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students working on robotics project

In this photograph engineering student are preparing for Cal Poly's roborodentia custom robot competition that occurs during open house each year in April.  Competition rules come out each year in January giving the student groups 4 months to prepare for the competition.

What’s the coursework like?

The electrical engineering curriculum consists of four years of approximately 16 units each quarter. The majority of the classes you will take will be electrical engineering courses, including: circuit analysis, electronic design, digital design, communication systems, and electromagnetic waves. However, this curriculum will also be supported by a required background in several support areas including mathematics, physics, and other engineering-related courses and general education requirements. Cal Poly’s electrical engineering program is rigorous; however, the department offers a “Promise-Keeping” policy to ensure that all students are guaranteed spots in courses designated on their EE curriculum flowchart and make-up sections for those that fall behind. For a complete depiction of the curriculum, visit our Academics page.

Who will be teaching me?

Faculty group photoThe majority of electrical engineering classes at Cal Poly are taught by full-time faculty and lecturers. In some situations, outstanding graduate students will teach labs. Visit our Faculty page to become acquainted with our faculty and staff.

What kinds of projects will I be doing?

A good sample of the types of projects the EE students can be found on our Projects page.  You will actually be starting your project portfolio during your first quarter in attendance with the EE111 Arduino Fest project and the EE151 robot design and demonstration project.   In EE113/143 you will be building an analog to digital and digital to analog converter.   That is all in the first year!

What kinds of clubs and organizations are there?

female student on race carSeveral clubs are associated with the engineering program at Cal Poly. These clubs include: the Amateur Radio Club, Audio Engineering Club, Electric Vehicle Club, Engineering Student Council, Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE, Renewable Energy, RMAP-SPIE, Robotics, Society of Women Engineers, and Power and Energy Society. For a complete list and description of engineering-related clubs, visit the Cal Poly organizations and clubs .

The EE web site features more complete descriptions of the clubs under the club tab.


The student developed a custom vehicle that combines virtual reality features with a real vehicle (the student has her VR goggles off at the moment.)

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