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. Ozdal Boyraz
Written Preliminary Examination
**Spring 2020 prelims postponed**: Students’, staff’s and faculty’s wellbeing is our utmost priority in these uncertain times. With growing concerns and the continuous unpredictable changes due to the pandemic, and with the understanding of the level of stress that this creates in students, the EECS Department has made the decision to reschedule the Spring Ph.D. Prelims to Fall 2020. We believe this is in the best interest for all involved. The Spring quarter will not be counted toward the time limit you have to take the Prelim Exam.
(Please register for the exam in the EECS office located in EH 2200. Registration deadline is Friday, November 17, 2020 at 5:00PM)
- Date: Fall 2020
- Time: TBD
- Location: TBD
An information session is scheduled for:
- Date: TBD
- Time: TBD
- Location: EH 2210 (EECS Chair's Conference Room)
Oral Preliminary Examination
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.
Students who do not pass the written examination will fail the preliminary examination without taking an oral exam.