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BS in Electrical Engineering

The BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree program consists of a breadth of knowledge in electrical engineering, a depth of knowledge in a particular area, and preparation for life-long learning. Breadth of knowledge is ensured through basic courses in the conceptual foundations of electrical engineering, fundamental tools of modern practice, advanced laboratories, and a significant design experience. Depth of knowledge is made possible by a wide selection of upper-level electives that allow students to focus in a particular area. Finally, students are prepared for lifelong learning through courses in technical communication, laboratory, and project team activities, courses in the humanities and social sciences, and opportunities to participate in departmental research activities. The B.S. in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data

Educational objectives

A. Our graduates will establish themselves as practicing professionals or engaged in advanced study in engineering or a related area.

B. Our graduates will demonstrate their ability to work successfully as a member of a professional team and function effectively as responsible professionals.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the BSEE program are expected to know or have

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Degree Requirements

To obtain the degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, students must complete a minimum of 120 units consistent with the residency and other applicable requirements of Washington University and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and subject to the following departmental requirements.

1. Common Studies program of the School of Engineering & Applied Science. This includes courses in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, humanities, social sciences, and technical writing. The required chemistry sequence is Chem 111A-151, although Chem 111A-112A-151-152 is recommended.

2. Computer Science requirement: One of the following two courses in computer science: CSE 126 Introduction to Computer Programming, CSE 131 Computer Science I.

3. Engineering & Science breadth requirements: 9 units in engineering or science outside of electrical engineering. These units must be taken in the following areas: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Science & Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences and Pre-medicine. These units must be at the level 200 or higher and shall not be used to satisfy the Common Studies requirements or the CS requirement. Courses in other fields can be arranged with special departmental approval.

Examples of engineering and science courses are MEMS 252 Strength Of Materials, MEMS 255 Engineering Mechanics II, MEMS 342 Heat Transfer, ChE 262 Introduction to Environmental Engineering, ChE 320 Thermodynamics, ChE 351 Engineering Analysis of Chemical Systems, CSE 200 Engineering and Scientific Computing, CSE 241 Algorithms and Data Structures, BME  201 From Concept to Market-the Business of Biomedical Engineering, BME 240 Biomechanics, Physics 217 Introduction to Quantum Physics I, Physics 318 Introduction to Quantum Physics II, CE 253, Bio 2960 Principles of Biology I, Biol 2970 Principles of Biology II, Chem 251 Organic Chemistry I, Chem 252 Organic Chemistry II.

4. Required ESE courses: ESE 230, ESE 232, ESE 260, ESE 317 or both of ESE 318 and ESE 319, ESE 326, ESE 330, ESE 351, and ESE 498 or ESE 499.

5. Two upper-level laboratory courses (6 units) from the following list: ESE 331, ESE 435, ESE 447, ESE 448, ESE 465, ESE 488. At least one of these two courses must be from ESE 331, ESE 435, ESE 465 and ESE 488 (beginning Fall 2014).

6. 15 units of elective ESE courses in electrical engineering subjects, from the following list: ESE 330-399, ESE 400, 402, 405, 407, 409, 425, 430-499, ESE 503-589.

7. Required course in ethics (starting in fall 2011):

  • Engineering 4501, Ethics and Sustainability

8. The entire course sequence for the BSEE containing engineering topics of at least 45 units. The numbers of engineering topic units assigned to undergraduate courses in the School of Engineering & Applied Science vary from none (0) to the number of the credits given to the course. For the precise number for each course, please look at the table of Topics Units - Engineering Courses given by the Engineering Student Services.

9. Limitations. No more than 3 credits of  ESE 400 (independent study) and no more than 3 credits of 500-level courses may be applied toward the BSEE degree.

10. Limitations. No more than 6 units of the combined units of ESE 400 (independent study) and ESE 497 (undergraduate research) may be applied toward the EE elective requirement (Item 6) of the BSEE degree. The balance of the combined units, it there are any left, are allowed as free electives to satisfy the requirement on the total number of units.

11. The courses taken to satisfy the following BSEE degree requirements must be taken for a letter grade and not on a pass/fail basis: Item 4 (required ESE courses), Item 5 (upper-level laboratory courses), and Item 6 (elective ESE courses.

Most students acquire more than the minimum number of 120 credit units.  See a typical sequence of subjects for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree.


Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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