Electrical engineers design, develop, analyze, research, and manufacture systems such as those for power generation distribution, communication, control, and instrumentation. Electrical engineers are also concerned with the devices that make up these systems, such as transistors, integrated circuits, rotating machines, antennas, and fusion plasma confinement devices. Low-power, reliable integrated circuits allow dramatic improvements that have driven the revolution in communications and computation. High-power transistors in combination with electronic controls are serving as the foundation for new ways of efficiently utilizing electrical power.

Admission to the College as a Freshman

Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering

UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers group information sessions for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.

Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering

With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Admissions and Advising Coordinator in the College of Engineering: or 608-262-2473.

Second Bachelor's Degree

The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

The following curriculum applies to students who were admitted to the electrical engineering degree program (classification changed to EE) in Fall 2012 or later.

Summary of Requirements

Electrical Engineering Core31
Electrical Engineering Advanced Electives24
Professional Electives9
Introduction to Engineering1
Communication Skills6
Liberal Studies15
Total Credits120


MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
or MATH 276 Topics in Calculus II
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
Probability and Statistics Elective3
Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics I
Statistical Experimental Design
Introduction to the Theory of Probability
Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics
Total Credits16


COMP SCI 300 Programming II3
PHYSICS 201 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 207 General Physics
PHYSICS 202 General Physics5
or PHYSICS 208 General Physics
Select one of the following:5-9
Advanced General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Total Credits18-22

Electrical Engineering Core 

E C E 203 Signals, Information, and Computation3
E C E 210 Introductory Experience in Electrical Engineering2
E C E 219 Analytical Methods for Electromagnetics Engineering1
E C E 220 Electrodynamics I3
E C E 230 Circuit Analysis4
E C E/​PHYSICS  235 Introduction to Solid State Electronics3
E C E/​COMP SCI  252 Introduction to Computer Engineering2
E C E 270 Circuits Laboratory I1
E C E 271 Circuits Laboratory II1
E C E 330 Signals and Systems3
E C E 340 Electronic Circuits I3
E C E/​COMP SCI  352 Digital System Fundamentals3
E C E 370 Advanced Laboratory2
Total Credits31

Electrical Engineering Advanced Electives

Students must take 22 credits in at least three of six areas and at least 2 credits in two laboratory courses.

  • At least 9 credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above.
  • At least one course must be a capstone design course.
  • Students can count 1 credit of E C E 1 Cooperative Education Program toward advanced electives.
  • Students can count up to 6 credits of E C E 399 Independent Study , E C E 489 Honors in Research or E C E 699 Advanced Independent Study towards advanced electives.
  • Students can take E C E 379 Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering and E C E 601 Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering as advanced electives.


Select at least one course from ECE 301 to ECE 317
An additional laboratory course must be taken from the following list:
Introduction to Real-Time Digital Signal Processing
Electric Machines Laboratory
Semiconductor Properties Laboratory
Linear Active Circuits Laboratory
Nonlinear Electronic Circuits Laboratory
Optoelectronics Lab
Introductory Microprocessor Laboratory
Sensors Laboratory
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
Embedded Microprocessor System Design
Electric Machine & Drive System Laboratory
Power Electronics Laboratory
Advanced Microwave Measurements for Communications
Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory
Digital Engineering Laboratory
Automatic Controls Laboratory

Fields & Waves

E C E 320 Electrodynamics II3
E C E 420 Electromagnetic Wave Transmission3
E C E 434 Photonics3
E C E 440 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves3
E C E/​N E/​PHYSICS  525 Introduction to Plasmas3
E C E/​N E/​PHYSICS  527 Plasma Confinement and Heating3
E C E/​N E  528 Plasma Processing and Technology3
E C E 536 Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics3
E C E/​PHYSICS  546 Lasers2-3
E C E 547 Advanced Communications Circuit Design 13

 Systems & Control

E C E 332 Feedback Control Systems3
E C E 334 State Space Systems Analysis3
E C E/​M E  439 Introduction to Robotics 13
E C E/​B M E  461 Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Physiological Systems3
E C E/​M E  577 Automatic Controls Laboratory 14

Power & Machines

E C E 355 Electromechanical Energy Conversion3
E C E 356 Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems3
E C E 411 Introduction to Electric Drive Systems3
E C E 412 Power Electronic Circuits 13
E C E 427 Electric Power Systems3
E C E 504 Electric Machine & Drive System Laboratory2-3
E C E 511 Theory and Control of Synchronous Machines3
E C E 512 Power Electronics Laboratory 13

Communications & Signal Processing

E C E 331 Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics3
E C E 431 Digital Signal Processing 13
E C E 432 Digital Signal Processing Laboratory 13
E C E/​COMP SCI/​MATH  435 Introduction to Cryptography3
E C E 436 Communication Systems I 13
E C E 437 Communication Systems II 13
E C E 447 Applied Communications Systems 13
E C E/​COMP SCI/​M E  532 Theory and Applications of Pattern Recognition 13
E C E/​COMP SCI  533 Image Processing 13
E C E 537 Communication Networks 13
E C E/​COMP SCI/​M E  539 Introduction to Artificial Neural Network and Fuzzy Systems 13
E C E/​MATH  641 Introduction to Error-Correcting Codes3

 Circuits & Devices

E C E 335 Microelectronic Devices3
E C E 342 Electronic Circuits II3
E C E 401 Electro-Acoustical Engineering3
E C E 445 Semiconductor Physics and Devices3
E C E/​B M E  462 Medical Instrumentation 13
E C E 466 Electronics of Solids3
E C E 541 Analog MOS Integrated Circuit Design 13
E C E 542 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems 13
E C E/​CBE/​M S & E  544 Processing of Electronic Materials3
E C E 545 Advanced Microwave Measurements for Communications 13
E C E 548 Integrated Circuit Design 13
E C E 549 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory 13
E C E 555 Digital Circuits and Components 13

Computers & Computing

COMP SCI 400 Programming III3
E C E 353 Introduction to Microprocessor Systems3
E C E 453 Embedded Microprocessor System Design 14
E C E 454 Mobile Computing Laboratory 14
E C E/​B M E  463 Computers in Medicine3
E C E 551 Digital System Design and Synthesis 13
E C E/​COMP SCI  552 Introduction to Computer Architecture3
E C E 553 Testing and Testable Design of Digital Systems 13
E C E 554 Digital Engineering Laboratory 14
E C E 556 Design Automation of Digital Systems 13

Designated as a capstone course. Students can also take E C E 491 Senior Design Project for capstone credit.

 Professional Electives

Classes to be taken in an area of professional interest. The following courses are acceptable as professional electives if the courses are not used to meet any other degree requirements.9
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Electrodynamics II
Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics
Feedback Control Systems
State Space Systems Analysis
Microelectronic Devices
Electronic Circuits II
Introduction to Microprocessor Systems
Machine Organization and Programming
Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems
Introduction to Data Structures
ECE courses numbered 399 and higher
Computer Science courses numbered 400 and higher
Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
Math courses numbered 400 and higher
Statistics courses numbered 400 and higher
Any biological science course that is designated as intermediate or advanced
Any physical science course that is designated as intermediate or advanced
Any natural science course that is designated as advanced except that Math, Computer Sciences, and Statistics courses must follow the above criteria
Engineering courses numbered 300 and higher that are not ECE or cross-listed with ECE
Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors
Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Venture Creation
Technology Entrepreneurship
Special Topics (Wearable Technologies)
Current Topics in Dance: Workshop (Making Digital Lighting Controls)

Introduction to Engineering

INTEREGR 110 Introduction to Engineering1
Total Credits1

 Communication Skills

ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
E P D 397 Technical Communication3
Total Credits6

Liberal Studies Electives 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements
Complete requirements 115
Total Credits15

All liberal studies credits must be identified with the letter H, S, L, or Z. Language courses are acceptable without the letter and are considered humanities. Note: See an ECE advisor and/or the EE Curriculum Guide for additional information.

Total Degree Credits: 120

At the time of graduation, UW-Madison Electrical Engineering students will have attained:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


First Year
MATH 2215MATH 2224
E C E 2102INTEREGR 1101
Communications A3Liberal Studies Elective3
 E C E/​COMP SCI  2522
 15 15
Second Year
PHYSICS 2025E C E 2203
MATH 2344COMP SCI 3003
E C E 2191E C E 3303
E C E 2033E C E 2304
Liberal Studies Elective3E C E 2701
 16 14
Third Year
E C E/​PHYSICS  2353ECE Advanced Elective3
Professional Elective3ECE Advanced Elective3
Statistics/Probability Elective3E P D 3973
E C E 3403EE Advanced Lab (3XX)1
E C E 2711Liberal Studies Elective3
E C E/​COMP SCI  3523Professional Elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
Liberal Studies Elective3Professional Elective3
ECE Advanced Elective3ECE Advanced Elective4
ECE Advanced Elective3ECE Capstone Design3
EE Advanced Lab (3XX)1Liberal Studies Elective3
E C E 3702 
ECE Advanced Elective3 
 15 13
Total Credits 120


Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center. 


Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.

ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.

Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.

Professors Booske (chair), Anderson, Barmish, Behdad, Boston, Botez, DeMarco, Gubner (vice chair), Hagness, Hitchon, Hu, Jahns, Jiang, Knezevic, Lesieutre, Lipasti, Ma, Mawst, Nowak, Ramanathan (vice chair), Sayeed, Sethares, Shohet, van der Weide, Van Veen, Venkataramanan, Wendt; Associate Professors Davoodi, Milenkovic, Morrow, Willett; Assistant Professors Farrell, Fawaz, Jog, Kats, Kim, Lessard, Li, Loh, Ludois, Papailiopoulos, Severson, Velten, Yu, Zhang; Faculty Associates Allie, Fredette, Krachey, Milicic, Morrow, Lu; Lecturer Hoffman