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)

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: 263
Total from Washington community colleges: 69

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 17
3.50 – 3.74: 16
3.25 – 3.49: 12
3.00 – 3.24: 15
2.75 – 2.99: 5
2.50 – 2.74: 4
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes