Creating Your Educational Plan

First and second year coursework Prerequisites and sample plans Introductory seminars

We encourage you to engage in thoughtful planning that will help you make the most of your educational experience. Take introductory seminars to explore the degree options available within the College of Engineering. Then, use the advising resources to create an educational plan that will help you apply for entry to your degree of choice and successfully complete the degree within four years.

First and second year coursework

During the first two years, students take required courses in:

  • math, chemistry, physics and engineering fundamentals
  • English composition
  • general education courses in the Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • general education courses in Individuals & Society (I&S)

Required Courses by Department compares the prerequisites for each engineering department.

Departmental prerequisites and sample plans

The term "prerequisite" is used in two different ways when discussing course planning:

  • Admission prerequisites are the courses you must complete to apply to a particular department.
  • Course prerequisites are the courses you must complete to register for a more advanced course. Pay close attention to course prerequisites so you plan your courses in the correct order.

Listed below are four-year sample plans and overall graduation requirements for each engineering department and also links to the UW course catalog for each department. Your actual course schedule will vary, based on your academic background and course availability.

Please check with the specific engineering department adviser or at the Engineering Advising Center (Loew 301) for most recent materials. Contact information is located at the end of each sample plan.

Discover engineering: introductory seminars

These courses and seminars 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
GENST 197F 1 Freshman Seminar (various topics) aut win spr
ENGR 101 1 Engineering Exploration — which engineering major is right for you? aut spr
AA 395 1 Aeronautics & Astronautics Undergraduate Seminar aut
BIOEN 299 1 Intro to Bioengineering aut spr
BSE 150 1 Bioresource Science & Engineering Seminar aut
CEE 100 1 Twenty-first Century Civil and Environmental Engineering win
HCDE 210 3 Explorations in Human Centered Design aut win spr
MSE 298 1 Intro to Modern Materials aut spr