Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

The Environmental Engineering curriculum, which is designed to comply with ABET accreditation criteria, emphasizes the use of core knowledge in math, physics, biology, chemistry, and its application to environmental engineering and develops student understanding of natural processes in air, water, and soil during environmental engineering decision-making. The curriculum additionally provides opportunities for student to place their skill set within a greater social, cultural, and political context. The degree complements the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree by providing opportunities for inter-disciplinary interactions in upper-division course work, including in the capstone design course. Prerequisites may be met through coursework at the UW, another four-year institution, or a community college. Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers or for continuation of study at the graduate level.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Environmental 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 environmental 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, please 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
  • AMATH 351 NSc – Introduction to Differential Equations & Applications or MATH 207 – NSc Introduction to Differential Equations 2
  • BIOL 180 NSc – Intro Biology 2
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry I 1
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry II 1
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry III 2
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics 1
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism 1
  • PHYS 123 NSc – Waves, Light, and Heat 2
  • One of the following: AMATH 301 NSc – Beginning Scientific Computing 2 or CSE 122 NSc RSN – Introduction to Computer Programming II or CSE 142 NSc RSN – Computer Programming I or CSE NSc RSN 160 – Data Programming 2
  • A A 210 NSc – Engineering Statics 1
  • A A 260 NSc – Thermodynamics 2
  • CEE 220 NSc – Intro Mechanics of Materials 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 of 60 credits completed by the April 5th deadline. Students strongly encouraged to also complete AMATH 352 or MATH 208 prior to the autumn quarter. To identify appropriate BIOL 180 course equivalents, please contact the CEE Department.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 67
Total from Washington community colleges: 7

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 2
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 4
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes