Top 4 Questions
- Who do I contact if I have curriculum questions?
To receive a Electrical Engineering degree from UCSB, students must satisfy three sets of requirements: major, college and university. As a first point of reference for curriculum questions, go to the EE Curriculum webpage. For additional questions, contact the following:
- MAJOR (Electrical Engineering degree requirements): ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101 | (805) 893-8292 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- COLLEGE (College of Engineering general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 | email@example.com
- UNIVERSITY (UC, Santa Barbara general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure? Contact the ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101 | (805) 893-8292 | email@example.com
- How can I change to the EE major from another major?
First, consult with the ECE Academic Advisor and review the College of Engineering requirements. Then, students may petition to enter the electrical engineering major when the requirements below are met.
- An overall UCSB grade point average of at least 3.0.
- Satisfactory completion at UCSB, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, of at least five classes, including at least two mathematics classes, from the following: Mathematics 4B, Math 6A, Math 6B, ECE 10A-B-C and 10AL-BL-CL, ECE 15A. The calculation of the minimum G.P.A. will be based on all classes completed from this list at the time of petitioning.
Acceptance into the major will be based on UC grade point averages, applicable courses completed, and space availability. All students considering changing majors into Electrical Engineering are required to meet with the ECE Academic Advisor during their first year.
- The class I want to take is full - what can I do to get in it?
- For ECE classes, see the ECE Student Affairs Office in Trailer 380, Room 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For other department classes, contact the department's undergraduate advisor
- Interested in the BS/MS Program?
BS/MS options available for Electrical Engineering undergraduates:
- BS in EE and MS in ECE: email Val de Veyra, ECE Student Affairs Manager
- BS in EE and MS in MATRL: see the Materials Department website
Applications for the BS/MS in ECE are usually due at the end of the spring quarter of the junior year. As this is an accelerated program, it is expected that all of the required courses for the EE major are completed including all of the junior required courses. GRE exams are not required to apply.
To check the status of a BS/MS application in ECE, contact Gayle Gonzales, ECE Graduate Admissions Coordinator
- How do I stay up-to-date on deadlines, announcements and notifications such as internships and job opportunities?
Check your email daily.
- What is the minimum grade that I must have to pass my ECE core classes?
All required math and computer science classes require a minimum grade of a C to meet prerequisites for later classes in ECE. For all other courses taken at UCSB, a letter grade of D- or better is considered passing but may be insufficient for use as prerequisites for future courses. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major, upper division and overall to meet graduation requirements.
- I am having difficulties registering for a class even though I meet the prerequisites - what should I do?
For ECE courses, visit the ECE Student Affairs Office in Trailer 380, Room 101 or email email@example.com.
For other departments, contact the department undergraduate advisor. You may have reached the Maximum units allowed for the pass time.
- I want to take an ECE course but the prerequisites have changed - what should I do?
You will need to take the new prerequisites. Students are responsible for any updates or changes in prerequisites. Check with the ECE Student Affairs Office or the UCSB General Catalog regularly for updates and changes in curriculum.
- What's the Current Job Outlook for Electrical Engineers?
For additional information, the College of Engineering has an excellent Career Services web page that helps undergraduates and graduate students locate jobs and internships.
- Are there Internship and Job Opportunities available for EE students?
Santa Barbara and the Goleta area are known as being a part of the technology corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many technology companies are located in our area and contact us seeking students who are interested in participating in internship and employment opportunities. The ECE Student Office regularly sends out email notifications to students about these opportunities.
Students are also advised to initiate direct contact with companies and to discuss internship and employment interests with faculty members since many have their own research labs and also have contact with local industry.
UCSB Career Services has an official website for jobs, internships, and campus interviews called Handshake. In addition, Handshake serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students. Also, check out the College of Engineering's Internships and Careers web page that has information about careers, internships (research and industry) and networking opportunities.
Career Events occur throughout the year and are a great opportunity to see which companies are looking for interns. This is also an excellent chance to network for employment after graduation.
- How can I learn about Research Opportunities?
The College of Engineering's Undergraduate Research Opportunities web page has information such as How & When to Get Started, Research Programs and more.
Also, consult directly with ECE faculty members who a have similar interests so they can steer you in the right direction. Both faculty research interests and research areas are available on the ECE Department's website Research pages..
- Can I participate in the University of California's Education Abroad Program (EAP)?
Yes - the UCSB Office of the Education Abroad Program is dedicated to making the experience of such study available to as many qualified UCSB students as possible. EAP allows students to continue to progress toward their degrees while living and studying in some of the best academic institutions around the world.
For more information about EAP, contact the College of Engineering liaison, Frances Fouch - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Can I participate in the UCSB Technology Management program?
Yes - students can participate in UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP).
The Technology Management Program's educational programs include classes in management, entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and much more taught by world-class scholars, highly successful business lecturers and entrepreneurs.
TMP's New Venture Program has launched ventures including several EE senior year projects.
What Does Each Office Support?
ECE Student Affairs Office
- Information on ECE Courses
- Changing major to CE
- ECE Exceptions (Course Substitutions)
- Non-EE Majors Who Want to Take ECE Courses
- EE Advisor Assignments
- EE Senior Elective Form
- EE Major Progress Checks
- EE Course Scheduling and Planning
Trailer 380, Rm 101
COE Undergraduate Affairs Office
- General Education Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
- EE / CE Degree Clearance
- Petition for Graduation Matters
- Late Add/Drop Exceptions
- Academic Probation
- UCSB/COE Exceptions (course substitutions other than ECE)
- Education Abroad Program (EAP)
- Transfer Students
Harold Frank Hall, Rm 1006
ECE Form Center
- Change from another Major to the EE Major Overview
- Petition for Graduation Matters (request for Major substitutions)
- Petition to Enter an ECE Course (Non-Majors)
- Petition to Enter an ECE Course (EE Majors)
- EE Senior Elective Sheet: 2016-17 Year and Later Plan (Capstone Project Required)
NOTE: EE Senior Elective Sheet – for earlier plans than 2016-17, contact the ECE Student Affairs Office
- GEAR (General Engineering Academic Requirements): CE, COE, and UCSB requirements, overviews & more – current through 2012 guides
- UCSB General Catalog: major & minor requirements, course descriptions, prerequisites & more
- ECE Undergrad Courses (2020-21): table of undergrad and grad courses instructed each quarter
- UCSB Schedule of Classes: all undergrad and grad course schedules listed by quarter
- GOLD: Gaucho On-Line Data
- Calendars (Office of the Registrar): Academic, Registration and more
- College of Engineering