There are three ways to be admitted into the major -- Direct Freshman Admission, Early Admission. and Upper-Division Admission. In all cases, admission is competitive. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications for Early and Upper-Division Admission are accepted through the College of Engineering online application form. For more information, see the respective pages for the direct, early, and upper-division admissions.
Direct Freshman Admission:
The department enrolls up to 20% of its incoming class directly from high school, prior to completion of University-level prerequisites. Students accepted to the UW who indicate Civil and Environmental Engineering as their preferred major on the freshman application are automatically considered. Competitive applicants have taken or are taking calculus and at least two years of laboratory science (physics, chemistry preferred) in high school. Admission is for autumn quarter only. Students who are not admitted through direct admission are encouraged to apply through early and/or upper-division admissions.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at the UW and must have a minimum of 15 credits taken in residence at the UW. Course requirements: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126; 10 credits of physical science courses plus accompanying laboratory at the level of PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123, or CHEM 142, CHEM 152; and 5 credits of English composition. All courses must be completed prior to the July 1 application deadline.
Grade requirements: Minimum 2.0 grade in each course required for admission and minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for all courses required for admission.
Students who are not admitted through early admission may apply again through upper-division admissions.
Most students typically apply at the end of their sophomore year for junior year admission. Admission is for autumn quarter only. Departmental application deadline is July 1.
Course Requirements: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 308; CHEM 142; PHYS 121, PHYS 122; AMATH 301 (preferred) or CSE 142; AA 210; CEE 220; M E 230; and 5 credits of English composition.
Prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the CEE program. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0, with the prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher See also CEE admissions statistics.