*Please note: Information regarding the 'Critical Thinking' component of this degree have been removed since the published version of the Catalog in May 2015. This error was a typo. Please contact a College of Engineering advisor if you have any questions. A list of differences between the online and published version of the Catalog is available.
The objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Program are to prepare students to be successful and advance in their chosen careers in industry, academia, and public institutions, making significant contributions to the field of electrical engineering. These objectives are achieved by providing students:
The bachelor's degree in electrical engineering is designed to prepare graduates for responsible engineering positions in design, development, research, applications, and operation in the fields of communications, control systems, digital signal processing systems, electromagnetics, digital and analog electronic circuits, physical electronics, computer-aided design and power systems. The curriculum is built around a strong basic core of mathematics, physics and engineering science. This is followed by intermediate courses in electrical engineering topics and finally a senior elective sequence including a senior design seminar and terminating in a capstone design course.
By choice of senior elective sequence, comprehensive coverage is provided in any one of the above fields.
Laboratory facilities are available in the engineering buildings allowing for basic as well as more advanced laboratory instruction in electronics, digital signal processing, control systems, microelectronics, communications, power, and digital systems.
The undergraduate program in electrical engineering is also offered as an extension program at Lancaster University Center, Lancaster, CA as part of the Antelope Valley Engineering Programs. This special program offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) only accepts upper division transfer students with specific admission requirements. The extension program is a cohort-based model, allowing students to proceed as a group through the program in a prescribed lock-step sequence.
Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Electrical Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Electrical Engineering at the Long Beach campus must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Electrical Engineering major at the Long Beach campus, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses:
Core Lower Division Major Requirements (grade of "C" or better required):
General Education Foundations Courses:
To be admitted to the Electrical Engineering Extension Program offered at Lancaster University Center, all prospective students must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on all transferable course work attempted, and complete course work equivalent to the following:
Core Lower Division Major Requirements – 33 units (grade of C or better required):
General Education Courses - 27 units:
Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete the requirements.
First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.
Take all the following courses:
Take one of the following choices:
or both of the following:
Select one course from the following:
Each of the foregoing courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better as well as ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Other required courses are:
Each BSEE student must propose course work consisting of a capstone design course supported by at least two related courses, which form an area of in-depth study as approved by the EE Undergraduate Advisor. Possible areas of study include but are not limited to power, digital signal processing, controls, communications and electronics. A list showing the required supporting courses and capstone design course for each area of study is available from the EE Undergraduate Advisor. Combinations of the above areas of study or another area of study may be proposed to the EE Undergraduate Advisor. Additional elective courses must be chosen from EE 400 level courses to total at least 12 units. The entire program must total at least 120 units.
A grade of "C" or better is required for the capstone senior design course in the area of specialization.
Students who wish to take coursework in a community college or another college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as an undergraduate in the Department of Electrical Engineering must petition the EE Undergraduate Advisor for prior approval to enroll in specific courses. This policy is for either concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. Prior approval for transfer credit for upper division major courses may generally be approved for no more than six semester units, subject to approval by the EE Undergraduate Advisor and the EE Department Chair who may require sufficient information to determine if each requested course is deemed equivalent to an EE course at CSULB. Exceptions require approval by vote of the EE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.