School and Ranking Information
Among the five schools in Spokane, WA, that offer programs in electronic communications and closely related fields are two community colleges, two universities and a for-profit institute. Relevant courses of study can be found at the smaller of the two universities, a high-ranking regional school that had one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country for 2014, as designated by U.S. News & World Report.
- Winner: Gonzaga University is a Catholic, liberal arts school that was established in 1887. Through the university's School of Engineering and Applied Science, undergraduates can pursue Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering programs that provide training in electronic communications.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#3 among Regional Universities in the West (2015);
#2 among Best Value Schools in the West (2015);
#29 among Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014)*
|School Type||4-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $35,062**|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||23**|
|Most Popular Electrical and Electronics Engineering Program in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (23 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||82%**|
|Noteworthy||ABET accredits the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
- Majority of the electrical engineering faculty have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Communications Lab provides students with experience in analog and digital communication
- Electrical engineering curriculum includes a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam course
- Relevant extracurricular activities include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Gonzaga University enrolled approximately 7,600 students in 2013 and had a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Gonzaga's School of Engineering and Applied Science has six departments that provide training in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; transmission and distribution engineering; computer science and engineering management. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering program takes place on campus; the Master of Engineering (ME) in Transmission and Distribution program is offered exclusively online.
The BS in Electrical Engineering program requires 134 credits to complete and allows for 12 credits of specialized technical electives in communications systems and signal processing. Relevant course topics include digital communication systems, digital signal processing and wireless systems, among other topics; students also participate in a communication and controls lab and complete a senior design project.
Professionals already working in utility engineering can pursue the 36-credit ME in Transmission and Distribution program, which offers courses in electrical grid operations, system automation, transmission line design and underground system design. Requirements include a minimum of nine credits in either distribution or transmission, a capstone in engineering leadership and a portfolio.