Bachelor of Science, Program Overview

Electrical Engineering is a very broad, flexible 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. You will learn about a range of state-of-the-art electronics and devices, and make smart algorithms and signal processing with a broad range of applications.

Our undergraduate 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. Our mission for undergraduate students is detailed in the Undergraduate Engineering Handbook (UGHB).

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

General Requirements

All Stanford B.A. and B.S. degrees require completion of 180 credit units. An Electrical Engineering B.S. has the following breakdown: 40 Math and Science (combined), 60 Engineering Topics, 80 Elective and Language units. The departmental requirements for a BS degree in EE include a set of core courses required of every Stanford major and choice of a Depth Area.

Sample 4 year plans are a good way to help plan your courses around your interests. Some undergraduate students pursue a co-term; a program that combines Bachelors and Masters degree. Others choose to double-major, and/or take classes outside of EE.

The EE section of the Undergraduate Engineering Handbook (UGHB) is a valuable resource that provides detailed degree information in a single location.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Each summer, the EE department manages the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program, which is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to work with EE Faculty and their research groups on advanced research topics. The program is designed to give both an in-depth research experience on a particular topic, as well as a broad hands-on exposure to various areas within EE. REU page.

Depth Areas

As an undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering, you are treated to the great breadth of Electrical Engineering, made accessible through the design of our curriculum. In addition to exploring the breadth, you will select a Depth Area, from which deep understanding and knowledge will develop. 

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.

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.

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 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.

Energy and Environment / Green-EE:< /em> 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.

Music: This area 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.

Photonics, Solid-State and Electromagnetics: This 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.

Signal Processing, Communications and Controls: This 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.