Students

Creating Your Educational Plan

To be placed or admitted into an engineering major, you need to know which courses to take. The resources below help you plan your coursework and make the most of your UW and College of Engineering experience.

Compare required coursework by major

Each engineering department requires certain courses in math, science, communication, and engineering fundamentals. Depending on your student status, requirements vary:

Your student status Required coursework
ENGRUD student Placement Requirements by Major for ENGRUD Students
Prospective transfer student
-or-
Current UW student, not Engineering Undeclared
Prerequisites by Major for Transfer and Non-DTC Students

Sample placement paths for ENGRUD students

These sample schedules show how you might prepare to request placement in multiple majors. For list of courses and schedules for a specific major, see Major requirements and sample 4-year plans below.

  • Placement 1 (P1) - July 1 deadline for placement requests
  • Placement 2 (P2) - January 15 deadline for placement requests
  • Placement 3 (P3) - July 1 deadline for placement requests (Sample 7 only)
Starting with Math 120?
See Sample 6 and Sample 7.
Have Running Start or AP credits in math and science?
See Sample 8 and Sample 9.

Learn more about placement requirements and timing in Placement into a Major.

  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 124
CHEM 142
English Comp
MATH 125
CHEM 152
VLPA/I&S
MATH 126
PHYS 121
VLPA/I&S
Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr  
Second-year MATH 307 or 308
PHYS 122
Engineering Fundamental
For ChemE placement:
CHEM 162
 
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 124
CHEM 142
VLPA/I&S
MATH 125
PHYS 121
English Comp
MATH 126
PHYS 122
VLPA/I&S
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr  
Second-year MATH 307 or 308
PHYS 123
CHEM 152
For ChemE placement:
CHEM 162
 
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 124
CHEM 142
English Comp
MATH 125
CHEM 152
VLPA/I&S
MATH 126
CHEM 162
PHYS 121
  Autumn Qtr    
Second-year MATH 307 or 308
PHYS 122
CHEM 237 or BIOL 180 or Engr fundamental
   
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 124
CHEM 142
VLPA/I&S
MATH 125
CHEM 152
VLPA/I&S
MATH 126
CHEM 162
English Comp
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr  
Second-year MATH 307 or 308
PHYS 121
CHEM 237 or BIOL 180 or Engr fundamental
For ChemE placement:
PHYS 122
CHEM 237 rec if not taken in autumn quarter
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 124
CSE 142
English Comp
MATH 125
CSE 143
VLPA/I&S
MATH 126
PHYS 121
STAT
  Autumn Qtr    
Second-year MATH 307 or 308
PHYS 122
CHEM 142
   

  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 120
CHEM 142
VLPA/I&S
MATH 124
CHEM 152
English Comp
MATH 125
PHYS 121
VLPA/I&S
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr  
Second-year MATH 126
PHYS 122
Engr fundamental
For ChemE placement:
CHEM 162
 

  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 120
CHEM 110
VLPA/I&S
MATH 124
CHEM 142
VLPA/I&S
MATH 125
CHEM 152
English Comp
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
Second-year MATH 126
CHEM 162
Engr fundamental or VLPA/I&S
MATH 307
PHYS 121
Engr fundamental
MATH 308 or STAT
PHYS 122
Engr fundamental

  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 125
CHEM 162
English Comp
CSE 142
MATH 126
VLPA/I&S
STAT
CSE 143
PHYS 121
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
Second-year MATH 307 or MATH 308
PHYS 122
   

  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
First-year MATH 125
CHEM 162
VLPA/I&S
MATH 126
PHYS 121
English Comp
MATH 307
PHYS 122
CSE 142
  Autumn Qtr Winter Qtr Spring Qtr
Second-year CSE 143
STAT
   

Engineering fundamental courses include:

AA 210
AA 260
AMATH 301
CEE 220
CSE 142
CSE 143
ENGR 231
ME 123
ME 230
MSE 170
STAT course (HCDE only)

Major requirements and sample 4-year plans

Below are four-year sample plans and overall graduation requirements for each engineering major and 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.