Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Electrical Engineering Major (BSE)

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Electrical Engineering Major - Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

Electrical engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design, manufacture, and control of structures, machines, processes, and systems. In the past, the work of electrical engineers has had a direct and vital impact on people’s lives. Electrical engineers have been responsible for the creation of electric power, modern electronics, computers, electronic communication systems, modern flight controllers, automated manufacturing, and medical diagnostic tools. An electrical engineering education continues to provide opportunities for solving problems of great social significance and for increasing people’s quality of life.

The electrical engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, spans the disciplines of electronics, computers, circuits, electromagnetic fields, power systems, controls, communications, signal processing, and solid state materials and devices. The degree requires a minimum of 131 credit hours which include 33 credit hours associated with the UNLV’s General Education Core. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Major in Electrical Engineering.

Please see the UNLV Electrical and Computer Engineering department web page at http://ece.unlv.edu/ for more information about department programs, faculty, and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plans for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bse-electrical-engineering.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Engineering Advising Center at https://www.unlv.edu/engineering/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program - Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org

ABET Program Objectives (PO)

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

Electrical Engineering Program Objectives (EEPO)

The Program Educational Objective of the Electrical Engineering program is to create, apply, and disseminate knowledge immediately or within a few years after graduation the graduate:

  1. can successfully practice and mature intellectually in the field of Electrical Engineering or a related field.
  2. can be admitted to and successfully progress through a post graduate program in Electrical Engineering or related program.

ABET Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

Electrical Engineering Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

To achieve the above objectives and goals, each graduate of the Electrical Engineering Major will attain the following outcomes before graduation:

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Admission to the Major

Minimum GPA: 2.0

To enter the Electrical Engineering (EE) Major, a student must be admitted to the College of Engineering. Admission and transfer policies are described in the College of Engineering section. Students who have been admitted to the College of Engineering and are interested in being admitted to the EE Major will be placed in the Electrical Engineering Pre-major (EEGPRE). A student in the EEGPRE is eligible to submit an application to the Advising Center for advanced standing in the EE Major after completing the 22 credit EEGPRE curriculum listed as an (*) in Major Requirements. Students who have not completed the EEGPRE curriculum and do not have advanced standing in the EE Major cannot enroll in upper division Electrical Engineering courses except for those in the EEGPRE Extended Curriculum listed as a (**) in the Major Requirements.

Department Policies

Regardless of catalog of graduation students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog. All mathematics, science, and computer science courses, and ENG 101  and 102 must be completed with a grade of C or better. All engineering courses and their immediate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Electrical and computer engineering students should register for EE 497 - Senior Design Project I in their next to last semester before their anticipated date of graduation. Students should register for Senior Design I, in their next-to-last semester of expected graduation.

University Graduation Requirements

Electrical Engineering Major Degree Requirements - Total: 121-124 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 27-30 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

(See Note 1)

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

 (see note 2 below)

Mathematics - Credits: (Fulfilled by Major Requirements)

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 15

 Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

(see note 1 and 2)

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
  • Social Science: 6 credits  
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements. A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. Students are encouraged to use “double dipper” courses with their fine arts and social science requirements. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Major Requirements - BSE in Electrical Engineering - Subtotal: 94 Credits

 (*) signifies courses students are required to take in the Pre-major (EEGPRE) curriculum

(**) signifies courses students are required to take in the Pre-major (EEGPRE)  Extended curriculum (can be taken as Pre-major or Advanced Standing students)

Total Credits: 121-124


  1. EGG 101  in combination with EGG 202 , preferred for the First-Year Seminar.
  2. Every student must complete a three-credit Second-Year Seminar course. Course   satisfies the three-credit Second-Year Seminar course requirement as well as three credits of the Humanities requirement for College of Engineering students only whose degree requires 120+ credits.
  3. Please see department-approved lists available in the department office or Advising Center, for courses in social science, humanities, and fine arts. In addition,   and   are required.
  4.  Professional Electives: Professional electives must be electrical or computer engineering courses. Students are encouraged to select sequences of at least two courses in a given field. All professional electives must be approved by the Department. A list of approved professional electives is available through the department office or Advising Center. Students who want to apply a professional elective that is not on the approved list towards their EE major must obtain the Department Chair’s and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee’s Chair’s approval.
  5.  Mathematics/Science Elective. The mathematics/science elective must be from mathematics courses (MATH, STAT) or natural science courses (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS). All mathematics/science electives must be approved by the Department. A list of approved mathematics/science electives is available through the department office or Academic Advising Center. Students who want to apply a mathematics/science elective that is not on the approved list towards their EE major must obtain the Department Chair’s and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee’s Chair’s approval.

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