Thank you for your interest in our undergraduate program!  The process for applying to the B.S. in Bioengineering program depends on a student’s current class standing. If you are unclear about your class standing, contact us. Choose an option below to learn more about the placement or application process.

Placement and Admission pathways

Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on their application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission.

Students admitted to UW as direct to college as Engineering Undeclared

As an Engineering Undeclared (ENGRUD) student, you’ll engage in a robust educational experience with opportunities to explore the connections between engineering disciplines. ENGRUD students can learn more about the College of Engineering placement process here.

ENGRUD students request placement in an engineering major based on when they entered UW.

AUT19 Entering ENGRUD Students:  Learn more about preparing for placement and joining the SPR 2021 cohort here. Students must be major-ready and have completed their pre-requisites by SPR quarter.

AUT20 and Beyond ENGRUD Students:  Learn more about preparing for placement here. Students will be requesting placement in July 2021 and be major-ready for SPR 2022.

Prerequisite courses to be Major-Ready

Students are encouraged to follow the department’s recommended plan of study to be major-ready. The BioE core classes begin in the SPR quarter each year.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 (PHYS 122 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application; BIOL 200 may be taken concurrent to BioE core) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 or 5 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142 + BIOEN 217 or CSE 160 + BIOEN 217 4 or 5 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (recommended) 3 credits

Upper Division is for UW sophomores who were not admitted Direct to College, including pre-engineering students admitted 2017 or earlier. Upper-division applicants have completed at least four quarters of equivalent college-level coursework and are on track to begin the department curriculum in the spring quarter of their sophomore year. The application deadline is January 15th.

Departmental application

The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can prepare to apply by reading the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts

Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, applicable work experience and maturity of attitude, research experience, and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Prerequisite courses

Students must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application, including the following courses or equivalents. Students are encouraged to follow the department’s recommended plan of study to stay on track for admission, and to meet with an academic counselor to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 (PHYS 122 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application; BIOL 200 may be taken concurrent to BioE core) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 or 5 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142 + BIOEN 217 or CSE 160 + BIOEN 217 4 or 5 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (recommended) 3 credits

Application steps and deadlines

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete an application to the UW and to the Department of Bioengineering.

The Bioengineering departmental application is due January 15th. Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, applicable work experience and maturity of attitude, research experience, and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

UW Transfer Admission deadlines are available online. Students can apply for transfer to the UW prior to submitting their application to Bioengineering, or they can submit an application by December 15th for Spring admission.

We strongly encourage transfer students to contact us to plan a schedule that works best for them.

Departmental application

The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare.

Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, applicable work or research experience, an understanding of the field of bioengineering and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Prerequisite courses

Students must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application, including the following courses or equivalents. Students are encouraged to follow the department’s recommended plan of study to stay on track for admission, and to meet with an academic counselor to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 (PHYS 122 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application; BIOL 200 may be taken concurrent to BioE core) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 or 5 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142 + BIOEN 217 or CSE 160 + BIOEN 217 4 or 5 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits