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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering

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The following areas of concentration are available for Electrical Engineering students:

Electronics (Circuits and Devices)  

Communications and Signal Processing  

Digital Systems  

Electric Power  

Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

The Academic Program

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering requires 126 course credits of study.  Students typically enter the Electrical Engineering program as sophomores after completing the First-Year Engineering program.  Sophomore electrical engineering students begin their education taking core curriculum courses in circuits, semiconductor electronics, digital logic, computer organization, and signals and systems, as well as a communication-skills elective.  In the junior and senior years, students complete the required core and satisfy the program’s elective requirements.  The curriculum allows for nine electives (four electrical engineering, four technical and one open elective), in addition to six humanities and social science electives.

The humanities and social science electives must be selected from the list of acceptable electives compiled by the school. The communications skills elective is also chosen from a list available on the department web site. The open elective may be satisfied by taking a course that is acceptable for any other elective course category, or by using (for example) 3 credits of band, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), 3 rotations of co-operative education or chorus. Technical electives may include electrical engineering electives, courses in other engineering disciplines, mathematics courses, or basic science courses. The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. http://www. For more information on the program, visit our website or contact

Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Electrical Engineering at Pitt was established in 1890 as one of the first electrical engineering departments in the United States. The overall objective of the Electrical Engineering Program is for our graduates to become successful professionals in a diverse, global environment, and to be able to innovate and operate new technologies, and adapt to shifting technologies, in whatever career path they choose to pursue. This includes careers in electrical engineering through employment in industry, government or private practices, as well as careers in other engineering, science, or professional disciplines such as bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, business, law, or medicine. Our graduates will also pursue advanced study in electrical engineering or other engineering, science, or professional fields and be able to serve in leadership positions in academia, industry or government.

Third Term

Credits: 15

Credits: 16

Credits: 15

Credits: 15

Seventh Term

Credits: 16

Eighth Term

  • ECE-Elective 3 - 3 Credits
  • ECE-Elective 4 - 3 Credits
  • Technical Elective 3 - 3 Credits
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective 6 - 3 Credits
  • Open Elective - 3 Credits

Credits: 15

Each student must complete at least one ECE design elective from the following list.


Students are asked to present and demonstrate their design projects at one of the ECE department’s senior design expos, which are held near the end of the fall and spring terms. These design electives can also be used to satisfy ECE elective requirements. However, a given course can only be used to satisfy one requirement.

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