Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering

Chemical engineering is the study of transforming matter under constraint. Chemical engineers find industrial employment in areas of energy, the environment, biomedicine, electronics, food production, and materials. Chemical engineers also find careers in academia and government and military service. Students study chemical processes at the molecular level and the chemical plant level and gain an engineering education deeply grounded in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering

Topic: Engineering, Computing, Health, 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).


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 applications: one to the Office of Admissions and one to the Chemical Engineering.
  • 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:
    1. Utilize the College of Engineering’s transfer admission website and contact the department if you have additional questions.
    2. In addition to submitting the departmental application, you must apply to the Admissions Office spring quarter (deadline: December 15)
    3. For more information, please visit Chemical Engineering’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry III
  • MATH 207 NSc – Introduction to Differential Equations
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism
  • 5 Credits of English composition C

Courses recommended for the major:

CHEM 237 NSc – Organic Chemistry (strongly recommended)


  • Two required courses may be in progress during winter quarter.


Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 182
Total from Washington community colleges: 44

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 13
3.50 – 3.74: 12
3.25 – 3.49: 8
3.00 – 3.24: 8
2.75 – 2.99: 3
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes