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Area of Impact: Infrastructure, Transportation and Society

Interested in developing new approaches to the needs of communities around the globe, including transportation, food, water and power? Want to help define the next generation of "Smart City" or address complex challenges such as climate change or disaster response? Or design innovative structures and systems that enable safer, more sustainable cities for centuries ahead?

Explore your passions and the academic and career pathways available to you.

Plan your courses   Related majors  Get involved   Study abroad   Join a capstone   Do research  

Choose meaningful general education courses

You can fulfill your general education requirements while building the context and creativity you'll need to engineer solutions to meaningful problems. Keep in mind that in your first year, you may want to start out in 100 or 200 level classes and build towards upper-division coursework throughout your time at the UW.

For example:

General education requirements

As a UW student, you are required to take general education courses. As an engineering student, this typically consists of:

  • 10 credits of Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • 10 credits of Individuals & Societies (I&S)
  • 4 credits of VLPA or I&S
  • 3 credits of Diversity (DIV)

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Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics Historically more constrained

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Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Human Centered Design & Engineering

Human Centered Design & Engineering Historically more constrained

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Historically more constrained

Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science & Engineering

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Get involved!

Join student organizations working in your area of interest. You’ll make friends who have similar interests while building skills working on your passions!

Study abroad opportunities

Here are some examples of study abroad programs that could deepen your understanding of the way engineering can impact the lives of people around the world.

Many study abroad programs include engineering classes, participation in research or internships. See UW Engineering's Study Abroad page to learn more and start the planning process.

Capstone design projects in infrastructure, transportation and society

In your final year, you will participate in a capstone design experience that serves as a culmination of your engineering study. Past capstone projects in infrastructure, transportation and society have included:

  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Communications students worked together with the Washington State Department of Transportation to design and prototype mass-transit mobile ticket enhancements that will help the general population avoid major traffic incidents.
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering students developed a tool to assist tug boat dispatchers in Puget Sound harbors resolve scheduling conflicts.

Learn more: See Industry Capstone Projects (2018-2019) and a list of department-based capstone projects.

Join a research team

Every UW Engineering department offers undergraduate research opportunities. To get started: