Bachelor of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design the enabling technology for all applications of electricity; examples include energy, telecommunications, the Internet, biomedical instrumentation, and electromagnetic applications. The bachelor of science with a major in electrical engineering degree program focuses on signal processing; communication theory and practice; voice, data, video and multimedia communication networks; very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design and applications; and control and power systems. Students can take electives in advanced topics, such as optical networks, broadband wireless networks, and technologies for the next generation of information systems.

Bachelor of Science With a Second Major in Electrical Engineering

Any undergraduate student who is enrolled at GW may declare a second major in electrical engineering only if his or her primary degree is a Bachelor of Science. The student must meet the degree requirements for Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, including SEAS general, major, technical electives, humanities/social science, and SEAS/technical GPA requirements. Students earning other bachelor degrees  (e.g., BA, BBA, BFA) will be required to complete a double degree.

Graduation grade-point average criteria:

To satisfactorily complete a second major in electrical engineering, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters of the curriculum. 

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Recommended program of study

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I *
ECE 1010Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering I
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I *
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing *
Humanities or social sciences elective **
Second semester
ECE 1020Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II
ECE 1120C Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II *
PHYS 1021University Physics I *
Two humanities or social sciences electives **
Third semester
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
ECE 1125Data Structures and Algorithms for ECE
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
ECE 2120Engineering Seminar
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus *
PHYS 1022University Physics II *
Fourth semester
APSC 2114Engineering Analysis II
ECE 2115Engineering Electronics
ECE 2140Design of Logic Systems I
ECE 2210Circuits, Signals, and Systems
Humanities or social sciences elective **
Fifth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
ECE 3130Digital Electronics and Design
ECE 3220Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
ECE 3315Fields and Waves I
ECE 3520Microprocessors: Software, Hardware, and Interfacing
Sixth semester
ECE 3125Analog Electronics Design
ECE 3135Design of Logic Systems II
ECE 3410Communications Engineering
ECE 3915WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab I
ECE 4320Fields and Waves II
Seventh semester
ECE 4710Control Systems Design
ECE 4920WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab II
Technical elective
Two ECE restricted electives
Eighth semester
ECE 4610Electrical Energy Conversion
ECE 4925WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab III
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions
Two technical electives
Humanities or social sciences elective **

*Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing. 
**At least two social and behavioral sciences courses must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining course must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list. At least one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining courses must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list.

The two ECE-restricted electives must be selected from upper level ECE courses with approval of the advisor. Three 3-credit technical elective courses must be chosen with the approval of the advisor from advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences. 

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