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).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes