Electrical Engineering Program

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2013-14 UG Electrical Engineering Major Program

  • UG Director: Robert Dutton, 333X Allen, vrdutton@stanford.edu
  • Student Services: Amy Duncan, 177 Packard, aduncan@stanford.edu
  • Dept Chair: Abbas El Gamal, abbas@ee.stanford.edu
  • Student Advisor: 110 Packard, undergradta@ee.stanford.edu, 725-3799

The mission 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 sub-discipline for specialization. Choices include bio-electronics and bio-imaging, circuits and devices, computer hardware, computer software, music, signal processing, communication and controls, photonics, solid state and electromagnetics, and energy and environment. The program prepares students for careers in government agencies, the corporate sector, or for future study in graduate or professional schools.

The major in Electrical Engineering builds on foundations in math and physics. It prepares students for a broad set of career opportunities in information, systems and physical electronic technology and applied science. Electrical Engineering is where the physical world and the virtual world connect. This is a world created from sensors, computing, communications and information. Innovations in Electrical Engineering have fundamentally transformed all aspects of our lives. Some of these are: electrical power generation and transmission, wired and wireless communications, integrated electronics, digital computers, healthcare technology (MRI, ultrasound, implantable devices), cellular phones, and the internet. All of these technologies and innovations have solid roots in the sciences and engineering that are integral to the study of Electrical Engineering.

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 (60 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 Related 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).

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 a new approved 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.

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 Bing Overseas Studies Program 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.

Math and Science Requirements:

It is a School of Engineering requirement that all courses counting toward the major must be taken for a letter grade if the instructor offers that option. Students with multiple degrees should be aware that math, science, and fundamentals courses can be used to fulfill breadth requirements for more than one degree program, but a depth course can be counted toward only one major or minor program; any course can be double-counted in a secondary major.

Minimum 40 units of mathematics and science combined
Math (required courses)

  • MATH 41, 42 or 10 units AP Calculus, 10 units (req'd)
  • Select one 2-course sequence from MATH 52 & 53 or CME 100 & 102. The MATH courses are more theoretical, while the CME courses are applied and build on programming and use of tools like MATLAB.
  • Select on additional 100-level Math course: EE 102B (if not used in EE Depth) or EE 141 or CME 104 or MATH 113 or CS 103
  • Statistics/Probability: Select one (choosing a statistics options depends upon your interest and preferences. The EE option has a theoretical perspective; the CS option is more application-oriented): EE 178 OR CS 109

Science (minimum 12 units required)

  • PHYSICS 41 or 61 or score of 4-5 for AP Physics C. Mechanics, 4 units (req'd)
  • PHYSICS 43* or 63 or score of 4-5 for AP Physics C. Electricity and Magnetism, 4 units(req'd)
  • Approved science elective; see Approved Courses page
    • The EE introductory class ENGR 40 may be taken concurrently with PHYSICS 43; many students find the material complimentary in terms of fundamental and applied perspectives on electronics.

Technology in Society
See the Approved Courses page for courses that fulfill the TiS requirement.

Engineering Topics(Fundamentals+Core+Specialty Sequence+Design+EE Electives)

 -- Minimum 68 units total of Fundamentals and Depth courses required --

Engineering Fundamentals (three courses required)

  • CS 106B or X (same as ENGR 70B or X). Programming Abstractions (or Accerlerated version); required, 5 units
  • At least two additional Fundamentals from Approved List; Recommended: ENGR 40 or 40C or 40P; taking CS 106A or a second E40-series course not allowed for the Fundamentals elective.

Writing in the Major (WIM) (One course required)

EE 109 or EE 133 or EE 134 or EE 168 or CS 194W. EE 191W may satisfy WIM only if taken as a follow-up to an REU or independent study project where a faculty agrees to provide supervision of writing a technical paper and with suitable support from the Writing Center.

EE Core

  • EE 100. The EE Profession
  • EE 101A. Circuits I
  • EE 102A. Signal Processing and Linear Systems I
  • EE 108A. Digital Systems I
  • EE 41. Physics in Electrical Engineering* 
  • Note: EE 41(same as ENGR 40P) can meet the Physics in EE core requirement only if it is not used to fulfill the Engineering Fundamentals requirement.

Depth Courses (14 units) Select 4 courses required from one area listed below; Take 1 Required course, 1 Design course, and 2 Electives:

  • Bio-electronics & Bio-imaging: EE 122B, EE 124, EE 134 (WIM), EE 168 (WIM), EE 169, EE 202, EE 225
  • Circuits and Devices: EE 114, EE 116, EE 122A, EE 133 (WIM), EE 152, EE 212, EE 214B, EE 216, EE 271
  • Computer Hardware: EE 109 (WIM), EE 152, EE 271, EE 273, EE 282; CS 107
  • Computer Software: CS 107, CS 108, CS 110, CS 140, CS 143, CS 145, CS 148, CS 194W (WIM), EE 152, (EE 284 or CS 144)
  • Music: EE 109 (WIM), EE 122A, EE 261, (EE 264 or 265); MUSIC 256A, MUSIC 265B, MUSIC 420A, MUSIC 420B, MUSIC 421A, MUSIC 421B, MUSIC 424 
  • Signal Processing, Communications and Controls: EE 124, EE 133 (WIM), EE 168 (WIM), EE 169, EE 179, EE 261, EE 262, EE 263, (EE 264 or EE 265), EE 276, EE 278B, EE 279; ENGR 105, ENGR 205
  • Solid State, Photonics, & Electromagnetics: EE 116, EE 134 (WIM), EE 136, EE 141, EE 216, EE 222, EE 223, EE 228, EE 235, EE 242, EE 268

Note: EE 141 can be included in a specialty sequence only if it is not used to fulfill the Physics in EE core requirement.
Capstone Design Course: At least one of the following design projects must be included in each program:
EE 109, EE 133, EE 134, EE 152, EE 168, CS 194W. Also, EE 262 or EE 265 may be used for the Capstone but do not fulfill WIM without taking a dedicated section of EE 191W in addition.

EE Depth Electives (9-20 units):
May include up to two additional Engineering Fundamentals, up to 10 units of EE 191 and 191W, any CS 193 course; and/or any letter-graded EE or EE-related courses (minus any previously noted restrictions). Freshman and Sophomore seminars, EE 100 and CS 106A do not count toward the 68 units. For a complete EE-related course list, go to the MS degree page in the EE Graduate Handbook.

Declaring EE as a Major

1. Declare a major in EE on Axess. Do not coose the Honors option on Axess unless you have submitted an Honors application to the department along with the thesis proposal.
2. Fill out a copy of the Undergraduate Sign-Up Sheet. The "Area of Specialization" is particularly important to assist in the choice of a faculty advisor. It can always be changed.
3. Meet with the Vice Chair in Packard 172. You can check on office hours by sending email to vicechair@eemail.stanford.edu. In the Vice Chair's absence, see the Degree Progress Officer in Packard 177. Make sure to bring your Undergraduate Sign-up Sheet, unofficial transcript, and academic file (if available from your previous advisor) to the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to go over the basics in getting a BS in EE, and to assign an EE faculty adviser to be your major advisor.
4. After the meeting, bring your academic file and Undergraduate Sign-up Sheet with the EE Degree Progress Officer in Packard 177, who will approve your major declaration and enter your advisor's name in Axess. e will also add your email to the EE undergraduate email list, used for announcements about seminars, research opportunities, and other events.

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