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

Chair of the Prelim Exam Committee: Prof. Filippo Capolino

An information session is scheduled for: Thursday, March 19, 2014 at 2:00; Location: EH 2210

(A) Date of Written Preliminary Examination: Monday, May 4, 2014 at 10:30am-2:30pm; Location: CalIT2 3008

(Please register for the exam in the EECS office located in EH 2200. Registration deadline is Monday, November 3, at 5PM)

(B) Date of Oral Preliminary Examination:  The oral exams will follow within a week. Date to be determined


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


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:

(1) 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.

(2) Electronics I with laboratory (EECS170A/170LA)


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

Study Plan

Supplementary Sedra and Smith, Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition, Oxford.

(3) Electronics II with Laboratory (EECS170B/170LB)

References 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:,

(4) 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.

The Oral Examination

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

Study Plan-1.pdf92.92 KB