Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program

All EE students begin with a unifying foundation that is combined with technical and unrestricted electives focused on different application areas such as digital systems, communications, microelectronics, art and drama, and Environment and Sustainability.  Graduates of the electrical engineering program utilize their academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in electrical engineering and other fields. They analyze, design and implement creative solutions to problems with electrical and electronic devices and systems. They contribute effectively as team members, communicate clearly and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html.

  • Curriculum
  • Major Design Experience/Capstone
  • FAQs

    1. What courses can be used as HSS electives?

    The dean's office publishes a list of courses that can and cannot be used to meet this requirement.   A printout of this list is available in Thornton A-122.

    2.  Is there anything else that we need to be aware of in choosing an HSS elective?

    Students cannot take language courses in their native language for HSS electives.  Native language was designated on their application to UVA.

    3. Are unrestricted electives completely unrestricted?

    Not really. By definition, an unrestricted elective may be any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 1310 (or APMA 1090) and any other courses that substantially duplicate courses offered for the degree.

    4. I have to take APMA 1090. Can I use it for something?

    Yes. You can use it as an unrestricted elective (three credits)

    5. What are the choices for the science elective? 

    There are 7 choices: BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, CHEM 1620, ECE 2066, ENGR 2500, MSE 2090 and PHYS 2620.

    6. What courses are counted as Tech Electives?

    A technical elective is defined as a course in engineering (may be ECE), mathematics, or science (intended for science majors) at the 3000 level or above.  Any course appearing on the approved list of HSS electives may not be used as a technical elective.

    7. Can I take COMM classes as Tech electives?

    COMM classes may be used as unrestriced electives, not as technical electives.

    8. Can I take ASTR 3420 as a Technical Elective?

    No.  ASTR 3420 is not intended for science majors.

    9. Are we required to sign up for the ECE 4991 MDE course?

    You are required to satisfy the MDE requirement which is met by ECE 4991. However, you have the option to sign up for a section of ECE 4907-0X, as long as it satisfies the MDE criteria approved by the faculty. You may also take ECE 4332 or ECE 4440 to satisfy the MDE requirement.  The MDE criteria can be found in this handbook on p. 6. (See also question # 13).

    10. What requirements can ECE 2066 be used to fulfill?

    ECE 2066 can be used as a science elective or an unrestricted elective. It is not an ECE elective or a tech elective.

    11. I heard that some physics and MSE courses can be used to satisfy the ECE electives requirement. Is that true?

    Yes. The ECE Department has developed an ECE class that is cross listed with MSE 6167: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Material.  In addition, MSE 3670:  Materials for Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Applications may be used as an ECE elective.

    12. Can I deviate from the curriculum a little bit?

    Deviation from the curriculum requires the approval of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. You must petition to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for any deviation. Petition should be discussed with your adviser and should be sent by e-mail to Professor Sctt Barker (nsb6t@virginia.edu)

    13. Can I use ENGR 4010 and ENGR 4020 as ECE electives?

    If you want to use ENGR 4010/4020 to fulfill the MDE requirement, you may petition to use ENGR 4010 as an ECE elective.  The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will approve the petition based on the actual Electrical Engineering contents of your project.  ENGR 4020 cannot be used as an ECE elective.

    14. I have placed out of a required course, but I did not receive credit.  What should I take in place of this course?

    Students that have placed out of a required course but not received credit may replace that course with an unrestricted elective.  This substitution must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and recorded in SIS.    

     

     

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  • Accreditation Information and Graduation Data

    The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree

    The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree offered by the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

    Graduation data for these degree programs is included on this page that provides such information for all SEAS undergraduate degrees.

    Each degree program has defined Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), which are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. In addition, each program has defined Student Outcomes (SOs), which are are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.

  • Program Educational Objectives

    Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia utilize their academic preparation to become successful practitioners and innovators in electrical engineering and other fields.  They analyze, design and implement creative solutions to problems with electrical and electronic devices and systems. They contribute effectively as team members,  communicate clearly and interact responsibly with colleagues, clients, employers and society.

  • Student Outcomes

    The BS in Electrical Engineering program at the University of Virginia enables students to achieve, by the time of graduation:

    (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 multidisciplinary teams (understanding perspectives, communication).

    (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 (technical , nontechnical).

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