The minimum number of credits required for a B.S.Ch.E degree is 180. Some courses cannot be counted toward degree requirements. Students should consult with a departmental advisor to determine whether a particular course can be counted. Among those that cannot be counted are chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses at a lower level than those required by the Department.
For a sample four-year plan, please see the Plan of Study page.
General Education Requirements
Written and Oral Communication (8 credits)
3 credits ENGR 231: Intro to Technical Writing
VLPA and I&S (24 credits)
Courses that count toward these requirements are identified as VLPA or I&S in the quarterly Time Schedule and in the UW Catalog. Students have many options to choose from, but here are some examples of areas of knowledge courses that are related to engineering and technology.
- CHEM E 309 Creativity and Innovation (VLPA)
- CLAS 314 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the Ancient World (I&S or VLPA)
- COM 330 Rhetoric of Science (I&S or VLPA)
- ENGL 305 Theories of Imagination (I&S or VLPA)
- BIOL 380 Biomedical Advances and Society (I&S)
- ANTH 303 Technologies of Health (I&S or VLPA)
- HSTCMP 315 History of Technology to 1940 (I&S)
- HONORS 220 Science and Engineering for Social Justice (DIV)
- GEOG 272 Geographies of Environmental Justice (I&S and DIV)
- ENGL 265 Introduction to Environmental Humanities (I&S/VLPA, and DIV)
- CEE 420: Engineering with Developing Communities (DIV)
- ENVIR 211 Environmental Justice (I&S, DIV)
- ENGR 401: Leadership Development to Promote Equity in Engineering Relationships (DIV)
- HCDE 298: Inclusive Design (DIV)
Natural World (65 credits)
|*CHEM 143 and CHEM 153, the accelerated chemistry series, may subsitute for CHEM 142, 152, 162|
Major Requirements (74 credits):
Engineering Fundamentals (4 credits)
|CSE 142 (4): Computer Programming for Engineers|
|OR||any programming course approved by the Department|
Chemical Engineering Core Courses (54 credits)
Molecular & Nano-Engineering (3 credits):
Engineering Electives (16 credits)
Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) option: The Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option in the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering is a transcriptable option focusing on nanoscale principles in molecular engineering that provides hands-on experience and stresses the interdisciplinary nature of the field. To declare the NME option, students must complete NME 220 and CHEM E 310 and earn minimum of 3.0 GPA while also completing NME 221. Students may indicate their plan to apply for the NME option in their Chemical Engineering application and discuss their interests and background in the essay. and must take NME 220 and NME 221 during the spring of the sophomore year to be on track for completing the option. For more information about the NME option for the B.S. ChemE, please see our NME Option page.
Optional Focus Areas: Students may choose to complete an optional focus area. These focus areas are not listed on the transcript. Many courses that count for the focus areas also count as engineering electives. For a list of focus areas, please see our Optional Focus Areas page.
Unspecified Electives (9 credits):
The total number of credits needed for graduation is 180. If students earn only the minimum number of credits in the above categories, they will need 9 additional (elective) credits. The electives may be used to pursue areas of interest outside chemical engineering, or to deepen professional training. Students are urged to include as many upper division courses as possible among the electives they choose.