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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Undergraduate Electrical Engineering

About the major

Electrical engineering applies mathematical and physical principles to a wide variety of electrical, electronic, or computer-based devices and systems.

The major in electrical engineering has several areas of special emphasis, including:

  • Computer engineering
  • Energy and power systems
  • General
  • Microelectronics
  • Systems engineering (communications, controls, and signal processing)

Electrical engineering is also offered at WSU North Puget Sound in Everett and WSU Olympic College in Bremerton.

EECS puts an emphasis on hands-on experiences which are highlighted in:

Strengths of the program

  • Join other science, math, and engineering students in WSU Pullman’s Stephenson residence hall—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
  • Solid theory foundations and hands-on learning experiences make WSU graduates highly sought by employers.
  • Receive assistance on career goals with the engineering school’s industrial advisory board and numerous internship and career contacts.
  • Assist faculty in research on microelectronics, electro-magnetics, communications and signal processing, energy and power systems, integrated circuit design, and computer engineering.
  • Use state-of-the-art laboratories to study computer systems, high-voltage systems, wireless communications, signal processing, circuits, protective power relay systems, and electro-physics.

Careers in electrical engineering

A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering prepares students for careers in the design, analysis, and improvement of electrical, electronic, or computer-based systems. Specific areas include:

  • power systems
  • electromagnetics
  • systems and control
  • solid state electronics
  • communications and signal processing
  • radio frequency engineering and wireless communications.

Some Northwest companies that frequently hire WSU electrical engineering students for internships and career positions are

  • Boeing
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Battelle
  • Motorola
  • Tektronix
  • Intel
  • Bonneville Power Administration.