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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (120 units)

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:

  • 1. a solid foundation in basic science, mathematics, and EE practices and major design skills to maintain high employability, adaptability, and an ability to develop and apply new technology;
  • 2. effective communication skills to be able to progress in their careers;
  • 3. an awareness of ethical and societal responsibilities;
  • 4. an ability to work effectively in a team environment.

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.

Extension Program

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.

Major Declaration

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):

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking

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):

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), MATH 224 (Calculus III), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat), PHYS 152 (Electricity & Magnetism), PHYS 254 (Modern Physics), EE 202 (Computer Methods), CECS 100 (Computer Programming), and EE 211/211L (Electrical Circuits with lab)

General Education Courses - 30 units:

  • Category A – 9 units (Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking)
  • Category C – 9 units (Humanities, Arts)
  • Category D – 9 units (US history, Constitution & American Ideals, Social Science)
  • Category E – 3 units (Self-Integration)

Degree Progress

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.

Requirements

Core:

Take all the following courses:

  • CECS 100 Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age (or equivalent) (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 100 or its equivalent.
  • EE 200 Trends in Electrical Engineering (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • EE 201 Digital Logic Design (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • EE 202 Computer Methods in Engineering (3)
    Prerequisites: CECS 100 and MATH 123 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 211 Electric and Electronic Circuits I (3)
    Prerequisites: (EE 210/210L or PHYS 152) and (MATH 123 or equivalent) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 211L Electric Circuits Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EE 211.
  • ENGR 101 Intro to the Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122.
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (or equivalent) (3)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123. Exclude freshmen.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 254 Applied Modern Physics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • EE 301 Digital System Design (3)
    Prerequisite: EE 201 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 310 Signals and Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: EE 211; and MATH 370A or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: EE 202.
  • EE 330 Analog Electronic Circuits I (4)
    Prerequisite: EE 211, EE 211L both with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 346 Microprocessor Principles and Applications (3)
    Prerequisites: EE 201, (CECS 100 or equivalent) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 350 Energy Conversion Principles (3)
    Prerequisites: (EE 202 or equivalent) and EE 211 and EE 211L all with a grade of "C" or better, or consent of instructor.
  • EE 360 Electromagnetic Fields (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, EE 310 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 370 Control Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: EE 310 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 370L Control Systems Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EE 370.
  • EE 380 Probability, Statistics & Stochastic Modeling (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 123; (CECS 100 or equivalent) all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 382 Communications Systems I (3)
    Prerequisite: EE 310 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • EE 386 Digital Signal Processing (3)
    Prerequisites: EE 310 or CECS 301 all with a grade of "C" or better.

Take one of the following choices:

  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

or both of the following:

  • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 all with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisites: MATH 123, EE 210L.
  • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EE 210.

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:

  • EE 400D Electrical Engineering Design Project (3)
    Prerequisites: EE 301, EE 330, EE 370, EE 382 and EE 386 all with a grade of "C" or better; or consent of instructor.
  • EE 430 Analog Electronic Circuits II (3)
    Prerequisite: EE 330 with a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: EE 370.
  • EE 430L Analog Electronics II Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: EE 430.

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.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment in Another College

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.


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