With all the freshman- and sophomore-level background finally completed, your third year of education in the ECE department offers you a chance for greater flexibility and control over you degree program. However, if you have yet to do so, your first priority is to complete ECE 2799. Also, once the design course is completed, you should finish the remaining courses in the advanced core as soon as possible.
After that, you will finally have a chance to branch out into the many other ECE courses we offer. When choosing major courses for the junior year, be sure to seek a balance between depth and breadth. On one hand, there is a wide selection of 3000-level courses from which to choose, extending the basic and advanced core into even more areas of ECE. These courses will allow you to explore more of the discipline, and gain even greater proficiency in any of the core areas you may have found interesting. On the other hand, if you are particularly interested in a single sub-discipline, you may be ready by the end of junior year to attempt a 4000-level course (depending of course on the specific class and its recommended background).
Despite the opportunities available to you in ECE, the most substantial component of your work junior year will most certainly be your Interactive Qualifying Project. If you are planning to complete your IQP off-campus, be sure to take additional care in planning your courses around the term that you will be away. Also, in the term before you leave, off-campus projects typically require 1/3 unit or more of preparatory work. You should take this extra burden into account as part of the workload for that term.
Yet another key undertaking of the junior year is your responsibility to find an MQP. If you are planning to do the project off-campus as a senior, you will need to follow an application procedure similar to that of off-campus IQPs. If you are planning to complete the project on-campus, then the efforts needed to find a project may vary greatly. You may need to apply to and interview for certain industry-sponsored MQP programs, or you might contact a professor in the department who has advertised a specific project he or she wants to advise. Consult with your academic advisor about what types of projects interest you, and what approach is best to secure an MQP for the next year.
Finally, do not forget about your Humanities and Arts Requirement, your Social Science Requirement, the ES requirement, and your physical education classes.