Most of the courses in engineering topics are taken after the student has acquired the necessary foundation in mathematics and the basic sciences. However, two lower division courses, EE 001A (Circuit Analysis I) and EE 001B (Circuit Analysis II), are offered in the sophomore year. These two courses introduce basic electrical components and electrical engineering analysis methods. Sophomores also take a course, ME 10 (Statics), through the Mechanical Engineering Department that teaches methods for the equilibrium analysis of structures.
The broad background that is essential for a successful lifelong career in Electrical Engineering is established by the following series of courses. EE 100A (Electronic Circuits I) and EE 100B (Electronic Circuits II) teach the theory of electronic devices and the design and analysis of circuits composed of electronic devices. EE 110A (Signals & Systems I) and EE 110B (Signals & Systems II) teach the concepts of Laplace and Fourier analysis with applications to engineering systems. EE 105 (Modeling & Simulation of Dynamic Systems) teaches state-space and simulation methods for modeling and analyzing dynamic electrical, mechanical, thermal, and fluid systems. EE 115 (Analog Communications) teaches the fundamental theories underlying modern analog communications systems. EE 116 (Electromagnetics) teaches electromagnetic field theory. EE 120A (Logic Design) teaches the theory and methods for the design and analysis of programmable logic devices. EE 120B (Digital Systems) teaches methods and practices for digital system design at the register and processor level. EE 132 (Automatic Control) teaches design and analysis methods for continuous-time control systems. EE 141 (Digital Signal Processing) teaches the theory and methods of digital signal processing.
The following technical electives allow Electrical Engineering students to establish an in depth expertise in focus areas of their choosing: CS 122A, CS 130, CS 143/EE 143, CS 161, CS 168; EE 117, EE 128, EE 133, EE 134, EE 135, EE 136, EE 137, EE 138, EE 139, EE 140, EE 144, EE 146, EE 150, EE 151, EE 152, EE 160.