Computer & Electrical Engineering

Computer & Electrical Engineering

About the Computer & Electrical Engineering Pathway 

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Science Track 2 degree requirements with an emphasis in computer & electrical engineering. This pre-major pathway is designed to prepare you to transfer at the junior-level into an engineering program at a four-year college or university.  

Computer and electrical engineers make the world a better place by starting with a nebulous idea and working with other designers to plan, develop, and prototype to turn it into something real. They use math and science to break down and solve complex and compelling problems and create new electronic and digital products and services. Electrical and computer engineering professionals work at the heart of the most rapidly developing technology humankind has ever seen. They employ nanoelectronics, computers and robotics to create biomedical instruments that save lives. Electrical and computer engineers create new robotic and AI systems that can search disaster sites or remotely explore other planets. They make devices and systems that harvest the energy of the sun, wind and sea and channel it into the energy grid that supports modern civilization. Electronics and software design looks at  the spectrum between hardware and software. Electrical engineers typically work on the hardware side of the spectrum while computer engineers work at the interface between electronics hardware and software.

Completion of this degree opens doors to global career opportunities in software or hardware design, aerospace, robotics and other industries that rely on advanced computers and electronic systems. If you like to design and develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems, this pathway could be the right choice for you!

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Career Opportunities

  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Network Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Software Engineer

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in computer and/or electrical engineering or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

110 credits = 8 quarters if you take 10-15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter


Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………………....$100-300

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.

Where can I go if I have questions about this program pathway? 

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