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Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers are at the forefront of developing technologies to improve and enhance our society. They are involved with understanding the fundamentals of nature to improve design methods and techniques, as well as applying their creativity to solving challenging problems. Electrical engineers design and analyze systems for supplying electric power; navigation systems for automobiles, aircraft, and spacecraft; audio and visual communication systems; and systems for information processing and computing.

The major in electrical engineering provides the undergraduate student with a broad understanding of the many areas within the field of electrical engineering. At the same time, the curriculum provides a choice of technical electives designed to strengthen the student in a chosen area of specialization.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is committed to outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, distinguished research programs, and strong service to our students, professional and technical societies, and the community.

Mission Statement: The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is committed to outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, distinguished research programs, and strong service to our students, professional and technical societies, and the community.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Electrical Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates will be creative problem solvers who provide and communicate solutions to challenging problems by applying fundamental mathematical, scientific and engineering principles, while giving special considerations to social issues, human factors and ethical issues.  
  2. Graduates will solve problems as members of a team, and will exhibit high levels of professionalism in their work.
  3. Graduates will be successfully engaged in careers in electrical engineering and related fields that support Wisconsin industry.
  4. Graduates will be engaged in continued professional development.

Accreditation: The civil engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Electrical Engineering Minor

The minor in electrical engineering is designed for students in engineering and science majors. The minor is not available to electrical engineering majors. It requires students to take a minimum of 21 credits, of which not more than 6 credits overlap with the student's major. Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

Students must take at least 15 credits from the following core courses: ElecEng 301, 305, 310, 330, 335, 354, 361, 362, 367, and 595.

No more than 6 credits from the following list may be counted towards the minor: ElecEng 410, 420, 421, 429, 436, 437, 451, 457, 461, 462, 465, 471, EE 474 or ME 474, 490, 541, 561, 562, 565, 572, EE 574 or ME 574, EE 575, CompSci 458, 459, 536, MatlEng 481, MechEng 321. More information on the minor may be obtained from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 229-5252.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in electrical engineering is 126. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 23 credits

ElecEng 101 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering 3

EAS 200

Professional Seminar


CompSci 201

Introductory Computer Programming


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202



MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


ElecEng 301

Electrical Circuits I


MechEng 301

Basis Engineering Thermodynamics


1CompSci 151 or CompSci 153 can be substituted for CompSci 201.

Electrical Engineering Major: 36 credits

ElecEng 305

Electrical Circuits II


ElecEng 310

Signals and Systems


ElecEng 330

Electronics I


ElecEng 335

Electronics II


ElecEng 354

Digital Logic


ElecEng 361

Electromagnetic Fields


ElecEng 362

Electromechanical Energy Conversion


ElecEng 367 Introduction to Microprocessors 4

ElecEng 420

Random Signals and Systems


ElecEng 595 Capstone Design Project 4

Mathematics Requirement: 14 to 16 credits suggested2
One of the following calculus sequences must be completed:
Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering), 4

Chemistry Requirement: 5 credits suggested2
One of the following sequences must be completed:
Chem 105 (5 credits suggested)
Chem 102-104 (10 credits)

Physics Requirement: 8 credits
Physics 209-210

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits


3 credits


6 credits

Social Science

6 credits

One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

Free Electives: 2 credits

English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits2

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

• Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or

• Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 credits (for students starting fall 1999)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

• Two years of a single foreign language in high school

• Two semesters of a single foreign language in college

• Demonstrate ability by examination

2Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English and chemistry. Students with previous college level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible Math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 225, 116, 117, 231, or 221. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101, or 102. Possible Chemistry placements are Chemistry 100, 102 or 105.

Electives: Electrical Engineering Major. The electrical engineering program requires a total of 21 credits of technical electives and 3 credits of a probability and statistics elective, chosen as follows.

Group A Technical Electives: Select at least 15 credits from the following list.

ElecEng 410

Principles of Discrete Systems & Digital Signal Processing


ElecEng 421

Communication Systems


ElecEng 429

Wireless Communication Systems


ElecEng 436

Introduction to Medical Instrumentation


ElecEng 437 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging 3
ElecEng 438 Bioanalysis and Biomedical Imaging 3

ElecEng 451

Introduction to VLSI Design


ElecEng 457

Digital Logic Laboratory


ElecEng 458 Computer Architecture 3

ElecEng 461

Microwave Engineering


ElecEng 462 Antenna Theory 3
ElecEng 464 Fundamentals of Photonics 3
ElecEng 465 Broadband Optical Networks 3

ElecEng 471

Electric Power Systems


ElecEng 474 Introduction to Control Systems 4
ElecEng 482 Introduction to Nanoelectronics 3

ElecEng 490

Special Topics


ElecEng 537 Fundamentals of Neuroimaging Technology 3
ElecEng 539 Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging 3

ElecEng 541

Integrated Circuits and Systems


ElecEng 561

Microwave Solid State Circuit Design


ElecEng 562

Telecommunication Circuits


ElecEng 563 Compound Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 3

ElecEng 565

Optical Communications


ElecEng 572

Power Electronics


ElecEng 574 Intermediate Control Systems 3

ElecEng 575

Analysis of Electric Machines and Motor Drives


ElecEng 588 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology 3
ElecEng 599 Senior Thesis 3
Bus Adm 447 Entrepreneurship 3

CompSci 459

Fundamentals of Computer Graphics


CompSci 536

Software Engineering


EAS 001 Co-op Work Period 31
EAS 497 Study Abroad 32
Ind Eng 360 Engineering Economics 3

MatlEng 481

Electronic Materials


MechEng 321 Basic Heat Transfer 4

1Students who earn 3 or more credits of Co-op may use 3 of those credits as approved technical electives.

2Students who earn 3 or more credits of Study Abroad may use 3 of those credits as approved technical electives.

Group B Technical Electives: choose no more than 6 credits from the following list.

Any Mathematics course 400-level or above, or Math 313, Math 321, or Math 322

Any Chemistry course 200-level or above, or Chem 104

Any Physics course 300-level or above, or Phy 214, or Phy 215

Any Biology course 150-level or above

Any Atmospheric Science course 200-level or above

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