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Cheney, WA 99004
BS in Electrical Engineering
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 in any quarter following their admission to Eastern.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the B.S. program in Electrical Engineering at EWU are:
Students will have the ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering concepts, techniques and modern tools necessary in the field of electrical engineering.
Students will have social and leadership skills such as effective communication skills, team work skills and independent learning ability.
Students will understand the impact of professionalism, ethical responsibility, and social, economic, technical and global implications of their engineering contributions.
Students will fulfill the diverse and changing electrical engineering needs in the Northwest Region.
Program Learning Outcomes
The associated program learning outcomes and relationship to ABET Criteria 3 (a-k) are:
1. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering concepts and modern techniques and engineering tools to identify, formulate, model, and solve problems (ABET criteria 3. a, e, j, k).
2. Students will demonstrate their ability to design systems, components, or processes within realistic constraints (ABET criteria 3. c).
3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in designing, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting experiments; and applying experimental results to improve systems or processes (ABET criteria 3. b,c).
4. Students will demonstrate their ability to evaluate engineering problems and devise general design strategies that commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement (ABET criteria 3. a, c, f, i).
5. Students will demonstrate their ability to specify, plan, coordinate and manage projects and experiments (ABET criteria 3. b, c, j, k).
6. Students will demonstrate their ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams (ABET criteria 3. d)
7. Students will demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to be prepared to keep learning throughout life (ABET criteria 3. i).
8. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences (ABET criteria 3. g).
9. Students will demonstrate understanding of professional ethical and social responsibilities within a context of contemporary professional, societal and global issues (ABET criteria 3. f, h).
10. Students will have an active role in professional societies (ABET criteria 3. f, h, i).
The following are outcomes (a)-(k) mandated by ABET:
(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 multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(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.
Emphases / Concentrations:
- Digital Signal Processing
- Communication Systems
- Power Systems
- Control Systems
- Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Circuits and Systems
Interesting courses I might take:
- ENGR 360 Hardware Description Languages
- ENGR 420 Digital Signal Processing
- ENGR 430 Integrated Circuits Design
- ENGR 440 Digital Communication Systems
- ENGR 460 Computer Architecture and Design
- ENGR 470 Control Systems
- ENGR 450 Power Systems
What could I do with my degree?
- The primary objective of the Electrical Engineering Program is to prepare students to enter and progress in electrical engineering positions in business, industry and government. Graduates are generally expected to work in the research and development of ideas, products and processes by applying engineering principles to the solution of practical problems in the electrical engineering field.