The minor in electrical engineering provides training in electrical engineering beyond the training usually received by science, mathematics and applied mathematics majors. It can also broaden the training of students majoring in other engineering fields to provide more depth in electrical engineering. The goal is to teach students the fundamentals of electrical engineering and introduce them to at least one of its many advanced application areas. Such skills are important to students who expect to participate in real world situations that increasingly involve electrical engineering applications.


The electrical engineering minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

A minor in electrical engineering can be earned in conjunction with any CU Boulder major, except for BS degrees in electrical engineering, electrical & computer engineering and integrated design engineering-electrical emphasis. The electrical engineering minor cannot be completed alongside any of the following minors: computer engineering and signals & systems engineering. 


Students must complete these courses with a C- or higher before declaring the minor:

  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • APPM 2360 Introduction to Differential Equations with Linear Algebra or MATH 2130 Introduction to Linear Algebra for Non-Mathematics Majors & MATH 3430 Ordinary Differential Equations

Grade Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 is required in the courses used to satisfy the minor requirements. Each individual course that is counted toward this minor must be passed with a grade of D- or higher (note that a minimum grade of C- is required in all prerequisite courses).

Residency Requirements

At least 9 credit hours for the minor must be taken on the CU Boulder campus.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
ECEN 2250Introduction to Circuits and Electronics3
ECEN 2260Circuits as Systems3
ECEN 2270Electronics Design Lab3
Emphasis Areas
Complete 9 credits, chosen from the following:9
Digital Logic
Programming Digital Systems
Computer Systems
Embedded Software Engineering
Electromagnetic Energy Conversion 1
Linear Systems
Biomedical Signals and Systems
Semiconductor Devices
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission
Practical Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture
Real-Time Operating Systems
Design and Analysis of Operating Systems
Engineering Applications in Biomedicine: Cardiovascular Devices and Systems
Control Systems Analysis
Communication Theory
Organic Electronic Materials and Devices
Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory
Principles of Energy Systems and Devices
Undergraduate Optics Laboratory
Optoelectronic System Design
Introduction to Digital Filtering
Microwave and RF Laboratory
Control Systems Laboratory
Communication Laboratory
Introduction to Power Electronics
Analog IC Design
Aerospace Electronics and Communications
Total Credit Hours18