College of Engineering

Bioengineering is the application of engineering principles to the fields of biology, medicine and health care. Students will utilize knowledge from the biological sciences as well as mechanical, chemical, electrical, and computer engineering in order to invent the future of medicine through novel, innovative, and cost-effective solutions.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering

Topic: Engineering, Health

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: January 15
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Transfer students must submit two separate applications: one to the Office of Admissions and one to Bioengineering.
  • To be eligible to apply, you must have a 2.0 (“C” grade) minimum GPA in each prerequisite course and a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all the prerequisites. These are minimums; the actual GPA of those admitted is much higher.
  • To plan your transfer, be sure to utilize the engineering transfer admission website and contact the department if you have additional questions. A separate departmental application is required in addition to the UW application for admission.
  • The Bioengineering major course sequence begins in spring quarter with BIOEN 315, 316 and 317. An introductory course, BIOEN 215, may be taken by transfer students in fall of the junior year.
  • Transfer students may transfer directly into the program for spring quarter if all prerequisites and organic chemistry are complete, or they may transfer as pre-majors in autumn quarter, complete remaining prerequisites and BIOEN 215, and apply to the major during winter quarter for spring admission.
  • For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 1
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 1
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 1
  • MATH 207 NSc – Intro to Diff Equations 2
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 223 or 237 NSc – Organic Chemistry 2
  • BIOL 180 NSc – Introductory Biology 2
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 122  or PHYS 142 NSc – Electromagnetism 2
  • AMATH 301 NSc – Beginning Scientific Computing 2 (or one course from CSE 121, CSE 122, CSE 123, CSE 142 or CSE 160;and BIOEN 217)
  • 5 Credits of English composition C 1


1 Application requirements (completed by application deadline)
2 Enrollment requirements (completed by the start of your first quarter in the major)

  • Upper admission requires 63 credits of coursework. Courses may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by the start of the core curriculum.
  • Students should complete sequences, particularly Biology, prior to transfer to aid in equivalency.
  • It is strongly recommended to have MATH 207 or AMATH 351 completed or in progress at the time of application.
  • A minimum of a 2.5 grade is required for CHEM 162.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 195
Total from Washington community colleges: 13

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 9
3.50 – 3.74: 3
3.25 – 3.49: 1
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes