Electrical Engineering Transfer Pathway

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in electrical engineering at any UC campus.

Course expectations

  • 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. To check which of your community college courses satisfy the Pathway course expectations at multiple UC campuses, refer to the UC Transfer Pathways Guide for a summary list. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework at a particular UC campus. In addition to the coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

If you're working on an Associate Degree in electrical engineering at your community college, there's a lot of overlap with UC Transfer Pathway coursework. When you have options, try to select courses for your Associate Degree that meet both your community college and UC requirements. The difference between what UC expects and what some community colleges require is UC does not expect introduction to engineering; however, UC 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 degree programs may be added in the future so you should check back periodically to see if your major has joined this list.

  • 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.