Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical 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 sound mathematical and science background.
The student begins the major in the second quarter of their freshman quarter with an orientation course, and is generally enrolled in one or more major courses each quarter until graduation. The 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 engineering core.
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.
Energy courses include a combination of advanced electrical 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.