Aspiring UW electrical engineers begin with a pre-engineering curriculum and are enrolled in the College of Engineering with a pre-engineering major for the first year or two of college.
Potential transfer students may complete a pre-engineering curriculum at a community college or another four-year university. Transfer students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses for entry into UW ECE’s undergraduate program, and may take courses to satisfy UW general education requirements.
Once admitted to UW ECE, students spend about six quarters completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree. Students are expected to engage in full-time study (12 credits per quarter) and meet standards of academic performance.
Undergraduates must choose one concentration, which will focus their studies. Concentrations are available in a wide variety across UW ECE’s research areas.
- Integrated systems: Design circuits to process continuous signals in devices such as stereo amplifiers and radio receivers.
- Digital Signal & Image Processing: Improve digital signals, from speech recognition for voice-activated devices to compressing video for teleconferencing.
- Biomedical Instrumentation: Design biomedical instruments such as EKG preamplifiers to monitor the heart’s electrical activity.
- Sensors and Devices: Design a variety of devices such as lasers, accelerometers and photovoltaic devices, which generate electricity from sunlight.
- Digital VLSI: Analog and digital Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) integrated circuits, devices, and applications, energy management.
- Sustainable Power Systems: Develop renewable energy solutions including solar, wind power and fuel cell technology to efficiently generate and deliver electric energy within existing large scale power systems.
- Electromagnetics: Study the energy that drives optical-fiber communications, radar, antennas and wireless communications.
- Controls: Study the design and operation of systems ranging from robots and drones to medical devices and vehicles.
- Communications: Explore how information is transported and stored for cell phone technology, satellite communications and computer networking.
- Embedded Computing Systems: Design digital circuits for digital cameras, home appliances and cars, with a focus on improving speed and power.
- Power Electronics & Drives: Design the power-controlling circuitry and drives of hybrid car technology, renewable energy and robotics.