Electrical Engineering is a diverse field of engineering study encompassing much of the underlying technology of our modern world. Electrical engineers lead the design of microelectronics, computers, communication networks, control systems and power generation and distribution. Aerospace and military systems include major subsystems conceived and designed by electrical engineers.
The curriculum incorporates extensive hands-on experiences through laboratory work and design projects. All electrical engineering students participate in a senior design project with a team of students, usually spanning multiple engineering disciplines.
WSU’s electrical engineering program is ABET accredited — the most prestigious accreditation awarded to an electrical engineering program. Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession.
Fernando Serna, an electrical engineering major at WSU Tri-Cities, was selected recently as one of 107 Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award Corp. scholars through the Great Minds in STEM organization. Read more…
The bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering prepares students to be employed as electrical engineers or to pursue graduate studies. The degree requires slightly more than 120 semester credits of course work. The first two years establish a solid mathematical foundation of calculus through differential equations and calculus-based physics.
In the second year, students are introduced to digital and analog circuits and systems at the theory level in lectures and at the practical level through hands-on laboratories. The third year is devoted to core EE subjects such as electronics, electromagnetics, signals and systems, electric power, and control systems.
Extensive laboratory work translates text-book theory into practical application. In the fourth year, the choice of five or more advanced technical electives allows students to focus on specific areas of interest. Finally, a one-year senior design sequence serves as a “capstone” experience where students work in teams to solve open-ended, real-world engineering problems often encountered in the field.
Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible. Comprehensive advising information is available at the SEAS Advising Gateway.
In order to graduate as profession-ready students, you will benefit from industry internships. These are exceptional opportunities that allow you, our students, to gain experience, expand your perspectives, and stand out with potential employers.
While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.
The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.
The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.
Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.
Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.
Minoring in a discipline outside your major field of study, allows you to focus elective credits, expand your perspective, and increase your skills. A minor will make you stand out to potential employers because it demonstrates an eagerness to learn and emphasizes your willingness to go above and beyond minimum expectations.
The electrical engineering minor requires 18 semester hours of courses in electrical engineering, 9 of which must be 300-400-level and taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.
Graduates from WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering program consistently exceed state and national passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and are ready for careers and are actively sought by government and industry.
The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.
The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.