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Electrical Engineering (BS)


The field of electrical & computer engineering involves the analysis and design of complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components. Without electrical & computer engineering, things like computers, car power systems, and cell phones would not exist. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Utah covers a broad range of disciplines related to computing, sensing, and communicating. The program will prepare you to join the next generation of engineers, capable of becoming a leader in industry, government or academia. The Electrical & Computer Engineering curriculum is comprised of courses in differential and integral calculus, linear algebra and complex variables, basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences. Training in these topics prepares students for the analysis and design challenges associated with electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components. All students must complete a senior project capstone, further solidifying electrical and computer engineering concepts and preparing you to enter the workforce or graduate school.

The Student Experience


In addition to your academic studies, be sure to participate in some of the department’s many student organizations, such as the U’s chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or the Women in Engineering (WIE) program. Degree enrichment opportunities include undergraduate research projects, internships, or study abroad programs, all offering you hands-on and professional skills and will be of use in any career you pursue.

Career Opportunities


A degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering will prepare you for careers in computer design, communications systems, circuitry, and robotics. Graduates of the program have been hired as electrical engineers, software engineers and developers, hardware engineers, project managers, and product enhancement engineers. Students can also attend graduate school in electrical or computer engineering or a related field, such as math, physics, civil engineering, or nuclear engineering.

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Admission Requirements


Incoming freshmen meeting the following criteria are eligible to be considered for direct admission by the College of Engineering for EE or CE major:

  • High School GPA of 3.6 or higher; AND
  • Math ACT Score of at least 28 – OR – SAT Math Score of at least 630. Students must be ready to enroll in Calculus I (MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or MATH 1311 or MATH 1250)

This criteria is determined by the College of Engineering. Students meeting the above criteria should designate their major as Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering during the online application process. All other students should use the pre-major path described below.

Indirect Admission and Pre-Major Process:

Students that are not directly admitted into our program by the College of Engineering can apply for major status into the program if they meet a 2.8 Cumulative GPA and are eligible for ECE 1240 (C or better in (MATH 1210 OR MATH 1310 OR MATH 1311) OR AP Calc AB score of 4 or better OR AP Calc BC score of 3 or better). So, students can apply to full major after passing Calculus if the student’s GPA is a 2.8 or higher. Students may be admitted on intermediate status during their first semester. Intermediate status requires mandatory academic advising prior to course registration.

Admission requirements:

  • C or higher in (MATH 1210 or MATH 1310 or MATH 1311) OR AP Calc AB score of 4 or better OR AP Calc BC score of 3 or better)
  • 2.8 or higher Utah GPA or Transfer GPA. The University of Utah GPA can have priority over the Transfer GPA

Transfer Students

Maximum credit hours that can be transferred for a single course is 4 credit hours. All transfer classes are subject to evaluation and may be accepted or denied at the discretion of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

Graduation & Program Requirements


Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Minimum Technical GPA of 2.50 (calculated from all ECE and CS classes taken).

All courses must be completed with a grade C- or better unless otherwise stated. All mathematics classes must be completed with a grade C or better.

Courses may only be repeated once. Courses repeated more than once will only have the second attempt counted in the Technical GPA. All grades, including "W" grades count as one attempt. If the second attempt is a "W" grade, then the first attempt shall be used for purposes of calculating the Technical GPA.

Students must complete the online application in Canvas to be admitted to Full-Major Status.

To avoid intermediate status, Electrical Engineering students need to maintain an overall U of U GPA of at least 2.8. Students who lose full major status will be able to request a permission code in order to take ECE courses.

Probation:

Students can be placed on probation if they drop below a 2.5 GPA or by decision of the Admissions and Graduation Committee. Students will have two semesters to raise their GPA to 2.5 or higher (not including summer semester). Students on probation will lose major status but will be able to request permission codes in order to take ECE classes. If students on probation do not raise their GPA above 2.5, they will be removed from our program. Students are only allowed to be on probation one time during their academic career. If they find themselves on probation a second time, they may be removed immediately from our program. Students can petition for an additional probation semester.

 

Attempt policy:

Students are only allowed one additional attempt at a course. Students can be removed from our program if they do not pass the course after the second attempt; however, students can petition for an additional attempt.

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Indirect Admission and Pre-Major Process:

Students that are not directly admitted into our program by the College of Engineering can apply for major status into the program if they meet a 2.8 Cumulative GPA and are eligible for ECE 1240 (C or better in (MATH 1210 OR MATH 1310 OR MATH 1311) OR AP Calc AB score of 4 or better OR AP Calc BC score of 3 or better). So, students can apply to full major after passing Calculus if the student’s GPA is a 2.8 or higher. Students may be admitted on intermediate status during their first semester. Intermediate status requires mandatory academic advising prior to course registration.

 

 

 

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