Electrical Engineering

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="http://fresnostate.edu/catalog/courses-by-department/mathematics/index.html#math152">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.

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