Electrical Engineering

Welcome to Electrical Engineering! As part of the 21st Century Campus Initiative, the University of Washington Bothell introduced the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in January 2010. This was followed by the introduction of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) in Winter 2015.

The BSEE Program provides the highest quality of educational experience inherent in a degree from the University of Washington. UW Bothell’s world-class faculty are dedicated to teaching and building excellence and expertise through strong student-faculty relationships, small classes and hands-on, experiential learning principles.

The program provides a rigorous educational experience in which students master the fundamentals and applications of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The curriculum emphasizes design, teamwork, ethics, entrepreneurship, and civic responsibility. During their academic career at the University of Washington Bothell students grow to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.

The BSEE Program is designed to accommodate students from diverse backgrounds including working students who desire a non-traditional program of study. Students are exposed to various learning environments including in the classroom, online, and hands-on work in the lab. Electrical Engineering classes are typically offered in the late afternoon and early evening.

The BSEE Program encourages applications from students with unique and varied cultural and life experiences. UW Bothell emphasizes close collaboration between students and faculty through team-based projects, presentations, research opportunities, internships and work-study programs, creating a positive and experiential learning environment.

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Accreditation & licensure

The Electrical Engineering program has received ABET accreditation. All past graduates of the program are retroactively included under the umbrella of the ABET accreditation.

Learn more about ABET accreditation.

Objectives & outcomes

The Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree at University of Washington Bothell has developed, adopted, and maintained a well-defined set of educational objectives and desired student outcomes.

Educational objectives

After three to five years of completing their degrees, our graduates,

  1. Will have growing professional careers in electrical engineering or related fields in public or private sector
  2. Will remain engaged in continuing education, including advanced degrees, in electrical engineering and related fields
  3. Will become contributing citizens who are conscientious of ethical and societal responsibilities
  4. Will become effective communicators in professional and non-professional environments and be able to function as a team member

Student outcomes

Based on the recommendation of ABET, the EE program has adopted the following new student outcomes. Each student in the BSEE program will demonstrate meeting the following outcomes by the time of graduation.

  • Outcome 1: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Outcome 2: an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Outcome 3: an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Outcome 4: an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Outcome 5: an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Outcome 6: an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Outcome 7: an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment & graduation data

Below is annual enrollment and graduation data for each academic year the program has existed. New enrollment in autumn quarter is a subset of the total enrollment. The number of graduates is for students graduating in that academic year, and is not an indication of how many enrolled students that year went on to graduate.

Academic YearTotal Enrollment
in Autumn Quarter
New Enrollment
in Autumn Quarter
Number of Graduates in Academic Year (autumn through summer)
2009 – 201025
2010 – 201150
2011 – 20129419
2012 – 201310717
2013 – 201414322
2014 – 20152125256
2015 – 20162177464
2016 – 20172279972
2017 – 20182108390
2018 – 20192015169
2019 – 20202074573
2020 – 20212003687
2021 – 20221763070
2022 – 20231462654
2023 – 202413340TBD