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Electrical Engineering (EE)


Deficiencies are not determined in advance. After a student arrives on campus and provides a complete copy of all previous college work, the Graduate Advisor will decide how many, if any, deficiencies are required.

The student should be knowledgeable of the basics of

  • Electric Circuits and Systems (6 units)
  • Computer Programming in a high level language (3 units)
  • Electronics (7 units)
  • Control Systems (3 units)
  • Energy Conversions or Fields (3 units)
  • Microprocessors - Programming in Assembly language (3 units)
  • Communication (3 units)
  • Physics (11 units)
  • Mathematics (15 units)

Thus there are about 28 units of basic EE courses and about 26 units of Math and Science courses (total of 54 units) that are evaluated for each accepted MSEE student. Remember that some of the deficiency courses may need prerequisites and so a total of 54 units of deficiency may not work out in practice. See the Graduate Advisor to fill out the Deficiences Form. Approval must be given in advance and in writing by the graduate coordinator. The EE Graduate Coordinator is the final authority on deficiencies. With regard to those EE courses for which the student does not have academic credit, the student must take each deficiency for a letter grade and must maintain a GPA of 3.0. If a student feels that he has enough background in a deficiency course, he may attempt 'Credit by Examination'. See Catalog for further details.

The Graduate Advisor will provide you with a flow chart of all potential deficiency courses upon request. This chart is intended to help the students complete the deficiencies in the correct order and to identify deficiencies that may be taken simultaneously. It is also possible to complete courses in your graduate program (if you have the prerequisites) at the same time that deficiencies are being completed.

Math and Physics Requirements

Area Course Units
Mathematics Math 122 Calculus I 4
Mathematics Math 123 Calculus II 4
Mathematics Math 224 Calculus III 4
Mathematics Math 370A Applied Mathematics I 3
Physics Phys 151 Mechanics and Heat 4
Physics Phys 152 Electricity and Magnetism 4
Physics Phys 254 (or154) Modern Physics and Light 3
Math & Physics Total Course Units 26

Basic EE Requirements

Area Course Units
Circuits EE 211 Electric & Electronic Circuits 3
Systems EE 310 Signals and Systems 3
Computer Programming ENGR 202 Computer Methods in Engineering OR CECS 174 Programming & Problem Solving 1 3
Electronics EE 330 Analog Electronic Circuits I 4
Electronics EE 430 Analog Electronic Circuits II 3
Fields EE 350 Energy Conversion Principles OR EE 460 Electromagnetic Fields (or 462 or 464) 3
Microprocessors Microprocessor Principles and Applications 3
Control Systems EE 370 Control Systems 3
Communication EE 382 Communication Systems I 3
Basic EE Total Course Units 28

*Note: although every effort is made to keep this Web site up to date, you should also consult the online catalog for official information and program requirements, which may vary depending on the year you enter(ed) the program.

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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) Handbook

(For students enrolled before Fall 2016)

  1. Thesis Requirements
  2. Project Option
  3. Final Comprehensive Examination
  4. GPA Requirement, Grad Check, Continuous Enrollment, GS700, Educational Leave, 7-Year Limit, Normal Academic Load