ECE 15, 17 & 35 Waiver Exams

The waiver exams are designed for incoming students who have taken a C programming or circuits course at a community college and wish to receive transfer credit for UC San Diego ECE 15, ECE 17 or ECE 35. The purpose of these exams is to test a student's understanding of the material in these courses.

  • Students who did not pass or received a W  in ECE 15, ECE 17 or ECE 35 at UC San Diego are NOT eligible to take the exam(s).
  • Students are allowed only one chance to take the exams.
  • The exams are offered only ONCE A YEAR during week 0 or 1 of the fall quarter, are OPTIONAL and there is NO FEE to take them.
  • Students from California community colleges or 2 year universities/colleges, cannot submit a petition to get course equivalency for C programming or Circuits courses they completed at the community college or 2 year university/college. ECE 15, ECE 17 and ECE 35 must be taken at UC San Diego or waived by passing the exam(s).
  • Students who completed a C programming or circuits course at an accredited 4-year university should submit a petition to get course equivalency to the ECE Department.
  • Results will be e-mailed via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).
ECE 15

week 0 or 1 of fall quarter

TBA Jacobs Hall 2315 CLOSED (Opens 9/1)
ECE 17 Please monitor this page for any updates.      
ECE 35 week 0 or 1 of fall quarter TBA Jacobs Hall 2315

CLOSED (Opens 9/1)

ECE 15 Waiver Exam:

ECE 15 Resource Website

Sample Question 1
Sample Question 2
Sample Question 3

If you are unable to answer or solve these questions, please take ECE 15.

ECE 17 Waiver Exam:

Sample Questions are not available.

ECE 35 Waiver Exam:

Sample Exam

If you are unable to answer or solve these questions, please take ECE 35.

UCSD Catalog Course Descriptions

ECE 15. Engineering Computation (4)

Students learn the C programming language with an emphasis on high-performance numerical computation. The commonality across programming languages of control structures, data structures, and I/O is also covered. Techniques for using MATLAB to graph the results of C computations are developed. Prerequisites: a familiarity with basic mathematics such as trigonometry functions and graphing is expected but this course assumes no prior programming knowledge.

ECE 17. Object-Oriented Programming: Design and Development with C++ (4)

This course combines the fundamentals of object-oriented design in C++, with the programming, debugging, and testing practices used by modern software developers. Emphasizes the use of object-oriented techniques to model and reason about system design, and using modern C++ idioms, design patterns, and the Standard Template Library (STL) to develop solutions to systems engineering challenges that are more reliable, robust, scalable, and secure. Prerequisites: CSE 8B or CSE 11 or ECE 15.

ECE 35. Introduction to Analog Design (4)

Fundamental circuit theory concepts, Kirchoff's voltage and current laws, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems, loop and node analysis, time-varying signals, transient first order circuits, steady-state sinusoidal response. (Course material and/or program fees may apply.) Prerequisites: Math. 20A–B and PHYS 2A; Math. 20C and Physics 2B must be taken concurrently.


  • must contact the ECE Undergraduate Advisors through the VAC (Virtual Advising Center) to enroll in courses that require ECE 15 or 35. Webreg will not recognize that students have passed a waiver exam. ECE 30 requires ECE 15. ECE 45 and 65 require ECE 35.

  • will not receive a grade or units. The community college transfer course will also not be approximated or given equivalency to ECE 15, ECE 17 or ECE 35.

  • will have a note on their degree audits indicating that the courses were waived (applies to ECE majors only).


Seats are filling up in ECE 45 and 65 in the fall. Can I enroll in ECE 45 and 65 before taking the ECE 35 Waiver Exam?

The ECE Department strictly enforces prerequisites in core ECE courses. Students must pass the ECE 35 Waiver Exam before they can enroll in ECE 45 and 65. A limited number of seats are saved in ECE 45 and 65 for students who pass the waiver exam.

How do I get my results?

Results are sent to students through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).