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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering



What will I learn?

Electrical engineering is a broad field, encompassing many diverse areas. The UCSB Electrical Engineering program emphasizes teaching and research in the areas of computers and digital systems; control systems; communications; computer engineering; device fabrication; electronics; electromagnetics; electro-optics; photonics devices; multimedia signal processing; VLSI design. Freshmen are introduced to computing methods and a foundation in building and designing circuits. Students are exposed to a balance of theory and principle and receive encouragement to pursue technical electives in signal processing, control systems, computer engineering, and electronics and photonics.

Research areas: Communications and signal processing; Wireless networks; Computing technology; Control systems; Systems biology; Robotics; Electronics and photonics; Semiconductor device structure and physics; Nanophotonics.


Electrical engineers work in a variety of fields that directly apply to our everyday lives. They develop new computer processors, work in optical communications, and study signal processing such as mobile internet technology. Electrical engineers often work with technology such as semiconductors, lighting systems and electronics, and in robotics hardware and software.


Electrical Engineering majors are required to complete a course sequence in their senior year, culminating in a Senior Capstone Project.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (189 units)

Tuition fees
US$31,026.00 per year
Start date

3 April 2023


College of Engineering

Lagoon Road,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

For international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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