Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree provides students a broad-based educational experience, enabling them to address complex and multi-faceted civil engineering problems in construction, transportation, structural, transportation, water and environmental engineering. After completing the required 300-level core curriculum, students may explore the areas of their interest with greater focus in their senior year or explore a variety of topics at the 400-level.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Civil Engineering

Topic: Engineering

Applicant type


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

The primary pathway to Civil Engineering is through Direct to College admission to the College of Engineering. If you want to major in this or any major within the College of Engineering, be sure to list it as your first-choice major on the freshman application.

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: Priority deadline: April 5. Department accepts applications on rolling basis until September 1 in years when capacity remains.
  • 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 Civil 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 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. For more information, visit the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus Analytic Geometry I 1
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry II1
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry III1
  • MATH 208 NSc – Matrix Algebra 2
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics1
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism 1
  • Complete one of the following courses: AMATH 301 NSc – Beginning Scientific Computing or CSE 122 NSc RSN –  Introduction to Computer Programming II or CSE 142 NSc RSN – Computer Programming I or CSE 160 NSc – Data Programming
  • A A 210 NSc – Engineering Statics 1
  • CEE 220 NSc – Intro Mechanics of Materials 2
  • M E 230 NSc – Kinematics and Dynamics 2
  • English composition C 1


1 Application requirements (complete by application deadline)

2 Enrollment requirements (complete by the start of your first quarter in the major)

A minimum 60 credits completed by the application deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to also complete the following courses prior to autumn quarter: MATH 207, CHEM 152, PHYS 123.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 212
Total from Washington community colleges: 50

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 8
3.50 – 3.74: 10
3.25 – 3.49: 12
3.00 – 3.24: 13
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes