Undergraduate Academic Guide: QPA Requirements and Overload Policy

Overload policy

Consistent with the desire to maintain reasonable semester course loads, the Department has a strict overload policy. An overload is defined as any schedule with more than 54 units in any semester. A student will only be permitted to overload (by no more than 12 units according to the Undergraduate Catalog) if he or she achieves a QPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 in the previous semester

This policy applies only to graded courses offered by academic units of the university (including research institutes such as the Robotics Institute and the Software Engineering Institute). This policy does not apply to ROTC and Physical Education courses.

QPA requirements

To graduate, students must achieve a cumulative QPA of 2.0 or higher in courses taken after the freshman year. In addition, a minimum QPA of 2.0 is required in the following nine courses (totaling 108 units):

  • 18-100 – Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 18-220 – Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • 18-240 – Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
  • xx-xxx – Breadth course requirement (3 courses)
  • xx-xxx – Depth course requirement (1 course)
  • xx-xxx – Coverage course requirement (2 courses)

Note: The Capstone Design course also satisfies a depth or coverage requirement.

When more than one possibility exists for meeting a specific requirement (e.g., breadth), the courses will be chosen to maximize the QPA. Similarly, when a course is retaken, the better grade will be used in the computation of the minimum QPA in the above courses. See the "Graduation Course Requirement Sheet: B.S. in ECE" for more information.