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Electrical Engineering

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Electrical Engineering (124 Credits)

Students are admitted to the Electrical Engineering major upon demonstrating they are calculus-ready and making their intention known to the department. Calculus-ready is defined as having an ALEKS math placement score of 80% or higher; or completion of MATH 108, and 171 or a higher calculus course with a grade of C or better; or completing the Math AP with a score of 2 (places the student in MATH 171), or 3 (credit is given for MATH 171).

To remain in good standing students must complete CPT S 121 or 131, MATH 171, 172, 220, 273, and PHYSICS 201/211, each with a grade of C or better, and earn a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or higher upon completion of the above courses.

Alternate Pathway:
Completion of ALL standard pathway benchmarks and additionally: ENGLISH 101, CHEM 105, PHYSICS 202/212, E E 261, 262, MATH 315, all with a grade of C or better, and a 2.5 cumulative WSU GPA (or transfer GPA if no WSU GPA exists). Everett and Bremerton applicants follow the alternate pathway.

No courses listed in this schedule of study may be taken on a pass/fail basis. With the exception of E E 488, E E 499, and ENGR 489, all listed E E and CPT S courses, required electives, and prerequisites to these courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students should also consult with an advisor regarding allowed course substitutions to the schedule of studies listed below.
First Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGR 1202
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermCredits
CPT S 121 or 1314
MATH 1724
MATH 2202
Second Year
First TermCredits
CPT S 122 or 1324
E E 214 4
MATH 2732
Second TermCredits
E E 2344
E E 2613
E E 2621
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
MATH 3153
UCORE Inquiry13
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
E E 3113
E E 3213
E E 3313
E E 352 [M]3
Engineering Science Elective 23
Second TermCredits
E E 3023
E E 3413
E E 361 3
STAT 3603
Track Elective3,43
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
E E 4153
Engineering Science Elective 23
Track Electives3,46
UCORE Inquiry13
Second TermCredits
300-400-level Track Electives3,46
E E 416 [CAPS] [M]3
UCORE Inquiry16 or 7
Complete E E Exit Interview and Survey

1Must complete 4 of these 5 UCORE designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, HUM.
2Engineering Science Elective (3 credits): Choose from CE 211, ME 212, 301, MSE 302.
3Track Electives: Students follow one of five tracks for an emphasis in their degree program. A total of 15 credits are required for each track. Any electives within a track must be chosen from the list of approved technical electives in footnote 3. Power Track: required: E E 362, 491, at least 6 credits from E E 486, 489, 492, 493, 494, and remaining credits from list of approved technical electives; Microelectronics Track: required: E E 351, 476, at least two from E E 431, 434, 496, and one from E E 431, 434, 466, 488, 496, 499, ENGR 489 with a combined maximum of 3 credits total from E E 488 and ENGR 489 or E E 499; Systems Track: required: E E 464, 489, at least one from E E 432, 451, and one from E E 351, 431, 432, 451, and remaining credits from list of approved technical electives; General Track: at least one from E E 324, 351, 362, 489; at least three 400-level E E letter graded course not used to meet other program requirements, and one course from the list of approved technical electives; or Computer Engineering Track: required: E E 434, 466, at least one from E E 324, 334, 431, 476, CPT S 360, and remaining credits from list of approved technical electives and at least one 400-level E E letter graded course not used to meet other program requirements.
4Technical Electives approved for Power Track, Systems Track, General Track (minimum 9 credits 400-level E E courses), and Computer Engineering Track (minimum 3 credits 400-level E E courses) include: ASTRONOM 435, CE 463, CHEM 331, 333, 345, MATH 320, 325, 340, 364, 401, 402, 415, 420, 421, 440, 441, 448, 453, 464, 466, ME 304, 401, PHYSICS 303, 304, 320, 443, 450, and 463, or any 300-400-level CPT S or E E course not used to fulfill other requirements.

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