Critical technical knowledge to create cutting-edge hardware devices and systems
Electrical Engineers design and develop industrial, domestic and commercial electrical systems in civil service, engineering firms, telecommunications, consultancies, the military, utility companies or the IT industry. The main duties of electrical engineers include designing, implementing, maintaining and improving electrical products and systems.
What Our Graduates Do
SET Electrical Engineering students pursue internships and careers at companies like Boeing, Intel, Tacoma Power, Blue Origin, T-Mobile, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Bremerton.
Possible Career Options:
Digital Design Engineer
Electrical Validation Engineer
Communication Systems Designer
Electrical Distribution Designer
Admission Process Overview
Required to Apply
Prerequisite courses in progress; see application for conditional admission requirements.
February 22 (Autumn start only)
July 1 priority deadline
Applications accepted after July 1 until program is full
Rolling decisions from early July until program is full
Student Highlight: James Stevens
An Army 'Computer Guy' Gets His Facts Right
James Stevens (B.S. Electrical Engineering, '20) started at UW Tacoma in the winter of 2016. In 2018, he applied and was accepted into the electrical engineering program at the School of Engineering and Technology.
“I definitely gained physical and mental confidence in the military, but my intellectual confidence has started to bloom during my time here,” said Stevens.
While at SET, Stevens worked on a project alongside Dr. Orlando Baiocchi that used trees to power Internet-of-Things enabled sensors.
Admission to the EE major is competitive. Please review the following prerequisites and application process carefully.
Students may be conditionally admitted into the EE program with certain prerequisites in progress, but all prerequisites must be completed in order to enroll. To qualify for admission to EE, applicants must first be admitted to UWT and be on track to complete the following by the end of summer quarter before starting the major:
Calculus I (TMATH 124), Calculus II (TMATH 125), Calculus III (TMATH 126)
Differential Equations (TMATH 207)
Matrix/Linear Algebra (TMATH 208)
Physics I (TPHYS 121), Physics II (TPHYS 122), Physics III (TPHYS 123)*
Electrical Circuits (TCES 215 - must have AC/DC)
10 credits of computer programming coursework (Java and C languages strongly recommended)
* If the physics series is completed at UW Tacoma, no additional lab science is required. Transfer students may need one additional approved lab-based science course (Chemistry I -TCHEM 142 or Biology I - TBIOL 120) to meet the total number of lab science credits required (18 minimum) for graduation.
Required cumulative prerequisite GPA of at least 2.5, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each individual prerequisite course.
Required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college coursework.
Ready to Apply?
Before starting the application, make sure you're ready to apply:
You've been admitted to UW Tacoma and met the requirements to apply to the major (previous tab).
You have completed at least 45 college-level credits.
You completed the prerequisite courses listed in the Admission Requirements tab.
You've earned a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5.
You're meeting the July 1 priority application deadline. The application may close at any time after the priority deadline once the program reaches capacity.
Please note that the EE application does not require a personal statement at this time. Letters of recommendation are not accepted.
Notes for Transfer Students:
You may need one additional approved lab-based science course (Chemistry I -TCHEM 142 or Biology I - TBIOL 120) to meet the total number of lab science credits required (18 minimum) for graduation.
UW Seattle and UW Bothell students seeking to transfer to UW Tacoma also need to have a transfer application on file to be considered for admission.
If you are not admitted to UWT, you cannot be admitted to the CES/EE major, but you may hold off on accepting your offer of admission to UWT until you have your program admissions decision.
Transfer students at Washington State community colleges are encouraged to pursue the Associate in Science - Transfer Track 2to meet the admission requirements. Use theUW Course Equivalency Guideto determine the equivalent prerequisites at your school.
Strong applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite math, science, engineering and programming courses, as well as a solid cumulative GPA.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
Completion of all prerequisite courses
Grades in prerequisite courses -- individually and cumulatively (competitive applicants will have earned at least a 2.5 in each prerequisite course)
The EE schedule planning grid shows a sample pathway to complete the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree. Work with your advisor to make sure you are completing required courses for the program and electives for your area of interest.
The Learning and Research Commons (LARC) is the hub of support for all members of our campus community for teaching, learning, conducting research, and using technology to support all of these endeavors.
The ABET-accredited Electrical Engineering program at UW Tacoma prepares students with the theoretical and practical foundations needed to solve problems in all aspects of electrical engineering.
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, 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:
Developed a complex product or process by applying their knowledge of engineering principles, science, mathematics, design and implementation.
Participated effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Undertaken a leadership role applying communication skills to effectively promote their ideas, goals, or products.
Made decisions related to their work that demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being an ethical engineering professional.
Improved their skills and abilities by taking graduate courses, professional development training, or voluntary experiential learning opportunities.
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.
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:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
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.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
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.
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.
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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