University General Course Catalog 2020-2021 
    Sep 25, 2023  

Electrical Engineering (General Emphasis), B.S. in E.E.

Trained to be an expert thinker and problem solver, today’s electrical engineer is as much in demand as ever. Our mission is to serve society through excellence in education, research, and public service. We provide for our students an education in electrical engineering, and we aspire to instill in them the attitudes, values, and vision that will prepare them for lifetimes of continued learning and leadership in their chosen careers. Through scholarship the Department strives to generate new knowledge and technology for the benefit of the State of Nevada, the nation and beyond. Aware of the dynamic nature of the discipline, while at the same time cognizant of that body of knowledge which appears to be timeless, the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering is continually in the process of evaluating and updating its curriculum. The Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering also cooperates with local industry to offer a number of summer internships for qualified undergraduate electrical engineering students. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree is listed below.

NOTE: The professional FE examination, administered by the state board of engineering registration, must be taken by all electrical engineering students before graduation during the senior year of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Contact Information

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department 
332 Scrugham Engineering-Mines
(775) 784-6927

All Freshmen, Sophomores and Incoming transfer students:
College of Engineering Advisement Center
108 Edmund J. Cain Hall Building
(775) 682-7721 

Juniors and Seniors:
Assigned Faculty Advisor

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures are available at Only students who are eligible to enroll in MATH 181 (as demonstrated through placement tests) may enter specific major programs within the College of Engineering. Others may enter the undeclared engineering program. Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring).

NOTE: Students must earn a C or higher in courses marked with (*).

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 129
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 64.5 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all  Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

  • (4 units) CO2 *
  • NOTE: Engineering students are expected to place in MATH 181 or higher. Students who do not place in MATH 181 may be required to take additional credits before declaring their major.

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

The following recommended courses can also be used in the General Education Requirement:

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (96 units)

C. Senior Year Technical Electives (24-27 units) (27 credits if CO7 and CO10 are satisfied with one course)

Senior-year technical electives consist of 24-27 units. Three units can be upper-division electrical engineering courses and/or courses outside electrical engineering and may include (i) upper division courses in biology, business, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, computer science, computer engineering or physics (ii) CS 202  or ENGR 241  or ENGR 461 . The remaining 21-24 units must be electrical engineering units chosen from courses in the six areas listed below. Students must have at least one course in the five areas of electronics, communications, control, fields, and power. Courses in each elective area are:

The remaining technical elective units may include:

 At most, three units of internship may apply here.

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (0-3 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule for the General Emphasis

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Spring Semester (16 units)


* In addition to the general university requirements of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, engineering students must earn at least a “C” in those courses designated with an asterisk (*) and must also maintain at least a “C” average in the Core Curriculum Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and the major requirements courses.

NOTE: EE 220L , EE 220 EE 221  , CPE 201  and CPE 301  are offered every Fall and Spring semester EE 320L  , EE 320  , EE 362  and EE 490  are offered during the Fall semester; EE 120  , EE 291 EE 330  , EE 340 EE 370L  , EE 370  and EE 491  are offered during the Spring semester.