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Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts Dual Degree Program in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering (A professional program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the ABET,

Electrical engineering is a profession that uses science, mathematics, computers and other technology, coupled with problem solving skills, to design, construct, and maintain products, services, and systems using electricity and electronics. Electrical engineers research, design, develop, and operate the many electrical systems and components that run our world. Electrical engineers are often associated with computer chips, power generation, or telecommunications. However, electrical engineers also specialize in such work as circuit design, computers and automatic control systems, microelectronics, electronic photography and television, energy sources and systems, and solid-state materials and devices. Electrical engineers work in the communications, aerospace, computer, electrical power, medical, semiconductor, and consumer electronics industries. Electrical engineering (EE) is a field with diverse challenges and many opportunities.

The EE program at USD encompasses a breadth of traditional fields and provides depth in electronics, signal analysis, and digital systems. In addition, students complete the broad range of core curriculum requirements that lead to a unique dual BS/BA degree in electrical engineering. Within the curriculum, special emphasis is placed upon engineering design and the use of the computer both as an engineering tool and as an integral component in systems. Both emphases are integrated throughout the curriculum with basic concepts introduced during the first two years followed by increasing levels of application complexity throughout the upper division courses.

The educational objectives of the USD electrical engineering program are to develop graduates who:
are able to apply their electrical engineering and broad academic backgrounds in their professional and personal endeavors can adapt to evolving job responsibilities can contribute effectively on a team and provide leadership in their professional careers; and Fast-changing technologies in the field of electrical engineering mean that life-long learning is a necessity for members of the profession. The significance of electrical engineering technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world creates additional professional responsibilities. As part of these professional obligations, all EE majors are expected to maintain student membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Electrical Engineering Advisory Board

The Electrical Engineering Advisory Board (EEAB) was organized in Summer 2001 to represent the interests of the electrical engineering industry and alumni to the electrical engineering program. The board, composed of representatives from companies such as SAIC, General Atomics, ViaSat Inc., and SDGE, serves, serves to expand the level and role of industry affiliates in the continued development of the electrical engineering program and in the promotion of cooperative programs and relations with industry and the San Diego community.

Requirements for the EE Major: 147 semester units

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and upper division writing.
Mathematics and Basic Science requirements (36-semester units):
Mathematics (21 units): MATH 150, 151, 250, 310, 311, ISyE 330 (or MATH 315)
Physics (8 units): PHYS 270, 271
Chemistry (4 units): CHEM 151, 151L
Life Science Elective (3 units)

Engineering Core Requirements (22 units):

These courses include units in engineering science and design and other subject requirements in support of engineering breadth: ELEC 201; ENGR 101, 102, 121 (or COMP 150), 311; MENG 210; PHYS 272 (or MENG 260).

Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (9 units):

In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of economics, communications, and engineering ethics. Some of these requirements can be chosen in such a way as to also fulfill university core requirements: ISyE 220 or ECON 101; COMM 203 (or NAVS 201 for students in NROTC, MILS 301 for students in ROTC, or AS 300A for students in AFROTC); PHIL 342 or PHIL 345.

Electrical/Electronics Engineering Requirements (47 units):

These courses include units in electrical engineering science and design. There are eleven required courses: ELEC 301, 302, 310, 320, 340, 350, 430, 460, 470, 491W, and 492, and six units of approved electives (including at least two 3 or 4 unit courses). Approved electives include ELEC 410, 432, 450, 456, 472, 480, and 494, and COMP 340, 375, and 380. New elective offerings are often made available; a complete list of approved electives can be obtained from the coordinator of electrical engineering.

Core Curriculum Requirements (30 or more additional units):

All electrical engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.

Available Minors

The electrical engineering standard pattern qualifies students for a minor in mathematics without any additional courses, while other engineering majors can earn a minor with only one additional advanced mathematics course. Interested majors should apply to the mathematics department for specific approval of the minor. Minors are possible in other areas, particularly computer science or physics, but also business administration, etc., by the addition of courses not included in the engineering standard patterns. The interested student should consult this course catalog or the specific department for guidance, as well as an engineering advisor for career-oriented advice.