BSEE Degree Requirements and Policies
To qualify for the BSEE degree you must successfully complete 180 credit hours of course work. A minimum of 45 credits must be earned in residence at the UW in order to receive the BSEE degree. In addition, students must take at least 30 credits of specific EE coursework in residence at the UW. A summary of the current EE curriculum requirements and a sample four-year plan is available.
The EE Advising Office maintains a curriculum chart for each student in the Department (Chart for all students admitted before AUT09; Chart for AUT09 admits and beyond). This record shows each curriculum area as well as required courses within each area. In addition, you may obtain a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report via the MyUW option on the UW web page. Please note that DARS reports do not always accurately reflect fulfillment of degree requirements; if you have any questions about discrepancies, please contact the EE Advising Office.
Requirements for the BSEE degree are distributed into twelve areas of study:
EE Major Concentration Area
Additional Engineering Electives
Written and Oral Communication
Non-EE Approved Electives
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts/Individuals & Societies
Mathematics (24 credits)
- MATH 124, 125, 126 Calculus with Analytical Geometry 1,2,3
- MATH 307 Introduction to Differential Equations OR AMATH 351 Introduction to Differential Equations and Applications
- MATH 308 Linear Algebra OR AMATH 352 Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis
- MATH 324 Advanced Multivariable Calculus
Statistics (3 credits)Choose one of the following classes:
- STAT/MATH 390 Probability and Statistics in Engineering and Science
(Students intending to obtain a minor in Math should take STAT/MATH 390.)
(Students who take STAT/MATH 390 will earn 1 more credit than necessary for this requirement; excess credit will apply to Free Electives)
- IND E 315 Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Natural Science (20 credits)
- PHYS 121 Mechanics
- PHYS 122 Electromagnetism & Oscillatory Motion
- PHYS 123 Waves
- CHEM 142 General Chemistry
Computer Programming (9 credits)
Electrical Engineering Core (14 credits)
- EE 215 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
- EE 233 Circuit Theory
- EE 235 Continuous Time Linear Systems
Electrical Engineering Major Concentration Area (at least 24 credits)
Students may also elect to pursue the Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Degree Option.
Additional EE Electives
In addition to completing the Electrical Engineering Core and at least one of the Major Concentration Areas, students must take enough additional EE courses so that their total of EE credits equals or exceeds 58.
Professional Issues Course Requirement (beginning Autumn 2009)
Beginning Autumn 2009, all newly admitted students will be required to take a professional issues ethics course. We strongly recommend that all current students fulfill this as well. This requirement will cover issues relating to professional development, ethical dilemmas, and societal expectations of engineers. Students can choose from the following courses: EE 398, EE 406, EE 418 or EE 456. Please see an EE advisor for a list of the most current course options. EE 398 is not considered a seminar and thus does not apply to the 2 credit seminar limit (see below).
The Engineering Co-op Program provides students with meaningful experience in industry which can help guide their remaining studies. Students enrolled in the Program have full-time or part-time paid employment while earning academic credit. Electrical Engineering students can earn up to 2 Co-op credits per quarter (ENGR 321) and apply up to 4 credits of Co-op (ENGR 321) toward their degree as Engineering Electives or EE Electives. A student may apply no more than 10 credits in total of ENGR 321, EE 499 or independent study courses in other departments towards their degree requirements. This change is effective Summer Quarter 2012.
Undergraduate Research (Independent Study)Students may apply up to 10 credits of EE 499 Special Projects work to the EE Electives requirement. This represents research or a design project carried out under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Students may register for between two and five credits each quarter; the precise number of credits is determined by the student and the faculty supervisor and is dependent on the amount of work to be carried out. Each credit generally represents between three and five hours of work each week. To register for these credits, please pick up an "EE 499 Approval for Undergraduate Research and Special Projects" form from the Advising Office, obtain a faculty signature and turn in to Advising for an entry code. Additional research credits beyond 10, regardless of which department they are taken in, will not fulfill EE elective, non-EE elective, or COE elective requirements.
Additional College of Engineering ElectivesIn addition to the 58 minimum credits required of EE coursework, you must earn an additional 10 credits in technical courses from departments in the College of Engineering. These credits can come from EE, another COE department, or a combination of COE departments. These courses must be at the 200-level or above, with the following exceptions:
The following courses do NOT count:
- ENGR 322 Engineering Cooperative Education Postwork Seminar
- *For students admitted prior to Autumn Quarter 2010, ME 123/124 will no longer count toward the COE elective area effective WIN11.
- MSE 170 Fundamentals of Materials Science
The following non-EE research courses need EE advisor approval in order to apply toward COE elective requirements:
- AA 299, 499
- CHEM E 499
- CEE 499
- CSE 498, 499
- HCDE 499
- IND E 499
- MSE 497, 499
- ME 495, 498, 499
Seminar Courses Applied to Required CreditsStudents may apply a maximum of two seminar credits to the EE Electives, College of Engineering Electives and/or Approved Non-EE Electives requirements (see list below for Approved Non-EE courses). Seminars are considered any course structured as a seminar (typically 1-2 credits), regardless of whether they are graded or CR/NC. EE 398 is not considered a seminar and thus does *not* apply to the 2 credit seminar limit. Possible seminars include EE 400 (Leadership Seminar), EE 491 (Undergraduate Seminar - Departmental Colloquium), and EE 500 (Energy Seminar). Some EE 500 seminars may not be open to general enrollment, so please check with the responsible faculty member to determine if the seminar is suitable and you can enroll in it. Seminars offered by other departments may be counted towards the appropriate class of elective credit, subject to the maximum two credit limit.
Graduate Courses Applied to EE ElectivesUnder special circumstances you may petition, as an undergraduate, to apply up to 4 credits earned in graduate courses (other than graduate seminars and courses labeled EE 500) toward your minimum 58 required EE credits. Before such a request can be approved, you must demonstrate that you have the required background for the graduate courses. Consult the EE Advising Office for additional information.
Written and Oral Communication (12 credits)This requirement includes two components described below: English Composition and Additional Writing Requirements
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
If you have transfer credit that you think is similar to the courses above, but which did not transfer exactly as any of the courses above, please check with the EE Advising Office.
Additional Writing Requirements
- HCDE 231 Introduction to Technical Writing (3 cr.)
- EE 393 Advanced Technical Writing in Electrical Engineering (4 cr.)
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
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)
Free Electives (9 credits)These credits can be fulfilled by any courses for which the University of Washington gives credit, except courses which duplicate or parallel courses for which you have already received credit. Please note that students who choose to take STAT/MATH 390 for the Statistics requirement need only earn 8 Free Elective credits.
S/NS and CR/NC GradingYou may not apply any courses graded Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory (S/NS) to any distribution or major requirement, but you may use them as Free Electives. You may apply courses graded Credit/Non-Credit (CR/NC) where appropriate.
RegistrationYou should plan your quarterly schedule of classes well in advance of your assigned registration day. You should also meet an adviser to discuss any questions regarding your schedule or to confirm that your schedule of courses covers your requirements. Staff in the EE Advising Office can also answer questions regarding course availability, scheduling, etc. Be sure to register for courses on your assigned registration day as many EE courses tend to fill up quickly. If you need to take a course that has closed, check the on-line time schedule several times a day to see if someone has dropped the course. Waiting lists are only started on the request of an instructor and are kept in the EE Advising Office. If you still haven't gained a space by the first day of classes, plan to attend the class for the first week to see if a space opens up or if the instructor will let you overload.
Applicability of RequirementsThe BSEE requirements apply to all students admitted to the department in or after Autumn quarter 2006 and until such time as a new curriculum or amendment is issued. Students admitted while this curriculum is in effect will not be subject to additional degree requirements except those necessary to comply with accreditation requirements.
If you are a returning student who was originally admitted to the department in a previous quarter, different requirements may apply to you. Please consult the EE Advising Office for guidance.
Changes in policy and administrative procedures can be applied to students admitted before the effective date of this curriculum, as long as such changes do not modify the total number of credits required for the BSEE degree and the distribution of those credits.
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