Bachelor of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering, Energy Option

The bachelor of science with a major in electrical engineering, energy option prepares students to work in technical energy fields such as electric utility companies and in research into improved methods of generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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 their 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) must 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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Additional graduation requirements that all electrical engineering—energy option majors must fulfill:

A total of 131 credits hours outlined below.

A minimum technical GPA of 2.20 and SEAS GPA of 2.00. A student’s technical GPA is calculated using all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semester of curriculum.

Recommended program of study

The plan of study lists all course requirements in sequence for the degree. Students should review this information carefully and consult their advisor before changing the sequence of any courses.

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I 1
ECE 1010Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering I
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Second semester
ECE 1020Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II
ECE 1120C Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
or PHYS 1025 University Physics I with Biological Applications
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Third semester
APSC 2057Analytical Mechanics I
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
ECE 2120Engineering Seminar
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 1
PHYS 1022University Physics II 1
or PHYS 1026 University Physics II with Biological Applications
Fourth Semester
APSC 2058Analytical Mechanics II
APSC 2114Engineering Analysis II
ECE 2115Engineering Electronics
ECE 2210Circuits, Signals, and Systems
ECE 2140Design of Logic Systems
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 3915WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab I
ECE 4320Fields and Waves II
MAE 2131Thermodynamics
MAE 3134Linear System Dynamics
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Seventh Semester
ECE 4620Electrical Power Systems
ECE 4710Control Systems Design
ECE 4920WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab II
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Technical elective 3
Eighth Semester
ECE 3410Communications Engineering
ECE 4610Electrical Energy Conversion
ECE 4925WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab III
ECE 6662Power Electronics
Humanities or social sciences elective

Course satisfies the University General Education Requirement in math, science, and writing..

2 To satisfy the SEAS humanities and social science requirement, all electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students must take three humanities courses, one of which must be PHIL 2135 (or NSC 4176 for students in the NROTC Program) and three social science courses, including two courses in the same discipline and one course from a different discipline. These courses are selected from the SEAS/Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's pre-approved humanities and social science lists, but at least one humanities course and two social science courses must also be on the University General Education Requirement list. All courses selected to satisfy this requirement must be taken for a minimum of 3 credits.

3 One 3-credit technical elective course must be selected with the approval of the advisor from upper-division undergraduate (2000 to 4000 level) or graduate courses in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences. Exceptions must be approved by the advisor.