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Biomedical Engineering Option

Undergraduate Study

The Electrical Engineering major is a designated capstone major. Undergraduate students complete a design course in which they integrate their knowledge of the discipline and engage in creative design within realistic and professional constraints. Students apply their knowledge and expertise gained in previous mathematics, science, and engineering coursework. Within a multidisciplinary team structure, students identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and present their projects to the class.

Electrical Engineering B.S.

Capstone Major

The undergraduate curriculum allows Electrical Engineering majors to specialize in one of three emphasis areas or options. The three options are structured as an electrical engineering degree, and the only degree offered to undergraduate students by the department is the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

No distinction is made among the three options: (1) electrical engineering (EE) option is the regular option that provides students with preparation in electrical engineering with a range of required and elective courses across several disciplines; (2) computer engineering (CE) option provides students with preparation in embedded systems and software and hardware issues. Students replace some of the senior courses in the regular EE option with computer engineering-oriented courses or computer science courses; and (3) biomedical engineering (BE) option provides students with exposure to additional chemistry and life sciences courses and helps them meet most of the premedical preparation requirements so that they are prepared for careers in bioengineering, medicine, or electrical engineering.

Biomedical Engineering Option

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL; Computer Science 31; Electrical Engineering 1, 2, 3, 10, M16 (or Computer Science M51A); Life Sciences 2, 3; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 4AL, 4BL.

The Major

Required: Electrical Engineering 101, 102, 103, 110, 110L, 113, 115A, 115AL, 131A, Mathematics 132, Statistics 105; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; and three major field elective courses (12 units), one design course (4 units), and one laboratory course (2 units) selected from the biomedical engineering pathway as follows: three major field elective courses from Electrical Engineering 132A, 141, and 176 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 105A; one capstone design course from Electrical Engineering 113D or 180D; and one laboratory course from Biomedical Engineering CM186C or Electrical Engineering M171L (or by petition from 194 or 199).

For information on University and general education requirements, see Requirements for B.S. Degrees on page 19 or

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