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Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (47 credits total)

General Education Courses are comprised of three areas of study: written and oral communications courses; approved non-EE electives; and visual, literary and performing arts and individuals and societies courses.

Written and Oral Communication (12 credits)

This requirement includes two components described below: English Composition and Additional Writing Requirements.

English Composition

At least 5 credits of English Composition must be taken from the UW’s approved list of composition courses. These courses include:

  • C LIT 240 (5) Writing in Comparative Literature
  • ENGL 109, and 110 Introductory Composition (both courses must be completed to receive credit, but you may only apply 5 credits to the BSEE degree)
  • ENGL 111 Composition: Literature
  • ENGL 121 Composition: Social Issues
  • ENGL 131 Composition: Exposition
  • ENGL 182 The Research Paper
  • ENGL 197 Interdisciplinary Writing/Humanities (VLPA)
  • ENGL 198 Interdisciplinary Writing/Social Sciences (I&S)
  • ENGL 199 Interdisciplinary Writing/Natural Sciences (NW)
  • ENGL 281 Intermediate Expository Writing

Note: If you have transfer credit that is similar to the courses above, but which did not transfer as one of the courses listed above, please check with the EE Advising Office.

Additional Writing Requirements

  • ENGR 231 Introduction to Technical Communications (3 credits)
  • EE 393 Advanced Technical Writing in Electrical Engineering (4 credits)

Approved Non-EE Electives (10 credits)

  • AMATH 300 and above except 351 and 352
  • ASTRONOMY 301
  • BIOLOGY 180, 200, 220, 400 and above
  • BOTANY 400 and above
  • ACCTG 275, MGMT 275, MKTG 275, all Business courses numbered 300 and above
  • CHEMISTRY 152, 154, 162, 164, 223, 224, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, 300 and above
  • ECONOMICS 300 and above
  • ENGINEERING (ENGR) 360
  • OTHER ENGINEERING DEPTS: (Please note that courses cross-listed with EE courses cannot be applied to the non-EE electives requirement.)
    • A&A 210, 260, 280, 300 and above
    • BSE 211
    • CHEM E 300 and above
    • CEE 220, 300 and above
    • CSE 300 level and above except CSE 370.
    • IND E 250, 300 and above except IND E 315
    • ME 230, 300 and above
    • MSE 300 and above
  • EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES 472, 495
  • MATH 300 and above, except 444 and those already required/allowed for degree (307, 308, 324, 390)
  • OCEAN 200, 300 and above
  • PBIO 300 and above
  • PHYSICS 224, 225, 227, 228, 300 and above except 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412 and 413

Note: You may petition to substitute Natural Science classes not listed (such as Atmospheric Sciences, Astronomy, Earth and Space Sciences, etc.), at the level of 300 and above. Courses not listed above must be approved for substitution before they will be allowed to count toward this requirement.

Visual, Literary and Performing Arts and Individuals and Societies (25 credits)

A total of 25 credits are required, with a minimum of 10 credits in each separate area. VLPA/I&S courses are designated in the quarterly time schedule and the UW course catalog.