Bioresource Science & Engineering

College of Engineering

The Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) major is designed for students seeking training in chemical and physical sciences and chemical engineering as applied to manufacturing fiber products, fuels, and chemicals from biomass resources. It emphasizes the application of mathematics, chemistry, and engineering to paper and related bioresources based industries. BSE is an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. BSE provides extensive faculty contact, active student groups, and research opportunities.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Engineering, Natural sciences

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).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5 for AUT; January 15 1 for SPR
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.
This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission. Students must submit two applications: one to the office of admissions and to bioresource science & engineering.

AA 260 is a required course to take the junior year BSE course sequence. AA 260 is offered at the UW spring and summer quarter if not taken at previous school.

Visit the department’s website prior to applying

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus III with Analytical Geometry III
  • MATH 207 NSc – Intro Differential Equations
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 237 NSc – Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 238 NSc – Organic Chemistry
  • QSCI 381 NSc RSN – Intro Probability & Statistics OR IND E 315 NSc – Intro Probability & Statistics OR STAT 390 RSN – Intro Probability & Statistics
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 123 NSc – Waves, Light, and Heat
  • A A 260 NSc – Thermodynamics OR CHEM E 325 NSc – Thermodynamics
  • English Composition
  • ECON 200 SSc RSN – Intro Microeconomics
  • HCDE 231 – Technical Writing

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 17
Total from Washington community colleges: 5

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 2
3.25 – 3.49: 2
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes