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Electrical Engineering BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 09.09 ELECTRICAL-COMMUNICA ENG, CIP: 14.1001 Electrical, Electronics and Communi-cations Engineering)

Completing the Electrical Engineering BS Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree.  To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

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Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements. SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can typically expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the requirements.

Residency Requirement

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

Prerequisite Courses

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Science admissions policies listed above.

Required Courses

CHE 107/CHE 127 General Chemistry for Engineers + Lab I or CHE 101/CHE 113 General Chemistry + Lab I Or CHE 105 Honors General Chemistry I
EAS 199 UB Seminar
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra or EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 240 Programming for Engineers*
EAS 360 STEM Communications
EE 178 Digital Principles**
EE 202 Circuit Analysis
EE 205 Signals and Systems
EE 305 Applied Probability***
EE 310 Electronic Devices and Circuits I
EE 311 Electronic Devices and Circuits II
EE 324 Applied Electromagnetics
EE 336 Fundamentals of Energy Systems
EE 352 Introduction to Electronics Lab
EE 353 Electronic Circuits Lab
EE 379 Embedded Systems and Applications
EE 383 Communication Systems I
EE 408 Senior Seminar
EE 478 HDL Based Digital Design with Programmable Logic
EE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II/PHY 158 General Physics II Lab****
PHY 207 General Physics III/PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
Two EE upper-division technical electives
Three unrestricted upper-division technical electives, see Academic Advising Report (AAR) for a complete list of course options.

 *Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses EAS 230 or CSE 115 in lieu of EAS 240, however EAS 240 is strongly preferred for Electrical Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 230, CSE 115, or EAS 999TRCP (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages. 

**Students are permitted to take CSE 241 in lieu of EE 178, however EE 178 is strongly preferred for Electrical Engineering majors. CSE 241 should only be used if the student has already completed this course or is considering a double major in Computer Engineering. 

***Students are permitted to take EAS 305 in lieu of EE 305, however EE 305 is strongly preferred for Electrical Engineering majors. The EAS 305 option should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 305 already completed or when significant extenuating circumstances prevent a student from completing EAS 305 in a timely manner. In the latter case, students should consult the department before enrolling in EAS 305.

****Students are permitted to use PHY 151 and PHY 152 in lieu of PHY 158, however PHY 158 is preferred for engineering majors.


During their Junior and Senior year, students may choose to enroll in technical electives of interest. Technical electives allow undergraduates flexibility to concentrate in the broad areas of energy systems, optics and photonics, communications, signal processing and networking, and solid state electronics or to concentrate on a specific theme that may combine courses from several areas.

There are two types of electives: unrestricted technical electives and technical electives restricted to be taken from EE.

  • Unrestricted technical electives: in principle, any 300 or 400 level course of technical nature may be considered as an unrestricted technical elective (for example, courses from SEAS, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, and others). Some restrictions may apply in cases in which courses have a large overlap with other courses in the program.
  • EE technical electives: Any 300 or 400 level course from the Electrical Engineering department (that is not a required course) may be considered as a technical elective.

Details on EE technical electives can be found in the UB course catalog.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Electrical Engineering BS degree
Credits Required for Major 109
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 17
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 126

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:52