Electrical and Computer Engineering
At a Glance
Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The program serves current students, industry, the University, and citizens of Washington state by preparing students to find pragmatic engineering solutions to problems, while understanding the impact of their solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. The educational experience we provide emphasizes lab-based experiential learning, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking, while the program curriculum provides current, practical engineering knowledge built on a solid foundation in math and science. The Electrical and Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Accreditation and enrollment information is available here.
The student begins the program in the second quarter of their freshman year with an orientation course, and is generally enrolled in one or more major courses each quarter until graduation. Many laboratory courses provide a combination of practical experience with design, and ultimately lead to a culminating project that spans the senior year. The students may choose a concentration in either Electronics or Energy. Both concentrations include a common electrical and computer engineering core.
Energy courses include a combination of advanced electrical and computer engineering courses and interdisciplinary courses in the sciences, economics, policy, and the environment. Topics deal with the sources, generation, control, and utilization of electric power, energy conversion and storage, and smart power topics such as system analysis, protection and stability, solid state motor control, and industrial process control systems. Projects are normally interdisciplinary, in collaboration with faculty in the Institute for Energy Studies.
Electronics courses involve the development, design, and application of circuits, devices, and firmware for embedded systems. Content includes digital and analog electronics, embedded microcontrollers, communications, controls, and digital signal processing.
"Deciding to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at WWU was one of the best choices I have ever made. Phenomenal faculty, hands on lab experiences, and engaging research opportunities are just a portion of what makes the program so incredible. I can say without a doubt that this amazing program has made me the person I am today."Arick Grootveld, Class of 2021
Electrical and Computer Engineering Expansion
The Electrical and Computer Engineering program, along with Computer Science and the Institute for Energy Studies, is currently planning and designing a new building on campus. This new building, planned for completion in 2024, will allow more access to these in demand majors, as well as state of the art equipment