Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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In the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program, you’ll learn about digital circuit design, electric and electronic circuits, computer systems, digital signal processing and communications, power and energy systems, and control systems. You’ll be prepared 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.

Curriculum & Requirements

Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science (BS)

This degree combines studies in selected areas of engineering, physics, mathematics, and science to prepare students to solve real-world problems in electrical engineering. The EWU Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://abet.org.

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Majors 175 162 158 156 159 147
Graduates 42 47 52 33 36 54

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 coursework, followed by specialization courses and a capstone design experience in the fourth year. The senior year capstone course allows students to consolidate their education experience with the solution of real-world, practical engineering problems often provided by industry.

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.

Note: incoming freshmen are expected to start both the Calculus and Physics series in their first year in order to finish the degree in four years.

In order to ensure all EWU Electrical Engineering graduates meet EWU ABET accreditation requirements, all Electrical Engineering students are required to take EENG 210, EENG 320, EENG 330, EENG 401 and EENG 490A/EENG 490B from EWU. Exceptions to this policy will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Electrical Engineering curriculum review (EECR) committee to ensure the student has successfully met the EWU ABET performance indicators required for each course.

Grade Requirements

  • In order to graduate, students majoring in the department must earn a GPA ≥2.5 in departmental coursework.
  • Students getting a minor in the department must also earn a GPA ≥2.5 in departmental coursework.
Required Courses Outside Department
CHEM 171
171L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
5
CSCD 255C PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERS5
MATH 161CALCULUS I5
MATH 162CALCULUS II5
MATH 163CALCULUS III5
MATH 231LINEAR ALGEBRA5
MATH 241CALCULUS IV5
MATH 347INTRODUCTORY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS4
PHYS 151GENERAL PHYSICS I4
PHYS 152GENERAL PHYSICS II4
PHYS 153GENERAL PHYSICS III4
PHYS 161MECHANICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 162HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY1
PHYS 163ELECTRONICS LABORATORY I1
Required Departmental Courses
EENG 160DIGITAL CIRCUITS4
EENG 209CIRCUIT THEORY I5
EENG 210CIRCUIT THEORY II5
EENG 250DIGITAL HARDWARE2
EENG 260MICROCONTROLLER SYSTEMS4
EENG 320SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS I5
EENG 321SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS II5
EENG 330MICROELECTRONICS I5
EENG 331MICROELECTRONICS II5
EENG 350ENERGY SYSTEMS5
EENG 360HARDWARE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGES5
EENG 383APPLIED STOCHASTIC PROCESSES4
EENG 388STOCHASTIC PROCESSES LAB1
EENG 401ENGINEERING APPLIED ELECTROMAGNETICS5
TECH/HONS 393TECHNOLOGY WORLD CIVILIZATION4
Electives Electrical Engineering–students must take at least three courses from one area of concentration, with a minimum of 20 credits taken within Electrical Engineering. One technical elective at a 400 level is allowed outside of Electrical Engineering, subject to prior EECR committee approval.25
Embedded Systems
COMPUTING SYSTEMS: ORGANIZATION AND DESIGN
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DESIGN
REAL TIME EMBEDDED SYSTEMS
Power Systems
POWER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
PROTECTIVE RELAYS
CONTROL SYSTEMS
Communications and Signal Processing
DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
DIGITAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
CONTROL SYSTEMS
VLSI and Circuit Design
CMOS DIGITAL INTEGRATED CIRCUITS DESIGN
ANALOG INTEGRATED CIRCUITS DESIGN
COMPUTING SYSTEMS: ORGANIZATION AND DESIGN
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DESIGN
Other Courses
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS
INTERNSHIP
Required Senior Capstone
EENG 490A
EENG 490B
SR CAPSTONE: DESIGN LAB I
and SR CAPSTONE: DESIGN LAB II
5
Total Credits148

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BS in Electrical Engineering from EWU should have the following:

  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • 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;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Program Educational Objectives


Students will:

  • have the ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering concepts, techniques and modern tools necessary in the field of electrical engineering;
  • have the ability to fulfill the diverse and changing electrical engineering needs in the Northwest Region;
  • have social and leadership skills such as effective communication skills, team work skills and independent learning ability;
  • understand the impact of professionalism, ethical responsibility, and social, economic, technical and global implications of their engineering contributions.

Sample Courses

EENG 360. HARDWARE DESCRIPTION LANGUAGES. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CSCD 255 and EENG 160, both with a minimum grade ≥C.
This course introduces methodologies and computer-aided design (CAD) tools for the design of complex electronic systems. The emphasis is on high-level description languages and their use for specifying, designing, simulating and synthesizing digital very large scale integration (VLSI) circuits in MOS (metaloxide-semiconductor) technologies. Theoretical knowledge will be complemented by hands-on use of several commercial CAD tools.

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EENG 420. DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: EENG 321.
This course provides an introduction to digital signal processing. Convolution, time invariance and stability of discrete-time systems are presented. In addition, various signal processing techniques such as Z-transform, discrete Fourier transform (DFT) and fast Fourier transform (FFT) are studied. Time and frequency domain techniques for designing and applying infinite impulse response (IIR) and finite impulse response (FIR) digital filters are introduced.

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EENG 440. DIGITAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: EENG 321, EENG 383.
This course provides students with a solid background in modern digital communication systems. Random processing is applied in the realm of communication theory. Common digital modulation and demodulation techniques are presented. Other topics include bandpass transmission of binary data, coherent/noncoherent communications, intersymbol interference and equalization.

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EENG 460. COMPUTING SYSTEMS: ORGANIZATION AND DESIGN. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CSCD 255, EENG 360.
This course provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for analyzing and designing complex computing systems. Topics include computer performance, MIPs assembly language, integer and floating point arithmetic, designing a processor, pipelining and memory hierarchies. Assembly programming and design using VHDL are offered in weekly labs.

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