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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 | ugradinfo@ece.ucsb.edu
  • COLLEGE (College of Engineering general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 | coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu
  • UNIVERSITY (UC, Santa Barbara general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 | coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu

Not sure? Contact the ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101 | (805) 893-8292 | ugradinfo@ece.ucsb.edu

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.

  1. An overall UCSB grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. 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 ugradinfo@ece.ucsb.edu
  • For other department classes, contact the department's undergraduate advisor

More Questions

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 ugradinfo@ece.ucsb.edu.

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?

Review "PayScale College Salary Report - Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees by Salary Potential".

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 - francesf@engineering.ucsb.edu.

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.

The program's New Venture Competition (NVC) has launched new 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
805.893.8292
ugrad-advisor@ece.ucsb.edu

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
805.893.2809
coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu

Curriculum Info

Question Not Here?

Contact the EE Undergraduate Advisor
Email: ugrad-advisor@ece.ucsb.edu
Phone 805.893.8292