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The Department

The Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering.

The department objective is to prepare students for finding engineering solutions to urgent problems by reshaping the environment to meet human needs, while being responsibly aware of all implications. The curriculum provides a sound theoretical background along with current, practical engineering knowledge. The student begins the major in the first quarter with an orientation course and is generally enrolled in one or more major courses each quarter until graduation. The many laboratory courses provide practical experience and lead to design courses, which begin in the third year.

During the junior and senior years, students choose technical electives in either Electronics or Power. Electronics courses involve the development, design and application of circuits, devices and systems for communications, computers, controls, information processing and display, and system instrumentation. Senior elective courses in the Electronics area provide specialized preparation in a selected area such as active and passive network synthesis, advanced communications systems, computer system design, microelectronic circuit engineering, microprocessor systems applications, microwave engineering, electro-optics, and solid state devices.

Power courses deal with industrial process control systems and the generation, distribution, control and utilization of electric power. Senior elective courses in this area provide specialized background in a selected area such as advanced control systems, energy conversion, power system analysis, protection and stability, and solid state motor control.

Industry recognizes that students who have completed specialized technical courses are early contributors in the workforce. Students who wish to pursue graduate work may select appropriate senior- and graduate-level courses in keeping with this goal.


The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

See the Cal Poly Catalog for Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes. Visit the College of Engineering website for additional information on accreditation.

Department Vision Statements

The Electrical Engineering department has put together high-level vision statements that provide guidance for our future investments. Please contact us if you can help us futher our department goals.

Vision Statement: As the leader in practical, hands on electrical engineering education, we develop industry-ready talent that advances our connected world by innovating from fundamentals to advanced technologies.

Areas of Strategic Investment and Desired Growth:

a. Power and Energy:Designing next generation intelligent power sytems, from milli-Watts to MEGA-Watts.

b. Mobile Computing/Mobile Communications Landscape:Implementing data intensive wireless systems.

c. Systems on a Chip (SoC): Training future engineers in cutting edge SoC design techniques.

d. Embedded Computing: Enabling seamless interfaces between humans and machines to meet the future of ubiquitous computing.

Enhancing Opportunities for Learning Through:

a. State-of-the-Art Integrative Learning Environments:Nurturing students during their educational experiences.

b. Sustainability:Focusing on sustainability throughout the curriculum.

c. Global Engineering Communities:Building international collaborations.

d. Entrepreneurial Experience:Providing opportunities for innovation and product development.

Preparing the Engineer of the Future with:

a. Global Perspectives

b. Personal Integrity

c. Articulate Communication Skills

d. Collaborative Spirit

e. Technical Agility





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