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Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical and Computer engineering involves the design, development, and analyzing of computers, electronic systems, and electrical components. 

Engineers work in multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of industries that include government, telecommunications, aerospace, military, and industrial workplaces. Work projects can include the creation of electrical schematics, software development, or the design and implementation of automation systems.

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Engineer Your Future with Hands-on Learning at Clark

Electric and Computer engineers tinker with objects to create hardware or develop software that improves the functionality of existing systems. Clark’s program offers students hands-on projects each quarter where they apply theory to real-world scenarios. 

Instructors maintain close ties with learning institutions to ensure students take only courses necessary to become junior-ready upon transfer. In addition to Washington four-year universities, Clark College engineering students can explore transfer options to the University of Portland, and Oregon State University. Our students also transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Purdue University, and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Electrical and Computer engineers exist in a variety of formats: electrical engineer, project engineer, circuits engineer, hardware design engineer, and network engineer.

According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Electric Engineering jobs with a median wage in Washington estimated at $51.26 per hour. Jobs for Computer Engineers have an estimated median wage of $39.25 in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.

Clark’s program offers an Associates in Science Transfer degree (AST2) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor degree program in engineering. The statistics listed are estimates based on a Bachelor’s degree and above.


Degree Options

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineers design, develop and analyze computer, electrical and electronic systems. These engineers work within multi-disciplinary teams and are employed in all industries. Their projects include power generation and distribution, communications systems, robotics, nano- and micro-electrical machinery, Biosystems, semiconductors, automation and robotics, networking, embedded systems and general computer system.

It is critical that you work with an Engineering faculty advisor to ensure your program will give you the maximum benefit when you transfer.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (AST2)
The following is a degree program designed by a consortium of two-year and four-year colleges in Washington. Students should be aware that baccalaureate institutions may have slightly different requirements for these degrees, and students should consult the transfer institution for exact questions.

Students should complete the entirety of any science sequence at the same school for best transferability. These degrees are not DTA degrees, and there are some general education requirements that students will need to finish upon transfer.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AST degree path has this difference from the Major Related Program defined below:
  • Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework.
Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students completing this Associate of Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the baccalaureate institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution.
Generic Requirements
Courses taken must come from the current ICRC distribution list in order to count as General Education or General University Requirements (GER’s/GUR’s) at the receiving institution. Additional general educational requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the receiving institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
5 cr.
5 cr.
2. Mathematics
10 cr.
Two courses at or above introductory calculus level. Third-term calculus or approved statistics course: 5 term credits chosen with the help of an Engineering faculty advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student plans to attend.

MRP Requirements: Calculus I, II, III – 15 credits
Differential Equations – 5 credits
Linear Algebra – 5 credits

Clark requires concurrent enrollment of completion in MATH&254 when taking MATH221. MATH103 and MATH111 are required prerequisites for MATH&151 that may be needed if calculus placement is not met via COMPASS.

Clark College Equivalents:
5 cr.
5 cr.
5 cr.
MATH 215
5 cr.
MATH 221
5 cr.
3. Physics
15 cr.
Calculus-based or non-calculus based sequence including laboratory. Students should be advised that some baccalaureate programs require physics with calculus.

MRP Requirements: Engineering Physics I, II, III + labs – 15 to 18 credits

Clark College Equivalents:
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (requires concurrent enrollment in PHYS094)
4 cr.
1 cr.
ENGINEERING PHYSICS II (requires concurrent enrollment in PHYS095)
4 cr.
1 cr.
ENGINEERING PHYSICS III (requires concurrent enrollment in PHYS096)
4 cr.
1 cr.
4. Chemistry with Laboratory
5 cr.
Clark College Equivalents:
4 cr.
1 cr.
5. Required Major Courses
Electrical Circuits Clark College Equivalents:
5 cr.
Computer Programming Clark College Equivalents:
CSE 121
5 cr.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
5 cr.
2. Social Science
5 cr.
MICRO ECONOMICS (recommended)
5 cr.
MACRO ECONOMICS (recommended)
5 cr.
3. Additional Humanities or Social Science
5 cr.
SYMBOLIC LOGIC (recommended)
5 cr.
C. Electives
Select 5 electives as appropriate for intended major and intended baccalaureate institution:

•A second course in Computer Programming - object oriented - 4-5 credits

•Innovation in Design

•Calculus IV (Advanced or Multi-variable Calculus)

•Technical Writing




•Digital Logic

•Biology for Science Majors I + labs

•General Chemistry II + lab

•Applied Numerical Methods

Total Required Credits: 95-104
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
  • Acquire scientific and technological information from appropriate sources to examine issues, claims or situations.
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to analyze technological or scientific problems.
  • Apply scientific and technological knowledge and methodologies to creatively solve technological or scientific problems.
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)