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Program Learning Outcomes

Electrical engineering students are expected to graduate with:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. A knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the electrical engineering field
  13. A knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, basic sciences, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex devices and systems containing hardware and software components; and
  14. A knowledge of advanced mathematics, typically including differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
CPE/EE 133Digital Design 84
CPE/EE 233Computer Design and Assembly Language Programming 94
EE 111
EE 151
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
2
EE 112Electric Circuit Analysis I2
EE 211
EE 241
Electric Circuit Analysis II
and Electric Circuit Analysis Laboratory II
4
EE 212
EE 242
Electric Circuit Analysis III
and Electric Circuit Analysis Laboratory III
4
EE 228Continuous-Time Signals and Systems4
EE 255
EE 295
Energy Conversion Electromagnetics
and Energy Conversion Electromagnetics Laboratory
4
EE 302
EE 342
Classical Control Systems
and Classical Control Systems Laboratory
4
EE 306
EE 346
Semiconductor Device Electronics
and Semiconductor Device Electronics Laboratory
4
EE 307
EE 347
Digital Electronics and Integrated Circuits
and Digital Electronics and Integrated Circuits Laboratory
4
EE 308
EE 348
Analog Electronics and Integrated Circuits
and Analog Electronics and Integrated Circuits Laboratory
4
EE 314Introduction to Communication Systems3
EE 328
EE 368
Discrete Time Signals and Systems
and Signals and Systems Laboratory
4
EE/CPE 329Programmable Logic and Microprocessor-Based Systems Design4
or EE 336 Microprocessor System Design
EE 335Electromagnetic Fields and Transmission4
EE 375Electromagnetic Fields and Transmission Laboratory1
EE 402Electromagnetic Waves4
EE 409
EE 449
Electronic Design
and Electronic Design Laboratory
4
EE 460Senior Project Preparation2
EE 461Senior Project I2
or EE 463 Senior Project Design Laboratory I
EE 462Senior Project II2
or EE 464 Senior Project Design Laboratory II
Technical Electives 1,611
Select from the following: 2
EE Senior Design Lecture/Laboratory electives
Power Electronics I
Power Electronics II
Advanced Electronic Design
Alternating Current Machines
Sustainable Electric Energy Conversion
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Computer Vision
Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Devices
Introduction to Magnetic Design
Automotive Engineering for a Sustainable Future
Introduction to Real-Time Operating Systems
Cooperative Education Experience 3
Pattern Recognition
Computer Systems
Advanced Real-Time Operating Systems Design
Digital Systems Design
EE Senior Design Lecture Electives
Special Problems 4
Fiber Optic Communication
High Frequency Amplifier Design
Power Systems Analysis I
Power Systems Analysis II
Advanced Analog Circuits
Communication Systems Design
Digital Communication Systems
Photonic Engineering
Digital Signal Processing
Micro/Nano Fabrication
Analog Filter Design
Digital Control Systems
Wireless Communications
Selected Advanced Topics
Microwave Engineering
Computational Intelligence
Electric Machines Theory
Control Systems Theory
Advanced Topics in Automatic Control
Discrete Time Filters
Power System Protection
Advanced Analysis of Power Systems
Solar-Photovoltaic Systems Design
Solid State Electronics
Advanced Digital Communications
Advanced Topics in Power Electronics
Digital Image Processing
Microwave Device Electronics
Fourier Optics
Antennas
Selected Advanced Topics
EE Senior Design Laboratory Electives
Special Problems 4
Polymer Electronics Laboratory
Fiber Optics Laboratory
Power Systems Laboratory
High Frequency Amplifier Design Laboratory
Advanced Analog Circuits Laboratory
Analog Filter Design Laboratory
Digital Communication Systems Laboratory
Photonic Engineering Laboratory
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
Selected Advanced Laboratory
Digital Control Systems Laboratory
Wireless Communications Laboratory
Advanced Microwave Laboratory
Solid-state Electronics and VLSI Laboratory
Non-EE Electives
Biomechanics
Principles of Biomaterials Design
Biomedical Engineering Transport
Biomedical Modeling and Simulation
Microfabrication Laboratory
Bioelectronics and Instrumentation
Biopotential Instrumentation
Managing Technology in the International Legal Environment
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Advanced Topics in Systems for Computer Engineering
Numerical Engineering Analysis
Computer Architecture
Autonomous Mobile Robotics
Introduction to Operating Systems
Implementation of Operating Systems
Current Topics in Computer Systems
Introduction to Computer Networks
Introduction to Computer Graphics
International Trade Theory
Money, Banking and Credit
Industrial Organization
Labor Economics
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Operations Research I
Project Organization and Management
Operations Research II
Human Factors Engineering
Leadership and Project Management
Engineering Test Design and Analysis
Sales Engineering
Design of Experiments
Reliability for Design and Testing
Advanced Electronic Manufacturing
Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
Electronic Materials Systems
Vector Analysis
Linear Algebra II
Linear Algebra III
Complex Analysis I
Complex Analysis II
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Introduction to Analysis III
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Numerical Optimization
Thermodynamics I
Mechanical Vibrations
Intermediate Dynamics
Heat Transfer
Mechatronics
Energy Conversion
Robotics: Fundamentals and Applications
Solar Thermal Power Systems
Wind Energy Engineering
Sound Design: Technologies
Sound Design: Recording
Sound Design: Synthesis
Classical Mechanics I
Classical Mechanics II
Physics of Energy
Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
Special Theory Relativity
Vibrations and Waves
Quantum Physics Laboratory I
Quantum Physics Laboratory II
Quantum Physics Laboratory III
Particle and Nuclear Physics
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves II
Solid State Physics
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Advanced Optics
Theoretical Physics
Solid State Physics Laboratory
Estimation and Sampling Theory
Mathematical Statistics
SUPPORT COURSES
BIO 213
BMED 213
Life Science for Engineers
and Bioengineering Fundamentals (B2) 5
4
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B3/B4) 54
CSC/CPE 101Fundamentals of Computer Science I4
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 54
IME 156Basic Electronics Manufacturing2
or IME 157 Electronics Manufacturing
MATH 141Calculus I (B1) 54
MATH 142Calculus II (B1) 54
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 54
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Add'l Area B) 54
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
PHYS 211Modern Physics I4
STAT 350Probability and Random Processes for Engineers (B6) 54
Approved engineering support electives 1, 6, 79
Select from the following:
General Biology
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Design
Biomedical Engineering Measurement and Analysis
Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Engineering
Engineering Physiology
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Selected Topics (Introduction to C++ Programming)
Fundamentals of Computer Science II
Fundamentals of Computer Science III
Computer Architecture
Numerical Engineering Analysis
Discrete Structures
Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining
Manufacturing Processes: Material Removal
Operations Research I
Operations Research II
Engineering Economics
Materials Engineering
Materials Laboratory I
Materials, Ethics, and Society
Electronic Materials Systems
Micro/Nano Fabrication
Microfabrication Laboratory
Linear Algebra I
Vector Analysis
Linear Algebra II
Linear Algebra III
Complex Analysis I
Complex Analysis II
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis II
Introduction to Analysis III
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Numerical Optimization
Engineering Statics
Engineering Dynamics
Thermodynamics I
Fluid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer
Modern Physics II
Physics of Energy
Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
Introduction to Lasers and Laser Applications
Special Theory Relativity
Vibrations and Waves
Optics
Quantum Physics Laboratory I
Quantum Physics Laboratory II
Quantum Physics Laboratory III
Particle and Nuclear Physics
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves II
Solid State Physics
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Advanced Optics
Theoretical Physics
Solid State Physics Laboratory
Estimation and Sampling Theory
Mathematical Statistics
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)40
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units192
1

Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting technical electives or approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

2

A minimum of two EE Senior Design Lecture Electives and two EE Senior Design Laboratory Electives.

3

Taken Fall 2009 or later; four units maximum.

4

Four units maximum may count toward technical electives; one unit maximum, with approval of department chair, may count towards senior design laboratory elective.

5

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

6

No course credits may be used simultaneously to satisfy both engineering support and technical elective requirements.

7

The number of units given for transfer credit will not exceed the number of units of the Cal Poly course.

8

Courses CPE/EE 129 (3) and CPE/EE 169 (1) may substitute for CPE/EE 133 (4).

9

Courses CPE/EE 229 (3) and CPE/EE 269 (1) may substitute for CPE/EE 233 (4).

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 32 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 10
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B6Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 10
Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
Total units40
1

Required in Support; also satisfies GE