EE & EP Electives
Professional and technical electives are an integral part of the ECE major curriculum. They allow students course flexibility as well as the unique opportunity to tailor their major to their personal interests and professional goals. These electives pertain to EE, EP, and E&S majors within ECE (CE majors have different elective requirements).
For a list of specific elective courses that previous students have taken, please click here. Please keep in mind that there are courses not listed that are acceptable Professional Electives. Not all courses are offered every year/quarter. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in these courses.
NOTE: ALL COURSES USED TO SATISFY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS MUST BE TAKEN FOR A LETTER GRADE AND RECEIVE A GRADE OF C- OR BETTER.
Professional electives are acceptable courses taken in one department. Normally these will be upper-division courses in engineering, mathematics, or physics. Students may also choose upper-division courses from other departments provided that they fit into a coherent professional program. In such cases, a lower-division prerequisite may be included in the electives. Courses other than upper-division engineering, mathematics, or physics must be justified in terms of such a program, and must be approved by the ECE department.
Technical electives must be upper-division engineering, math or physics courses. At most one lower-division course in engineering may be used but it must receive prior approval from the ECE department. Certain courses listed below are not allowed as electives because of overlap with ECE courses.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES - Professional Electives ONLY
1 lower division (BILD 1-3) AND any 2 upper division Biology courses or 3 upper division Biology courses will satisfy Professional Electives ONLY
CHEMISTRY (CHEM) - Professional Electives ONLY
1 lower division (CHEM 6B-C) AND any 2 upper division Chemistry courses OR 3 upper division Chemistry courses will satisfy Professional Electives ONLY
COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (CSE)
Any upper division CSE courses can count towards Professional or Technical Electives. CSE 12, 20, and 21 will count toward the three professional electives ONLY.
NOTE: CSE 3, 4GS, 6GS, 5A, 7, 8A-B, 11, 123A, 140, 140L will not count as neither professional nor technical elective credit.
ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING (ECE)
Any upper-division ECE courses that are not used to satisfy any other requirements (i.e., breadth courses: 100, 101, 102, 103, 107, 109; depth courses; design course) can be used to satisfy either Professional or Technical Electives
ECONOMICS (ECON) - Professional Electives ONLY
Students who follow one of the tracks will satisfy Professional Electives ONLY. Students must follow one of the tracks below:
Note: If economics is chosen for professional electives, only 3 technical electives are required for electrical engineering majors, 1 technical elective for engineering physics major. ECON 120A, and 158-159 will not be allowed as professional electives.
ECON 1 and 3 followed by the courses in one of the following tracks:
- Macroeconomics: ECON 110A-B
- Monetary economics: ECON 111, and another economics upper division elective
ECON 1 and 2 followed by two courses in one of the following tracks:
- Public and Environmental: ECON 118, 130, 131, 132, 133, 137, 145
- Labor and Human Resources: ECON 137, 139, 140
Note: ECON 100A can be substituted for ECON 2.
ECON 1 and 100A followed by 2 courses in one of the following tracks:
- Microeconomics: ECON 100B-C
- Financial Markets: ECON 120B and 173A
- Operations Research: ECON 172A-B (after taking ECE 109 and MATH 20F)
- Human Resources: ECON 100B and 136
GlobalTIES (ENG) - Professional Electives ONLY
12 units of GlobalTIES courses will satisfy 3 Professional Electives ONLY
MECHANICAL & AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (MAE)
Any upper division MAE courses can count towards either Professional or Technical Electives
NOTE: MAE 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 20, 105, 108, 139, 140, 143B, and 170 will not count as either professional or technical elective credit.
Math 163 will only count towards Professional Electives ONLY
Any upper division MATH courses can count towards either Professional or Technical Electives
NOTE: Math 180A, 183, or 186 will not count as either professional or technical elective credit.
MANAGEMENT, RADY SCHOOL OF (MGT) - Professional Electives ONLY
Any upper division MGT courses can count towards Professional Electives ONLY
Any upper division NANO courses can count towards either Professional or Technical Electives
Any upper division PHYS courses can count towards either Professional or Technical Electives
NOTE: Students may not receive upper-division elective credit for any lower-division physics courses.
SPECIAL STUDIES - MATH, PHYSICS, ENGINEERING
197-199: At most, 4 units of 197-199 may be used for elective credit
NOTE: 197 will count towards Professional Elective only.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING (SE)
Any upper division SE courses can count towards either Professional or Technical Electives
For courses that will NOT count towards any elective requirements and for the official Elective Policy for EE & EP Majors, please check the UCSD General Catalog.