Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering (EE) is a profession that uses science, mathematics, computers and other technology, coupled with problem solving skills, to design, construct, and maintain products, services, and systems using electricity and electronics. Electrical engineers research, design, develop, and operate the many electrical systems and components that run our world. Electrical engineers are often associated with computer chips, power generation, or telecommunications. However, electrical engineers also specialize in such work as circuit design, computers and automatic control systems, microelectronics, electronic photography and television, energy sources and systems, and solid-state materials and devices. Electrical engineers work in the communications, aerospace, computer, electrical power, medical, semiconductor, and consumer electronics industries. Electrical engineering is a field with diverse challenges and many opportunities.

The EE program at USD encompasses a breadth of traditional fields and provides depth in electronics, signal analysis, and digital systems. In addition, students complete the broad range of core curriculum requirements that lead to a unique dual BS/BA degree in electrical engineering. Within the curriculum, special emphasis is placed upon engineering design and the use of the computer both as an engineering tool and as an integral component in systems. Both emphases are integrated throughout the curriculum with basic concepts introduced during the first two years followed by increasing levels of application complexity throughout the upper division courses.

The educational objectives of the USD electrical engineering program are to develop graduates who:

  • Are able to apply their electrical engineering and broad academic backgrounds in their professional and personal endeavors
  • Can adapt to evolving job responsibilities
  • Can contribute effectively on a team and provide leadership in their professional careers

To achieve these objectives, the EE program has been designed to ensure that graduates have achieved the following outcomes:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. 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

d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. an ability to communicate effectively

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues [in the profession]

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

l. an ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics to applications in electrical engineering.

Fast-changing technologies in the field of electrical engineering mean that life-long learning is a necessity for members of the profession. The significance of electrical engineering technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world creates additional professional responsibilities. As part of these professional obligations, all EE majors are expected to maintain student membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Electrical Engineering Advisory Board

The Electrical Engineering Advisory Board (EEAB) was organized in Summer 2001 to represent the interests of the electrical engineering industry and alumni to the electrical engineering program. The board, composed of representatives from companies such as SAIC, General Atomics, ViaSat Inc., and SDGE, serves, serves to expand the level and role of industry affiliates in the continued development of the electrical engineering program and in the promotion of cooperative programs and relations with industry and the San Diego community.

Available Minors

The electrical engineering standard pattern qualifies students for a minor in mathematics without any additional courses. Interested majors should apply to the mathematics department for specific approval of the minor. Minors are possible in other areas, particularly computer science or physics, but also business administration, etc., by the addition of courses not included in the engineering standard patterns. The interested student should consult this course catalog or the specific department for guidance, as well as an engineering advisor for career-oriented advice.

Requirements for the EE Major: 147 semester units

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and upper division writing.

Mathematics and Basic Science requirements (36-39 semester units):

Mathematics
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
MATH 311Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering II3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 315 Applied Probability and Statistics
Physics
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
PHYS 272Introduction to Modern Physics0-3
or MENG 260 Introduction to Thermal Sciences
Chemistry
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Life Science Elective3

Engineering Core Requirements (22-25 units):

These courses include units in engineering science and design and other subject requirements in support of engineering breadth:

ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or COMP 150 Computer Programming I
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
MENG 210Statics3
MENG 260Introduction to Thermal Sciences0-3
or PHYS 272 Introduction to Modern Physics

Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (6 units):

In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of communication and engineering ethics.  These courses also fulfill university core requirements. In addition, economics (ECON 101 or 102) is recommended.

COMM 203Public Speaking 13
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics3
1

ROTC students may substitute NAVS 201, MILS 301, or SDSU AS 300A for COMM 203 in the engineering program. These classes will not satisfy university core requirements 

Electrical Engineering Requirements (47 units):

These courses include units in electrical engineering science and design. These classes are required by the major:

ELEC 301Electronics I4
ELEC 302Electronics II4
ELEC 310Embedded Systems Design4
ELEC 320Principles of Electrical Power3
ELEC 340Digital Design4
ELEC 350Signals and Systems3
ELEC 430Applied Electromagnetics4
ELEC 460Control Systems Engineering4
ELEC 470Communication Principles and Circuits4
ELEC 491WElectrical Engineering Design and Practice I4
ELEC 492Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II3
Approved Electives
Six units from the following approved electives (including at least two 3 or 4 unit courses):6
Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Microcomputer-Based Systems Design
Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering
Digital Signal Processing and Applications
Biomedical Instrumentation
Forensic Engineering
Wireless and Digital Communications
Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
Special Topics in Electrical Engineering
Numerical Analysis
Networking
Neural Networks

New elective offerings are often made available; a complete list of approved electives can be obtained from the chair of electrical engineering.

Core Curriculum Requirements (33 or more additional units):

All electrical engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.

Required Program of Study: Electrical Engineering 

First Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
CC Electives6
Semester II
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 151Calculus II4
ENGR 121
or COMP 150
Engineering Programming
Computer Programming I
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ENGR 102
or 103
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
User-Centered Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester II
ELEC 201Electrical Circuits4
MATH 250Calculus III4
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
MENG 210Statics3
PHYS 272
or MENG 260
Introduction to Modern Physics
Introduction to Thermal Sciences
3
Junior Year
Semester I
ELEC 301Electronics I4
ELEC 340Digital Design4
ENGR 311Engineering Materials Science3
MATH 311Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering II3
CC elective3
Semester II
ELEC 302Electronics II4
ELEC 310Embedded Systems Design4
ELEC 350Signals and Systems3
CC elective6
Senior Year
Semester I
ELEC 320Principles of Electrical Power3
ELEC 430Applied Electromagnetics4
ELEC 470Communication Principles and Circuits4
ELEC 491WElectrical Engineering Design and Practice I4
Semester II
ELEC 460Control Systems Engineering4
ELEC 492Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II3
ELEC elective3
CC elective6
Senior Year 2
Semester I
ELEC elective3
CC electives12

Courses

ELEC 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRO-TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE

Units: 3

Introduction to the underlying scientific principles of electrical and electronic technologies encountered in our daily lives. This course answers how and why for the student with minimal background in physical science. Foundations of both historic and emerging technologies, and how they affect our environment and society are presented. This course fulfills a non-laboratory core curriculum Physical Science requirement for non-majors. Three hours lecture-recitation-demonstration per week.

ELEC 201 | ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: PHYS 271 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Electrical element physical behavior and component models; network laws and analysis techniques; time and frequency domain techniques for the analysis of linear networks; computer-aided analysis using SPICE or approved equivalent; introduction to AC power; laboratory circuit design, testing, and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall and spring semesters.

ELEC 201L | ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS LAB

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ELEC 201 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Laboratory for ELEC 201.

ELEC 301 | ELECTRONICS I

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 201

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic devices, circuits and systems including single and multiple transistor amplifiers, logic gates and other digital logic building block elements; low frequency models of bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors; design features and characteristics of integrated circuit operational amplifiers; computer-aided analysis and design using SPICE; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 302 | ELECTRONICS II

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 301 and ELEC 350 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Electronic circuit design including integrated circuit realizations; computer-aided design using SPICE; power amplifiers and output stages; design of feedback amplifiers and active filters; frequency response including high frequency models of electronic devices; laboratory design, testing and verification. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 310 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ELEC 340

Introduction to a basic microprocessor and its applications; microcomputer systems organization; memory and I/O device interfacing; assembly language programming of a basic microprocessor; use of assemblers and other development tools. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 310L | INTRODUCTION TO MICROCOMPUTERS

Units: 1

ELEC 320 | PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRICAL POWER

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 201

Fundamentals of electrical power circuits and devices; electromechanical energy conversion; theory and analysis of magnetic circuits and transformers; theory and analysis of DC and AC electric machines including steady-state and dynamic characteristics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 340 | DIGITAL DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ELEC 201

Analysis and design of combinational and sequential digital circuits; digital circuit design using MSI, LSI, and VLSI; digital systems design using programmable logic devices; design and simulation using a hardware description language; asynchronous sequential logic; digital electronics. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 350 | SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (COMP 150 or ENGR 121) and MATH 310 and ELEC 201 and MATH 311 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Methods of analysis for linear, time-invariant systems; time and frequency domain analysis; Fourier series; Laplace and Fourier Transform methods of analysis; state variable representation; sampling theorem; simulation diagrams and system realization; introduction to discrete-time approximations and analysis; computer-aided analysis and simulation using MATLAB or equivalent. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 403 | ADVANCED ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT DESIGN

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 302

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including: oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration.

ELEC 410 | MICROCOMPUTER-BASED SYSTEMS DESIGN

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 310

Use of microcomputer as an engineering system component in design; systems characteristics and programming of microprocessors, microcontrollers and related architectures; data acquisition, control, timing, I/O, and interfacing; use of computer-aided tools for design and evaluation of microcomputer-based systems; design projects.

ELEC 430 | APPLIED ELECTROMAGNETICS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 311 and PHYS 271 and ELEC 350

Principles of electromagnetic fields, propagation, and transmission; Maxwell’s equations and classical solutions using boundary conditions; microwave transmission line principles and applications; waveguides; introduction to antennas. Computer-aided analysis and design. Fall semester.

ELEC 432 | RADIO FREQUENCY AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 311 and ELEC 302 and ELEC 430 (Can be taken Concurrently)

An introduction to the design and analysis of active and passive radio frequency and microwave circuits. Topics include radio frequency and microwave circuit analysis, measurement methods, transmission line structures, matching networks, oscillators, and mixers. Computer-aided analysis and design.

ELEC 450 | DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING AND APPLICATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 350 and (ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) or MATH 315 (Can be taken Concurrently))

Analysis and design of sampled-data and discrete-time systems; z-transform and state-space techniques; introduction to hardware implementation; principles of digital signal processing and control including noise considerations; computer-aided analysis and design.

ELEC 456 | BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 302

Techniques and equipment used by engineers in biomedical signal acquisition, biomedical signal analysis, and medical environment. Theory and application of biomedical technology. Basics of and requirements for biosignal transducing, amplification, and processing. Topics include current biomedical imaging technology, biomedical safety, and biomedical ethics.

ELEC 460 | CONTROL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 320 and ELEC 350 and MATH 311

Analysis and design of linear feedback systems; control components; time, frequency, and transform domain representations and design techniques; systems specifications, performance indices, evaluation and testing; controller and compensator design; complex frequency and state-variable techniques. Introduction to sampled-data systems. Computer-aided design and simulation. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 470 | COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES AND CIRCUITS

Units: 4

Prerequisites: ELEC 302 and ELEC 350 and MATH 311 and (ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) or MATH 315 (Can be taken Concurrently))

Signal analysis; analog and digital modulation and detection techniques; modern communication circuits and devices. Application of probability theory and random processes to communication systems. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 472 | WIRELESS AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ELEC 470

Digital and wireless communication systems and modulation techniques. Schemes for multiplexing and multiple access in wireless networks. Propagation and channel coding issues. Practical issues in the design and development of cellular, satellite-based, and other wireless communication systems.

ELEC 472L | WIRELESS AND DIIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS LAB

Units: 1

Prerequisites: ELEC 470 and ELEC 472 (Can be taken Concurrently)

ELEC 480 | OPTOELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND DEVICES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGR 311 and ELEC 301

Introduction to the operation and design of optoelectronic materials and devices including compound semiconductors, fabrication, crystal growth, and devices such as lasers, LEDs, and detectors.

ELEC 491W | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN AND PRACTICE I

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ELEC 302 and ELEC 310 and ELEC 350

Proposal and concept design phase of a capstone project culminating in a documented and approved project to be implemented in Electrical Engineering Design and Practice II (ELEC 492). Working as a multidisciplinary team, an iterative design process is applied to a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. Stages of design include problem identification, formulation of requirements, research and analysis, evaluation of alternatives, use of modern design methods and engineering techniques that incorporate realistic constraints, project planning, testing and proof-of-concept. Societal, ethical, and professional practice considerations are integrated into the design process. Three hours lecture-recitation and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ELEC 492 | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN AND PRACTICE II

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ELEC 491W

Principles of engineering design culminating in a project that applies and integrates topics in electrical and electronic circuits, signals, and systems; technical and non-technical considerations; research, planning, analysis, detail design, prototyping, implementation, testing, evaluation, and documentation of an engineering design project; design reviews including written reports and oral presentations to multiple audiences. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ELEC 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to current engineering practice in electrical/electronics/computer engineering. May be repeated for credit.

ELEC 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in the EE major. Prior approval by the department chair is required.

ELEC 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed upper division level internship/ co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

ELEC 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment.

Chair

Mikaya L. D. Lumori, PhD

Faculty

Ernest M. Kim, PhD, PE

Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD

Michael S. Morse, PhD, JD

Thomas F. Schubert, Jr., PhD, PE

Subramanian Shastri, PhD