Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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

Preliminary Examination Requirements

Chair of the Prelim Exam Committee: Professor Hamidreza Aghasi

Written Preliminary Examination

(Please complete and submit registration form to Registration deadline is Friday, April 15, 2022, at 5:00PM)

  • Date: Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Location:Engineering Hall 2430 - Harut Barsamian Colloquia (exam will be in-person)

Information Session

  • Date: Thursday October 7, 2021
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Zoom Recording

Oral Preliminary Examination

  • Date: May 11 - May 13, 2022
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: 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.

Prelim Registration Form

Examples of Prelim Problems