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Undergraduate Record 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Record 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineering is a rapidly expanding field, and includes such areas as communications, microelectronics, control systems, and applied electrophysics. New and exciting areas are continually being developed, and more traditional areas are finding new applications. Because of the rapidly-changing nature of the field, this program is designed to provide a strong preparation in traditional electrical engineering, while providing maximum flexibility to accommodate student interests and current technological developments.

Students can use the flexibility available in the elective program to focus their study on an area of particular interest within electrical engineering, including communication systems, digital system design, control systems, applied electrophysics, and microelectronics. In addition, with careful planning, students can use technical electives for interdisciplinary studies; for example, biomedical engineering, or materials science, perhaps even earning a minor in a related field. Specific suggestions for study in several areas are available from the electrical engineering undergraduate office in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Program Objectives Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia utilize their academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in electrical engineering and other fields. They analyze, design and implement creative solutions to problems with electrical and electronic devices and systems. They contribute effectively as team members, communicate clearly and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.


The 19-credit minor consists of ECE 2630, 2660, and 2330, as well as 3 electives at the 3000 level or above, with at least one at the 4000 level or above).

Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

Second Semester Credits: 17

Third Semester Credits: 18

Fourth Semester Credits: 16

  • Math - Mathematics Elective Credits:  3
  •            (See Footnote 3 below)

  • UE - Unrestricted Elective Credits:  3
  •             (See Footnote 4 below)

  • TECH - Technical Elective Credits:  3
  •            (See Footnote 7 below)

  • STS 2XXX/3XXX - STS Elective Credits: 3
  •            (See Footnote 8 below)

  • Credits: 4

Fifth Semester Credits: 15

Sixth Semester Credits: 15

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • UE - Unresticted Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 4 below)

  • HSS Elective Credits: 3
  •          (See Footnote 1 below)

  • Credits: 3

Seventh Semester Credits: 15.5

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • ECE - ECE 4991 MDE Capstone Design:  4.5
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • UE - Unrestricted Elective Credits: 2
  •           (See Footnote 4 below)

  • Credits: 3

Eighth Semester Credits: 16.5

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 6 below)

  • ECE Lab - ECE Lab Elective Credits: 1.5
  •          (See Footnote 6 below)

  • ECE - ECE Elective Credits: 3
  •          (See Footnote 6 below)

  • TECH - Technical Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 7 below)

  • UE - Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3
  •           (See Footnote 4 below)

  • Credits: 3


(1) Chosen from the approved list available online or in A122 Thornton Hall.
(2) Chosen from: BIOL 2100, 2200; CHEM 1420:
approved APMA course (preferred APMA 2501 - Mathematics of Information; MSE 2090; and PHYS 2620.
(3) Selected from courses in the Department of Mathematics at the 2000 level or higher.
(4) Unrestricted electives must sum to at least 14 credits, comprise of credits from independent student or chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 1310, including STAT 1110 and STAT 1120, and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 2010, 2020; CS 1110, 1020; or any introductory programming course. Students are encouraged in independent study for some portion of their credit for unrestricted electives. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean’s office, located in A122 Thornton Hall. APMA 1090 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.
(5) ECE 2330 is offered in both fall and spring semester; it could be taken in the third semester.
(6) ECE 4435 counts as one course and one lab if chosen as and elective. One of the ECE electives must be the Major Design Experience Course, either ECE 4440 or ECE 4991. Electrical Engineering is a very broad discipline with applications to many areas within and without the engineering profession. As you decide how to use your EE, technical and unrestricted electives, we recommend that you meet with your faculty advisor to discuss how the suggested application areas and sample courses listed in the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook can be combined to meet your personal and professional goals.

(7) A technical elective is defined as a course in engineering (may be ECE), mathematics, or science (intended for science majors) at the 3000 level or above. Any course appearing on the approved list of HSS electives may not be used as a technical elective.

(8) Any course which meets the Second Writing Requirement as specified in the College of Arts & Sciences (CLAS) may be substituted for STS 2XXX/3XXX.


Public Professional Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the UVA School of Engineering, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

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