Electrical and Computer Engineering Admissions

Major Admissions round 1: Spring applications are due June 7th, 2024. 

Major Admissions round 2: Summer applications will be due in September. 

See below for application details and requirements. 

Admissions Information

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.

Declare your pre-major

General Questions

When do students apply to the major? 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 quarter of the year they are admitted.

What factors are used to determine acceptance? Admission to the major is determined by academic performance in the required courses listed below, as well as other factors including an application questionnaire about the applicant's teamwork and leadership experiences, 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 all concentrations.

How competitive is the major? The acceptance rate varies from year-to-year, based on student demand. The program has recently expanded to admit more students per year, while demand has also increased. Over the four-year period from 2020 to 2023, the program admitted 91% of total applicants who applied. In 2024, the program expects to accept approximately 60 students into the major.

Required coursework: 

At the time of application, these courses must be either in progress or successfully completed.

  • EECE 111 - Circuit Analysis I
  • CSCI 140 or 141 - Programming Fundamentals in C++ or Python
  • *MATH 124 - Calculus I
  • MATH 125 - Calculus II
  • MATH 204 - Linear Algebra
  • *PHYS 161 - Physics w/ Calculus I
  • PHYS 162- Physics w/ Calculus II

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

Additional coursework - not required to apply

  • EECE 108 is not needed to apply, but it must be taken at the first opportunity on-campus; students transferring into Year 2 will be exempted from the requirement of taking co-requisite EECE 109.

Grades in the courses below will be reviewed if completed at the time of application.

  • PHYS 163 - Physics w/ Calculus III
  • MATH 224 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 331 - Differential Equations

How To Apply

Online application

Spring applications are due Friday, June 7, by 11:59pm.  To be eligible for this application, students must be completing the required courses by the end of spring quarter. 

Students who are taking summer quarter courses, should expect to apply in early September.  Due date to be determined.

Applicants will be asked to choose their preferred concentration, Electronics, Energy, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or Wireless Networking and Signal Processing.  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.  Accepted students begin taking full major courses in fall quarter of the year they are admitted. 

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. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have successfully passed or are currently taking the prerequisite 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 prerequisite 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 early to discuss their options.  

For additional Transfer student information: Transfer Student (click link).


Please reach out with your questions about admissions and advising. 

Lisa Ochs

Pre-major Advisor