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Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Major (B.S.)

The Electrical Engineering B.S. degree at UC Santa Cruz is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( This accreditation ensures that your degree meets the global standards for technical education in the Electrical Engineering Profession, enhances employment opportunities for graduates, and supports the entry to a technical profession. Visit this page for the ABET electrical engineering B.S. Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes. 

After the first two years, EE students focus on one of the following specialty areas:

  • Electronics/Optoelectronics, including digital and analog devices, VLSI design, optoelectronics and electromagnetics; or
  • Communications, Signals & Systems, including optical, wireless, signal processing, control, and networks.

Because the curriculum is rigorous, students must be prepared to begin course work for the major in their first quarter. Prospective transfer students should complete a course of study that parallels the lower-division requirements for the major.

In addition to completing UCSC's general education requirements, EE students must complete 15 lower-division science and engineering courses, plus associated laboratories; seven upper-division engineering courses, plus associated laboratories; three engineering electives; and a comprehensive senior design project course.