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Undergraduate Program in Electrical Engineering 


ABET LogoThe Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
The Electrical Engineering Program Objectives and Program Outcomes are shown below.

The mission of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to fulfill the needs of the region and state by providing an undergraduate technical education in electrical engineering and computer engineering to a diverse group of students. Additionally, the department strives to continually update its program of study in order to qualify its graduates for positions in industry located in the region and beyond while providing sufficient breadth and depth in its program to assure its graduates a successful practice in the profession. At the same time, students are grounded in the rigorous scientific and theoretical foundations of the discipline, in order to enable graduates to enter and be successful in advanced level educational program of their choosing, but also to be able to build upon this strong foundation and extend it to new depth.

Electrical Engineering Program Objectives

The Electrical Engineering Program through the academic structure of California State University, Fresno awards degrees to students who within three to five years of graduation, through work experience and/or graduate education in the engineering field will be expected to

  1. have grown technically to the level sufficient to be productive in their respective industry workplaces.

  2. be capable of addressing technical problems of increasing complexity.

  3. communicate and function effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment at a level commensurate with their career development.

  4. demonstrate an ability for independent learning and continued professional as well as ethical development.

Electrical Engineering Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program are expected to achieve the following student learning outcomes.

a.   "an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering"

b.   "an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data"

c.   "an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability"

d.   "an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams"

e.   "an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems"

f.    "an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility"

g.   "an ability to communicate effectively"

h.   "the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context"

i.    "a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning"

j.    "a knowledge of contemporary issues"

k.   "an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice" 

Recommended Program of Study

The ECE department offers courses in a timely manner to facilitate the completion of the degree program in four years.  Refer to the course roadmap leading to the BS degree in Electrical Engineering and the course prerequisite chart.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Year Fall Enrollment Spring Enrollment # of Graduates
2008 - 2009 195  186  16
2009 - 2010 197  178  28
2010 - 2011 193  167  22
2011 - 2012 192  171  15
2012 - 2013 208  181  30
2013 - 2014 218  201  24
2014 - 2015 241  239  28
2015 - 2016 245 206 27
2016 - 2017 230 215 29
2017 - 2018* 241 207  

*2018 numbers will be posted after census day of September 2018

Electrical Engineering Major

Computer boardThe electrical engineering course of study broadly prepares the graduate for professional practice or graduate studies while offering several areas of concentration.  Electrical engineers design and develop electronic circuits, equipment and systems in the areas of electromagnetics, communications and control, computers and digital systems, physical electronics and optics,  power systems and energy conversion, and control systems.

By the appropriate choice of technical area courses, the student may emphasize the following areas of specialization:

  • electronics and communications
  • computers and digital systems,
  • power and energy conversion and control systems.

A rich set of technical area courses is available to allow students to broaden their knowledge within any of several electrical engineering areas. 

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Electrical Engineering Major

(See note 1)

Major requirements (65 units)
ECE 171728585L9090L102103118118L121124125126128128L134138138L,155186A (51 units)

Select one from CE 29ME 29, or ME 136 (3 units)

Technical Area Courses (11 units)
Select from the following
ECE 106107114115132135136140146148151152153162166168171172,173174176178
Select at least two from the following: ECE 119L121L134L136L155L

Other requirements (59 units)
--- General Education (see footnote) ---
Select one course from each of the G.E. areas: Area A1, A2, D1, D2. (See G.E. listings.)
The following courses are required to satisfy both G.E. and additional requirements: MATH 75 [B4],CHEM 3A [B1], PHIL 1 or 10 [C2], ECE 186B [IB], PLSI 120 or BA 104 [M/I], ECON 40 or 50 [D3],BIOL 10 [B2]

--- Additional requirements ---
MATH 767781
PHYS 4APHYS 4B4BLPHYS 4C; choose one from MATH 121123128, <a "Math 152" href="">152, 171181182

Total (124 units)

Note: Engineering majors are exempt from G.E. Area A3, third course Area C, Area E, and Area ID.

Advising Notes

  1. Courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or engineering taken CR/NC are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements in electrical engineering.
  2. Electrical engineering majors might consider a math minor (see faculty adviser for details).
  3. All electrical engineering students must consult with their academic adviser at least once each year.
  4. The Upper-Division Writing Skills requirements can be met by passing the university examination or completing an upper-division writing course with a letter grade of C or better no sooner than the term in which 60 units of coursework are completed. The writing course units are not counted toward the required 130 program units.
  5. ENGR 101 may be taken instead of MATH 81.
  6. The prerequisites for ECE 186A are ECE 85, 85L, 90, 90L, 102, 118, 124, 128, 128L; one lab from ECE 119L, 120L, 121L, 134L, 138L, 155L; and two courses from ECE 121, 134, 138, 155.
  7. Students must enroll in and complete ECE 1 during the first two semesters of attendance at Fresno State.
  8. The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better: ECE 71, 72, 85, 85L, 90, 90L.


Students violating any course prerequisites may be required to take an additional course (if they earned a C) or repeat a course (if they earned a D or less.) Repeated violations of prerequisites may trigger disciplinary action.

Click here for the roadmap.