Degree Requirements

The road to graduation may seem long and intimidating, but we’re here to help guide you towards your degree.

 

Critical Path Guide

The Critical Path Guide will teach you what courses are necessary to make progress towards your degree. This flowchart shows the prerequisites for each class, allowing you to plan what courses you will take and optimize your time at San Jose State University.

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A diagram of the EE department's critical path guide.

 


 

Sample Curriculum Plans

Our sample curriculum plans show you some possible paths you could take to earn your degree. Following these plans, you can complete the Electrical Engineering program in 4 or 4.5 years, depending on your specific situation.

We recommend visiting our Advising section and speaking with an academic advisors to see if any of these curriculum plans are right for you.

Table of Contents:

 

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Plan

 

Freshman Year

Semester 1 Units
MATH 30 or 30X (Calculus 1) 3
COMM 20 (Public Speaking) 3
ENGL 1A (First Year Writing) 3
EE 30 (Introduction to Programming 
Micro-Controllers for EE)
3
Total Semester Units 12
Semester 2 Units
MATH 31 or 31X (Calculus 2) 4
PHYS 50 (General Physics/Mechanics) 4
ENGL 1B (Argument and Analysis) 3
CHEM 1A (General Chemistry) 5
Total Semester Units 16

 

Sophomore Year

Semester 3 Units
MATH 32 or 32X (Calculus 3) 3
PHYS 51 (General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism) 4
AMS 1A (American Cultures to 1877) 6
ENGR 10 (Introduction to Engineering) 3
Total Semester Units 16
Semester 4 Units
MATH 33A (Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGR)
OR
MATH 33LA (Diff. Eq. & Linear Algebra)
3
PHYS 52 (General Physics/Waves, Light, Heat) 4
AMS 1B (American Cultures 1877 - Present) 6
EE 97 (Introductory EE Laboratory) 1
EE 98 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis) 3
Total Semester Units 17

 

Junior Year

Semester 5 Units
EE 110 (Circuits and Systems) 3
EE 110L (Continuous and Discrete Time 
Systems Laboratory)
1
EE 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design) 4
EE 140 (Principles of Electromag. Fields) 3
MATE 153 (Electronic, Optical and Magnetic
Properties of Materials)
3
Total Semester Units 14 
Semester 6 Units
EE 112 (Introduction to Signal Processing) 3
EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design) 4
EE 122 (Electronic Design I) 4
EE 128 (Physical Electronics) 3
ENGR 100W (Engineering Reports) 3
Total Semester Units 17

 

Senior Year

Semester 7 Units
EE 102 (Probability & Statistics in Electrical) 3
EE 124 (Electronic Design II) 4
EE 132 (Theory of Automatic Controls)
OR
EE 160 (Principles of Comm. Systems)
3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #1 3
EE 198A (Senior Design Project I) 1
ENGR 195A (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 15
Semester 8 Units
Upper-Division Technical Elective #2 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #3 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #4 3
EE 198B (Senior Design Project II) 3
ENGR 195B (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 13

 

 

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Map
(With MATH 19 and Summer Session)

 

Freshman Year

Semester 1 Units
MATH 19 (Precalculus) 3
COMM 20 (Public Speaking) 3
ENGL 1A (First Year Writing) 3
ENGR 10 (Introduction Engineering) 3
Total Semester Units 12 
Semester 2 Units
MATH 30 or 30X (Calculus 1) 3
EE 30 (Introduction to Programming 
Micro-Controllers for EE)
3
ENGL 1B (Argument and Analysis) 3
CHEM 1A (General Chemistry) 5
Total Semester Units 14

 

Summer Semester

Semester 3 Units
MATH 31 or 31X (Calculus 2) 4
PHYS 50 (General Physics/Mechanics) 4
Total Semester Units 8

 

Sophomore Year

Semester 4 Units
MATH 32 or 32X (Calculus 3) 3
PHYS 51 (General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism) 4
AMS 1A (American Cultures to 1877) 6
Total Semester Units 13
Semester 5 Units
MATH 33A (Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGR)
OR
MATH 33LA (Diff. Eq. & Linear Algebra)
3
PHYS 52 (General Physics/Waves, Light, Heat) 4
AMS 1B (American Cultures 1877 - Present) 6
EE 97 (Introductory EE Laboratory) 1
EE 98 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis) 3
Total Semester Units 17

 

Junior Year

Semester 6 Units
EE 110 (Circuits and Systems) 3
EE 110L (Continuous and Discrete Time 
Systems Laboratory)
1
EE 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design) 4
EE 140 (Principles of Electromag. Fields) 3
MATE 153 (Electronic, Optical and Magnetic
Properties of Materials)
3
Total Semester Units 14

Semester 7

Units
EE 112 (Introduction to Signal Processing) 3
EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design) 4
EE 122 (Electronic Design I) 4
EE 128 (Physical Electronics) 3
ENGR 100W (Engineering Reports) 3
Total Semester Units 17

 

Senior Year

Semester 8 Units
EE 102 (Probability & Statistics in Electrical) 3
EE 124 (Electronic Design II) 4
EE 132 (Theory of Automatic Controls)
OR
EE 160 (Principles of Comm. Systems)
3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #1 3
EE 198A (Senior Design Project I) 1
ENGR 195A (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 15
Semester 9 Units
Upper-Division Technical Elective #2 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #3 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #4 3
EE 198B (Senior Design Project II) 3
ENGR 195B (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 13

 


 

Sample 4.5-Year Curriculum Plan
(No Summer Session)

 

Freshman Year

Semester 1 Units
MATH 30 or 30X (Calculus 1) 3
COMM 20 (Public Speaking) 3
ENGL 1A (First Year Writing) 3
EE 30 (Introduction to Programming 
Micro-Controllers for EE)
3
Total Semester Units 12
Semester 2 Units
MATH 31 or 31X (Calculus 2) 4
PHYS 50 (General Physics/Mechanics) 4
ENGL 1B (Argument and Analysis) 3
ENGR 10 (Introduction to Engineering) 3
Total Semester Units 14

 

Sophomore Year

Semester 3 Units
MATH 32 or 32X (Calculus 3) 3
PHYS 51 (General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism) 4
AMS 1A (American Cultures to 1877) 6
Total Semester Units 13
Semester 4 Units
MATH 33A (Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGR)
OR
MATH 33LA (Diff. Eq. & Linear Algebra)
3
PHYS 52 (General Physics/Waves, Light, Heat) 4
AMS 1B (American Cultures 1877 - Present) 6
Total Semester Units 13 

 

Junior Year

Semester 5 Units
EE 97 (Introductory EE Laboratory) 1
EE 98 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis) 3
ENGR 100W (Engineering Reports) 5
CHEM 1A (General Chemistry) 3
Total Semester Units 12
Semester 6 Units
EE 110 (Circuits and Systems) 3
EE 110L (Continuous and Discrete Time 
Systems Laboratory)
1
EE 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design) 4
EE 140 (Principles of Electromag. Fields) 3
MATE 153 (Electronic, Optical and Magnetic
Properties of Materials)
3
Total Semester Units 14

 

Senior Year

Semester 7 Units
EE 112 (Introduction to Signal Processing) 3
EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design) 4
EE 122 (Electronic Design I) 4
EE 128 (Physical Electronics) 3
Total Semester Units 14
Semester 8 Units
EE 102 (Probability & Statistics in Electrical)
EE 124 (Electronic Design II) 4
EE 132 (Theory of Automatic Controls)
OR
EE 160 (Principles of Comm. Systems)
3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #1 3
EE 198A (Senior Design Project I) 1
ENGR 195A (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 15

 

Final Semester

Semester 9 Units
Upper-Division Technical Elective #2 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #3 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #4 3
EE 198B (Senior Design Project II) 3
ENGR 195B (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 13

 

Sample 4.5-Year Curriculum Plan
(No Summer Session, With Math 19)

 

Freshman Year

Semester 1 Units
MATH 19 (Precalculus) 3
COMM 20 (Public Speaking) 3
ENGL 1A (First Year Writing) 3
ENGR 10 (Introduction Engineering) 3
Total Semester Units 12
Semester 2 Units
MATH 30 or 30X (Calculus 1) 3
EE 30 (Introduction to Programming 
Micro-Controllers for EE)
3
ENGL 1B (Argument and Analysis) 3
CHEM 1A (General Chemistry) 5
Total Semester Units 17

 

Sophomore Year

Semester 3 Units
MATH 31 or 31X (Calculus 2) 4
PHYS 50 (General Physics/Mechanics) 4
AMS 1A (American Cultures to 1877) 6
Total Semester Units 14
Semester 4 Units
MATH 32 or 32X (Calculus 3) 3
PHYS 51 (General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism) 4
AMS 1B (American Cultures 1877 - Present) 6
Total Semester Units 13 

 

Junior Year

Semester 5 Units
MATH 33A (Ordinary Differential Equations for SCI & ENGR)
OR
MATH 33LA (Diff. Eq. & Linear Algebra)
3
PHYS 52 (General Physics/Waves, Light, Heat) 4
EE 97 (Introductory EE Laboratory) 1
EE 98 (Introduction to Circuit Analysis) 3
ENGR 100W (Engineering Reports) 3
Total Semester Units 14
Semester 6 Units
EE 110 (Circuits and Systems) 3
EE 110L (Continuous and Discrete Time 
Systems Laboratory)
1
EE 118 (Digital Logic Circuit Design) 4
EE 140 (Principles of Electromag. Fields) 3
MATE 153 (Electronic, Optical and Magnetic
Properties of Materials)
3
Total Semester Units 14

 

Senior Year

Semester 7 Units
EE 112 (Introduction to Signal Processing) 3
EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design) 4
EE 122 (Electronic Design I) 4
EE 128 (Physical Electronics) 3
Total Semester Units 14
Semester 8 Units
EE 102 (Probability & Statistics in Electrical) 3
EE 124 (Electronic Design II) 4
EE 132 (Theory of Automatic Controls)
OR
EE 160 (Principles of Comm. Systems)
3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #1 3
EE 198A (Senior Design Project I) 1
ENGR 195A (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 15

 

Final Semester

Semester 9 Units
Upper-Division Technical Elective #2 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #3 3
Upper-Division Technical Elective #4 3
EE 198B (Senior Design Project II) 3
ENGR 195B (Global and Social Issues in Engineering) 1
Total Semester Units 13