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.
Applicants can have up to two pre-requisites in progress during the time of application (e.g., MATH 207 and PHYS 122).
- Minimum requirements:
- To apply, students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA in the prerequisite courses.
- For the most recent admission cycles, admitted students had an average GPA of 3.5 in prerequisite coursework; the range was 2.5 - 4.0. The percentage of applicants admitted over the last three years is 89%.
Autumn Quarter Enrollment Requirements:
Students are admitted for spring quarter, take CHEM E 310 and other courses that spring, and must have finished all of the following additional courses by the start of autumn quarter.
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.
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.