We are so glad you're considering applying to chemical engineering! This page goes over the details of application requirements, steps, and policies. If you're interested in learning more about chemical engineering, please use the links on the right hand side.
We pride ourselves on our community and student-centered department where students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research, study abroad, design capstones and internships. Students will progress through the program as a cohort, building community and support among their classmates.
UW Students outside the College of Engineering
Many ChemE students discover an interest in ChemE after arriving at UW and we'd love to have you join our program.
NEW! 2023-2024 additional capacity admissions
For the 2023-2024 academic year, UW ChemE has capacity to offer admission to UW students and transfer students who have completed the starred (*) application requirements below who submit the simplified application below and meet with a ChemE advisor:
- Prerequisite courses with a minimum 2.0 GPA in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA overall in the following prerequisite courses:
- CHEM 142*, 152*, 162 or equivalents
- MATH 124*, 125*, 126*, 207 or equivalents
- PHYS 121* and 122 or equivalents
- ENGL 131* or other composition course
- Complete our simplified application & online canvas orientation
- You'll receive an invitation upon admission to meet with UW ChemE Academic Advising to adjust your plan and declare the major.
Our curriculum still only begins in spring quarter, so time to graduation will be dependent on the timing of students completing the prerequisites for CHEM E 310 and the autumn quarter enrollment requirements. Students who apply and are admitted before completing all of the requirements listed above will need to finish those requirements quickly to stay on track with the ChemE Continuation policy. Please use the links in the sidebar to set up an appointment with an advisor for more assistance with your academic plan.
Transfer & Postbaccalaureate Student Admission
Transfer students make up a significant and valued part of our program each year. We're aware the transfer process can be complicated. In an attempt to make transfer advising more simple, we've made a checklist. We recognize everyone has different circumstances that impact their academic plans and we love to meet with students very early on in their coursework preparing for a transfer to chemical engineering. Please use the links in the sidebar to set up time with one of our advisers.
Please note that the UW ChemE program starts in spring quarter, so students should be planning to transfer to UW and take CHEM E 310 and 375 for spring quarter. Students applying to UW during other quarters who are interested in ChemE should meet with UW ChemE Academic Advising to identify a clear plan and timeline for declaring the major as well as graduation.
Postbaccalaureate students are students who have completed a prior bachelor's level degree and wish to return to school for a B.S. ChemE. The admissions requirements and process are essentially identical, though it is very important to explain why you need a ChemE degree in addition to the one you already have.
Complete your college's math placement course and begin math courses as soon as possible.
Review sample plans of study.
Use the UW Transfer Equivalency Guide to identify the courses you need to take at your community college.
Join your college's MESA program, if it's offered, for assistance with preparing for transfer.
Meet with your college academic adviser to make a potential academic plan.
Meet with UW ChemE Academic Advisors
Begin working on your ChemE personal statement
Apply for financial aid: Submit your FAFSA or WAFSA to UW
Apply for the UW Materials Intensive S-STEM Scholarship
February & March
PREPARE TO TRANSFER
Decisions communicated mid-February
Begin looking for housing. UW ChemE classes require in-person participation, so you'll need to be able to commute or move to Seattle.
Students with disabilities should get in contact with UW Disabled Resources for Students to begin the process of getting accommodations in place at UW.
Attend Virtual Advising & Orientation
Classes begin late March at UW Seattle