Electrical Engineering Program

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The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to offer an EE undergraduate program that augments the liberal education expected of all Stanford undergraduates and imparts a basic understanding of electrical engineering built on a foundation of physical science, mathematics, computing, and technology.

Graduates of the undergraduate program should possess knowledge of electrical engineering fundamentals and at least one specialty area. They are expected to have the basic experimental, design, and communication skills to be prepared for continued study at the graduate level or entry level positions that require basic knowledge of electrical engineering, science, and technology.

The educational objectives and student outcomes for the Department of Electrical Engineering are shown in the table on the following page.

The Departmental Requirements for a BS degree in Electrical Engineering include a core set of courses required of every major and a set of specialty areas from which one sequence must be chosen. Each program of study is also expected to include physics as part of science, and calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations as part of mathematics. The math requirement also includes a course in basic probability and statistics. Specific math and science requirements for EEs are listed below. Other program requirements detailed below include Technology in Society (one course) and one and one half years of Engineering Topics (68 minimum required), which include Engineering Fundamentals and Depth, which in turn includes a selection of electrical engineering core courses, a specialty sequence, electrical engineering electives, and a design course from an approved list. To be considered electrical engineering courses, courses must either be listed in the Stanford Bulletin as EE courses or as EE “cognate courses” (courses considered by the Department of EE to be programmatically equivalent to EE courses).The design course is intended to culminate the substantial design experience distributed throughout the curriculum. Students are required to pass a writing-intensive course (WIM) within their major (those who double-major will have to take two WIM courses). The WIM course for the Electrical Engineering Major is either EE 100X or EE 108A taken concurrently with ENGR 102E.

Students are required to have a program planning sheet approved by their advisor and the department prior to the end of the quarter following the quarter they declare their major and at least one year prior to graduation. Programs may be changed at anytime except during the final quarter before graduation by submitting and having approved a new program sheet. Program sheets for the general EE requirements and for each of the EE specialty sequences may be found at http://ughb.stanford.edu.


1. Technical Knowledge: Provide a basic knowledge of electrical engineering principles along with the required supporting knowledge of mathematics, science, computing, and engineering fundamentals. The program must include depth in at least one specialty area, currently including Bioelectronics and Bioimaging, Circuits and Devices, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Controls, Fields and Waves, Signal Processing and Communication,, and Solid State and Photonic Devices.
2. Laboratory and Design Skills: Develop the basic skills needed to perform and design experimental projects. Develop the ability to formulate problems and projects and to plan a process for solutions taking advantage of diverse technical knowledge and skills.
3. Communications Skills: Develop the ability to organize and present information, and to write and speak effective English.
4. Preparation for Further Study: Provide sufficient breadth and depth for successful subsequent graduate study, post-graduate study, or lifelong learning programs.
5. Preparation for the Profession: Provide an appreciation for the broad spectrum of issues arising in professional practice, including teamwork, leadership, safety, ethics, service, economics, and professional organizations.

(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
(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 he impact of engineering solutions in a global 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
(l) Background for admission to engineering or other professional graduate programs

To place the requirements in context, sample programs of study are given which satisfy all requirements for the BS degree in EE. Students with advanced placement will have greater freedom in course selection than is shown in the program examples. Those considering studying at one of the foreign centers should consult the Overseas Study Office as soon as possible, for this will add constraints in program planning. All students are expected to consult their faculty advisor, are encouraged to consult the Electrical Engineering Student Advisor in Packard 110; phone: (650) 725-3799, email: undergradta@ee.stanford.edu, and may find it useful to consult other students when designing their program.
For updated information, visit the EE website at: http://ee.stanford.edu/

Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University invites undergraduates majoring in EE to participate in its REU Summer Program from June to August. The program is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to work with members of the EE Faculty and their research groups on advanced research topics.

Program Structure
The program is designed to give both an in-depth research experience on a particular topic, as well as a broad hands-on exposure to various areas within EE.

Bi-weekly seminars are offered to cover a wide range of topics. The seminar series lecturers are comprised of EE faculty and guests. Discussions will include topics such as graduate education, internships and career opportunities.

The last week of the summer program will be devoted to writing a final report and creating a poster on the research project. The students will present their projects at a poster fair, to which the EE community will be invited.

Each student receives a summer stipend. Students are required to reside in undergraduate housing with the Summer Research College. A meal plan is also provided.

Application Procedure: For information about our application process, please go to ee.stanford.edu/reu.
1. The application has two steps. You can re-submit both steps at any point up to the deadline. The deadline for students to apply is in early February, with exact date to be announced.
2. If you have any questions about the application, email gradta@stanford.edu
If you have any questions about the logistics of the REU program, email reumentor@ee.stanford.edu.

REU Requirements
Students must declare EE as their undergraduate major. With the exception of co-terms, in order to be eligible students may not be seniors when they apply. In the event the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, preference is given to first time participants. If you have any questions regarding this information, please email reumentor@ee.stanford.edu.

Stanford University/Ecole Centrale Paris Junior Year Abroad Program

Although not formally part of the Overseas Studies Program, Stanford Electrical Engineering undergraduates can receive credit for study abroad at École Centrale Paris. École Centrale Paris is one of the best known science and engineering schools in France and Europe. Stanford students are enrolled in engineering program classes with French and international students. Instruction is mostly in French. For more information, see the “Overseas Studies” section of this handbook and the website http://www.ecp.fr/study-program/stanford, or contact Prof. Robert M. Gray, Packard 261.


Math and Science Requirements:
A minimum of 45 units of mathematics and science combined are required, including the following required courses:
Math: MATH 41, 42; (MATH 51 AND 52) OR (CME 100 AND CME 104); MATH 53 OR CME 102; EE178 [PREFERRED] OR STATS 116 OR MATH 151 OR CME 106

Science: PHYSICS (41, 43) OR (61, 63)
A minimum of 12 science units is required. Phys 45 or 65 is strongly recommended for those pursuing the Fields and Waves or the Solid State and Photonic Devices specialties. Substitutions require approval of the advisor, department, and Dean’s Office.
Technology in Society:
See the “Approved Courses” section of this handbook (Figure 3-3) for courses that fulfill the TIS requirement.

Engineering Topics:
A minimum of 68 units (approximately 1.5 years) of Engineering Topics are required by ABET and by the Department. Engineering Topics include both Engineering Fundamentals and Engineering Depth. Engineering Fundamentals consist of three courses chosen from the School list of approved courses (Figure 3-4), one of which must be E70B or X (same as CS 106B or X) and one of which must be outside of EE and CS. Note that CS 106A does not count as an Engineering Fundamental course. Electrical Engineering Depth comprises Core courses, a Specialty Sequence, and EE Electives. Note that EE 100 and ENGR 102E, both required courses, do not count toward the 68-unit minimum of Engineering Topics required for ABET. In addition to courses taught within the EE department, extra-departmental courses designated as EE “cognate courses” are considered to be equivalent to EE courses with respect to all of the degree requirements. A list of approved EE cognate courses for undergraduates is given in a table on the following page. Information regarding graduate courses can be found in the EE Graduate Handbook at http://ee.stanford.edu/gradhandbook/. Any extra-departmental course included in the EE core or a specialty sequence may be assumed to be an EE cognate course.

Engineering Fundamentals (three courses required)

  • CS 106B or X (same as ENGR 70B or X) Programming Abstractions (or Accerlerated version); required, 5 units
  • ENGR 40 or 40N or 40P recommended, 5 units
  • Fundamentals Elective (from Approved List; CS 106A or second E40 series course not allowed), 3-5 units

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