Courses


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ENGR 101 , ENGR 102 , ENGR 103 , ENGR 110 , ENGR 121 , ENGR 294 , ENGR 296 , ENGR 298 , ENGR 311 , ENGR 421 , ENGR 465 , ENGR 496 , ENGR 499

ENGR 101 | INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the field of engineering. Students work in small teams to solve open-ended interdisciplinary design problems, including concept generation, analysis, computer aided design (CAD) modeling, construction, testing, development, and documentation. The project work is enhanced with lectures, activities, and reading on design, manufacturing, and engineering tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-laboratory weekly.

ENGR 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DESIGN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and PHYS 270 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the use of sensors, actuators, controllers, and computer interfaces for the use with electro-mechanical systems. Application of the engineering design process culminating in a team-based design project.

ENGR 103 | USER-CENTERED DESIGN

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to strategies for developing designs that emphasize how users will interact with the final product. Iterative design methods to elicit user requirements, generate alternative designs, develop low-fidelity prototypes, and evaluate designs from the user’s perspective. Individual and collaborative strategies for design thinking, concept development, and functional evaluation.

ENGR 110 | THE DESIGN OF COFFEE

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area, Lab

This course serves as an introduction to how engineers approach and solve problems, demonstrated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee. Students will be introduced to basic principles of engineering analysis and design, and guided through a series of laboratory experiments testing the effect of design choices on the sensory quality of coffee. Both qualitative and quantitative concepts will be included in the course, along with discussion on the implications of coffee production and harvesting on land use, agriculture industry, labor force, economies, and societies. This course fulfills a Scientific and Technological Inquiry core curriculum requirement for non-majors. Concurrent registration in MATH 115 or higher recommended.

ENGR 121 | ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Fundamentals of computer usage and programming in a structured, high-level language as commonly used in engineering systems development and applications; modular programming principles; use of the operating system and language constructs for program input/output; object-oriented programming. Three hours lecture weekly.

ENGR 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics in various areas of engineering science theory and practice, including laboratory. May be used to correct certain deficiencies in transfer work or for special projects.

ENGR 296 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem selected after consultation with faculty. Written report required. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required.

ENGR 298 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed lower division internship or co-operative experience in an engineering or related activity. Usually involves a three-month summer work assignment with industrial firms or government agencies. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum engineering program graduation requirements. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 311 | ENGINEERING MATERIALS SCIENCE

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L) and MATH 151 and PHYS 271

Basic concepts of material structure and its relation to properties; atomic structure; mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties; engineering applications; introduction to semiconductor physics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ENGR 421 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 385

This course will focus on the application of all available processing power to implement system solutions. Parallel processing, core sequestration, processor affinity, CPU programming, DSP programming, and the integration of disparate processing elements via OpenCL will all be addressed in this course. The impact of coherent and non-coherent memory models will be addressed and the notion of data hazards in non-coherent systems will be detailed. We will also consider the application specific impacts of the relative power efficiency of alternative processing models. Every Spring.

ENGR 465 | FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Units: 3

This course deals with the interaction between the engineering and legal communities. Through case studies, students will learn about the legalities associated with being an engineer. The analysis stage of the engineering design process will be dissected and viewed as it is interpreted by the courts. Standard of care and legal standards for review of engineering design will be discussed. Duties of the engineer, the manufacturer, and the end user will be compared and contrasted. Students will perform forensic analyses of product failure cases. Legal concepts will be conveyed via case studies and Law Review articles.

ENGR 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 0.5-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in engineering. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required.

ENGR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: (MATH 130 or MATH 150)


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ELEC 102 , ELEC 201 , ELEC 201L , ELEC 301 , ELEC 302 , ELEC 310 , ELEC 311 , ELEC 320 , ELEC 340 , ELEC 350 , ELEC 403 , ELEC 410 , ELEC 430 , ELEC 432 , ELEC 450 , ELEC 456 , ELEC 460 , ELEC 470 , ELEC 472 , ELEC 480 , ELEC 491W , ELEC 492 , ELEC 494 , ELEC 496 , ELEC 498 , ELEC 499

ELEC 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRO-TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE

Core Attributes: Physical Science-Pre F17 CORE

Introduction to the underlying scientific principles of electrical and electronic technologies encountered in our daily lives. This course answers how and why for the student with minimal background in physical science. Foundations of both historic and emerging technologies, and how they affect our environment and society are presented. This course fulfills a non-laboratory core curriculum Physical Science requirement for non-majors. Three hours lecture-recitation-demonstration per week.

ELEC 201 | ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: and ELEC 201L (Can be taken Concurrently) ELEC 201L (Can be taken Concurrently) and MATH 310 (Can be taken Concurrently) and PHYS 271

Electrical element physical behavior and component models; network laws and analysis techniques; time and frequency domain techniques for the analysis of linear networks; computer-aided analysis using SPICE or approved equivalent; introduction to AC power; laboratory circuit design, testing, and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

ELEC 201L | ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS LAB

Core Attributes: Lab

Prerequisites: ELEC 201 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Laboratory for ELEC 201.

ELEC 301 | ELECTRONICS I

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 201

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic devices, circuits and systems including single and multiple transistor amplifiers, logic gates and other digital logic building block elements; low frequency models of bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors; design features and characteristics of integrated circuit operational amplifiers; computer-aided analysis and design using SPICE; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 302 | ELECTRONICS II

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 301 and ELEC 350 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Electronic circuit design including integrated circuit realizations; computer-aided design using SPICE; power amplifiers and output stages; design of feedback amplifiers and active filters; frequency response including high frequency models of electronic devices; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 310 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ELEC 340

Introduction to a basic microprocessor and its applications; microcomputer systems organization; memory and I/O device interfacing; assembly language programming of a basic microprocessor; use of assemblers and other development tools. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 311 | SEMICONDUCTOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L and MATH 151 and PHYS 271

Semiconductor fundamentals comprising crystals and energy bands, charge carriers, doping, and transport, (drift and diffusion); unipolar devices with the MOS field effect transistor as a logic device including circuit considerations; basic concepts of generation-recombination and the p-n junction as capacitors and current rectifier with applications; bipolar transistors as amplifiers and switching three-terminal devices. Fall Semester.

ELEC 320 | PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRICAL POWER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 201

Fundamentals of electrical power circuits and devices; electromechanical energy conversion; theory and analysis of magnetic circuits and transformers; theory and analysis of DC and AC electric machines including steady-state and dynamic characteristics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 340 | DIGITAL DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ELEC 201

Analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital circuits; digital circuit design using MSI, LSI, and VLSI; digital systems design using programmable logic devices; design and simulation using a hardware description language; asynchronous sequential logic; digital electronics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 350 | SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (COMP 150 or ENGR 121) and MATH 310 and ELEC 201 and MATH 311 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Methods of analysis for linear, time-invariant systems; time and frequency domain analysis; Fourier series; Laplace and Fourier Transform methods of analysis; state variable representation; sampling theorem; simulation diagrams and system realization; introduction to discrete-time approximations and analysis; computer-aided analysis and simulation using MATLAB or equivalent. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 403 | ADVANCED ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT DESIGN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 302

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including: oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration.

ELEC 410 | MICROCOMPUTER-BASED SYSTEMS DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 310

Use of microcomputer as an engineering system component in design; systems characteristics and programming of microprocessors, microcontrollers and related architectures; data acquisition, control, timing, I/O, and interfacing; use of computer-aided tools for design and evaluation of microcomputer-based systems; design projects.

ELEC 430 | APPLIED ELECTROMAGNETICS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 311 and PHYS 271 and ELEC 350

Principles of electromagnetic fields, propagation, and transmission; Maxwell’s equations and classical solutions using boundary conditions; microwave transmission line principles and applications; waveguides; introduction to antennas. Computer-aided analysis and design. Fall semester.

ELEC 432 | RADIO FREQUENCY AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 311 and ELEC 302 and ELEC 430 (Can be taken Concurrently)

An introduction to the design and analysis of active and passive radio frequency and microwave circuits. Topics include radio frequency and microwave circuit analysis, measurement methods, transmission line structures, matching networks, oscillators, and mixers. Computer-aided analysis and design.

ELEC 450 | DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING AND APPLICATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 350 and (ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) or MATH 315 (Can be taken Concurrently))

Analysis and design of sampled-data and discrete-time systems; z-transform and state-space techniques; introduction to hardware implementation; principles of digital signal processing and control including noise considerations; computer-aided analysis and design.

ELEC 456 | BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 302

Techniques and equipment used by engineers in biomedical signal acquisition, biomedical signal analysis, and medical environment. Theory and application of biomedical technology. Basics of and requirements for biosignal transducing, amplification, and processing. Topics include current biomedical imaging technology, biomedical safety, and biomedical ethics.

ELEC 460 | CONTROL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 320 and ELEC 350 and MATH 311

Analysis and design of linear feedback systems; control components; time, frequency, and transform domain representations and design techniques; systems specifications, performance indices, evaluation and testing; controller and compensator design; complex frequency and state-variable techniques. Introduction to sampled-data systems. Computer-aided design and simulation. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 470 | COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES AND CIRCUITS

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 302 and ELEC 350 and MATH 311 and (ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) or MATH 315 (Can be taken Concurrently))

Signal analysis; analog and digital modulation and detection techniques; modern communication circuits and devices. Application of probability theory and random processes to communication systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 472 | WIRELESS AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 470

Digital and wireless communication systems and modulation techniques. Schemes for multiplexing and multiple access in wireless networks. Propagation and channel coding issues. Practical issues in the design and development of cellular, satellite-based, and other wireless communication systems.

ELEC 480 | OPTOELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND DEVICES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGR 311 and ELEC 301

Introduction to the operation and design of optoelectronic materials and devices including compound semiconductors, fabrication, crystal growth, and devices such as lasers, LEDs, and detectors.

ELEC 491W | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN AND PRACTICE I

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency

Prerequisites: ELEC 302 and ELEC 310 and ELEC 350

Proposal and concept design phase of a capstone project culminating in a documented and approved project to be implemented in Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II (ELEC 492). Working as a multidisciplinary team, an iterative design process is applied to a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. Stages of design include problem identification, formulation of requirements, research and analysis, evaluation of alternatives, use of modern design methods and engineering techniques that incorporate realistic constraints, project planning, testing and proof-of-concept. Societal, ethical, and professional practice considerations are integrated into the design process. Three hours lecture-recitation and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 492 | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN AND PRACTICE II

Core Attributes: Advanced Integration

Prerequisites: ELEC 491W

Principles of engineering design culminating in a project that applies and integrates topics in electrical and electronic circuits, signals, and systems; technical and non-technical considerations; research, planning, analysis, detail design, prototyping, implementation, testing, evaluation, and documentation of an engineering design project; design reviews including written reports and oral presentations to multiple audiences. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in electrical/electronics/computer engineering. May be repeated for credit.

ELEC 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in the EE major. Prior approval by the department chair is required.

ELEC 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed upper division level internship/ co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

ELEC 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Electrical Engineering Major

Preparation for Major 

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and upper division writing. In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of communication and engineering ethics.  These courses also fulfill university core requirements. In addition, economics (ECON 101 or 102) is recommended.

Mathematics and Science Requirements
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
MATH 311Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering II3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 315 Applied Probability and Statistics
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Life Science Elective3
Total Mathematics and Science Units36
Engineering Core Requirements
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or COMP 150 Computer Programming I
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences3
or PHYS 272 Introduction to Modern Physics
Total Engineering Core Units18
Engineering Professional Practice Requirements
COMM 203Public Speaking 13
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
Total Professional Practice Requirements6

Electrical Engineering Requirements

These courses include units in electrical engineering science and design. These classes are required by the major:

ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
ELEC 201LElectrical Circuits Lab0
ELEC 301Electronics I4
ELEC 302Electronics II4
ELEC 310Embedded Systems Design4
ELEC 311Semiconductor Electronic Devices3
ELEC 320Principles of Electrical Power3
ELEC 340Digital Design4
ELEC 350Signals and Systems3
ELEC 430Applied Electromagnetics4
ELEC 460Control Systems Engineering4
ELEC 470Communication Principles and Circuits4
ELEC 491WElectrical Engineering Design and Practice I4
ELEC 492Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II3
Approved Electives
Six units from the following approved electives (including at least two 3 or 4 unit courses):6
ELEC 403Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
ELEC 410Microcomputer-Based Systems Design
ELEC 432Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering
ELEC 450Digital Signal Processing and Applications
ELEC 456Biomedical Instrumentation
ENGR 465Forensic Engineering
ELEC 472Wireless and Digital Communications
ELEC 480Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
ELEC 494Special Topics in Electrical Engineering
COMP 340Numerical Analysis
COMP 375Networking
COMP 380Neural Networks
Total Units54

New elective offerings are often made available; a complete list of approved electives can be obtained from the chair of electrical engineering.

Core Curriculum Requirements (33 or more additional units):

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

Required Program of Study: Electrical Engineering 

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
MATH 250Calculus III4
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
MENG 210Statics3
PHYS 272
or MENG 260
Introduction to Modern Physics
Introduction to Thermal Sciences
3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ELEC 301Electronics I4
ELEC 340Digital Design4
ELEC 311Semiconductor Electronic Devices3
MATH 311Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering II3
CC elective3
Semester IIHours
ELEC 302Electronics II4
ELEC 310Embedded Systems Design4
ELEC 350Signals and Systems3
CC elective6
Senior Year
Semester IHours
ELEC 320Principles of Electrical Power3
ELEC 430Applied Electromagnetics4
ELEC 470Communication Principles and Circuits4
ELEC 491WElectrical Engineering Design and Practice I4
Semester IIHours
ELEC 460Control Systems Engineering4
ELEC 492Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II3
ELEC elective3
CC elective6
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
ELEC elective3
CC electives12