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Students who are on track to complete the prerequisites by the end of Summer 2021 are eligible to apply to UW Tacoma and the Electrical Engineering major for an autumn start..

The priority EE deadline is July 1 and students may apply for conditional admission with prerequisites in progress. The application will remain open until the end of summer quarter or until the program fills.  Please see the application page for details.

Why Electrical Engineering at UWT? 

The goal of the BSEE program is to provide a rigorous learning experience and collaborative environment for students in the major. This new program is consistent with the UWT mission of expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery. The degree is also responsive to regional needs and to engineering education reform, serving both traditional and nontraditional students by providing degree pathways for both freshman and transfer students.

While EE and CES share many courses at the freshman and sophomore levels, the BSEE curriculum emphasizes circuit design for applications such as communications, signal processing, electromagnetics, and controls. 

The high demand and salaries for electrical engineers, both at the regional and national levels, is evident from career outlook data. Graduates of the program will be eligible for jobs in companies like Boeing, Intel, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Bremerton.

The EE program is accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The EE program admits students once per year for autumn quarter only.  Explore the links on this page for information on applying to the major, courses and planning tools, scholarships, and additional resources for students. Check out the CES & EE program videos featuring student senior projects and faculty research.

Explore the links on this page for information on applying to the major, courses and planning tools, scholarships, and additional resources for students. 

Questions? Connect with SET prospective student advising to schedule an appointment, ask quick questions during drop-in advising, check out our event calendar, and join our email list.   


The mission of the Electrical Engineering Program is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to be responsible and productive engineers who can improve the quality of life in the community and become leaders in the field.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives, as defined by ABET are the abilities, skills, and accomplishments expected of graduates within a few years of graduation. The Program Educational Objectives of the Electrical Engineering program are as follows:

Within three to five years of graduation from the EE program, it is expected that many graduates will have:

1.      Developed a complex product or process by applying their knowledge of engineering principles, science, mathematics, design and implementation.

2.      Participated effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

3.      Undertaken a leadership role applying communication skills to effectively promote their ideas, goals, or products.

4.      Made decisions related to their work that demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being an ethical engineering professional.

5.      Improved their skills and abilities by taking graduate courses, professional development training, or voluntary experiential learning opportunities.

6.      Made positive contributions to their community and society by applying skills and abilities learned during their undergraduate program in electrical engineering.

Since the objectives are fairly broad, it is not expected that every graduate will achieve every objective.

Student Outcomes

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Students who complete the BSEE program will achieve the following ABET-based student outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  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.
  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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Year Enrollment Degrees Awarded
2020-2021 34 -
2019-2020 44 24
2018-2019 27 21
2017-2018 27 n/a

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External Advisory Board

Severn Allen 
Manager: Commercial Airplanes, Cyber Security, Cabin & Network Systems

Stephen Brooks
Peninsula Light and Power

Ozan Ferrin
Power Generation Engineering Manager, Tacoma Power

Balint Fleischer
Senior Director, Micron

Amy Grice
Peninsula Light and Power

Kevin Kerstetter
US Naval Sea Systems Command

Scott Klauminzer
Critical Infrastructure Protection Lead,
Tacoma Power, Tacoma Public Utilities

Mohan Kumar
Intel Fellow

Daniel Lowney
US Naval Sea Systems Command

Dave Patterson
Director/Engineering Manager

Andrew Sloss
Senior Principal Research Engineer
Arm Research, Seattle

Dave Smith
Senior Field Applications Engineer