The Second Major in Electrical Engineering

A second major in electrical engineering is ideal for students majoring in many areas, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Students in the McKelvey School of Engineering as well as the other undergraduate divisions at Washington University now have the opportunity to pursue a second major in electrical engineering. Students are not allowed to add this second major to either the BS in Electrical Engineering or the BS in Applied Science (Electrical Engineering).

The requirements for a second major in electrical engineering are as follows:

ESE 105Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering4
ESE 230Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits4
ESE 232Introduction to Electronic Circuits3
ESE 260Introduction to Digital Logic and Computer Design3
ESE 330Engineering Electromagnetics Principles3
ESE 351Signals and Systems3
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3

In addition, students must select 18 units of ESE electives from the following list:

  • ESE 330 through 399
  • ESE 2971
  • ESE 400 
  • ESE 405
  • ESE 407
  • ESE 425
  • ESE 429 through 499
  • ESE 503 through 589

The above program assumes completion of the following courses:

Math 132
Math 233
Calculus II
and Calculus III
Math 217Differential Equations3
ESE 318Engineering Mathematics A3
ESE 319Engineering Mathematics B3
ESE 326Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
Physics 191
Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Physics 192
Physics II
and Physics II Laboratory

Students may petition to substitute electrical-science–oriented courses from other disciplines in Arts & Sciences (e.g., certain courses in physics or applied mathematics) for up to two of the above required courses. Within this second major in electrical engineering, areas of concentration are possible in devices and circuits, applied physics, signals and imaging, and control systems.

For more information, please contact the director of the program, Chuan Wang.

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