Engineers are fascinated by questions of how and why things work. They use their training in mathematics, physics, and chemistry to understand the physical world and develop creative solutions to society's complex needs. Engineering is highly collaborative and demands strong communication skills.
High school students: Try to attend the High School Information Sessions. Autumn sessions cover engineering admissions, plus majors, research and employment in engineering. Spring sessions prepare prospective engineering students who have been accepted to the UW.
Learn More about UW Engineering
Engineering advisors, degrees and majors offered, planning your course schedule, and succeeding as an engineering student.
Admission requirements and statistics, engineering application, writing your personal statement.
How and when to apply for engineering scholarships.
Opportunities for undergraduates to participate in engineering research.
Internships and the Engineering Co-op, which links students to employers for paid positions and tremendous learning experiences.
Clubs, projects and groups to support and build community in our diverse student population.
Discover Engineering: Introductory Seminars
Several courses and seminars are available each year that allow students to find out more about engineering and about specific majors within the College of Engineering. Many of these options are one or two credits and are seminars which do not require homework or exams, so they can easily be taken in addition to a regular full-time course load.
|Course ID||Credits||Course/Seminar name||Quarter|
|CSE 190 A||1||Women in Computing Seminar||aut win spr|
|BIOEN 299||1||Intro to Bioengineering||aut spr|
|BSE 201||3||Intro to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts||aut|
|AA 496||1||Undergraduate Seminar||win|
|CEE 100||1||Twenty-first Century Civil and Environmental Engineering||win|
|MSE 298||1||Intro to Modern Materials||spr|
|MSE 273||2||Molecular Engineering of Interfaces and Surfaces||win|
|BSE 150||1||Bioresource Science & Engineering Seminar||aut|
|GENST 197F||1||Freshman Seminar||aut win spr|
What Do Engineers Do?
"Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was."
—Theodore Von Karman, Aerospace Engineer
Engineering starts with a problem, an actual need. A design direction is identified and ideas for solutions generated. A design is selected, then implemented by the team: build a working prototype, test it, gather feedback, and refine the design. Then the “final” product. But of course, any engineer knows there is always room for improvement.