Undergraduate Program

Many products and services in modern society are based upon the work of electrical engineers. Electrical engineering majors learn the physics of electricity and magnetism; mathematics of circuits and systems; and engineering tools of analysis and design. Electrical engineers design, develop, build and test electrical and electronic devices and systems. For instance, electrical communication systems involving, wire, optical fiber, or wireless technology abound in radio, television, cellphones, and computer networks. Advances in electronics have made possible instrumentation systems for use in all branches of the physical and biological sciences, as well as in most areas of engineering. The reduction in cost and size of digital electronic devices has led to an explosive growth in the use of embedded computing in many application domains. Digital signal processing has enabled information extraction and processing capabilities unforeseen with analog technology in areas of video and music, environmental sciences, biomedical imaging, communication and computer systems. Electric energy is controlled and distributed by a complex transmission and distribution network that is essential to the functionality of modern society. New electric and electronic systems and devices are enabling the control of the flow of energy in a multitude of systems that affect our lives in many different ways.

The electrical engineering curriculum builds upon the physical, mathematical and electrical engineering sciences integrated with engineering tools of analysis and design to prepare an electrical engineer that can contribute to the needs of El Paso del Norte region and the nation. Students in the EE Program can specialize in thematic focus areas such as: (i) Communications, Systems, and Signal Processing, (ii) Fields, Electronics and Devices, (iii) Computer Engineering, and (iv) General Electrical Engineering. New focus areas are being developed in Biomedical Engineering, and Electric Power and Energy.

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The Electrical Engineering B.S. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,www.abet.org.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. knowledge in an area of concentration


Program Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates should apply their knowledge and skills to electrical engineering practice or to pursue advanced education successfully as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Sustained employment and/or full-time graduate school in electrical engineering or related area
    • Completion of certificates, graduate degrees, or professional licensing
    • Advancement and/or recognition in employment
  • Our graduates should demonstrate creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in the practice of engineering as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Leadership roles in their organizations, their profession, and/or in society
    • Effective participation in disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams
    • Successful development and/or improvement of products, processes, and/or systems
  • Our graduates should engage successfully in professional communication as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Publication of technical articles, engineering reports, and/or proposals
    • Effective participation in disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams
    • Presentation of their work at professional meetings or conferences
  • Our graduates should exhibit social and professional responsibility in the practice of engineering as demonstrated by some of the following
    • Involvement in community service
    • Evidence of commitment to lifelong learning
    • Membership in professional organizations              

Graduation Procedure

Keep in touch with the people and offices that will help you graduate. Make sure you are taking the courses needed to meet your degree requirements and that your academic record is accurate and up to date. You must apply for graduation before the degree application submission deadline which in the calendar of each semester's Schedule of Classes. If you submit your application after the early application deadline, you will be charged a late application fee in addition to the stated graduation fee – and you run the risk of your name not appearing in the Commencement program.

Summer Candidates who want to walk in the May Commencement 
You must submit your application during the Spring semester to be sure you receive all notifications regarding the ceremony. Please note that your name will not appear in the May Commencement Program. All Summer graduates will be listed in the December Commencement Program. A copy of the December Commencement Program will be given to all Summer graduates who did not participate in the December Commencement.

FERPA and Commencement Publications 
Because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits what can be released IF you have requested confidentiality of your educational records, we will not be able to print your name in the Commencement Program and your college and department will not be able to include your picture and/or name in any pre-Commencement publications and/or web sites. If you want to have your picture and/or name included in these publications, please come to the Registration and Records Office and sign and submit the form to have the confidentiality indicator removed from your records. (As an aside, if you are applying to a program at another institution or seeking employment, we will not be able to release any information to those who inquire if the confidential indicator is on your records.)

Step 1 - APPLY

  • Undergraduate degree candidates apply for graduation at your college dean's office; check early for the dates you can process your application.
  • Graduate and Doctoral degree candidates apply with your academic advisor, and then take your application to the Graduate Student Services Office for approval; check with your advisor and Graduate Student Services for clearance dates. Please be aware of your additional deadlines for submission of theses, dissertations, and research papers as well as for certification of master's degree final examinations to the Graduate Student Services Office. Submit your graduate advisor approved application form to the Graduate Student Services Office two weeks prior to the published date for the early application deadline to allow sufficient time for a complete review of your academic record. Forms received after that date are not guaranteed to be approved prior to the start of the late fee assessment.

Step 2 – PAY
Take your approved application to the Cashiers in the Academic Services Building and pay the appropriate fee. For more information, read Graduation Fees.

NOTE: To have your name appear in the printed Commencement Program, your application must be submitted by the official submission deadline to the Registration and Records Office.

After final grades are submitted, the deans will begin the final audit of your records to ensure you have met the requirements for your degree. The Registration and Records Office will receive confirmation of graduates from the deans in approximately six weeks. Immediately thereafter, diplomas will be ordered for those who are on the official list. Please allow approximately six more weeks for your diploma to be received in the Registration and Records Office. A complimentary transcript (with your degree(s) posted) will be given to you when you pick up your diploma. You will receive a postcard when the diploma is available. All diplomas will be held for pick-up at the Registration and Records Office, unless previous arrangements were made.

If you want your diploma and complimentary transcript mailed, please ask for a diploma shipping form. This form can be emailed to you and either mailed or faxed back. Instructions and fees are on the face of the diploma shipping form. If you want to authorize someone else to receive your diploma by mail, you may designate that person on the form. Diplomas are sent certified mail to U.S. addresses. For foreign addresses, we recommend that you select the UPS option so that you can track your shipment. We cannot guarantee delivery of diplomas and transcripts to foreign addresses if we mail your diploma with the U.S. Postal Service because the package will be turned over to another country's postal service once it leaves the U.S. borders.

If you want to authorize someone else to pick up your diploma and complementary transcript, please provide that person with a letter of authorization specifying what is to be picked up (diploma only, transcript only, or diploma and transcript) that identifies your designee by the name that will be on his/her picture ID. Please include your UTEP ID number, be sure to sign the letter, and also include a clear copy of a valid, signed picture ID (such as your driver's license).

If you have any outstanding financial debts with the university, you will need to clear them before a diploma or official transcript can be released. To check on your balance, please contact the Student Business Services Office at 747-5116/5105

If you want to order additional transcripts, you may do so by visiting this web sitehttp://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=12274.

For further Information about the degree conferral process, diplomas, or commencement ceremonies, please contact the Registration and Records Office, located in the Academic Services Building. The office telephone is (915) 747-5544, or email records@utep.edu Additional commencement information is provided by the University Relations Office at the following web site: http://ia.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=ia.utep.edu/commencement.


What do I need to take to my advising session with my advisor?

  1. advising slip (Please remember to take the yellow copy of this slip to the ECE office, after your advising session, so the advising hold can be removed!!)
  2. a general idea of what courses you want to take
  3. other:  as required by advisor (check advisor's door, a list of requirements will be provided)

If I have to take a course more than once is the grade substituted?

If the course is a Freshman course:  Yes, automatically!
Otherwise:  No.  Each attempt contributes to your overall GPA.  (There is a form for "Petition for Grade Substitution.")

I've heard that Freshman courses taken beyond the 90-credit-hour point don't count.  Is that true?

While they do appear on your transcript, and are used to calculate your GPA, they do not contribute to meeting the minimum credit hour requirements of your degree plan.

If you wait to take any core curriculum class, you might have to take a higher level course, or take another 3-credit-hour course.

I've heard that it's better to get an "F" than a "W."  Is that true?

NO!  While W's should not be abused, consider that a W will not affect your GPA.

Does the "W" count as one of my three attempts for any course?

Yes.  Please register for classes judiciously.  Try not to "bite off more than you can chew".

Why is GPA so important?

  1. It is used as an indicator of how serious you are about your education.
  2. It can be used as a "first hurdle" for scholarship awards.
  3. It is often used as a "litmus test" for jobs:  i.e. some companies won't even allow you to have an interview unless you have a specific GPA.

I've heard that after 5 years, employers look to your experience more than your GPA and University record. Is that true?

While it is true that your work experience and resumé will carry more weight after ~5 years, you need to consider that unless you have a reasonable GPA, you aren't going to get a job that will allow you to obtain the 5 years experience!

I've heard that there is a limit on the number of credit hours I can transfer from EPCC.  Is that true?

Yes.  Since it is a "2-Year" institution, you can transfer up to to 66 credit hours.

Is there a limit on transfers from a 4-Year institution?

No.  Note, however, that there are restrictions

  • Credit for engineering courses will only be given if they come from ABET accredited institutions.  There is a procedure for transfer of EE courses (see next question).
  • At least 25% of the credit hours on the degree plan must be completed at UTEP.
  • At least 24 of the last 30 credit hours must be completed at UTEP.

What is the process for requesting transfer of EE credits (from another 4-Year, ABET-accredited institution)?

  • Have registrar evaluate transcripts.  All accepted credit will be added to your UTEP transcript.
  • Assemble materials (see next question).
  • Submit materials to ECE Office & request a review by the EE Transfer Credit Committee
  • Meet with the Chair of the Transfer Credit Committee to discuss the request.

What materials do I need to submit for evaluation of EE transfer credits?

  1. UTEP transcript, with transferred courses listed.
  2. Your current mailing address.
  3. For each course to be transferred:
  • UTEP course number equivalent to transfer course
  • Description of transfer course from the transferring institution's catalog
  • Copy of syllabus (from transfer course)
  • Copy of text used (or title & publisher)

I've heard about "internships" and "Co-ops" What are they, and why should I be interested?

Internships and Cooperative Education are two different programs where you can work in industry while you take a break from school.

Internships are typically over the summer, and cooperative education is typically 6 months.  The time spans are variable, however. You can receive EE credit for Co-ops registered with UTEP Career Services.  The first Co-op gets credited as EE 4181, the second as EE 4182 and the third as EE 4183.  These three courses, then, can be used as your technical elective.

Internships and Cooperative Education are training within your field.
They allow you to "sample" a company (and vice-versa).
They allow you to earn more money than a non-skilled labor job.

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Admission Procedure

Changing your Major from PREE to EE.

  1. Any student who is currently a PREE (Pre-Engineering) major and meets the requirements below is eligible to change their major to Electrical Engineering.
    • GPA >= 2.0
    • Current enrollment in, or prior completion of, MATH 1411 (as documented by UTEP transcript)
    • Current enrollment at UTEP
  2. Online change of major form.

NOTE: UTEP students wishing to join the College of Engineering from another UTEP major (outside of the College of Engineering) will be placed in PREE, unless they meet eligibility requirements outlined above, in which case the procedure above applies to them as well.

General UTEP admission information
UTEP transfer students
UTEP/EPCC transfer program

All freshman and transfer students who want to major in Engineering are admitted to the Pre-Engineering Program

Transfer students from outside UTEP will have to be admitted to PREE first. Then, they will have to follow the procedure to change their major to Electrical Engineering.


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