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Electrical Engineering (EE)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Electrical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to augment the liberal education expected of all Stanford undergraduates, to impart a basic understanding of electrical engineering built on a foundation of physical science, mathematics, computing, and technology, and to provide majors in the department with knowledge of electrical engineering principles along with the required supporting knowledge of mathematics, science, computing, and engineering fundamentals. The program develops students' skills in performing and designing experimental projects and communicating their findings to the scientific community effectively. Students in the major are required to select one subdiscipline for specialization. Choices include bioelectronics and bioimaging, circuits and devices, computer hardware, computer software, controls, fields and waves, communication and signal processing, or solid state and photonic devices. The program prepares students for careers in government agencies, the corporate sector, or for future study in graduate or professional schools.



MATH 41, 42


MATH 51 and 52, or CME 100/ ENGR 154 and CME 104/ENGR 155B


MATH 53 or CME 102/ENGR 155A


EE 178, STATS 116, MATH 151, or CME 106/ENGR 155C



PHYSICS (41, 43) or (61, 63)


Math or Science electives1:


Technology in Society (one course; see Basic Requirement 4)


Technical Writing: ENGR 102E (WIM corequisite for EE 100X or EE 108A)


EE 100. The Electrical Engineering Profession OR

EE 100X. ( if used for WIM)



Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum;

see Basic Requirement 3):

CS 106B or CS 106X


At least two additional courses, at least one of which is not in EE or CS (CS 106A is not allowed)


Engineering Depth (minimum 68 Engineering Topics units;

see Basic Requirement 5):

Circuits: EE 101A,B


Signals Processing and Linear Systems: EE 102A,B


Digital Systems: EE 108A (Laboratory, WIM), 108B


Physics in Electrical Engineering: EE 41 or EE 141


Specialty courses2


One course in Design3


Electrical Engineering electives4


These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 A minimum of 12 science units must be taken. A minimum of 45 math and science units combined must be taken.

2 Three courses from one of the specialty areas shown below (consultation with an adviser in the selection of these courses is especially important):

Bioelectronics and Bioimaging: EE 122B, 124, 134, 168, 169, 202, 225

Circuits and Devices: EE 114, 116, 122A, 133, 212, 214B, 216, 271

Communications and Signal Processing: EE 124, 133, 168, 179, 261, 263 (264 or 265), 276, 278B, 279

Computer Hardware: EE 109, 271, 273, 282; CS 107

Computer Software: CS 107, 108, 110, 140, 143, 145, 148, 194 (CS 144 or EE 284)

Controls: ENGR 105, 205, 206, 207A, 207B, 209A, 209B; EE 263

Fields and Waves: EE 134, 141, 242, 247, 252, 256

Solid State and Photonic Devices: EE 116, 134, 136, 141, 216, 222, 223, 228, 235, 268

3 The design course may be part of the specialty sequence. The following courses satisfy this requirement: EE 109, 133, 134, 168, 256, 262, 265; CS 194, ENGR 206.

4 May include up to two additional Engineering Fundamentals. May include up to 10 units of EE 191. May include any CS 193 course.

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