Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination in EE-Circuits & Devices

Preliminary Examination Requirements

Chair of the Prelim Exam Committee: Prof. Henry Lee

Written Preliminary Examination

(Please register for the exam in the EECS office located in EH 2200. Registration deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5PM)

  • Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Time: 1:30PM- 5:00PM
  • Location: EH 2430

An information session is scheduled for

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD

Oral Preliminary Examination

  • TBD


This document outlines the materials to be covered in the written (4 hours) and oral exam (1 hour) in the area of EE-Circuits & Devices. The relevant courses offered at UCI in this field are listed. Also, reference textbooks and supplementary books are provided.

List of courses:

Network Analysis (EECS70B)

  • Reference: J. David Irwin and R. Mark Nelms, Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis, 8th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Chapters 8-10 and 12-16.
  • Supplementary: Sedra and Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition, Oxford.

Electronics I with laboratory (EECS170A/170LA)

  • Reference: D.A. Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, 4th Ed., McGraw Hill. Anderson and Anderson, Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices, First edition, McGraw-Hill, 2005, Chapters 1-10. Chin C. Lee, Electronics I Laboratory, available at the Engineering Copy Center; R. F. Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Addison-Wesley, 1996

Electronics II with Laboratory (EECS170B/170LB)

  • Reference: Sedra and Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 5th Edition, Oxford University, 3, 4, 6, 8 (up to 8.8), 10, and 11. The lab manual can be found on the course website prepared by the instructors, as indicated below:

Engineering Electromagnetics (EECS180)

  • Reference: William H. Hayt, Jr. and John A. Buck, Engineering Electromagnetics, Seventh edition Addison Wesley, Chapters 2-4, 6-12.

Although the above material describes the nature of the background information the student should have mastered prior to taking the Preliminary Examinations, it is to be emphasized that an important quality for the student to demonstrate by performance during the examinations is a comprehensive understanding of the technical areas involved and the ability to apply it to diverse applications. In other words, students are ultimately responsible for the body of knowledge in the area that might be besides the materials covered in these classes.

Oral Examination

Students who do not pass the written examination will fail the preliminary examination without taking an oral exam.

Examples of Prelim Problems