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    The electrical engineering degree combines studies in selected areas of physics, mathematics, science and engineering principles to prepare students to solve real-world problems in electrical engineering. The first two years of the curriculum allow students to establish a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences. The third year curriculum introduces students to a broad spectrum of electrical engineering course work with specialization and capstone introduced in the fourth year. The senior year capstone course allows the student to consolidate their educational experience with the solution of practical engineering problems provided by industry.

    Entering the Major

    Students may declare a major in electrical engineering during any quarter following their admission to Eastern.

    GPA Requirements

    The GPA requirement for transfer students who plan to major in electrical engineering is the same as that for admission to Eastern, a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all college-level course work. Graduation from the Electrical Engineering Program requires a 2.50 cumulative GPA in all departmental course work. Graduation from the university requires a 2.00 cumulative GPA for Eastern Washington University course work, other than the major courses. 

    EE Advising Package for the Cheney Campus:  

    Academic Year 2013-14

    Academic Year 2012/13

    Academic Year 2011/12

    EE Course Catalog: updated August 3rd 2013

    EE Course Catalog


    The EWU Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

    Program's Enrollment Data

    Declared Majors in Electrical Engineering
    2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-13 2013-14
    87 93 115 159 179 175

    Graduates in Electrical Engineering
    2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-13 2013-14
    10 17 25 23 38 42

    Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

    Student outcomes (SOs) describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Specifically, ABET EAC Criterion 3 specifies the following (minimal) required SOs:

    a.     An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

    b.     An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

    c.     An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

    d.     An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

    e.     An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

    f.      An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities

    g.     An ability to communicate effectively

    h.     The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

    i.      A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

    j.      A knowledge of contemporary issues

    k.     An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

    Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates of the program are expected to have attained within a few years of graduation. For the EWU Electrical Engineering program the following PEOs have been defined:

    Objective 1: Students will have the ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering concepts, techniques and modern tools necessary in the field of electrical engineering.

    Objective 2: Students will have social and leadership skills such as effective communication skills, team work skills and independent learning ability. 

    Objective 3: Students will understand the impact of professionalism, ethical responsibility, and social, economic, technical and global implications of their engineering contributions. 

    Objective 4: Students will fulfill the diverse and changing electrical engineering needs in the Northwest Region.

    What will I study?

    Digital Circuit Design:

    Learn to use the powerful digital circuit design tools that make today's advanced technology possible. With RTL-Register Transfer Level design, and other methods, you can capture the desired behavior of a processor, describe it in a HDL-Hardware Description Language and then convert it to a digital circuit.

    Electric and Electronic Circuits:

    Circuit theory forms the basis for all further study in electrical engineering. Learn how to use ideal basic circuit elements as the fundamental building blocks to design microelectronic systems such as cell phones, amplifiers, oscillators, filters and transceivers. The emphasis is always on developing a systematic approach for creating new engineering solutions.

    Computer Systems:

    Your study of digital circuits continues with a top-down exploration of computing and embedded systems. Both high- and low-level programming languages as well as hardware design language principles are more fully developed. Study in this area concludes with a two-course sequence specifically focused on design considerations for increasing complex systems.

    Digital Signal Processing and Communications:

    Learn mathematical modeling of discrete and continuous signals and associated systems as a foundation to further study in digital signal processing and communication systems. With this strong theoretical background you are prepared to explore the realm of modern digital systems, such as cell phones, high definition video and media.

    Power and Energy Systems:

    After course work in how electrical energy gets generated, transmitted and distributed, you will be ready to help deploy the new smart grid. Learn how to integrate alternative power sources, manage power flow, maximize transmission efficiency, and create a feedback system through bi-directional metering and power-line networking.

    Control Systems:

    Your knowledge of circuits, embedded systems and microelectronics design coupled with control systems theory, allows you to create powerful controllers that regulate the function of many different kinds of machinery, and everyday appliances.

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    Contact Information

    Engineering & Design
    319G Computing & Engineering Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6254
    fax: 509.359.6420

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