UCSC's four-year electrical engineering degree program provides a balance of engineering science and design. The curriculum is challenging, yet flexible enough to meet special interests and needs. Undergraduates have opportunities to assist faculty with research and publish papers in academic journals.

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.

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.


The Electrical Engineering Department’s educational objectives are stated as follows.

      1.  Advanced Learning and Professional Development: Achieve a high quality, professional approach to engineering through a desire for advanced education, lifelong learning and participation in the professional engineering community.

      2. Adaptation to Technological Change: Enjoy a successful professional career in a world with rapid technological change by having a sound foundation in the fundamental electrical engineering theory, design and basic science upon which future technology will be based.

      3.  Skills for Initial and Continued Employment Success: Demonstrate job-relevant electrical engineering skills through theoretical and practical competence in hardware and information oriented electrical engineering, as well as independence in thought and action.

      4.  Leadership, Teamwork and Entrepreneurial Skills: Achieve a high level of individual creativity for personal achievement as well as the interpersonal, communications and responsibility skills for creating an effective team project environment, including an ability to apply engineering competence in both research and product oriented settings.

      5.  Ethics and Societal Issues:  Practice a high standard of professional ethics and have a positive impact on the social and environmental aspects of engineering design and implementation. 



Students interested in admission to the electrical engineering major should contact the Baskin School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office by e-mail at advising@soe.ucsc.edu or by calling 831-459-5840.