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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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|| |
* 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 Core||31|
|Electrical Engineering Advanced Electives||24|
|Introduction to Engineering||1|
|MATH 221||Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1||5|
|or MATH 217||Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II|
|or MATH 275||Topics in Calculus I|
|MATH 222||Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2||4|
|or MATH 276||Topics in Calculus II|
|MATH 234||Calculus--Functions of Several Variables||4|
|Probability and Statistics Elective||3|
|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|
|COMP SCI 300||Programming II||3|
|PHYSICS 201||General Physics||5|
|or PHYSICS 207||General Physics|
|PHYSICS 202||General Physics||5|
|or PHYSICS 208||General Physics|
|Select one of the following:||5-9|
|Advanced General Chemistry|
| General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
Electrical Engineering Core
|E C E 203||Signals, Information, and Computation||3|
|E C E 210||Introductory Experience in Electrical Engineering||2|
|E C E 219||Analytical Methods for Electromagnetics Engineering||1|
|E C E 220||Electrodynamics I||3|
|E C E 230||Circuit Analysis||4|
|E C E/PHYSICS 235||Introduction to Solid State Electronics||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 252||Introduction to Computer Engineering||2|
|E C E 270||Circuits Laboratory I||1|
|E C E 271||Circuits Laboratory II||1|
|E C E 330||Signals and Systems||3|
|E C E 340||Electronic Circuits I||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 352||Digital System Fundamentals||3|
|E C E 370||Advanced Laboratory||2|
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|
|Introductory Microprocessor 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 II||3|
|E C E 420||Electromagnetic Wave Transmission||3|
|E C E 434||Photonics||3|
|E C E 440||Electromagnetic Fields and Waves||3|
|E C E/N E/PHYSICS 525||Introduction to Plasmas||3|
|E C E/N E/PHYSICS 527||Plasma Confinement and Heating||3|
|E C E/N E 528||Plasma Processing and Technology||3|
|E C E 536||Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics||3|
|E C E/PHYSICS 546||Lasers||2-3|
|E C E 547||Advanced Communications Circuit Design 1||3|
Systems & Control
|E C E 332||Feedback Control Systems||3|
|E C E 334||State Space Systems Analysis||3|
|E C E/M E 439||Introduction to Robotics 1||3|
|E C E/B M E 461||Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Physiological Systems||3|
|E C E/M E 577||Automatic Controls Laboratory 1||4|
Power & Machines
|E C E 355||Electromechanical Energy Conversion||3|
|E C E 356||Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems||3|
|E C E 411||Introduction to Electric Drive Systems||3|
|E C E 412||Power Electronic Circuits 1||3|
|E C E 427||Electric Power Systems||3|
|E C E 504||Electric Machine & Drive System Laboratory||2-3|
|E C E 511||Theory and Control of Synchronous Machines||3|
|E C E 512||Power Electronics Laboratory 1||3|
Communications & Signal Processing
|E C E 331||Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics||3|
|E C E 431||Digital Signal Processing 1||3|
|E C E 432||Digital Signal Processing Laboratory 1||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI/MATH 435||Introduction to Cryptography||3|
|E C E 436||Communication Systems I 1||3|
|E C E 437||Communication Systems II 1||3|
|E C E 447||Applied Communications Systems 1||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI/M E 532||Theory and Applications of Pattern Recognition 1||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 533||Image Processing 1||3|
|E C E 537||Communication Networks 1||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI/M E 539||Introduction to Artificial Neural Network and Fuzzy Systems 1||3|
|E C E/MATH 641||Introduction to Error-Correcting Codes||3|
Circuits & Devices
|E C E 335||Microelectronic Devices||3|
|E C E 342||Electronic Circuits II||3|
|E C E 401||Electro-Acoustical Engineering||3|
|E C E 445||Semiconductor Physics and Devices||3|
|E C E/B M E 462||Medical Instrumentation 1||3|
|E C E 466||Electronics of Solids||3|
|E C E 541||Analog MOS Integrated Circuit Design 1||3|
|E C E 542||Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems 1||3|
|E C E/CBE/M S & E 544||Processing of Electronic Materials||3|
|E C E 545||Advanced Microwave Measurements for Communications 1||3|
|E C E 548||Integrated Circuit Design 1||3|
|E C E 549||Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory 1||3|
|E C E 555||Digital Circuits and Components 1||3|
Computers & Computing
|E C E 353||Introduction to Microprocessor Systems||3|
|E C E 453||Embedded Microprocessor System Design 1||4|
|E C E 454||Mobile Computing Laboratory 1||4|
|E C E/B M E 463||Computers in Medicine||3|
|E C E 551||Digital System Design and Synthesis 1||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 552||Introduction to Computer Architecture||3|
|E C E 553||Testing and Testable Design of Digital Systems 1||3|
|E C E 554||Digital Engineering Laboratory 1||4|
|E C E 556||Design Automation of Digital Systems 1||3|
Designated as a capstone course. Students can also take E C E 491 Senior Design Project for capstone credit.
|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|
|Introduction to Random Signal Analysis and Statistics|
|Feedback Control Systems|
|State Space Systems Analysis|
|Electronic Circuits II|
|Introduction to Microprocessor Systems|
|Machine Organization and Programming|
|Electromechanical Energy Conversion|
|Electric Power Processing for Alternative Energy Systems|
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|
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|
|Special Topics (Wearable Technologies)|
|Current Topics in Dance: Workshop (Making Digital Lighting Controls)|
Introduction to Engineering
|INTEREGR 110||Introduction to Engineering||1|
|ENGL 100||Introduction to College Composition||3|
|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 Communication||3|
Liberal Studies Electives
|College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements|
|Complete requirements 1||15|
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
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
At the time of graduation, UW-Madison Electrical Engineering students will have attained:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- 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.
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- an ability to communicate effectively.
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
SAMPLE FOUR-YEAR PLAN
|CHEM 109||5||PHYSICS 201||5|
|MATH 221||5||MATH 222||4|
|E C E 210||2||INTEREGR 110||1|
|Communications A||3||Liberal Studies Elective||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 252||2|
|PHYSICS 202||5||E C E 220||3|
|MATH 234||4||COMP SCI 300||3|
|E C E 219||1||E C E 330||3|
|E C E 203||3||E C E 230||4|
|Liberal Studies Elective||3||E C E 270||1|
|E C E/PHYSICS 235||3||ECE Advanced Elective||3|
|Professional Elective||3||ECE Advanced Elective||3|
|Statistics/Probability Elective||3||E P D 397||3|
|E C E 340||3||EE Advanced Lab (3XX)||1|
|E C E 271||1||Liberal Studies Elective||3|
|E C E/COMP SCI 352||3||Professional Elective||3|
|Liberal Studies Elective||3||Professional Elective||3|
|ECE Advanced Elective||3||ECE Advanced Elective||4|
|ECE Advanced Elective||3||ECE Capstone Design||3|
|EE Advanced Lab (3XX)||1||Liberal Studies Elective||3|
|E C E 370||2|
|ECE Advanced Elective||3|
|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
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.
Gubner (vice chair)
Ramanathan (vice chair)
van der Weide
*For scholarship information, please contact Professor Jiang.