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The Bachelor of Science In Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Electrical/electronic engineering graduates are qualified for professional practice or graduate work in several areas of specialization. In addition to fundamentals of science and mathematics, the program provides a solid background in circuits, analog and digital electronics, microprocessors, and electromagnetics. The senior-level classes offered for electrical/electronic engineers include control systems, communication systems, digital signal processing, electro-optics, and digital system design. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Electrical/Electronic Engineering Program Mission

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department educates each student to be a responsible and productive electrical/electronic engineer who can effectively respond to future challenges.

Electrical/Eclectronic Engineering Program Objective

The objective of the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Program is to produce graduates able to:
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve electrical/electronic engineering problems.
  • Use industry standard tools to analyze, design, develop, and test computer-based systems containing both hardware and software components.
  • Achieve success in graduate programs in electrical engineering or a related field.
  • Continue to develop their knowledge and skills after graduation in order to succeed personally and contribute to employer success.
  • Work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary development team and undertake leadership roles when appropriate.
  • Communicate their thoughts, in both written and oral forms, so that others can comprehend and build on their work.
  • Appreciate the importance of ethics in the profession and the need to act in society's best interest.

Electrical/Electronic Engineering Design Experience

Design is a fundamental aspect of the electrical/electronic engineering curriculum, and it is integrated into the curriculum in the freshman year where students are introduced to both hardware and software design. As students expand their knowledge and analysis skills through the sophomore and junior years, the design problems they are assigned increase in complexity. Design problems are assigned in analog electronics, digital systems, control systems, and digital signal processing.

The design experience culminates in the senior year when all students are required to identify a design project, create testable requirements to the project, design the project, and construct the project to prove the design works. In the past, students have designed computer-controlled robots, digital signal processing systems, communication systems, remote video control and display systems, and audio systems.

The Bachelor of Science In Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 132 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements

See the General Education Requirements under the BS in Computer Engineering.

Please see the Accreditation, Cultural Diversity, U.S. History, and Literacy Requirements under the BS in Civil Engineering.

Course Requirements for the Major: 108 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Lower-Division Requirements: 51 units

16 courses required:

BIOL    008    Principles of Biology    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

ECE    084    Intro Elec/Computer Engineering    2.0    FS

ECE    085    Logic Design Fundamentals    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Either ECE 084 or M E 025 or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: ECE 097.

ECE    086    Processor Architec/Assembly Lang    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 015A or ECE 090.

ECE    090    Algorithms & Programs for Engrs    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007A is recommended.

ECE    095    Electrical Circuits and Devices    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 004B (may be taken concurrently), MATH 007C (may be taken concurrently.
Corequisites: ECE 095L.

ECE    095L    Circuits and Devices Activity    1.0    FS

Corequisite: ECE 095

ECE    097    Simulation and Analysis Tools    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: Either ECE 084 or M E 025 or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: ECE 085.

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

MATH    007B    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 007A with a grade of C- or higher.

MATH    007C    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 007B with a grade of C- or higher.

MATH    007D    Elem Diff Equation/Vector Calc    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 007C with a grade of C- or better.

PHYS    004A    Mechanics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 007B (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.

PHYS    004B    Electricity and Magnetism    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

PHYS    004C    Heat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

Upper-Division Requirements: 57 units

19 courses required:

C E    121    Engineering Economy & Statistics    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: Either C E 020 or CSCI 065 or ECE 090 or M E 038; CMST 011 (may be taken concurrently); junior standing (completion of 60 college units).

ECE    140    Linear Circuits    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 095; ECE 097, MATH 007D (both may be taken concurrently).

ECE    141    Signals and Transforms    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 140.

ECE    142    Fields and Waves    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 095, ECE 095L, PHYS 004B.

ECE    145    Electronics I    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 095, ECE 095L; ECE 097, ECE 140 (both may be taken concurrently).

ECE    146    Electronics II    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 145.

ECE    180    Project Requirements/Design/Test    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001; either CSCI 015B or ECE 086.

This course is the same as CSCI 180 which may be substituted.

ECE    186    Digital Systems Design    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 086; either ECE 030 or ECE 031 or ECE 095 and ECE 095L.

ECE    188    Computer Interface Circuits    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 085, ECE 145.

ECE    224    Engineering Analysis    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, PHYS 004B, ECE 090.

ECE    228    Communication Systems Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 141.

ECE    248    Solid State Electronics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, ECE 145; either MATH 110 or ECE 224.

ECE    290A    Senior Project Planning    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.

ECE    290B    Senior Project    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ECE 290A.

ECE    295    Control Systems I    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 141; either M E 135 or M E 192; ECE 224 (may be taken concurrently).

ECE    297    Digital Signal Processing    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: MATH 007D; ECE 141 (may be taken concurrently).

ENGR    195    Lifelong Development Engineers    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001; graduation in engineering expected within 12 months.

M E    192    Elements Engineering Mechanics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: MATH 007D, PHYS 004A.

M E    298    Adv Topic Mechanical Engineer    1.0-3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: To be established when course is formulated.

M E 298 must be taken for 2 units.

C E 121 and ENGR 195 are approved General Education courses for Electrical/Electronic Engineering majors.

3 units selected from:

Any approved upper-division Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses not otherwise required for graduation.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

All students must attain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in all college courses attempted and for all courses attempted at Chico. Electrical/Electronic Engineering majors must also attain a 2.0 GPA in:
(a) All courses required for the major, and
(b) All Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses taken to meet major requirements at CSU, Chico.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

A sample program for students who wish to complete their major in four years is available upon written request to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSU, Chico, CA 95929-0888.

Please see Honors in the Major under the BS in Civil Engineering.