Bachelor of Science

Electrical Engineering is a very broad major, covering electronics, new devices, and hardware; information systems and signal processing; and integrated systems driven by both hardware and software. EE undergraduates get to build all kinds of very cool, sophisticated systems. They learn about a range of cutting-edge electronics and devices, and they make smart algorithms and signal processing with a broad range of applications.

The program develops students’ skills in performing and designing experimental projects and communicating their findings to the scientific community effectively. It also prepares them for careers in government agencies, the corporate sector, or for future study in graduate or professional schools.

Admissions at the undergraduate level is handled by the Stanford Undergraduate Admissions office.


Electronics Tracks

Circuits and Devices: The fields of electronic systems and supporting device technologies continue to drive ubiquitous abundance of both hardware and software. This area includes new technologies (including “nano” and electro-mechanical) and sensor-based analog circuits.

Solid-State, Photonics and Electromagnetics: This specialty area has a broad technical base in physics, ranging from electro-magnetics to quantum mechanics, with an extremely diverse set of application areas. In order to achieve these higher frequencies new materials and devices are required.

Digital Systems Tracks

Computer Hardware: The evolution of computers continue with ever-growing needs for lower-power, smaller and faster devices. Consumer demands for portability with full-function graphics and high-speed pose daunting challenges. Moreover, “big data” and “cloud computing” pose major hardware challenges.

Computer Software: This specialty area in Electrical Engineering offers the opportunity to have the best of both worlds—EE and CS. The courses that can be taken include virtually the complete spectrum of those offered in CS.

Information Systems Track

Signal Processing, Communications and Controls: This specialty area embraces a very broad and diverse set of topics with an equally broad set of potential application areas. Image processing, for example, can be applied for environmental monitoring of satellite images as well as in medical diagnostics from MRI, CT or other medical imaging modalities. Power and control systems is having a renaissance, leveraged both by new technologies and broad systems needs, including robotics-based systems.

Cross-Cutting Tracks

Music: This inter-disciplinary specialty offers students the opportunity to combine their creative passion with expanding their technical expertise in signal processing as well as hardware and systems that push the envelop in music and the performing arts; new interfaces and transducers are the forte of EE.

Bio-electronics and Bio-imaging: This area crosses boundaries and disciplines; it is the cross-roads of bio- sciences, medicine and engineering. The need for improved diagnostics and health care delivery systems couldn’t be more important to the economy and society.

Green-EE: This area represents the confluence of new and emerging technologies for clean energy, systems engineering at several levels (the grid, smart buildings, efficient appliances) and innovations in making smarter electronics. It leverages all three of the EE “Core”—both bottom up technology and top down systems. 

General Requirements

The departmental requirements for a BS degree in EE include a core set of courses required of every Stanford major and a set of specialty areas from which one sequence must be chosen. Each program of study is also expected to include physics as part of science, and calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations as part of mathematics. The math requirement also includes a course in basic probability and statistics. EE-specific program requirements include "Technology in Society" and one-and-a-half years of "Engineering Topics," which includes "Engineering Fundamentals and Depth." A selection of electrical engineering core courses, a specialty sequence, electrical engineering electives, and a design course from an approved list round out EE undergraduate work.

For detailed information about courses and requirements, please visit the EE section of the Stanford Engineering Handbook.