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Academic minors in EECS : electrical energy and smart grid, embedded systems, VLSI, very large scale integrated systems, biomedical electronics and computing, nanoscience and nanotechnology, computer science, robotics and automation

Minors for EECS Students


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An academic minor is a curricular component that enables a student to make an inquiry into a discipline or field of study, or to investigate a particular theme. It is organized around a specific set of objectives or questions. The objectives of a minor are achieved through an ordered series of courses. The courses required to complete a minor are usually upper level courses, wherein the student can gain more advanced knowledge. Courses taken can be used to satisfy both academic requirements in your major area of study and the minor itself. Specific questions about minors and requirements can be addressed to the advisor of the minor in question.


Minors open additional career opportunities to the students who receive them. For example, a student with an Electrical Engineering degree and a Physics minor may be more likely to get a job at somewhere like NASA. Or, a student with a foreign language minor and an engineering degree could find opportunities to work on special projects or in foreign countries. Having a minor could be a “tiebreaker” when it comes to competing against other job candidates with equal experience and training.


There are a number of minors offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science:

There are also a wide variety of minors offered throughout the University. A complete list of minors in Arts and Sciences can be found on their website. The two most popular minors with EECS students are

  • Mathematics: This minor is great way to enhance your education, increase your set of skills, learn interesting mathematics, and see how math is used in your field. From a professional standpoint a Mathematics Minor can help your degree stand out to prospective employers. It’s also good preparation if you plan to take the Engineer in Training exam.
  • Physics: The Minor in Physics provides a solid foundation for the pursuit of a broad range of professional activities in science and engineering (just another name for Applied Physics). A Physics Minor can help the student enhance their knowledge of experimental techniques and equipment, facilitate further studies in engineering and related fields, and allow students to pursue other careers in other areas such as secondary education.