Electrical Engineering Policies and Procedures

Critical Tracking Courses and GPA requirements

The ECE Department requires Students must complete all Critical Tracking (bold) courses with a C or better within two attempts (W counts as an attempt) within 5 semesters, while maintaining an overall  2.50 tracking GPA. An attempt is considered a drop, withdrawal, audit, and incomplete. Please meet with the ECE Academic Advisor to discuss scheduling questions of how to remain on track.  If you have AP/IB/AICE or CLEP credit for any of critical tracking courses, the EE major will accept those advance placement scores.  Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether from credit by examination, dual enrollment, transfer credit or UF course credit.  UF course credit takes precedence over all other forms of credit for the same course.  Credit awarded for acceptable dual enrollment or transfer courses takes precedence over credit by examination. If a student decides to register for the classes that they have advance credit, then the course registered for at UF will count for the credit and not the advance credit that includes if you decide to drop the course during the semester.

Critical Tracking Courses*

CHM2045-General Chemistry (3) or

    CHM2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (3)

General-Education Biological Sciences 2000 Level or CHM2046 (3)

MAC2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (4)

MAC2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (4)

MAC2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (4)

MAP2302 Differential Equations (3)

PHY2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (3)

PHY2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (3)

 *All incoming engineering freshmen are required to take the online Chemistry Readiness Assessment and ALEK exam for placement into chemistry courses and mathematics courses.


Electrical and Computer Engineering courses and GPA requirements

A grade of C is required for all EE introductory and foundation courses (see curriculum sheet for exact courses), and in Design 1 and Design 2 (EEL3923C and EEL4924C) and IPPD 1 and 2 (EEL4912 and EEL4913).  Students must have a grade of C or higher in any EEL/EEE-prefixed breadth course in order to take any course for which it is the prerequisite. EE majors must have an overall 2.00 in all ECE courses to meet degree requirements.  EE majors are required to have an overall and upper division GPA of 2.00 to graduate

Independent Study and Research Credit can be earned for EE Technical Electives. Students are able to earn up to 4 credits combined for EEL4905 (Independent Study) and EGN4912 (Undergraduate Research). For example, 1 credit of EEL4905 then 3 credits of EGN4912.

Coop and Internship credit can be earned for EE Technical Electives. Students are able to earn up to 3 credits combined for EEL4949 (COOP) and EEL4948 (EEL4948).  Each registration of coop and internship credit is only 1-credit.  Students must pay for the one credit of tuition.

UF Summer requirement: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/graduation.aspx#summer

Summer Requirement Waiver Petitions

The summer hours requirement may be waived for students who complete an internship, research or study abroad program in the summer term. the requirement may also be waived for military service, documented financial hardship, or other extenuating circumstances. This is a short-form petition. It does require documentation and your major department’s support.

Do not submit the petition until you have completed your internship, research or study abroad.

Download the summer waiver petition form: Summer Petition

Documents needed to complete Summer Waiver Petition-when using internship as the exception

  • Summer Waiver Petition signed by Student and Academic Advisor
  • Letter of Offer on COMPANY LETTERHEAD- No Exceptions
  • Employer and/or supervisor evaluation of your time
  • Submit after completion of coop or internship
  • Waiver must be submitted semester prior to your graduation semester.

Graduation Requirements

All EE majors are required to complete the 131 credits to earn the Bachelor of Sciences in Electrical Engineering with an overall minimum GPA above 2.00 (see above for specific grade requirements).  If EE majors do not meet the grade requirements in the EE foundation and core courses, it will extend your time at University of Florida and in the ECE program.  EE students are also required to meet all of University of Florida and the College of Engineering requirements in addition to ECE Department requirements for graduation.  Please refer to the undergraduate catalog of your admission year if you have questions about university policy that you are being held too.  

All EE graduating seniors are expected to complete the Exit Survey and Employment Questionnaire prior to final exams of the term in which the degree will be awarded. The electronic questionnaire will be emailed to graduating students by the ECE advisor by mid-semester.

All EE graduating seniors are required to complete a graduation check, during advance registration prior to your last year (semester). Prior to your meeting with the academic adviser, you are required to send an email with the following information:  1) Name and UFID 2) email to where the exit survey can be sent 3) semester schedule for your last two semesters 4) upper division GPA 5) Research topic if graduating with high or highest honors.


Graduating with Honors

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Honors requirement: https://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/resources/graduating-with-honors/

ECE Graduating with Honors Procedure

An Electrical Engineering major pursuing the magna or summa cum laude status should adhere to the outlined timeline so that the Honors Thesis/Research Project is completed by the time of graduation. To gradautewith magna or summa cum laude status, the student must maintain an upper divison of 3.50 or 3.80 respectively. If a student does not complete a thesis, the honors standing will be reverted to Cum Laude status.

1) Identify the Research Project topic and Research Supervisor approximately 3-4 semesters prior to gradaution and meet with the Undergradaute Coordinator for approval of the Research Project. The Undergraduate Coordinator can also assist students in identifying appropriate faculty members. The ECE department has 5 research divisions to assist students in identifying an area of interest and the associated faculty memebers.  Further information can be found on the ECE Research Divisions webpages.

2) Once the research is defined and approved by the Research Superviosr, the student must form a superviosry commiittee consiting of two additional faculty members (total of three committee members). The Research Supervisor serves as the Committee Chair.  For EE majors, Research Supervisor/Committee Chair must come from the ECE Department. Of the two remaining members, one must be from ECE department and the other must be from an outside departmetn or even outside the college.

The Research Supervisor can aid in the selection of committee members. Additional committee members can be added if desired. Adding other committee members should first be discussed with the Research Supervisor. Once a research topic is approved and the committee has been formed the student can begin working on the research. The student must meet with their Research Supervisor regularly to ensure that the work is properly progressing. Weekly meetings are recommended.

3) A copy of completed honor thesis forms (Honors Thesis form and Appointment of Supervisory Committee form) must be submitted to the appropriate Academic Advisor by the following deadline dates:

4)During a student's final semester (term during which they will graduate), the student will complete their thesis and/or research project, present results in a formal defense before their entire committee, and submit the thesis along with all associated paperwork. The deadline for the submission of the thesis and/or   project/creative work is on the last day of classes of the term. This is a university deadline and must be followed



Coops and Internships

Electrical Engineers are able to complete coops and internship experiences in varies types of companies throughout the United States.  The coop & internship experience provides students the opportunities to combine their classroom experiences to the practical knowledge of the real world setting.

Electrical Engineering majors have completed coops and internships with the following companies:

Duke Energy GE Corporation Lockheed Martin Corporation Texas Instruments
Eaton Corporation Harris Corporation NASA Walt Disney Corporation
Exxon Mobile Research & Engineering Honeywell Corporation National Insruments  
Florida Power & Light Intel Corporation Siemans Corporation  



Co-Op Experiences

Co-Op experiences are structured programs that last multiple semesters with the same company. To earn EEL4949 (Co-Op Work Experience) credit, contact the UF Career Resource Center (link is external) for the necessary Co-Op paperwork. The CRC paperwork requires an approval signature from your advisor.  Two weeks prior to the end of the term that you are enrolled, you will need to have your supervisor complete the Employer Evaluation form (available from the CRC) and return it to the CRC.

  • Registration Procedures to earn EEL4949 credit
    • Complete EEL4949 COOP paperwork
      • Copy must be turned into the advisor each semester you want to earn credit
      • Copy will be submitted to CRC Office
      • Two weeks prior to the end of the term that you are enrolled, complete the EEL4948 Student Work Report (link is external) form. CRC will send you employer evaluation form that must be completed sent to them and your EE Advisor.


  • Undergraduates are encouraged to seek out internships as an opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience. Internships must be related to the academic major or career field interest, and conducted under approved industrial, business, institutional or governmental agency supervision. Positions not acceptable for internship are blue-collar work, technician, data entry, clerical, part-time, etc.
  • An internship is for one term. Students interested in registering for internship credit should meet with their advisor.
  • Students can receive a maximum of one credit hour of internship (EEL4948) and have it applied as a technical elective on their degree audit. The minimum requirements to receive credit are:
  • Successful completion of EEL3111c (Circuits 1)
  • Completion of your freshmen year (first 30 semester hours)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Work assignment contains electrical engineering design
  • Registration Procedures to earn EEL4948 credit
    • Complete Request for Internship form (link is external). Attach your letter of offer from the company to the request form. If the letter does not include job duties, contact your supervisor to obtain an outline of work to be performed for the internship.
    • Submit your Request for Internship form and letter of offer to your advisor in the ECE Student Services office.
    • If your internship is approved for credit, the ECE advisor will register you for one credit of EEL4948.
    • Two weeks prior to the end of the term that you are enrolled, complete the EEL4948 Student Work Report (link is external) form. Have your supervisor complete the Employer's Evaluation Report and return it to the ECE Student Services Office.



Dropping a Course

College of Engineering 15 hour/7 week Rule

Engineering students who begin a semester with n initial course load of 15 credits or more will be permitted an extra drop if the drop is completed by the end of the seventh week of class and if the total credits remaining are 12 or more. Critical tracking classes dropped under this rule still count as an attempt. You are still fee liable for dropped courses.

College Level Petitions- https://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/resources/undergraduate-student-handbook/petitions/

Reasons to submit a College Level Petition

  • Requesting an additional drop
  • Dropping a class after the deadline♦
  • Withdrawing from all classes after the deadline
  • Increasing maximum allowed credits
  • Dual enrolling at another institution
  • Waiving the 30 hour residency requirement

Drop Policy

Students are allowed two “free” drops in the first 60 hours of enrollment, and two additional “free” drops after 60 hours. All drops must be approved by your academic advisor.

Students who come in with accelerated credits from AP, IB or Dual Enrollment should know that these credits do not count toward your first 6- hour drop unless you have been admitted as a transfer student. This has special implications for HS/AA students.

If you are a high school AA degree student who has been admitted as a transfer student, then you have only two “free drops” allowed.


Electrical Engineering procedure for dropping a course(s):

If you are planning to drop a course for the fall, spring or summer semester, please submit your request through Student Initiated Drop/ Add page (https://student.ufl.edu/dropadd.html).  When you submit your request on the SIDA page.   Please check your drop page to see if you have drops available to use.  If you do not have any drops then you will be required to petition the college. Please read the general information about dropping a course and Bright Futures and Dropped courses. Once submit your SIDA request, please send me a verification email with the information below.   I will not drop your courses until I receive your verification email.


Subject line:  Spring 2017 Drop Verification 




Section number(s):

The date that you submitted the request on SIDA:

Have you dropped a course in prior semester? Yes or No

Do you authorize me to drop your course: Yes or No




To withdraw from the entire semester (ALL COURSES YOU ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED),  please click on this  link (http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/services/withdrawals.html). Students are able to withdraw on their own, without advisor approval.  Please read the entire page for details for medical withdrawal and general procedures about withdrawing.  If you are withdrawing please notify your advisor; via email or come into advisor office.

Electrical Engineering procedure to for college level petition:

1) Complete college petition (https://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/resources/undergraduate-student-handbook/petitions/)

                                          a. College Petition Form-



2) Student must write a detailed explanation of why you are requesting an additional drop and any documentation  

       that supports the letter.


3) Must have a memo from your Academic Advisor.  The letter will fully support, support with reservation or do not  

      support based on what the student(s) has written in their letter and/or discussed in advising meeting.


4) The entire packet must be submitted by email to petitions@eng.ufl.edu

The College Petition Committee will have results available within 7 business days from the time you submit the petition. Must be completed petition when submitting to the committee. 



The intent of academic probation is to provide formal notice that a student may not be making satisfactory progress. The conditions of academic probation are intended to specify the achievement standards required to graduate, to identify unsatisfactory academic performance at an early date, to provide occasion for counseling, and to give students whose ultimate success is in question further opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet academic expectations.

HWCOE Probation Policy

Undergraduate students who are off-track or whose UF, upper division, or department GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation and will have two semesters to attain good academic standing. Any student who fails to meet the conditions of probation must petition the major department to be allowed to continue in the program. Approval of this petition will be at the discretion of the student’s department. Extenuating circumstances should always be discussed with your advisor.

*Students may withdraw from the university at any time. However, withdrawal may affect ability to remain in a specific major.  Students may be on academic probation for a maximum of TWO semesters while enrolled in the College of Engineering.

All students on probation must meet with an academic advisor at designated intervals to review progress. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the College probation policies. Failure to meet any condition of probation may result in dismissal from the College of Engineering.

Types of Probation

  • Critical Tracking:

Students must complete all Critical Tracking (bold) courses with a C or better within two attempts (W

counts as an attempt) within 5 semesters, while maintaining an overall2.50 tracking GPA.

  • Core GPA (Electrical Engineering courses)

Students must maintain an overall minimum 2.00 in EEE and EEL courses. A minimum grade of C is required in

all other courses that are prerequisites to a required course: EEL3000,EEL3008, EEL3111C, EEL3115, EEL3112, EEL3701C and EEL3744C. In addition, EE Breadth & Depth elective courses plus the design courses of EEL3923C and EEL4924C and IPPD 1 and 2

  • Overall GPA:  Electrical Engineering students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 to remain in good standing
  • Upper Division GPA: Electrical Engineering students must maintain an upper division GPA of 2.00 to remain in good standing



Academic dismissal from the university denies registration privileges to students who have a grade point deficit of 15 or more in their UF coursework. The student will be dismissed from the university and advance registration(s) will be cancelled.

  • Students who are dismissed will not be permitted to enroll again unless they complete an application for readmission by the application deadline and the college approves readmission. A student who is readmitted after academic dismissal will be dismissed again if his or her grade point deficit remains 15 or more at the end of any term.
  • Any courses, including extension, flexible learning and courses taken at another institution while dismissed from the University of Florida for academic reasons, will not be counted as credit earned toward a University of Florida degree. However, upon approved readmission, transfer credit earned elsewhere by a student dismissed from UF for academic reasons may be accepted upon recommendation of the college.


Students will receive an email from their undergraduate advisor at the end of the semester (fall and spring) notifying they are placed on probation must meet with the advisor and complete a probation contract.


S/U Grade Option

  • All courses taken at the university to satisfy engineering degree requirements, general education and the writing requirement, must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only on an S-U basis. Nontechnical electives in the junior and senior year may be taken S/U.