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; 
  • Three advanced Electrical Engineering courses (ENGN1570 ‘Linear Systems,’ ENGN1620 ‘Design of Electronic Circuits,’ and ENGN1630 ‘Digital System Design’)
  • One advanced Electrical Engineering foundation course that serves as a gateway to the traditional Electrical Engineering specializations of bioelectrical engineering, communication systems, computer engineering, multimedia signal processing, microelectronic systems, and solid-state electronics and photonics.
  • Two additional upper level courses may be selected from a list of Electrical Engineering elective courses to define a student-designed specialization.
  • A capstone design course
  • An advanced science course 
  • Four approved humanities courses 

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

Suggested upper level specialized courses
These are provided for guidance only. The requirements allow you to construct plans with other focus areas. For full requirements see the University Bulletin.

 

Bioelectrical Engineering
ENGN 1230; and one of (ENGN 1220, ENGN 1930B, ENGN 2500 or ENGN 2912L); and one additional course from the following: (ENGN 1220, ENGN 1610, ENGN 1930B, ENGN 2500, ENGN 2912L, CLPS 1491. CLPS 1520, or NEUR 2110).
Communication Systems
ENGN 1580; and (ENGN 1560 or ENGN 1690); and one additional course from the following (ENGN 1560, ENGN 1610, ENGN 1640, ENGN 1650, ENGN 1690, or ENGN 2530).
Computer Engineering
CSCI 0330; amd ENGN 1640; and one additional course from the following (ENGN 1580, ENGN 1600, ENGN 1610, ENGN 1650, or ENGN 2530).
Multimedia Signal Processing
ENGN 2530 or ENGN 1610; and two additional courses from the following (ENGN 1580, ENGN 1610, ENGN 1640, ENGN 1650, ENGN 2500, ENGN 2530, ENGN 2540, ENGN 2560 or CSCI 1230).
Microlectronic Systems
ENGN 1600; ENGN 1640; and one additional course from the following (ENGN 1590, ENGN 1680, ENGN 2530, or ENGN 2912K)
Solid State Electronics and Photonics
ENGN 1590; (ENGN 1560 or ENGN 1690); and one additional course from the following (ENGN 1450, ENGN 1560, ENGN 1600, ENGN 1680, ENGN 1690, ENGN 1931A, or PHYS 1420).