Preparation for the Major

Courses in math, physics, and chemistry will prepare a student for the Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. It is highly recommended that students own a personal/laptop computer when they begin their Electrical Engineering degree, since most engineering courses require computer assignments. 


Students are encouraged to apply six to ten months prior to the semester they wish to attend in order to arrange housing, Eng_006Fapply for financial assistance, and attend new student orientation/early registration programs. Students may declare an Electrical Engineering major upon being accepted into the university. However, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and a minimum grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken in the major. A student initially enrolls as a pre-engineering major in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. For admission policies, procedures and requirements, please visit the SDSU Undergraduate Admissions page.


The curriculum provides students with a broad, practical education, including 53 credit hours of Electrical Engineering courses, 12 credit hours of technical electives, and a two-semester senior design sequence that allows students to work in teams designing and building a significant project. In their senior year, students may choose an emphasis area from Electrical Engineering technical electives.

Emphasis Areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications and Advanced Electronics
  • Computers-Digital Hardware
  • Electronic Devices and Materials
  • Image Processing
  • Power Systems

For more information on course listings, sequence, and graduation requirements, please see the Online Catalog.


During the second semester of the freshman year, students are encouraged to apply online for Electrical Engineering scholarships. The program offers approximately 30 scholarships totaling $40,000 each year. The College of Engineering also offers scholarships to all engineering students, for which Electrical Engineering students usually average five to six scholarships totaling $7,500 each year. For more information, please visit our Scholarship page or contact the department.


Each student will have a faculty advisor dedicated to helping them through the program, choosing an emphasis area or minor, securing summer internship or cooperative, and finding a full-time position upon graduation.