Bachelor of Science with a Major in Electrical Engineering, Medical Preparation Option

The bachelor of science with a major in electrical engineering, medical option degree program prepares students for application to medical school. Students are prepared to work in various health sciences fields, to conduct research toward development of electronic equipment to assist in diagnosing and treating disease, or to continue as a graduate student in engineering with exceptional qualifications for biomedical engineering.

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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Electrical engineering—medical prep option majors must fulfill the following requirements:

A total of 134 credits hours as 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
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
or BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I 2
ECE 1010Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering I
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 2
UW 1020University Writing 2
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
Second semester
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
ECE 1020Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II
ECE 1120C Programming for Electrical and Computer Engineering
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 2
PHYS 1021University Physics I 2
or PHYS 1025 University Physics I with Biological Applications
Third semester
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
ECE 1125Data Structures and Algorithms for ECE
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
ECE 2120Engineering Seminar
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 2
PHYS 1022University Physics II 2
or PHYS 1026 University Physics II with Biological Applications
Fourth Semester
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
or BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
ECE 2115Engineering Electronics
ECE 2140Design of Logic Systems
ECE 2210Circuits, Signals, and Systems
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Fifth Semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
CHEM 2151Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2153Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
ECE 3130Digital Electronics and Design
ECE 3220Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
ECE 3520Microprocessors: Software, Hardware, and Interfacing
Sixth Semester
CHEM 2152Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2154Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
ECE 3125Analog Electronics Design
ECE 3310Introduction to Electromagnetics
ECE 3410Communications Engineering
ECE 3915WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab I
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Seventh Semester
BME 3820Principles and Practice of Biomedical Engineering
ECE 4710Control Systems Design
ECE 4920WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab II
Technical elective 4
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Eighth Semester
ECE 4925WElectrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Project Lab III
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions
Technical elective 4
Two humanities or social sciences electives 3

1 Honors Program students and those who have been invited to join the Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences (SQNS) Program take BISC 1120 instead of BISC 1125 for the lab component.

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

3 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.

4 Two 3-credit technical elective courses 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.