Academic Planning Worksheet: Mechanical Engineering

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 Mechanical Engineering.

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:

Autumn quarter

Apply to UW Admissions by: February 15
Apply to the Department by: April 5

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.


Required courses 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 Analytic Geometry I 1
MATH 125 NW - Calculus Analytic Geometry II1
MATH 126 NW - Calculus Analytic Geometry III1
CHEM 142 NW QSR - General Chemistry 1
CHEM 152 NW QSR - General Chemistry 2
PHYS 121 NW Q/SR – Mechanics1
PHYS 122 NW - Electromagnetism 1
PHYS 123 NW – Waves2
A A 210 NW – Engineering Statics1
CEE 220 NW – Introduction to Mechanics of Materials2
M E 230 NW - Kinematics and Dynamics2
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)

Completion of 60 credits by the April 5 department admission deadline is required.
Transfer applicants are encouraged to take three to four of the following courses before their junior year: MATH 307, MATH 308, AMATH 301, M E 123, MSE 170, EE 215, IND E 315. Those not completed may be taken the first quarter of the junior year or later.

Entering transfer information

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019: 411

Total from Washington community colleges: 81

  • Entering transfer cumulative GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 47
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 21
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 9
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 4
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 0
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 0
  • 2.49 and below1

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