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The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Future Students

What is bioengineering/biomedical engineering and what career opportunities might I have as a bioengineer?

Those interested in Bioengineering may want to check out the future demand at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES – we also have a student chapter) or check out the employment and wages at the U. S. Department of Labor. Bioengineering is still a relatively new program and we are currently working on establishing company contacts. Over half of our undergraduates have continued on to several graduate and medical schools throughout the U.S.

What career opportunities might I have in chemical engineering?

Those interested in Chemical Engineering can check out the employment and wagesat the U. S. Department of Labor. Numerous Chemical Engineering companies currently contact us in regards to students which leads to students getting hired after graduating.

Where is the Academic Success and Career Center (formerly CACD)?

The Academic Success and Career Center is located in Lighty Rm 180. You can also contact them via phone at 509-335–6000.

What is the Academic Success and Career Center?

Academic Services has joined up with Career Services to provide better services to students. For more information, go to their website at the Academic Success and Career Center.

Where is the Registrar’s Office?

The Registrar’s Office is located in French Ad Rm 346. You can also contact them via phone at 509-335–5346.

Where is the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Office (ChEBE)?

Our office is located in Wegner Hall Rm 105. You can also contact us via phone at 509-335–4332.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are available through the College of Engineering and Architecture. Scholarship awards are based on your GPA.

Will my credits transfer?

If you are a transfer student, your transfer work will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and applied to your Degree Audit Report (DARs). The Admissions Office evaluates only General Education Requirements (GERs). Your department will evaluate any courses that may fulfill departmental requirements. Also, you may be able to review your Transfer Course Equivalencies by visiting the Transfer Center website. In addition, please visit the Voiland College’s Transfer Information page.

Undergraduate Students

Who is my advisor?

Most students receive information and advisor assignment during the summer either through Summer Alive! or via regular mail. If you have forgotten who you advisor is, you can contact the Academic Success and Career Center.

Can I change my advisor?

Yes. You can request a new advisor by contacting the Academic Success and Career Center.

What student clubs can I join?

You can check out a listing of all the student clubs available within the College of Engineering and Architecture.

Can I change my major?

Yes. You can change your major interest at any time before you are certified by contacting the Academic Success and Career Center. They will reassign you to an advisor in your new area of interest.

Can I certify a second major or minor?

Yes. You will need to fill out a “Petition for Certifying a Second Major or Minor” card available from the Registrar’s Office or you can print it out from the RONet Website and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.

Can I change my major even though I have certified?

Yes. You will need to fill out a “Change of Major Form” available from the Registrar’s Office or you can print it out from the RONet Website and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I apply for graduation?

You will need to fill out a “Undergraduate and Professional Degree Application” available from the Registrar’s Office or from your department. Follow ALL of the instructions on the back of the application card and return the completed card to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduate Students

How do I apply for Graduate School?

You can apply online or request application materials via the Graduate School website. Choose either an online application OR a paper application. Not both.

What TOEFL score do you accept?

TOEFL scores must be at least 550 paper–based, 213 computer–based, or 80 internet–based. TOEFL scores must be sent via ETS to be considered OFFICIAL. We also accept IELTS scores, but you must receive a 7.0 or higher. Scores must be sent directly from IELTS to be official.

Do I need to send my GRE scores?

No, the GRE scores are not required.

What is the ETS code for Washington State University?

The ETS code for Washington State University is 4705.

How many students do you admit?

The number of students admitted depends on the availability of funds.

What is the application deadline?

All students are required to submit their application by January 10 for the fall semester.

Where do I send my application documents?

You need to send your documents ONLY to the Graduate School.

Graduate School Contact Information

Washington State University
Graduate School
PO Box 641030
324 French Ad Grimes Way
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
gradschool@wsu.edu

List of Required Documents:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Official TOEFL Scores or IELTS Scores (for International Students only)
  • GRE Scores (Recommended but not required)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Financial Information in the amount of $37,375 US dollars (See most current amount from the WSU Graduate SchoolFor International Students only, and only if funding is not offered at the time of admission)

When will I know if I have been admitted or denied?

There is no deadline for notification. The VSCEB Graduate Studies Committee will only review your application once it is complete. Applicants will usually know a decision by April. Once a decision has been made by the Graduate Committee, we will inform you and the Graduate School of our recommendation. The Graduate School will then send you a letter with the final decision.

Why wasn’t I told that my application was incomplete?

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their application file is complete with the Graduate School. The Graduate School is not responsible for items lost in the mail or otherwise not received. Please make sure that you fulfill all of the requirements.

Can I apply to more than one degree program?

There is no limit on how many degree programs you can apply to. However, be aware if a student is applying to more than three degree programs, our department will question whether the student is really interested in our programs.

Future Students

What is bioengineering/biomedical engineering and what career opportunities might I have as a bioengineer?

Those interested in Bioengineering may want to check out the future demand at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES – we also have a student chapter) or check out the employment and wages at the U. S. Department of Labor. Bioengineering is still a relatively new program and we are currently working on establishing company contacts. Over half of our undergraduates have continued on to several graduate and medical schools throughout the U.S.

What career opportunities might I have in chemical engineering?

Those interested in Chemical Engineering can check out the employment and wagesat the U. S. Department of Labor. Numerous Chemical Engineering companies currently contact us in regards to students which leads to students getting hired after graduating.
Where is the Academic Success and Career Center (formerly CACD)?

The Academic Success and Career Center is located in Lighty Rm 180. You can also contact them via phone at 509-335–6000.

What is the Academic Success and Career Center?

Academic Services has joined up with Career Services to provide better services to students. For more information, go to their website at the Academic Success and Career Center.

Where is the Registrar’s Office?

The Registrar’s Office is located in French Ad Rm 346. You can also contact them via phone at 509-335–5346.

Where is the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Office (ChEBE)?

Our office is located in Wegner Hall Rm 105. You can also contact us via phone at 509-335–4332.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are available through the College of Engineering and Architecture. Scholarship awards are based on your GPA.

Will my credits transfer?

If you are a transfer student, your transfer work will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and applied to your Degree Audit Report (DARs). The Admissions Office evaluates only General Education Requirements (GERs). Your department will evaluate any courses that may fulfill departmental requirements. Also, you may be able to review your Transfer Course Equivalencies by visiting the Transfer Center website. In addition, please visit the Voiland College’s Transfer Information page.

Undergraduate Students

Who is my advisor?

Most students receive information and advisor assignment during the summer either through Summer Alive! or via regular mail. If you have forgotten who you advisor is, you can contact the Academic Success and Career Center.

Can I change my advisor?

Yes. You can request a new advisor by contacting the Academic Success and Career Center.

What student clubs can I join?

You can check out a listing of all the student clubs available within the College of Engineering and Architecture.

Can I change my major?

Yes. You can change your major interest at any time before you are certified by contacting the Academic Success and Career Center. They will reassign you to an advisor in your new area of interest.

Can I certify a second major or minor?

Yes. You will need to fill out a “Petition for Certifying a Second Major or Minor” card available from the Registrar’s Office or you can print it out from the RONet Website and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.

Can I change my major even though I have certified?

Yes. You will need to fill out a “Change of Major Form” available from the Registrar’s Office or you can print it out from the RONet Website and return the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I apply for graduation?

You will need to fill out a “Undergraduate and Professional Degree Application” available from the Registrar’s Office or from your department. Follow ALL of the instructions on the back of the application card and return the completed card to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduate Students

How do I apply for Graduate School?

You can apply online or request application materials via the Graduate School website. Choose either an online application OR a paper application. Not both.

What TOEFL score do you accept?

TOEFL scores must be at least 550 paper–based, 213 computer–based, or 80 internet–based. TOEFL scores must be sent via ETS to be considered OFFICIAL. We also accept IELTS scores, but you must receive a 7.0 or higher. Scores must be sent directly from IELTS to be official.

Do I need to send my GRE scores?

No, the GRE scores are not required.

What is the ETS code for Washington State University?

The ETS code for Washington State University is 4705.

How many students do you admit?

The number of students admitted depends on the availability of funds.

What is the application deadline?

All students are required to submit their application by January 10 for the fall semester.

Where do I send my application documents?

You need to send your documents ONLY to the Graduate School.

Graduate School Contact Information

Washington State University
Graduate School
PO Box 641030
324 French Ad Grimes Way
Pullman, WA 99164-1030
gradschool@wsu.edu

List of Required Documents:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Official TOEFL Scores or IELTS Scores (for International Students only)
  • GRE Scores (Recommended but not required)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Financial Information in the amount of $37,375 US dollars (See most current amount from the WSU Graduate SchoolFor International Students only, and only if funding is not offered at the time of admission)

When will I know if I have been admitted or denied?

There is no deadline for notification. The VSCEB Graduate Studies Committee will only review your application once it is complete. Applicants will usually know a decision by April. Once a decision has been made by the Graduate Committee, we will inform you and the Graduate School of our recommendation. The Graduate School will then send you a letter with the final decision.

Why wasn’t I told that my application was incomplete?

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their application file is complete with the Graduate School. The Graduate School is not responsible for items lost in the mail or otherwise not received. Please make sure that you fulfill all of the requirements.

Can I apply to more than one degree program?

There is no limit on how many degree programs you can apply to. However, be aware if a student is applying to more than three degree programs, our department will question whether the student is really interested in our programs.