Computer Engineering

Autumn Application Deadline:  July 1

Required Prerequisites:

  • Calculus I (STMath 124<UWB>/ Math 124<UWS>)
  • Calculus II (STMath 125<UWB>/ Math 125<UWS>)
  • Calculus III (STMath 126<UWB>/ Math 126<UWS>)
  • Two Interemediate Level Programming Courses (CSS 161/CSSSKLS 161<UWB>/ CSE 142<UWS & CSS 162/CSSSKLS 162<UWB>/CSE 143<UWS>)
  • English Composition (BWrit 134<UWB>/ Engl 131<UWS>)
  • Physics: Mechanics (BPhys 121<UWB>/ Phys 121<UWS>)
  • Physics: Oscilatory Motion (BPhys 122<UWB>/ Phys 122<UWS>)

All prerequisites are required, no exceptions.

Suggested additional coursework:

General Chemistry (BChem 143<UWB>/ CHEM 142<UWS>)

Advanced Composition (BWrit 135<UWB>/ Engl 182<UWS>)

Differential Equations (STMath 307<UWB>/ Math 307<UWS>)

Matrix Algebra (STMath 308<UWB>/ Math 380<UWS>)

Multivariable Calculus (STMath 324<UWB>/ Math 324<UWS>)

*Please note that if you take a 3 credit Intro to Technical Writing (at a local community college) or HCDE 231 (at UWS) you may be required to take an additional 2 credits of Compostion/Writing to satisfy graduation requirements.

UW Bothell Premajor Students

If you are currently enrolled at the University of Washington Bothell as either a first-year student or sophomore, please view the information for UW Bothell Premajors. 

Undergraduate Application

Transfer Students

If you are currently enrolled or have previously been enrolled at a community college or university, and are not currently taking courses from UW Bothell, please view the information for Transfer Students.

*Major planning worksheet can be found here:,-ce,-csse,-imd-admissions-planning-worksheet-2014-2015.pdf.

Admission Advising

To contact an advisor in the Computing & Software Systems program directly, please call (425) 352-5279 or email

English Language Proficiency

In addition to the above requirements, all applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency.  For options to satisfy English language proficiency please see below (please keep in mind requirements may differ from those in General Admission):


Minimum scores required for the TOEFL and IELTS:

Exam Title Minimum Scores for University
Admissions Consideration
TOEFL: internet based 92
TOEFL: paper based 580
IELTS (Academic Module) 7.0

UW Bothell’s Institution Code for the TOEFL is 9964.

Test scores are only valid for 2 years.


Direct Transfer Agreement (D.T.A.) (must meet all four requirements):

  1. An approved academic associate degree from a Washington community college is defined as the sending institution's direct transfer agreement associate degree (DTA). Qualifying degrees (often titled as an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Arts and Sciences) are those that are recorded on an official community college transcript with a designation of "DTA." The degree must be conferred prior to enrolling at the UW.
  2. Have earned a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA AND 
  3. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of English Composition (UW Engl 131) AND 
  4. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of Writing from Research (UW Engl 182) or HCDE 231.



Completion of the University of Washington Bothell's Accelerated Intensive English Program (A-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet our English language proficiency requirement, but have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 65, IELTS of 5.5, or have successfully completed level 3 of UW Seattle's Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).

A-IEP Admission Requirements

Qualifying Test or Score AIEP Level 4 AIEP Level 5
TOEFL 65 76
IELTS 5.5 6
CIEP ( Successful completion with 80% or higher) * LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4

* CIEP students who repeat CIEP Level 3 or Level 4 cannot be admitted to A-IEP.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of AIEP.


The University of Washington Bothell has partnered with the University of Washington Seattle Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement(s) for admission, but are otherwise admissible.

A minimum grade of 80 percent is required in each course and students must obtain a recommendation from the Senior Director of the UW Seattle English Language Programs.  After successful completion of the UW Seattle Intensive English Program requirements, applicants do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to UW Bothell.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of CIEP.


Completion of a minimum of four years of high school English in the United States with grades of 3.0 or higher and a minimum SAT critical reading score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20.


International students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least 90 or more quarter credits earned at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or have received a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are not required to meet the English language proficiency requirement.

*Applicants who have completed their programming prerequisites from an institution outside of Washington State will need to provide a course syllabus or course description listing the content of each course. CSS Faculty will review the syllabus or course descriptions to determine if the course is equivalent to CSS 161 or CSS 162. (Course syllabi is preferred over course description). Applicants may contact the CSS office directly with information or questions about their programming prerequisites.

Questions about applying or community college course equivalencies?  Email

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