Electrical Engineering, Energy Concentration

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.

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.

Program Admissions: Admission to the Electrical Engineering major is a two-phase process. When students initially declare to the program, they are designated as pre-majors. Students must complete specific coursework in order to apply to the major. Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major and other factors. Admission to the major is competitive. Neither completion of the prerequisites nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission. For specific admissions questions, contact the pre-major advisor.

Contact Information

Engineering & Design Departmental Website: cse.wwu.edu/engd

Electrical Engineering Program Director
Todd Morton
Engineering Technology 206

Program Coordinator and Pre-Major Advisor
Lisa Ochs
Engineering Technology 204



  • CHEM 161 General Chemistry I
  • CSCI 140 Programming Fundamentals in C++
  • ENG 302 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
  • MATH 124 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 204 Elementary Linear Algebra
  • MATH 224 Multivariable Calculus and Geometry I
  • MATH 331 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 345 Statistics for Engineering
  • PHYS 161 Physics with Calculus I
  • PHYS 162 Physics with Calculus II
  • PHYS 163 Physics with Calculus III

EE CORE COURSES (54 credits)

  • EE 110 Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • EE 111 Circuit Analysis I
  • EE 210 Circuit Analysis II
  • EE 220 Electronics I
  • EE 233 Digital Electronics
  • EE 244 Embedded Microcontrollers I
  • EE 310 Continuous Systems
  • EE 320 Electronics II
  • EE 344 Embedded Microcontrollers II
  • EE 360 Communication Systems
  • EE 361 Signal Propagation
  • EE 372 Electrical Power and Electromechanical Devices
  • EE 444 Embedded Systems
  • EE 480 Control Systems


  • EE 374 Energy Processing
  • EE 378 Smart and Renewable Power
  • EE 471 Energy Project Proposal
  • EE 472 Energy Project Research and Development
  • EE 473 Energy Project Implementation
  • ENRG 320 Science of Energy Resources
  • ECON 386 The Economics of Electricity Markets
  • ESCI 380 Energy and Environment
  • Technical Elective Courses (6 to 10 credits) as approved by the program advisor.