4 Year Course Plan

Students entering the 2020-2021 academic year

The College of Engineering has put together a basic course guideline to help ECE students accumulate the required units necessary for graduation. The table below is for the most current academic year and is a plan that does not take into consideration advanced placement coursework, course availability, etc.

Courses with "L" indicate Lab – course names are located in the Legend box on the right.

Freshman Year

Fall Units Winter Units Spring Units
CHEM 1A or 2A 3 MATH 3B 4 MATH 4A 4
CHEM 1AL or 2AC  2 PHYS 1 4 PHYS 2 4
ECE 3 4 ECE 5 4 WRIT 50E or GE 4
MATH 3A 4 WRIT 2E or 50E 4    
WRIT 1E or 2E 4        
TOTAL 17   16   12

Sophomore Year

Fall Units Winter Units Spring Units
ECE 10A 3 ECE 10B  3 ECE 10C  3
ECE 10AL  2 ECE 10BL  2 ECE 10CL  2
MATH 4B 4 ECE 15A  4 MATH 6B 4
PHYS 3 3 MATH 6A 4 PHYS 5 3
PHYS 3L 1 PHYS 4 3 PHYS 5L 1
CMPSC 16 4 PHYS 4L 1    
TOTAL 17   17   13

Junior Year

Fall Units Winter Units Spring Units
ECE 130A 4 ECE 130B  4 ECE 137B 4
ECE 132 4 ECE 137A 4 ECE 1391 4
ECE 134 4 ECE Elective 4 ECE 152A2 5
GE  4 GE 4 GE 4
TOTAL 16   16   17

Senior Year

Fall Units Winter Units Spring Units
ECE 188A 3 ECE 188B 3 ECE 188C  3
ECE Electives  8 ECE Electives  8 ECE Electives 8
GE 4 GE 4 Free Elective4  4
    ENGR 1013 3    
TOTAL 15   18   15

1 ECE 139 may also be taken in the spring quarter of the sophomore year
2 ECE 152A may also be taken in the spring quarter of the sophomore year
3 ENGR 101 may be taken any quarter of senior year
4 This course may not be required. Students must complete at least 189 units to graduate.

Curriculum Catalogs

Requirements

Students should refer to the year of entrance College of Engineering "GEAR" for a close-up look at the required units of coursework for:

  • preparation of the major
  • upper division major
  • math, science, engineering
  • university and general education requirements

Course Name Legend

Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • ECE 3: Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • ECE 5: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 10A/AL; 10B/BL; 1C/CL: Fundamentals of Analog & Digital Circuits and Systems
  • ECE 15A: Fundamentals of Logic Design
  • ECE 130A-B: Signal Analysis & Processing
  • ECE 132: Intro to Solid State Electronic Devices
  • ECE 134: Introduction to Fields & Waves
  • ECE 137A-B: Circuits & Electronics I & II
  • ECE 139: Probability & Statistics
  • ECE 152A: Digital Design Principles
  • ECE 188A-C: Senior EE Project

Course names with "L", indicate Lab

Other Departments
  • CHEM 1A/AL OR CHEM 2A/AC (Honors): General Chemistry
  • CMPSC 16: Problem Solving with Computers I
  • ENGR 101: Ethics in Engineering
  • MATH 3A: Calculus with Applications, First Course
  • MATH 3B: Calculus with Applications, Second Course
  • MATH 4A: Linear Algebra with Applications
  • MATH 4B: Differential Equations
  • MATH 6A: Vector Calculus with Applications 1
  • MATH 6B: Vector calculus with Applications 2
  • PHYS 1: Basic Physics
  • PHYS 2: Basic Physics
  • PHYS 3/3L: Basic Physics
  • PHYS 4/4L: Basic Physics
  • PHYS 5/5L: Basic Physics
  • WRIT 1E: Approaches to University Writing for Engineers
  • WRIT 2E: Academic Writing for Engineers
  • WRIT 50E: Writing & the Research Process for Engineers

Course names with "L", indicate Lab

Course Schedules

The following areas have websites with course schedules for each quarter:

Prospective Students refer to the online UCSB General Catalog / Schedule of Classes and Current Students refer to Gaucho On-Line Data (GOLD) 

Important

Student must follow the 4 Year Course Plan according to year of entrance. The ECE Student Affairs Office has print copies of past 4 Year Plans and the COE has online versions from the most current year to 2012-13.