, with one of the largest faculty groups in the field in the UC system, distinguishes us from other programs, while our program in microwave communications and devices is unique.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program benefits from the highly interdisciplinary culture at UC Davis and attracts faculty from biomedical, chemical, electrical, computer, civil, and mechanical engineering, as well as computer science and mathematics.

Many of our graduates go on to leadership and technology management roles in industry, returning each year for our industrial affiliates meeting to network with other industry representatives, current students and faculty.

Generous financial support is available in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships and financial aid.

Research Highlights:

  • Communications, control, networking, and signal processing
  • Computer engineering
  • Electronic circuits
  • Optoelectronics
  • RF, micro- and millimeter waves
  • Physical electronics

Research Facilities and Partnerships:

  • Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society
  • Northern California Center for Nanotechnology
  • Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • California Lighting Technology Center
  • PlanetLab Consortium
  • Sandia National Laboratory

Complete Information on our website.

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM