Information and Policies
Introduction
The electrical engineering B.S. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Students can pursue either of two concentrations, Electronics/Optics or Communications, Signals and Systems.
Academic Advising for the Program
The Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office offers general advising for prospective and declared undergraduates majoring in School of Engineering programs. The office handles major declarations, transfer credits, course substitutions, articulations, and degree certifications.
Transfer students should also refer to the Transfer Information and Policy section.
Baskin Engineering Building, Room 225
advising@soe.ucsc.edu
(831) 4595840
Getting Started in the Major
For the first two years, all electrical engineering students are expected to take a basic set of lowerdivision mathematics, physical science, and engineering courses. After the first two years, electrical engineering students focus on topics within the discipline and specialize in one of two options: electronics/optics, including digital and analog circuits and devices, VLSI design, optoelectronics, electromagnetics, power engineering, and biomedical device engineering; or communications, signals, systems, and control, including optical, wireless communication, signal and image processing, networks signal processing, instrumentation, and control.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Educational Objectives

Fundamentals: Acquire instruction in the prerequisites for a career based on electrical engineering, including theory, design and the basic science upon which future technology will be based.

Theory and practical knowledge: Learn the theory and practical knowledge in hardware and information oriented electrical engineering, including a variety of opportunities for specialized further study.

Professional development: Learn the basis for a highquality, professional approach to engineering, including skills in clear communication, teamwork, responsibility, high ethical standards, a desire for lifelong learning, and participation in the professional engineering community.

Preparation for an engineering career: Develop both individual creative skills for personal achievement as well as interpersonal skills for a team project environment, including an ability to apply research to engineering and learn how knowledge is applied in an industry setting.
Student Outcomes

an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process
Major Qualification
Admission to the electrical engineering major is selective. In order to be admitted into the electrical engineering major students must be listed as a proposed major within the School of Engineering, and complete all the foundation courses listed below with a GPA of 2.8 or better.
Please refer to the School of Engineering's "Proposed Major Retention" and its "Declaring a School of Engineering Major" sections in the catalog or the School of Engineering's information on declaring a major for more information.
Transfer students should also refer to the Transfer Information and Policy section.
Both of the following
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
Plus one of the following courses
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
Plus one of the following courses
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
MATH 24  Ordinary Differential Equations  5 
Plus all the following courses
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5B  Introduction to Physics II  5 
PHYS 5M  Introduction to Physics II Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
Additionally
Students must complete an "Introduction to Engineering" class, chosen from the following courses:
ECE 80T  Modern Electronic Technology and How It Works  5 
CSE 80C  Starting a New Technology Company  5 
Appeal Process
Students who are informed that they are not eligible to declare may appeal this decision by submitting a letter to the undergraduate director within 15 days from the date the notification was mailed. Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student, the college, and the Office of the Registrar of the decision.
If you have further questions concerning the appeal process, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Office at (831) 4595840 or email advising@soe.ucsc.edu.
More information regarding the appeal process can be found on the BSOE Major Declaration Appeal Process page.
How to Declare a Major
Instructions for declaring a major in the Baskin School of Engineering are on the BSOE Undergraduate Affairs Declare your Major page.
Transfer Information and Policy
Transfer Admission Screening Policy
The following courses or their equivalents are required prior to transfer, by the end of spring term for students planning to enter in the fall.
Firstyear calculus
Both:
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
Linear algebra
One of:
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
Differential equations
One of:
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
MATH 24  Ordinary Differential Equations  5 
Calculusbased physics
A year of calculusbased physics courses accepted as equivalent to:
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5B  Introduction to Physics II  5 
PHYS 5M  Introduction to Physics II Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
Cumulative GPA
A minimum GPA of 2.8 must be obtained in the courses listed above.
Additionally
In addition, the following courses are recommended prior to transfer to ensure timely graduation.
CSE 12  Computer Systems and Assembly Language  5 
CSE 12L  Computer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory  2 
MATH 23A  Vector Calculus  5 
and one of the following courses:
General Education Options
Prospective students are encouraged to prioritize required and recommended major preparation prior to transfer, and may additionally complete courses that articulate to UC Santa Cruz general education requirements as time allows.
Getting Started at UCSC as a Transfer Student
Transfer students should declare their major in their first quarter at UCSC. Instructions for declaring a major in the Baskin School of Engineering are on the Declare Your Major page.
Letter Grade Policy
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department requires letter grading for all courses applied toward the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.
Course Substitution Policy
Please refer to the School of Engineering section of the catalog for the policy regarding course substitution.
Honors
Electrical engineering majors are considered for “Honors in the Major” and “Highest Honors in the Major” based on the GPA and on results of undergraduate research and other significant contributions to the School of Engineering. Students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher receive highest honors. Students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher but less than 3.7, receive honors. A student meeting the GPA requirement for highest honors or honors may not receive honors if a student has been found guilty of academic misconduct. Students with particularly significant accomplishments in undergraduate research or contributions to the School of Engineering may be considered with a lower GPA. Electrical engineering juniors and seniors may also be eligible for election to the UCSC chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society founded in 1885.
Materials Fee and Miscellaneous Fees
Please see the section on fees under the School of Engineering.
Requirements and Planners
Course Requirements (all concentrations)
LowerDivision Courses
Students gain a solid foundation in calculus, engineering mathematics, physics, computer science, and computer engineering during their first two years. Majors must complete the following 13 lowerdivision courses (including corresponding laboratories). These courses form part of the prerequisite sequence and should be completed during the first two years at UC Santa Cruz. The requirements are rigorous; students must be prepared to begin these courses early in their studies.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 80T  Modern Electronic Technology and How It Works  5 
This course is waived for transfer students.
Computer Science and Engineering
All of the following courses:
CSE 12  Computer Systems and Assembly Language  5 
CSE 12L  Computer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory  2 
CSE 13E  Embedded Systems and C Programming  7 
Mathematics
All of the following:
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 23A  Vector Calculus  5 
MATH 23B  Vector Calculus  5 
Applied Mathematics
One of the following
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
Plus one of the following
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
MATH 24  Ordinary Differential Equations  5 
Physics
All of the following:
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5B  Introduction to Physics II  5 
PHYS 5M  Introduction to Physics II Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
PHYS 5D  Introduction to Physics IV  5 
UpperDivision Courses
Fifteen upperdivision courses along with associated 1 or 2credit laboratories are required for the major. The course requirements include both depth and breadth, technical writing, and a comprehensive capstone design project.
All students are required to take the following eight upperdivision courses, with associated laboratories.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 101  Introduction to Electronic Circuits  5 
ECE 101L  Introduction to Electronic Circuits Laboratory  2 
ECE 102  Properties of Materials  5 
ECE 102L  Properties of Materials Laboratory  2 
ECE 103  Signals and Systems  5 
ECE 103L  Signals and Systems Laboratory  2 
ECE 135  Electromagnetic Fields and Waves  5 
ECE 135L  Electromagnetic Fields and Waves Laboratory  2 
ECE 151  Communications Systems  5 
ECE 171  Analog Electronics  5 
ECE 171L  Analog Electronics Laboratory  2 
Computer Science and Engineering
Statistics
STAT 131  Introduction to Probability Theory  5 
Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.
Electives
In addition to completing the courses required for both concentrations, electrical engineering majors must complete four elective courses chosen from the lists below. Students pursuing the Electronics/Optics concentration must choose at least three courses from the Electronics/Optics courses listed below. Students pursuing the Communications, Signals and Systems concentration must choose at least three courses from the Communication and Signals courses listed below.
Certain graduatelevel courses as well as those courses taught in conjunction with graduate courses may also be used to fulfill an elective requirement as listed below. No course may be counted twice. See the electrical engineering website for course descriptions.
Design Elective: One of the four concentration courses chosen must include at least one of the following design electives ECE 118 & ECE 118L, ECE 157 & ECE 157L, ECE 121, and ECE 173 & ECE 173L . This course must be taken before the first capstone course ECE 129A.
Electronics/Optics Concentration Courses
Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 104  Bioelectronics  5 
ECE 115  Introduction to Solid Mechanics  5 
ECE 118  Introduction to Mechatronics  10 
ECE 121  Microcontroller System Design  7 
ECE 130  Introduction to Optoelectronics and Photonics  5 
ECE 130L  Introduction to Optoelectronics Laboratory  1 
ECE 230  Optical Fiber Communication  5 
ECE 136  Engineering Electromagnetics  5 
ECE 141  Feedback Control Systems  5 
ECE 241  Introduction to Feedback Control Systems  5 
ECE 157  RF Hardware Design  5 
ECE 157L  RF Hardware Design Laboratory  2 
ECE 167  Sensing and Sensor Technologies  7 
ECE 167L  Sensing and Sensor Technologies Lab  2 
ECE 172  Advanced Analog Circuits  5 
ECE 221  Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits  5 
ECE 173  HighSpeed Digital Design  5 
ECE 173L  HighSpeed Digital Design Laboratory  2 
ECE 175  Energy Generation and Control  5 
ECE 175L  Energy Generation and Control Laboratory  2 
ECE 176  Energy Conservation and Control  5 
ECE 176L  Energy Conversion and Control Laboratory  2 
ECE 177  Power Electronics  5 
ECE 177L  Power Electronics Laboratory  2 
ECE 178  Device Electronics  5 
ECE 180J  Advanced Renewable Energy Sources, Storage, and Smart Grids  5 
ECE 201  Introduction to Nanotechnology  5 
ECE 203  Nanocharacterization of Materials  5 
ECE 231  Optical Electronics  5 
Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.
(ECE 130 and ECE 230, ECE 141 and ECE 241, and ECE 172 and ECE 221 are undergraduate and graduate courses taught in conjunction, and only one can be taken for this program.)
Communications, Signals, Systems Concentration Courses
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lecture/lab combination count as one course.
ECE 118  Introduction to Mechatronics  10 
ECE 130  Introduction to Optoelectronics and Photonics  5 
ECE 130L  Introduction to Optoelectronics Laboratory  1 
ECE 230  Optical Fiber Communication  5 
ECE 136  Engineering Electromagnetics  5 
ECE 141  Feedback Control Systems  5 
ECE 241  Introduction to Feedback Control Systems  5 
ECE 152  Introduction to Wireless Communications  5 
ECE 252  Wireless Communications  5 
ECE 153  Digital Signal Processing  5 
ECE 250  Digital Signal Processing  5 
ECE 237  Image Processing and Reconstruction  5 
ECE 251  Principles of Digital Communications  5 
ECE 253
/CSE 208
 Introduction to Information Theory  5 
ECE 255  Error Control Coding  5 
ECE 256  Statistical Signal Processing  5 
Computer Science and Engineering
CSE 150  Introduction to Computer Networks  5 
CSE 150L  Introduction to Computer Networks Laboratory  2 
Lecture lab combinations count as one course.
(ECE 130 and ECE 230, ECE 152 and ECE 252, ECE 141 and ECE 241, and ECE 153 and ECE 250 are undergraduate and graduate courses taught in conjunction, and only one can be taken for this program.)
The senioryear curriculum enables students to pursue independent study with a faculty member. Electrical engineering students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to work within a faculty member’s research group as part of their educational experience. Internship programs with local industry are also available.
Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement
Students in all majors must satisfy that major's upperdivision Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement is satisfied by completing the senior capstone course sequence:
Either these three courses:
Or these two courses:
10 credits for the senior thesis course, ECE 195, must be completed for this option.
Comprehensive Requirement
The senior comprehensive requirement for electrical engineering majors is in two parts: a project course and assessment options.
Project Course
These seniorlevel courses encompass an indepth project, including analysis, design, testing, and documentation, requiring students to call upon knowledge acquired throughout their undergraduate studies. Students must complete one capstone design course that spans three quarters. Current course choices include the following:
Or complete the following courses:
10 credits for the senior thesis course, ECE 195, must be completed for this option.
Outcomes Assessment Options
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department requires an outcomes assessment. All students are required to complete an exit survey and meet with a faculty member for an exit interview. The specifics of the outcomes assessment may change from year to year; for this catalog year, students must also complete one of the following options:
 maintenance of a 2.5 grade point average in all required and elective courses for the major; or
 senior thesis submission; or
 portfolio review.
Portfolios must include the following:
 project report(s)
 a one or twopage overview of the student’s contribution to the project(s);
 a twopage essay concerning the relationship of engineering to society (specific topics will be provided by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department).
The portfolios must be submitted electronically at least seven days before the end of the instruction in the quarter of graduation. Portfolios will not be returned.
Planners
The following is a sample academic plan for incoming firstyear students. Students who are unable to follow this planner should consult with ECE advisors for alternatives. Transfer students should seek advisement as their plans will vary depending on their lowerdivision courses.
Plan for Entering Frosh
Three of the four electives must be taken in the student’s concentration.
In addition to the specific courses shown in the planner above, a student must complete courses satisfying the
CC, ER, IM, TA and PE general education requirements.
Plan for Junior Transfer Students*
*This planner assumes that transfer students have completed all of their lowerdivision courses except two out of the three courses PHYS 5D, MATH 23B, and CSE 13E prior to attending UCSC. Transfer students are encouraged to minimally complete CSE 13E before entering UCSC or during the summer quarter preceding their entry to UCSC.
Three of the four electives must be taken in the student’s concentration.
Curriculum charts for all BSOE majors are available at the department's Major Curriculum Charts page.
Additional information about this program can be found on the department’s website.