Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


Electrical Engineering (EEL)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

8 Semester Plan

128 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 14.1001 - Track 1 of 2

College of Engineering


Major Description

The Electrical Engineering major offers study in all areas fundamental to the analysis, design, and development of electrical devices and systems. ​The areas covered by the major include foundational topics such as circuits and electrical power, to applications such as Internet of Things, Smart Grid and Data Analytics. The major offers curriculum tracks that include: Bioelectrical Systems, Communication Systems, Energy, Power and Sustainability, Mechatronics, Robotics and Embedded Systems, Wireless Systems and Micro and Nano-scale Systems. Additional information on these areas may be found at: http://www.usf.edu/engineering/ee/documents/trackdescriptions.pdf. Well-equipped laboratories reinforce fundamental concepts, while providing real world hands-on exposure.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is to provide a high quality education in electrical engineering for our students and practicing professionals; create new knowledge and solve real world problems via innovative research, and disseminate this information for the benefit of society; and to engage in effective regional, national and international service and outreach.

MajorProgram Educational Objectives
The Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is committed to graduating electrical engineers who shall within a few years of graduation:

  • Demonstrate a progression in technical competence and increasing responsibility in the practice of engineering.
  • Engage in written and oral professional communication within and beyond the engineering community.
  • Continue to develop professionally through life-long learning, advanced education, and other creative pursuits in science and technology.

Please refer to the mission statement on the department website for additional information.

Entrance and Continuation Requirements for the Electrical Engineering Department
College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Electrical Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses.

Minimum Admission Requirement for the Electrical Engineering Department

  • Completion of:
  • A minimum grade of C in each course and a 2.75 GPA based upon the best attempt in these courses for guaranteed admission to the department, OR a 2.5 GPA based upon the best attempt in these courses for a conditional admission to the department pending review of complete transcript.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • A minimum USF GPA of 2.0

Minimum Continuation Requirement for the Electrical Engineering Department

Continuation in the major requires successful completion of Differential Equations with a grade of B (not B-) or higher (best attempt).

GPA and Grade Requirement
Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in BSEE required math, science, engineering and specialization courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Departmental Policies
In addition to the College’s graduation requirement, the department has the following policies:

  1. Students must consult with an academic advisor for the development of their individual academic study plan, and selection and approval of their Electrical Engineering Technical Electives.
  2. Students must complete Exit interviews as a graduation requirement.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students qualify for direct entry to the department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.


Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302 or MAP X305

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C orCHS 2440/CHS 2440L General Chemistry for Engineers with LabCHS X440/X440LPHY 2048/PHY 2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048LPHY 2049/PHY 2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L

Total Major Hours: 107 Hours

Major Core Courses - 107 Hours

Math and Science (27 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (7 credit hours)

  • EGN 3000 Foundations of Engineering
  • EGN 3000L Foundations of Engineering Laboratory
  • EGN 3443 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
  • EGN 3615 Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications (required FKL Social and Behavioral Elective)

Major Core (37 credit hours)

  • Required Core (25 credit hours)
  • Elective Core (12 credit hours)
    • Students must choose four (4) out of the six (6) courses listed below. Each course serves as a "gateway" to the Technical Tracks (see technical tracks and technical electives lists below).
      • EEE 3302 Electronics I (Gateway Course for Technical Track #1)
      • EEL 4512C Introduction to Communication Systems (Gateway Course for Technical Track #2)
      • EGN 3375 Electromechanical systems (Gateway Course for Technical Track #3)
      • EEL 4657 Linear Control Systems (Gateway Course for Technical Track #4)
      • EEL 4423C Wireless Circuits & Systems Design Laboratory (Gateway Course for Technical Track #5)
      • EEE 4351C Semiconductor Devices (Gateway Course for Technical Track #6)

Major Specialization (14 credit hours)

Students must choose a minimum of two (2) technical tracks as areas of specialization and select at least two (2) 3-credit hour courses and one (1) 1-credit hour laboratory from courses listed under each track. Courses cannot be double counted across tracks.

See Track and Technical Electives lists below; graduate-level courses are also available under each track area.

  • Track 1: Bioelectrical Systems
  • Track 2: Communication Systems
    • EEE 4305 Communications Electronics
    • EEL 4595 Mobile and Personal Communication
    • EEL 4727C Digital Signal Processing with Field Programmable
    • EEL 4756 Digital Signal Processing
    • EEL 4936 Wireless Communications Lab
  • Track 3: Energy, Power, and Sustainability
  • Track 4: Mechatronics, Robotics, and Embedded Systems
  • Track 5: Wireless Circuits and Systems
  • Track 6: Micro and Nano-scale Systems

Major Electives (13 credit hours)

Select 13 credit hours of course and laboratory work from any of the Electrical Engineering upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students may choose more coursework under the two specialization tracks, or choose breadth over depth by choosing courses in other Electrical Engineering areas.

One 3-credit hour course may be taken outside of the Electrical Engineering department, with prior department approval.

Capstone Design Sequence (6 credit hours)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

  • ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers (WRIN)

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