Undergraduates

Admission

The process of entering the B.S. ChemE program depends on a student’s entry point to the University of Washington. Choose an option below to learn more about the different pathways for entering the major. If you have more questions after reading on this page, please ask a departmental adviser!

Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on their application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission. For more information about Direct to College admission visit http://www.engr.washington.edu/news/direct-to-college

Welcome to the College of Engineering at UW! The deadlines and requirements for each placement deadline are listed below. For each deadline, students must complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA, and complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.

July 1 Placement

The July 1 placement is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW.

MATH 124, 125, and 126 15 credits      
CHEM 142, 152, 162 15 credits
PHYS 121 5 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

Jan 15 Placement

The Jan 15 placement is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores. Two of the required courses may be in progress during winter quarter. CHEM 237 strongly recommended. 

MATH 124, 125, 126, and 307                           18 credits           
CHEM 142, 152, and 162  15 credits
PHYS 121, 122  10 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

 

If more students request the major than we can accommodate, we use a holistic review process that considers grades and personal statements to determine placement. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website

Early admission is only available to those UW students who have just completed their freshman year with excellent academic records. Historically, students admitted through Early Admission achieved at least a 3.5 and above. The application deadline is July 1.

Departmental Application 

The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare. 

Early Admission Requirements

At least 15 credits at the University of Washington, including the following courses or their equivalents. Students are also encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor to discuss their plans. 

MATH 124, 125, and 126  15 credits      
CHEM 142, 152, 162  15 credits
PHYS 121  5 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

 

Appeals of admissions decisions

Students may appeal the admissions decision made by the committee by writing a letter to the Department chair. The letter should describe any extenuating circumstances and may include any additional information in support of the appeal that the student believes is relevant. For more information about the appeals process, see the Appeals page.

This is the only admission point to the B.S. ChemE program for UW students admitted to a major other than engineering undeclared starting in autumn 2018. 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 deadline is January 15.

Major Application 

The major application opens two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare. 

Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, 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.

Prerequisite courses

Students must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application including these prerequisite courses or equivalents. Students are also encouraged to meet with a departmental adviser to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major. 

MATH 124, 125, 126, and 307  18 credits           
CHEM 142, 152, and 162  15 credits
PHYS 121, 122  10 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

 

Applicants can have up to two pre-requisites in progress during the time of application (e.g., MATH 307 and PHYS 122). To be on track to complete the degree in a timely manner, students must have completed all admissions requirements as well as the courses outlined in our Continuation Policy. See our website for a sample Plan of Study.

Appeals of admissions decisions

Students may appeal the admissions decision made by the committee by writing a letter to the Department chair. The letter should describe any extenuating circumstances and may include any additional information in support of the appeal that the student believes is relevant. For more information about the appeals process, see the Appeals page.

Application Steps and Deadlines

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete both by the stated deadlines in order to be considered. 

Start quarter Application deadlines
Spring Quarter 
  1. Apply to UW by December 15
  2. Apply for Chemical Engineering Upper Division admission by January 15

Major Application

The major application opens two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare. 

Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, 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. 

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application including these prerequisite courses or equivalents. Transfer students should use the UW Equivalency Guide and the Plan of Study to plan coursework. Students are also encouraged to meet with a departmental adviser to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major. 

MATH 124, 125, 126, and 307  18 credits           
CHEM 142, 152, and 162  15 credits
PHYS 121, 122  10 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

 

Applicants can have up to two pre-requisites in progress during the time of application (e.g., MATH 307 and PHYS 122). To be on track to complete the degree in a timely manner, students must have completed all admissions requirements as well as the courses outlined in our Continuation Policy. See our website for a sample Plan of Study.

Appeals of admissions decisions

Students may appeal the admissions decision made by the committee by writing a letter to the Department chair. The letter should describe any extenuating circumstances and may include any additional information in support of the appeal that the student believes is relevant. For more information about the appeals process, see the Appeals page.

 

Questions? Ask a departmental adviser!

 

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