Academic Planning Worksheet: Material Science & 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 Material Science & 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. Completion of 64 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required. 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 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
CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry 1
CHEM 152 NW QSR – General Chemistry 1
CSE 142 NW QSR – Computer Programming I 2 OR AMATH 301 NW – Beginning Scientific Computing 2
MATH 124 NW QSR - Calculus Analytic Geometry I 1
MATH 125 NW - Calculus Analytic Geometry II 1
MATH 126 NW - Calculus Analytic Geometry III 1
MATH 307 NW – Intro to Diff Equations 2
PHYS 121 NW Q/SR – Mechanics 1
PHYS 122 NW – Electromagnetism 1
MSE 170 NW - Fundamentals of Materials Science 2
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)

  • Application for admissions requires completion of at least 64 credits.
  • Transfer applicants without MSE 170 completed are still eligible to apply but will be required to take MSE 170 during their first quarter with their other MSE courses.
  • To graduate on time, MATH 308, PHYS 123, AA 210, CEE 220, HCDE 231 are recommended for completion by enrollment.

Entering transfer information

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019 120

Total from Washington community colleges: 10

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

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