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2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


Electrical Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Hours for the Degree: 126
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Electrical engineering is concerned with all phases and development of the transmission and utilization of electric energy and intelligence. Electrical engineers design products and systems that meet the needs of today and tomorrow's electrical and electronic systems. Electrical engineers design communication systems; the electronic components that run computers, motor vehicles, TVs, stereo systems and robots for automated factories; aircraft and spacecraft control systems; utility and industrial power systems; and biological and biomedical systems.

While it is essential that electrical engineers understand the fundamentals of their chosen fields, they must also understand the role that other branches of engineering play in completed work. The curriculum provides a foundation in basic engineering as well as depth and breadth in electrical engineering and sufficient electives to allow specialization in three academic areas:
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Electromagnetics, Power and Photonics, and
  • Computers, Communications and Systems and Controls.

The curriculum also prepares an engineer for professional licensure.

Computer engineering has become a major part of electrical engineering, so much so that a separate degree is offered in computer engineering (see Computer Engineering, CEE-Hardware Emphasis).

The department's extensive laboratory facilities and varied research programs assist in both experimental and theoretical approaches to electrical and computer engineering.


The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical and computer engineering and conducts research to serve the needs of Florida and the nation.


The baccalaureate program prepares students to embark upon professional careers in electrical and computer engineering or to begin graduate study. The department's educational objectives are consistent with the ABET General Criteria for Accrediting Programs in Engineering in the United States.

Educational Objectives

The objectives of the EE program at UF are to prepare students for
  • Successful careers in a dynamic industry that is global, multi-disciplinary, and evolving;
  • Admission to, and excelling in, the top graduate programs in the world; and
  • Good citizenship by engaging in ethical engineering for the betterment of society and the world.

Admission Requirements

It is the department's policy to admit the best-qualified transfer applicants as demonstrated by academic achievement.

Successful applicants must have earned a 2.5 grade point average, based on the first two attempts, in the eight preprofessional courses and have earned a grade of C+ or higher in each course of Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Physics with Calculus 1, Physics with Calculus 2, and Differential Equations. Only the first two attempts (including withdrawals) in each course will be considered for admission to or retention in the department.

Department Requirements

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in ENC 2210, ENC 4914C or EEL 4913, and any course transferred into the junior-senior years from another institution.

Students pursuing the BSCEN degree must also earn a grade of C or better in all required CISE courses that are prerequisites to another CISE course.

A grade of C or higher is required in any electrical or computer engineering course that is a prerequisite for another electrical or computer engineering course. The prerequisite course and its subsequent course cannot be taken the same term, even if the prerequisite course is being repeated.

A student must complete both EEL 3111C and EEL 3701C before taking any 4000-level EEL course.

Electrical engineering students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all electrical engineering courses. Computer engineering students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in both electrical and computer engineering courses.

Any course taken to satisfy a degree requirement (General Education, required course or technical elective), with the exception of EEL 4948 and 4949, cannot be taken under the S-U grade option.

An electrical or computer engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below a 2.0 or whose preprofessional grades do not meet department admission requirements will be placed on academic probation and required to prepare a probation contract with an ECE academic adviser. If a student is not making normal academic progress, he/she will be placed on academic probation.

Students normally are given two terms in which to remove their deficit points. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the first term on probation may be dismissed from the department.

All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview with their adviser and submit a copy of their senior design report before graduating.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 2 of 8 tracking courses:MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 must be completed with a 2.5 GPA in each course within two attempts (including withdrawals). A minimum grade of C within two attempts (CHM 2045, CHM 2046 or approved biological science course)

Semester 2:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C+ within two attempts

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with a minimum grade of C+ within two attempts

Semester 4:

  • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M)4
CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P)3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P)3
PHY 2048L Laboratory for PHY 2048 (GE-P)1
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M)4
Biological Science (GE-B) or
CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P)
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (GE-C) or
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE-C)
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M)4
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE-P)3
PHY 2049L Laboratory for PHY 20491
Computer programming elective (see list)2
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 13
Semester 4Credits
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
EEL 3111C Circuits 14
EEL 3135 Discrete-Time Signals and Systems3
EEL 3105 Analytical Methods in EE3
Total 13
Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
General elective3
Total 6
Semester 5Credits
EEL 3112 Circuits 24
EEL 3396 Solid-State Electronic Devices3
EEL 3701C Digital Logic and Computer Systems4
Humanities (GE-H)4
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
EEL 3304C Electronic Circuits 14
EEL 3472 Electromagnetic Fields and Applications 13
Electrical engineering specialization elective (see list)4
College breadth elective (see list) 3
Total 14
Semester 7Credits
STA 3032 Engineering Statistics or
EEL 4516 Noise in Devices and Communication Systems
EGN 4034 Professional Ethics 1
Electrical engineering technical elective (see list)6
Electrical engineering specialization elective (see list) 4
Total 14
Semester 8Credits
Electrical engineering technical electives (see list)6
Electrical engineering specialization elective (see list)3-4
College breadth elective (see list) 3
Total 12-13
Semester 9Credits
EEL 4914C Electrical Engineering Design3
College breadth elective (see list)3
Electrical engineering technical elective (see list)5-6
Total 11-12


Computer electives
CGS 2425 Computer Programming for Engineers (C++ section)2
CGS 3460 Computer Programming Using C3
EEL 4834 Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineers3
Electrical Engineering Specialization (choose 3 of 5)
EEL 3211 Basic Electric Energy Engineering (3) and
EEL 4201L Electrical Energy Conversion Laboratory (1)
EEL 4310C Digital Integrated Circuits (3)3
EEL 4514 Communication Systems and Components (3) and
EEL 4514L Communication Laboratory (1)
EEL 4657 Linear Control Systems (3) and
EEL 4657L Linear Controls Laboratory (1)
EEL 4744C Microprocessor Applications4
College Breadth Electives
Mechanical Engineering
EML 3005 Mechanical Design3
EML 3007 Elements of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (3) or
EML 3100 Thermodynamics (3)
EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design3
Engineering Science
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics3
EGM 3400 Elements of Dynamics (2) or
EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3)
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials3
EIN 4354 Engineering Economy3
CGN 4101 Civil Engineering Cost Analysis3
Advanced Math
MAS 3114 Computational Linear Algebra or
MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1
EGM 3344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis3

Technical Electives
  • Must be 3000 level and higher. Some restrictions apply and the adviser must approve these choices.
  • A minimum of 17-18 hours must be EEL-prefixed courses. If a student takes 11 credits of electrical engineering specialization courses, they must take 18 credits of electrical engineering technical electives. If a student takes 12 credits of electrical engineering specialization courses, they must take 17 credits of electrical engineering technical electives.