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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, BS

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Program Description

Electrical engineers are in high demand for a wide range of influential positions. Professional duties range from analytical problem solving to the design of components and systems. The scope of employment requires a unique breadth and depth of knowledge and technical skills, which are reflected in the Electrical Engineering program. This program also offers an excellent preparation for graduate education. Detailed information can be found at

Building on a foundation of mathematical and physical sciences, students progress into the application of these in the engineering science areas of circuits, electronics, communications, controls, power, and electromagnetics. In these subjects, students also begin to apply the concepts and techniques learned to the design of circuits and systems. Senior technical design courses offer the opportunity to further develop expertise in a selected area.

In addition to these technical skills, students learn to communicate effectively, both orally and with the written word. Because engineers work for the benefit of society, the curriculum includes a strong component of humanities and social science courses. Also, many project design assignments enable the development of interpersonal, teamwork, and management skills, which are necessary for success in a professional engineering career.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

First Semester

All General Engineering students take the same classes their first term, regardless of their intended major. Coursework in the second term varies. Students should consult with a General Engineering advisor to determine appropriate courses.

Credit Hours: 16


1 ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  may be substituted for ENGR 1020 .

2 Depending on a student’s Clemson Mathematics Placement Test score, MATH 1040  and MATH 1070  may be substituted for MATH 1060 ; or the student may be required to take MATH 1050  before enrolling in MATH 1060 .

3  See Policy on Humanities and Social Sciences for Engineering Curricula .

Note: CH 1010 , ENGL 1030 , ENGR 1020  (or ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  if substituted for ENGR 1020 ), and MATH 1060  must be passed with a grade of C or better either to transfer into Electrical Engineering from General Engineering or to satisfy later course prerequisites.

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester

  • 2 Credits

  • Arts and Humanities Requirement 3 Credits 3 or
  • Social Science Requirement 3 Credits 3

  • Electrical Engineering Technical Requirement 6 Credits 5
  • Special Requirement 3 Credits 6
Credit Hours: 14

Total Credits: 127


1 ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090  may be substituted for ENGR 1410 .

2 This course must be passed with a grade of C or better either to transfer into Electrical Engineering from General Engineering or to satisfy later course requirements.

3 See General Education  section. Six of these credit hours must also satisfy General Education  Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.

4 MATH 4190 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4530  or MATH 4540  

5 Nine credits selected from BIOE 3700 , BIOE 4310 , BIOE 4350 , BIOE 4710 , ECE 2220 , ECE 4040 , ECE 4050 *, ECE 4060 ECE 4160 , ECE 4180 , ECE 4190 , ECE 4200 , ECE 4220 , ECE 4300 , ECE 4320 ECE 4350 , ECE 4360 , ECE 4370 , ECE 4380 , ECE 4400 , ECE 4420 , ECE 4460 , ECE 4550 ECE 4570 ECE 4590 , ECE 4600 , ECE 4610 , ECE 4670 , ECE 4680 , ECE 4730 , ECE 4910 *, ECE 4920 *, ECE 4930 *, ECE 4990 * or ME 3100 . A maximum of three credits of courses marked with an asterisk may be used to satisfy this requirement.

6 Three additional credits of university or college approved Arts and Humanities or Social Science courses; or ELE 3010  or ELE 4010 ; or any additional three-credit, 4000-level course from the list of courses in footnote 5 above; or a course selected from the following list: ECE 4310 , ECE 4490 ; or one additional course selected from MATH 3110 , MATH 4120 , MATH 4190 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4400 , MATH 4410 , MATH 4530  or MATH 4540 .


  1. To transfer from General Engineering into the Electrical Engineering program, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in courses taken at Clemson and must have earned a C or better in each course of the General Engineering Freshman Curriculum, excluding the Arts and Humanities and Social Science requirements.
  2. A student is allowed to enroll in ECE courses (excluding ECE 2070 , ECE 2080 , ECE 3080 ) only when all prerequisites have been passed with a grade of C or better.
  3. All Electrical Engineering students must have a cumulative engineering grade-point average (EGPA) of 2.00 to enroll in any 3000- or 4000-level ECE course. If this condition is not met each term, enrollment in these upper-level courses may be restricted. Students must fill out a Variance Request form, which will be reviewed by the Departmental Variance Committee. Strict adherence to the committee decision is required.
  4. No student may exceed a maximum of two attempts, excluding a W, to complete successfully any ECE course. A third and final attempt will only be considered by a written Variance Request to be reviewed by the Departmental Variance Committee before the deadline to add a course in a subsequent term. Students who do not complete a Variance or who have a Variance denied are not eligible to continue in the Electrical Engineering major. Strict adherence to the committee decision is required.
  5. In addition to other institutional requirements for graduation, candidates for a BS degree in Electrical Engineering are required to have a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA in all engineering courses (EGPA) at Clemson.

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