Brown University School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design and manufacture computer hardware, sensors, biomedical instrumentation, communication systems, control systems, radar and navigation equipment, as well as power generation equipment and propulsion systems.

Brown's Sc.B. degree in electrical engineering is designed to allow students to construct a program tailored to their interests. Building on the broad scientific foundation provided by the core curriculum, students may select combinations of upper level courses designed to prepare them for seven areas of specialization within electrical engineering. It is possible to switch between these specializations as late as senior year.

The program has the following general structure:

  • The interdisciplinary engineering core, taken during the first two years 
  • Six upper level engineering courses, chosen to meet requirements for one of the specialized areas of EE listed below
  • A capstone design course
  • An advanced science course 
  • Four approved humanities courses 

The following specialized tracks are offered:

  • Bioelectrical Engineering
  • Communications Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Multimedia Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Microelectronic Systems
  • Solid State Electronics and Photonics

Additional information

Sample course plan (for requirements see the University Bulletin)

SEM. COURSE DESCRIPTION
I ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
CHEM 0330 Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
MATH 0190 AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
Elective †  
II ENGN 0040 Dynamics and Vibrations
MATH 0200 § Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
CSCI 0040* Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
Elective  
III ENGN 0410 Materials Science
ENGN 0510 Electricity and Magnetism
APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
Elective  
IV ENGN 0520 Electrical Circuits and Signals
ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
APMA 0340 Methods of Applied Mathematics II
Elective  
V ENGN 0310 or ENGN 0810 Mechanics of Solids and Structures or Fluid Mechanics
Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #1
Advanced Science**  
Elective  
VI Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #2
Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #3
Elective  
Elective  
VII Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #4
Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #5
Elective  
Elective  
VIII Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #6
Upper Level Course EE Specialty Course #7
Elective  
Elective  
† A minimum of four electives must be in the humanities and social sciences
* Students interested in more advanced programming can satisfy the CS requirement via CSCI 0150, 0170, or 0190
§ Students with advanced placement credit and a strong interest in Electrical Engineering may elect to take MATH 0200 in the first semester and ENGN 0520 in the second semester
** May be taken in any semester after prerequisites have been satisfied