Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations

Prerequisites

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations requires completion of the following prerequisites:

  • A regionally accredited bachelor’s degree in a STEM (or related) field with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last two years of degree study
  • English language proficiency
  • A full year of Calculus
  • Engineering Calculus-based Physics 1 (Mechanics) and 2 (Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion) 
  • General Chemistry 1 (with lab) 

Please see below for a list of course equivalencies.  Exceptions to the list of prerequisite courses are possible, based on a holistic review of the applicants background and experiences. Please email the School of STEM Office of Graduate Studies for further guidance if you think your educational or professional background may exempt you from one or more of these prerequisites.

Applicants are strongly recommended to have also completed three additional classes in mathematics, but these are not an application requirement:

  • Multivariable Calculus 
  • Differential Equations 
  • Matrix or Linear Algebra 

Please note, the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for students studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa. There may be some exceptions to this restriction; please contact the Center for International Education at uwbintl@uw.edu for further information.

Course Equivalencies

Equivalent prerequisite courses may be taken at Washington state community and technical colleges, or as an undergraduate non-matriculated student at UW Bothell. For local community and technical college course equivalencies use the UW Seattle equivalencies listed in the table and refer to the UW Equivalency Guide. UW Bothell equivalent courses are linked in the table.  

For other schools not listed on the UW Equivalency Guide, email our office a week-by-week syllabus for review to determine if the course is equivalent.

Required prerequisite course equivalencies at UW Seattle and UW Bothell
Prerequisite Course UW Seattle Equivalency UW Bothell Equivalency
Full year of Calculus MATH 124, MATH 125 and
MATH 126
STMATH 124, STMATH 125 and
STMATH 126
Engineering Calculus-based Physics 1 (Mechanics) PHYS 121 B PHYS 121
Engineering Calculus-based Physics 2 (Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion) PHYS 122 B PHYS 122
General Chemistry (with lab) CHEM 142 B CHEM 143 and B CHEM 144
Recommended prerequisite course equivalencies at UW Seattle and UW Bothell
Prerequisite Course UW Seattle Equivalency UW Bothell Equivalency
Multivariable Calculus MATH  224 (previously MATH 324) STMATH 224 (previously STMATH 324)
Differential Equations MATH 207 (previously MATH 307) STMATH 207 (previously STMATH 307)
Matrix or Linear Algebra MATH 208 (previously MATH 308) STMATH 208 (previously STMATH 308)

For those with in-depth work experience AND who feel very comfortable with the material covered in all of the prerequisite courses may request an exception. If you would like us to review if your work experience is equivalent to the required prerequisites email our office a copy of your transcript and resume.