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Bioresource Science & Engineering

College of the Environment

Minor available

The Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) major is designed for students seeking training in chemical and physical sciences and chemical engineering as applied to manufacturing fiber products, fuels and chemicals from biomass resources. It emphasizes the application of mathematics, chemistry and engineering to paper and related bioresources-based industries. BSE is an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. BSE provides extensive faculty contact, active student groups and research opportunities.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic(s): Engineering option, Natural and environmental sciences

Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Bioresource Sciences and Engineering is a capacity-constrained major. While the vast majority of students enter this major by submitting an additional application once they are enrolled at the UW, you may be considered for direct admission as a freshman by listing Bioresource Sciences and Engineering as your first-choice major on the freshman application. Admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

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

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 applications: one to the office of admissions and to bioresource science & engineering.
  • Grade requirements: Minimum 20 grade for each course required for application; minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in courses required for application.
  • Visit the department’s website prior to applying

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

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 1
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus with Analytical Geometry II 1
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus III with Analytical Geometry III 1
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • English Composition 1

Additional course requirements:

  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics2
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism2
  • PHYS 123 NSc – Waves, Light, and Heat2
  • A A 260 NSc – Thermodynamics2
  • CHEM 237 NSc – Organic Chemistry2
  • CHEM 238 NSc – Organic Chemistry2
  • MATH 207 NSc – Intro Differential Equations2
  • MATH 208 NSc – Matrix Algebra2

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 11
Total from Washington community colleges: 3


    1 All courses completed prior to the application deadline.
    2 All completed prior to the start of the quarter.

Career outcomes

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