Electrical Engineering

Discover Electrical Engineering at UW Bothell

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As part of the 21st Century Campus Initiative, the University of Washington Bothell introduced the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program in January 2010. This was followed by the introduction of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) in Winter 2015. For more information on the master's degree please visit the MSEE page.

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 BSEE program is accredited by ABET, and it specifically focusses on meeting the critical needs of technology-dependent employers in the Puget Sound region.

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 being in the classroom, on-line and hands-on lab work. Electrical Engineering classes are typically offered in the late afternoon and early evening.

Current EE majors:

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ABET Accreditation & licensure

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

Learn more about ABET accreditation. 

Students can learn more about licensure requirements and the effect ABET accreditation has in the State of Washington.


Learn with other dedicated students

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, experiential, learning environment.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information.


UWB Engineering Advisor Temporary W PhotoRina Tsujimoto

Academic Advisor
Discovery Hall 352


Electrical Engineering Coordinator Tadesse GhirmaiTadesse Ghirmai

Associate Professor & EE Coordinator

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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.

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Major requirements

All students who enter the BSEE program in Autumn 2012 or after must complete these  requirements to earn their degree. Learn more about the EE admissions process.

Core courses (60 credits)

  • B EE 215 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (5)
  • B EE 233 Circuit Theory (5)
  • B EE 235 Continuous Time Linear Systems (5)
  • B EE 271 Digital Circuits and Systems (5)
  • B EE 331 Devices and Circuits I (5)
  • B EE 332 Devices and Circuits II (5)
  • B EE 341 Discrete Time Linear Systems (5)
  • B EE 361 Applied Electrodynamics (5)
  • B EE 371 The Business of Technology (5)
  • B EE 425 Microprocessor System Design (5)
  • B EE 495 Design Capstone I (2)
  • B EE 496 Design Capstone II (3)

Electives (15 credits*)

*15 credits from the following list; a combined maximum of 10 credits of B EE 490, B EE 498, and B EE 499 may be counted toward the 15 credit requirement:

  • BEE 381 Introduction to Electric Power Generation (5)
  • B EE 417 Digital Communication (5)
  • B EE 433 Electronic Circuit Design (5)
  • BEE 436 Biomedical Instrumentation I (5)
  • BEE 437 Biomedical Instrumentation II (5)
  • BEE 440 Electronic Test and Measurement (5)
  • B EE 442 Digital Signal Processing (5)
  • BEE 445 Fundamentals of Digital Image Processing (5)
  • BEE 447 Introduction to Control Systems (5)
  • BEE 450 Introduction to Power Electronics (5)
  • BEE 451 Introduction to MEMS (5)
  • BEE 454 Introduction to RF and Microwave Engineering (5)
  • BEE 455 Introduction to Electrical Machines and Drives (5)
  • BEE 477 Power System Fundamentals (5)
  • BEE 478 Power System Analysis (5)
  • B EE 482 Semiconductor Devices (5)
  • B EE 484 Sensors and Sensor Systems (5)
  • BEE 486 Fundamentals of Integrated Circuit Technology (5)
  • B EE 490 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering (1-5, max. 10)
  • B EE 498 Undergraduate Research in Electrical Engineering (2-5, max. 10)
  • B EE 499 Independent Study in Electrical Engineering (2-5, max. 10)

 Foundational courses (75 credits)

  • STMATH 124 Calculus I (5)*
  • STMATH 125 Calculus II (5)*
  • STMATH 126 Calculus III (5)*
  • STMATH 307 Differential Equations (5)
  • STMATH 308 Matrix Algebra (5)
  • STMATH 324 Multivariate Calculus (5)
  • STMATH 390 Probability & Statistics in Engineering (5)
  • B CHEM 142 – General Chemistry (5)* OR
    B CHEM 143/44 -- General Chemistry I (6)*
  • B PHYS 121 Mechanics (formerly B CUSP 149; 5)*
  • B PHYS 122 Electromagnetism & Oscillatory Motion (formerly B CUSP 150; 5)*
  • B PHYS 123 Waves (formerly B CUSP 151; 5)
  • B WRIT 101 Composition (5)*
  • B WRIT 135 Research Writing (5)
  • CSS 301 Technical Writing for Computing Professionals (5)
  • CSS 132 Computer Programming for Engineers I (5) or CSS 142 Compter Programming I
  • CSS 133 Computer Programming for Engineers II (5) or CSS 143 Computer Programmin II

Additional UW Bothell and/or transfer credits to fulfill general education requirements and complete a total of 180 credits.

* Prerequisite courses. Please see the prerequisite page for further information.

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Graduation policies

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from UW Bothell, students are required to complete the above stated requirements (totaling 180 credits) with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must earn a 2.0 or higher in all required courses for them to count towards the BSEE degree requirements. Only 10 credits of 200 level B EE electives may count towards the BSEE elective requirement. In addition, students must meet all University of Washington Bothell graduation requirements.

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Resources for current BSEE students


Please contact the STEM office by phone at 425.352.3746, by e-mail at STEMADV@uw.edu, or by stopping by Discovery Hall 352 to make an appointment.

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