(Effective for new students matriculating in Fall 2019)
The following degree information pertain to current degree requirements for Electrical Engineering. If you are looking for old curriculum requirements, please visit our curriculum page
The basic Electrical Engineering curriculum requires 123 credits for graduation. All major courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C-". The courses comprising these 123 credits can be categorized into eight areas:
- Mathematics and the Basics Sciences
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Disciplinary Foundation of Electrical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering Technical Electives
- General Technical Electives
- Professional Writing
- General Education Requirements
Mathematics and the Basics Sciences - 29 credits
These courses stress the mathematical techniques and scientific principles upon which engineering is based and include the following:
- MATH140: Calculus I (4 credits)
- MATH141: Calculus II (4 credits)
- MATH241: Calculus III (4 credits)
- MATH246: Differential Equations for Scientists & Engineers (3 credits)
- PHYS161: General Physics, Mechanics and Particles Dynamics (3 credits)
- PHYS260/261: General Physics, Vibrations, Waves, Heat, and E/M (4 credits)
- PHYS270/271: General Physics, Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity & Modern Physics (4 credits)
- CHEM135: General Chemistry for Engineers (3 credits)
Introduction to Engineering Design - 3 credits
This requirement is fulfilled by completing: ENES100: Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits)
ENES100 covers basic science and engineering principles. You will be assigned to a team that will prepare reports and presentations that summarize the design process and product performance of a specific technologic device. You will learn how to work successfully in teams, expand your understanding of group dynamics, and improve your communication skills. You will develop various computer skills including familiarity with internet and library databases for research, basic spread sheets, and essential word processor and graphical presentation software. Other objectives include learning about the role engineers play in modern society and an introduction to engineering ethics concepts.
Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering - 3 credits
: Introduction to Electrical & Computer
An exploration of topics within Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). Students will be introduced to key elements of both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering curriculum, including: computing systems and software, communications and controls, electrodynamics and waves, microelectronics, signal processing, and power systems.
NOTE: Transfer students who have already taken foundation courses in Electrical Engineering, may substitute this course with ENES489P Hands-On Systems Engineering Projects
Engineering Ethics - 3 credits
ENEE200 Technology and Consequences: Engineering, Ethics, and Humanity (3 credits). What makes a technology socially responsible? At UMD, the Fearless Ideas campaign asks us to aim our enthusiasm for technology at big real problems. At the same time, we are coming to appreciate the increasingly complex nature of technological systems as they become integrated into all forms of infrastructure, we realize they may be unpredictable, interdependent on social and biological systems, and have unintended consequences. In this midst of this complexity, people make decisions with far reaching impacts. How then do we follow our passion for technology and innovation but also stay skeptical in a way that allows us to consider the potential and shortcomings of technology? Designed for both engineering and non-engineering students wishing to explore and assess the impact of engineering technology on society and the role of society in generating that technology.
NOTE: ENEE200 will satisfy both a Humanities (DSHU) and I-Series (SCIS) GenEd requirements.
Disciplinary Foundation of Electrical Engineering - 39 credits
The Disciplinary Foundation is the core of the Electrical Engineering degree. These courses cover the fundamental electrical engineering concepts and laboratory skills common to any professional working in the field.
- ENEE150: Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineering (3 credits)*
- ENEE205: Electric Circuits (4 credits)
- ENEE222: Elements of Discrete Signal Analysis (4 credits)
- ENEE244: Digital Logic Design (3 credits)
- ENEE245: Fundamental Digital Circuits and Systems Lab (2 credits)
- ENEE303: Analog and Digital Electronics (3 credits)
- ENEE307: Electronic Circuits Design Laboratory (2 credits)
- ENEE313: Introduction to Device Physics (3 credits)
- ENEE322: Signal and System Theory (3 credits)
- ENEE324: Engineering Probability (3 credits)
- ENEE350: Computer Organization (3 credits)
- ENEE380: Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
- ENEE381: Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (3 credits)
*Students are required to complete ENEE140 prior to taking ENEE150 unless they have AP credit for CMSC131 (5 on the JAVA A exam, 4 or 5 on the JAVA AB) or have satisfactorily passed the ENEE150 Placement Exam.
Required Electrical Engineering Technical Electives - 13 credits
Students must complete 13 credits of upper-level electrical engineering electives from these three different categories:
- Category A: Advanced Theory and Applications (Minimum 3 credits)
- Category B: Advanced Laboratory (Minimum 2 credits)
- Category C: Capstone Design Course(Minimum 3 credits)
The remaining 5 credits may be taken from any one category or combination of categories.
For list of approved courses for each category, please see the Electrical Engineering Technical Electives page.
In addition, students must satisfy the Specialization Requirement. This entails completing at least two courses from a single area of concentration within electrical engineering's six Specialization Areas
Freshman matriculating during or after Fall 2008 must complete this Specialty Area Requirement.
Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2008 are not required to satisfy this requirement unless they have chosen to satisfy the General Technical Electives requirement.
General Technical Electives - 12 credits
Electrical Engineering majors are expected to complete 12 credits of General Technical Electives. As part of these general technical electives, EE students must successfully complete one 400-level mathematics course. Please visit the General Technical Electives
page for more details.
Professional Writing - 3 credits
Effective Fall 2021, students may now take any ENGL39(-) version of Professional Writing, as long as it satisfies the FSPW GenEd requirement.
NOTE: Engineering students are not exempt from this requirement even if they earn an 'A' in ENGL101.
General Education Requirements
A degree from the University of Maryland signifies more than just mere technical or narrowly defined career training. Students are offered a liberal education that prepares them to achieve the intellectual integration and awareness they need to meet challenges in their personal, social, political, and professional lives. As such, all graduates are required to complete the University's general education requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in general education. The equivalent of twenty-two (22) of these credits can be satisfied by simply completing the requirements of the major. Thus, general education typically requires students to complete an additional eighteen (18) credits beyond the major requirements. For details on the general education program please visit the General Education website.