Academic Planning Worksheet: Bioengineering

Preparation for your intended major is a factor in the review of your UW transfer application. Use this worksheet to help you plan for admission to your intended major and for UW general education requirements.


Department admission information

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 Bioengineering.

Major Profile: In the admission decision for this and every major, a wide range of factors are taken into consideration. The profile should not be used to overstate the importance of grades in the admission decision for academic majors but it may offer some guidance as you plan for transfer.

Application deadlines:

Spring quarter

Apply to UW Admissions by: December 15
Apply to the Department by: January 15

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. More information, please visit the department’s website.

The Bioengineering major course sequence begins in spring quarter with BIOEN 315, 316 and 317. An introductory course, BIOEN 215, may be taken by transfer students in fall of the junior year.

Transfer students may transfer directly into the program for spring quarter if all prerequisites and organic chemistry are complete, or they may transfer as pre-majors in autumn quarter, complete remaining prerequisites and BIOEN 215, and apply to the major during winter quarter for spring admission.


Courses required for admission to major

Directions: Record the courses you have taken, are taking or plan to take prior to UW enrollment that you believe are equivalent to the UW course requirements listed below. Not sure? Use the transfer course equivalency guide.


UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
Example: MATH 124 – Calculus I MATH 151 AUT 08
MATH 124 NW QSR - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 1
MATH 125 NW - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 1
MATH 126 NW - Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 1
MATH 307 NW – Intro to Diff Equations 2
CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry 1
CHEM 152 NW QSR – General Chemistry 1
CHEM 162 NW QSR – General Chemistry 1
CHEM 223 or 237 NW – Organic Chemistry 2
BIOL 180 NW – Introductory Biology 2
PHYS 121 NW Q/SR – Mechanics 1
PHYS 122 NW – Electromagnetism 2
AMATH 301 NW – Beginning Scientific Computing 2
5 Credits of English composition C 1

Additional information

1 Application requirements (completed by application deadline)
2 Enrollment requirements (completed by the start of your first quarter in the major)

  • Upper admission requires 63 credits of coursework. Courses may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by the start of the core curriculum.
  • Students should complete sequences, particularly Biology, prior to transfer to aid in equivalency.
  • It is strongly recommended to have MATH 307 or AMATH 351 completed or in progress at the time of application.
  • A minimum of a 2.5 grade is required for CHEM 162.

Entering transfer GPA

Total undergraduates, as of spring 2019: 216

Total from Washington community colleges: 10

  • Entering transfer cumulative GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 5
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 2
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 0
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 2
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 0
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 1
  • 2.49 and below0

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