Electronics Engineering Schools in Seattle with Degree Overviews

Dec 07, 2018

The Seattle area features around six schools that offer degree programs related to electronics engineering. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

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Seattle Schools with Electrical Engineering Programs

Although the Seattle area does not have electronics engineering programs, students can find a number of different schools that offer electrical engineering programs. Electronics engineers use many of the same concepts as electrical engineers, but they typically work with circuits and components, while electrical engineers focus on larger electrical systems.

This article looks at three schools no more than 15 minutes from downtown and the relevant programs they offer. There is also a table of statistics about each school that could be useful to prospective students, such as enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate. At the end of the article is a listing of a couple of other nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • Seattle University, just 1.5 miles from the city center, offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering.
  • At 2.5 miles from downtown, Seattle Pacific University also offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering.
  • Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree or master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Washington - Seattle Campus, which is about three miles from downtown Seattle.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are looking for a school need to be aware of many facts. This table displays information about all these schools in a way that invites comparison.

Seattle University Seattle Pacific University University of Washington - Seattle Campus
School Type Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; private, not-for-profit Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,278* 3,783* 46,166*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $42,885* $40,893* $10,974 in-state; $35,538 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 96%* 98%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 74%* 91%* 46%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 84% for full-time students* 79% for full-time students* 94% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Started classes in Fall 2011) 75%* 69%* 84%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Seattle University

The College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University features a Bachelor of Science program in electrical engineering that provides instruction in a broad array of technical topics.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Students in this program participate in theoretical and hands-on learning. Electrical engineering courses are separated into different blocks; students begin with a foundations block that covers scientific and mathematic principles. The electrical engineering fundamentals block comes next and is followed by the advanced electrical engineering block. The advanced block includes a senior design project as well as elective courses. Major-specific courses in the program focus on electrical circuits, programming and signal processing. Elective options may include fields and waves and electromagnetic field theory.

Seattle Pacific University

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program combines a broad liberal arts education with technical problem-solving skills. This program covers a variety of electrical components and systems throughout the curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

This program requires core coursework in calculus, physics, data structures and problem solving. Required engineering coursework emphasizes electric circuits, signal analysis, engineering design and magnetism. Technical elective courses focus on topics like computer science, advanced physics and applied analysis. The program also requires an internship, which is typically completed between a student's third and fourth years. Students who complete the program should be prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and are required to take a practice version of the exam before graduating.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

The College of Engineering at the University of Washington - Seattle Campus offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in electrical engineering. Each program offers students the opportunity to focus their coursework in specialized areas within the electrical engineering field.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

In addition to core electrical engineering courses, students in the program must complete foundation coursework in written and oral communication, mathematics, statistics, natural science, the arts and computer programming. Major-specific courses cover topics like circuit theory and continuous time linear systems. This program gives students the option of participating in an engineering co-op or completing undergraduate research to help fulfill elective course requirements.

Students can choose from one of 12 major concentration areas; options that may be of interest to electronics engineers include controls and sensors and devices.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Students in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program can choose to focus their coursework in one of several areas, such as communications and networking, electromagnetics, energy systems, signal and image processing, robotics and digital systems. This program allows students to complete a thesis or take additional courses instead. This program requires a minimum of 42 credits, and students may have the option to continue their studies in the doctoral program after submitting a continuation form.

Other School Options

Students looking for a two-year program that can help them eventually complete a bachelor's program may be interested in the electronics engineering technology associate's program at North Seattle College. Students can also find a bachelor's program in electrical engineering at the University of Washington - Bothell Campus, which is situated about 12 miles from downtown Seattle.

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