Electrical and Computer Engineering Admissions

Electrical Engineering students standing in the energy lab with professor John Lund

Admissions Overview

Admission to the Electrical and Computer Engineering major is a two-phase process. After acceptance to WWU, students first declare as a Pre-major when they begin courses at WWU. Pre-majors must complete a set of foundational courses in math, physics, programming and engineering principles in order to apply to the full major. The required list of foundational courses are listed below. Depending on when students are able to begin calculus, pre-majors can complete the foundational courses in 3 quarters. Some of the foundational courses may be taken at a community college or other institutions. See Transfer Students for more information. Upper division courses, which begin in year 2, are restricted to students who have been accepted to the full major.

Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about EECE Admissions is available.

Major Admissions and Requirements

The Electrical and Computer Engineering program only accepts applications at the end of spring quarter and the beginning of fall quarter. Students accepted into the full major will begin major courses in the fall.

Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major as well as other factors including an application questionnaire about the applicant's experience, motivation, and goals. Admission to the major is competitive. Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission.


Students must obtain a C- or above in the courses listed below, and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher to be considered. AP scores are converted to GPA as follows: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C. Decisions are based primarily on cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses, however successful completion of other required major courses, GPA in the major, and overall GPA are also considerations. The required coursework is the same for both the Energy and the Electronics Concentrations.

Minimum requirements:

  • EECE 108 and 109 or EE110 - Intro to Electrical and Computer Engineering*
  • EECE 111 - Circuit Analysis I
  • CSCI 140 or 141 - Programming Fundamentals in C++ or Java
  • MATH 124 - Calculus I**
  • MATH 125 - Calculus II
  • MATH 204 - Linear Algebra
  • PHYS 161 - Physics w/ Calculus I**
  • PHYS 162- Physics w/ Calculus II


*For transfer students, EECE 108 and 109 courses may be waived as a required courses for admissions, but must be taken during the first Winter quarter at WWU.

**If students don't complete MATH 124 and PHYS 161 by the end of fall quarter, they will not be able to complete the degree in four years.


Additional coursework - not required to apply

For the major which students are encouraged to complete prior to applying:

  • PHYS 163 - Physics w/ Calculus III
  • MATH 224 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 331 - Differential Equations
  • MATH 345 - Engineering Statistics
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I
an EECE student working on a project
a close up of a student working on electrical equipment
EECE Student project

How to apply

Applicants will be asked to choose their preferred concentration; Electronics or Energy.  The preferred concentration you select will not impact on your chances of being admitted into the EECE program unless you indicate that you are only willing to accept your preferred concentration.

Only complete and on-time applications will be considered. Required courses may be in progress at the time of application.  Final grades in those courses are necessary to complete the application. 

Applications will include a required questionnaire.  The questionnaire will ask about the applicant's goals, demonstrated leadership experiences, collaboration and teamwork examples, strategies for studying, and ability to overcome adversity. 

Applicants will be notified of decisions by the of the week following finals week. Students who are accepted must register for fall quarter EECE courses before the end of Phase I registration.  Accepted students begin full major courses Fall 2021. 

Spring applications are due June 4, 2021 by midnight. 


Questionnaire and Application

Application link

Questionnaire link

Complete applications must include a submitted questionnaire to be considered. 

Do you have questions about the application process? 

Contact the Pre-major Advisor, Lisa Ochs


Transfer Students

Transfer students who have successfully passed or are currently taking the pre-requisite courses listed above may apply to the EECE major during the spring or fall application. Students must first be accepted to the university.  An incoming transfer student, who has not yet completed the pre-requisite coursework will be designated as an EECE pre-major and will need to follow the standard application process at the next available opportunity.  

Transfer students who are interested in pursuing the EECE program should contact the Pre Major Advisor, Lisa Ochs, early to discuss their options. Click on this link for additional Transfer student information: Transfer Student