Electrical engineering

Taking the following courses will prepare you for electrical engineering at any UC campus that offers the major.

Expected coursework

  • Single variable calculus for STEM majors (one-year sequence)
  • Multivariable/vector calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Calculus-based physics (full introductory sequence of 3 semesters/5 quarters through modern physics, with labs)
  • General chemistry 1 (with lab)
  • Circuit analysis (with lab)
  • Computer programming (1 course)

Note: Completion of logic design is recommended pre-transfer, but students will not be negatively affected in competitiveness for admission if this course is taken, as needed, post-transfer.

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in electrical engineering at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for electrical engineering transfer students is that UC does not expect introduction to engineering and will expect linear algebra and the full introductory physics sequence (3 semesters/5 quarters).

Applicable majors

The electrical engineering pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Davis
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Irvine
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Los Angeles
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Riverside
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at San Diego
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Santa Barbara
  • Electrical engineering, B.S. at Santa Cruz

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Electrical engineering is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare