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Degree Options

Some of the engineering degree programs offer concentrations, a focus, or an option for students to further deepen their studies. Explore all of the detailed engineering major possibilities below by using the listing or interactive table.

OPTN Option: If completed, appear on your official UW transcript. These are generally competitive and require an additional application after you are in the major.

FOC Focus area: Do not appear on your official UW transcript. Serve as guidance for students who wish to deepen their knowledge in a specific subject.

CONC Concentration areas: Do not appear on your official UW transcript; represent a focused area of coursework.

A&A does not have formal concentrations or transcripted options. Although students have the opportunity to take a few courses in focus areas, we encourage students to have a broad knowledge of the different components of flight vehicles (e.g., controls, fluids, structures) and how those things work together in a systems approach.

Focus Areas
  • Controls
  • Fluids
  • Plasma Science
  • Structures
Research areas at A&A

Most BioE students choose Bioengineering and Engineering electives in their topics of interest such as biomaterials, data analysis, global health, imaging and neural engineering. Some students prefer to specialize further by pursuing one of the two transcripted options (Data Science and Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering). These students are required to choose specific Bioengineering and Engineering electives for each option.

Options (Transcripted)
  • Data Science
  • Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering

ChemE has an array of options and focus areas meant to help students deepen their knowledge in strategic areas. However, the ChemE curriculum expands past these areas. We encourage you to explore further by using our career outcome pages to learn about where ChemE can take you after graduation.

Options (Transcripted)
  • Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
Focus Areas
  • Bio & Biomedical Materials, Interfaces and Systems
  • Data Science
  • Computation statistics & modeling
  • Energy systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental engineering
  • Polymers, composites, colloids & interfaces

The Civil Engineering major does not have formal concentrations or transcripted options. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree covers six areas of research: Construction, Environmental, Hydrology, Geotechnical, Structural, and Transportation.

The 300-level CEE Core Curriculum provides a foundation in all areas. Technical Electives and Engineering & Science Electives, usually taken in the senior year, allow students to develop breadth in their preferred area(s) of interest. Seniors also complete a capstone design course in an area of their choice.

Research areas at CEE

The Environmental Engineering major does not have formal concentrations or transcripted options. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSENVE) degree encompasses extensive coursework, labs, and project experiences centering on microbiology, chemistry, and sustainability. The degree includes a focus on water and air quality, water/wastewater treatment, hydrology, and hydrodynamics. BSENVE students gain a deep understanding of the interactions among natural and human systems to develop innovative solutions to address environmental challenges.

Research Areas in Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Hydrology & Hydrodynamics (Water Engineering)

Options (Transcripted)
  • Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
Concentrations
  • Controls
  • Embedded Computing Systems
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Digital VLSI
  • Integrated Systems
  • Communications
  • Advanced Electronic & Photonic Devices
  • Sustainable Power Systems
  • Neural Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Drives
Options (Transcripted)
  • Data Science
  • Human Computer Interaction
Options (Transcripted)
  • Data Science
Concentrations
  • Human Factors
  • Applied Statistics & Production Systems
  • Operations Research
Options (Transcripted)
  • Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Mechatronics
Concentrations
  • Engineering Innovations in Health
Options (Transcripted)
  • Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
Concentrations
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy/Environmental Materials
  • Materials in Medicine and Biomimetics
  • Structural Materials
  • Materials Computation and Data Science

You can also learn more about each Concentration Area on the MSE website.

 

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Area of impact AA BioE BSE ChemE CivE EE EnvE HCDE IE MSE ME
Air & Space Controls FOC
Fluids
FOC
Plasma Science FOC
Structures FOC
    Polymers, Composites, Colloids, & Interfaces
FOC
  Controls CONC       Materials and Manufacturing
CONC
See listing above for information
Computing, data and digital technologies Controls FOC Data Science
OPTN
  Data Science FOC
Computation, Statistics & Modeling
FOC
  Embedded Computing Systems
CONC
Digital Signal & Image Processing
CONC
Digital VLSI
CONC
Integrated Systems
CONC
Communications
CONC
Advanced Electronic & Photonic Devices
CONC
  Data Science OPTN
Human Computer Interaction OPTN
Data Science
OPTN
Materials computation & Data Science
CONC
Electronic, Optical & Magnetic Materials
CONC
See listing above for information
Environment, sustainability, and energy Fluids FOC
Plasma Science
FOC
    Energy Systems
FOC
Environmental Engineering
FOC
See listing above for information Sustainable Power Systems
CONC
Power Electronics & Drives
CONC
See listing above for information     Energy/ Environmental Materials
CONC
Electronic/ Optical Materials
CONC
 
Health and medicine Structures FOC Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering OPTN   Bio & Biomedical Materials, Interfaces and Systems
FOC
Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
OPTN
  Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
OPTN
Neural Engineering
CONC
      Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
OPTN
Materials in Medicine and Biomimetics
CONC
Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering
OPTN
Biomechanics
OPTN
Infrastructure, transportation, and society Structures
FOC
      See listing above for information Sustainable Power Systems
CONC
Power Electronics and Drives
CONC
See listing above for information   Human factors
CONC
Structural Materials
CONC
See listing above for information
Robotics and manufacturing Controls
FOC
    Polymers, Composites, Colloids, & Interfaces
FOC
  Controls
CONC
    Applied Statistics & Production Systems
CONC
Materials and Manufacturing
CONC
Mechatronics
OPTN
Other       Entrepreneurship
FOC
NME
OPTN
        Operations research
CONC
  Engineering Innovations in Health
CONC