Community, Environment, & Planning

College of Built Environments

Community, Environment and Planning (CEP) is an award-winning, interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree housed in the Department of Urban Design and Planning. Unlike most majors, CEP does not provide a pre-defined educational path. Instead, CEP empowers students to draw on the tools of planning – collaboration, leadership, intentionality, stewardship, and vision – to pursue their own educational goals in the company of other self-directed students in cohorts limited to 38 students. The CEP core curriculum focuses on theory and practice applied to real-world settings; electives are satisfied by taking courses anywhere on campus. Students also participate in a governance process that supports the major and teaches students how to be effective leaders and doers in the world. Our students graduate to become urban planners, educators, non-profit managers, entrepreneurs, communication experts, and professionals of all sorts, including doctors, lawyers, and engineers.


Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Topic: Arts, Business, Health, Natural sciences, Social 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: February 15
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Admissions requirements:

  1. Minimum 90 credits completed when the student begins the program and at least 80% of general education requirements fulfilled, tracked by CEP’s Academic Advisor.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 GPA with additional emphasis on a written essay and demonstration of relevant extracurricular activities.
  3. Admission is once a year, for autumn quarter. Early admission deadline is February 15th. Additional application dates vary per year. See CEP’s website for specific dates.

Courses required for the major:

  • English Composition
  • CEP 200 SSc – Introduction to Community and Environmental Planning

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 80
Total from Washington community colleges: 19

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 2
3.50 – 3.74: 5
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 3
2.75 – 2.99: 5
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 3

Career outcomes