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  • Electrical Engineering

    Electrical engineering is concerned with all phases and development of the transmission and utilization of electric energy and intelligence. From communication systems to electronic components that run computers and motor vehicles, electrical engineers design products and systems that meet the needs of today and tomorrow's electrical and electronic systems.

    About this Major

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


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    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 academic areas including:

    • Electronic Devices and Circuits
    • Electromagnetics, Power and Photonics
    • Computers, Communications and Systems and Controls

    The curriculum also prepares an engineer for professional licensure.

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

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    Admission Requirements

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

    To be admitted, a student must have an overall 2.5 grade point average in critical tracking courses, based on the first two attempts in eight professional courses and have earned a minimum grade of C in each course of Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Physics with Calculus 1, Physics with Calculus 2, Differential Equations and General Chemistry. Only the first two attempts (including withdrawals) in each course will be considered for admission to or retention in the department. 

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    Department Requirements

    A minimum grade of C is required in any course transferred into the junior-senior years from another institution.

    Courses marked below with a must be completed with minimum grade of C. For a course to be used as a prerequisite for an EEE/EEL-prefixed course, a minimum grade of C is required in the prerequisite course. Any 3000/4000 level EEL/EEE-prefixed course not taken to satisfy the breadth or depth requirement can be applied as EE technical elective, excluding EEL 3003, which does not apply toward degree requirements.

    ECE majors must have an overall 2.0 GPA in all ECE courses to meet degree requirements.

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

    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 S-U.

    An electrical engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below 2.0 or whose pre-professional grades do not meet department admission requirements will be placed on academic probation and be required to prepare a probation contract with an ECE academic advisor. If a student is not making normal academic progress, he or 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 of probation may be dismissed from the department.

    All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview with their advisor before graduating.

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    Educational Objectives

    The objectives of the EE program at UF are to prepare students for

    • Successful careers in a dynamic industry that is global, multidisciplinary and evolving; and/or for admission to, and excelling in, the top graduate programs in the world
    • Good citizenship by engaging in ethical engineering for the betterment of society and the world.
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    Goals

    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.

    Mission

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

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses. MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302,
      PHY 2048, PHY 2049 CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, CHM 2046 or CHM 2096 or an approved biological sciences course must be completed with minimum grade of C in each course within two attempts (including withdrawals). 
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with the appropriate minimum grade within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with the appropriate minimum grades within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with the appropriate minimum grades within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with the appropriate minimum grades within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    State Core GE-B/P
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 or
    Biological Science (GE-B)
    3
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers
    State Core GE-C
    3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1
    GE-P
    3
    PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
    GE-P
    1
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2
    GE-P
    3
    PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    1
    Computer Programming elective 3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H, N; WR
    3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    EEL 3111C Circuits 1 4
    EEL 3701C Digital Logic and Computer Systems 4
    ​MAS 3114 Computational Linear Algebra ​3
    Social Behavior Diversity
    GE-S/D
    3
    Total 14
    Summer Credits
    EEL 3135 Introduction to Signals and Systems 4
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    STA 3032 Engineering Statistics 3
    Total 10
    Semester 5 Credits
    EEL 3000 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering 2
    ​EEL 3008 Physics of Electrical Engineering 3​​
    EEL 3744C Microprocessor Applications 4
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Total 12
    Semester 6 Credits
    EEL 3112 Circuits 2 3
    Electrical Engineering Breadth electives #1 and #2 8​​
    Interdisciplinary elective #1 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    Electrical Engineering Breadth elective #3 4
    Electrical Engineering Depth elective #1 3
    Electrical Engineering Technical elective 5
    Interdisciplinary elective #2 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    ​EEL 3923C Electrical Engineering Design 1 3​​
    Electrical Engineering Depth elective #2 3
    Electrical Engineering Technical elective 3
    Interdisciplinary elective #3 3
    Total 12
    Semester 9 Credits
    EEL 4924C Electrical Engineering Design 2 3
    Electrical Engineering Technical elective 9
    Total 12

    Completed with a minimum grade of C. In order to use a course as a prerequisite course for course used as a prerequisite for an EEE/EEL-prefixed course, a minimum grade of C is required in the prerequisite course. Any 3000/4000-level EEL/EEE-prefixed course not taken to satisfy the breadth or depth requirement can be applied as an EE technical elective, excluding EEL 3003, which does not apply toward degree requirements.

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    Approved Courses

    Computer Programming: choose 1
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers, C++ section, 2 credits, and
    COP 2271L Computer Programming for Engineers Laboratory, C++, 1 credit
    3
    COP 3275 Computer Programming Using C 3
    EEL 3834 Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineers 3
    Electrical Engineering Breadth: choose 3
    EEL 3211C Basic Electric Energy 4
    EEE 3308C Electronic Circuits 1 4
    EEE 3396C Solid State Devices 4
    EEL 3472C Electromagnetic Fields & Apps 1 4
    EEE 4260C Bioelectrical Systems 4
    EEL 4511C Real Time Digital Signal Process 4
    EEL 4514C Communications 4
    EEL 4657C Linear Controls 4
    EEL 4712C Digital Design 4
    Electrical Engineering Depth: 6 credits
    Choose 2 courses from 2 different areas. See academic advisor for the approved lists.
    Interdisciplinary  Technical Electives: 3 courses
    Any 3000 level or above non-ECE course in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering or, from the Math Department with an MAA, MAD, MAP, MAS prefix, or from the Physics Department with the exception of PHY 3400. 
    Electrical Engineering Technical Electives: 17 credits
    Any 3000 level or above course in ECE, with the exception of EEL 3003 and EEL3008.
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majors: electrical-engineering