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Electrical engineering is concerned with the understanding and utilization of electricity and with providing society useful, efficient, and economic products and services. It encompasses everything from batteries and power supplies to crystal fabrication, autonomous robots, and devices that can recognize human speech. Electrical engineers design, produce, study, and operate all manner of devices and systems that use electric and electromagnetic energy. They also work on systems at the macro scale of electric power grids and at the micro scale of nanotechnology.
Contemporary society is in the midst of an information revolution, created in large part from the fruits of electrical engineering. Rapid improvements in communication technologies, computer visualization, and information access continue to have a significant impact on manufacturing, medicine, transportation, and environmental monitoring. Dramatic advances in personal communication services, digital imaging, and network hardware and software are changing the texture of everyday life for an increasing portion of the world's population.
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers the following programs of study:
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Suggested First- and Second-Year Courses: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126; CHEM 142; English composition; PHYS 121 (and beyond if possible). Students should start in mathematics courses right away and follow with physics, chemistry, computer programming, etc., as soon as possible. The department publishes a sample four-year plan of study for fulfilling all degree requirements, including those to be taken during the first year, online at www.engr.washington.edu/files/curr_students/docs/EE_2014.pdf.
Department Admission Requirements
Engineering Undeclared Students
See section on College of Engineering admission for additional details on Direct-to-College admission and placement process for Engineering Undeclared students.
If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into the major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a matching process is implemented Factors considered include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.Other Current UW Students and Transfer Students
Current UW students without Engineering Undeclared status and transfer students may apply. Admission is competitive.
Factors considered include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, demonstrated ability to take at least 12 credits per quarter, record of honors, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.
Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Option (NME): Admission is by self-selection and normally occurs in winter quarter of the junior year, upon completion of all electrical engineering prerequisites and formal admission to the BS electrical engineering major. Students who complete NME 220 with a minimum 2.0 grade are eligible. Such students indicate an interest in the NME option on their electrical engineering major application and discuss their interests/background in the application personal statement. To declare, they see an EE undergraduate adviser.
General Education Requirements (81 credits)
Major Requirements (80-81 credits)
Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Option Requirements (80-81 credits)
Electives (18-19 credits)
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
Graduate Program Coordinator
The department offers Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Graduate courses and research programs are offered in biosystems, circuits and network theory, computational intelligence, computer networks and distributed systems, computer architecture, digital systems, software engineering, operating systems, microprocessors, VLSI design, control systems, electromagnetics (including optics and radio science), electronic materials (including devices and micro-electronics), energy systems (including power electronics and electric drives), signal and image processing, telecommunications, and virtual reality. Numerous interdisciplinary research opportunities exist, including projects relating to bioengineering, computer engineering, and marine acoustics. The department does extensive research in coordination with the UW's Applied Physics laboratoryoratory and Washington Technology Center.
The MSEE degree may be earned in three ways, each requiring 45 credits. (1) perform research and write a thesis; (2) pursue a one-quarter project as part of the program; (3) accumulate a suitable distribution of 45 credits of coursework.
For the PhD degree, students pass the departmental qualifying examination, pass an advanced general examination, pursue an original research problem, and report the results of that research in a dissertation that must be a contribution to knowledge. At least one year of coursework beyond the MSEE degree is usually desirable.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Although most applicants have baccalaureate degrees in electrical engineering, applicants with degrees in other branches of engineering, the physical sciences, computer science, or mathematics often pursue graduate study in electrical engineering following some additional preparation.
For more information, visit the department's website at www.ee.washington.edu/admissions/graduate/index.html.
Requirements for both options
Students pursue an individual problem in depth. Typical problems involve basic research or application of classroom principles to a professional problem beyond the routine practice of electrical engineering.
Students take a prearranged course load specific to each of the seven curriculum areas. A generic coursework option is also available.
Doctor of Philosophy
Most applicants have baccalaureate degrees in electrical engineering, although applicants with degrees in other branches of engineering, the physical sciences, computer science, or mathematics may often pursue graduate study in electrical engineering following additional preparation.
For more information, visit the department's Website at www.ee.washington.edu/admissions/graduate/index.html.
Minimum 90 credits
Facilities include research laboratories for advanced digital systems, advanced power technology, applied electromagnetics, optics, remote sensing, applied signal and image processing, mechatronics and intelligent control, modern sensors, and semiconductor technology
Research assistantships, teaching assistantships, scholarships, and graduate fellowships are availablele to qualified graduate students in all areas of electrical engineering. Most awards include a monthly stipend plus payment of tuition and fees.