Upper Division Admission
Upper-division applicants have completed at least four quarters of equivalent college-level coursework and are on track to begin the department curriculum in the spring quarter of their sophomore year. The application for the Department is available on the College of Engineering Departmental Application website. Students not enrolled at the UW must also apply for admission to the University of Washington for spring quarter following the admission rules found on the Undergraduate Admissions website. The UW application deadline for transfer students is December 15. The department application deadline is February 1 (the application will open mid-January).
Course Requirements: Students must present a minimum of 55 academic credits at the time of application including the following graded credits:
|MATH 124, 125, 126, and 307 (one year of calculus and one quarter of differential equations)||18 credits|
|CHEM 142, 152, and 162 (or 145, 155, 165, one year of general chemistry, with labs)||15 credits|
|PHYS 121, 122 (two quarters of calculus-based physics, with labs);||10 credits|
|ENGL 131 or other University-approved composition course||5 credits|
Applicants will be considered for admission if they have completed all but two of the required courses and are currently enrolled in those courses at the time of application to the major (e.g. MATH 307 and PHYS 122). See the department academic advisor with questions.
Credit and grade requirements: 55 credits completed by application deadline, with a minimum overall 2.50 GPA and minimum 2.0 in all courses required for admission. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major. For the most recent admission cycle, admitted students had an average GPA of 3.7 (the range was 3.3 - 4.0). See the department advisor if you have any questions.
Factors included in the admissions decision include the course record as indicated above and qualitative considerations such as difficulty of courses completed, frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, applicable work experience and maturity of attitude, record of honors, a demonstrated ability to take at least 12 credits per quarter, and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.