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UW Academics

University of Washington requires a minimum of 180 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

UW does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, UW has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 84% of students who started college at UW graduate within six years.

UW offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at UW?

UW has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students need to fulfull a language requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at UW

When choosing a major, UW students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at UW below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. UW does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does UW Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

UW offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does UW Offer Online Classes?

UW has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does UW Give Credit for AP Classes?

UW offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does UW Have An Honors Program?

UW offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does UW Require Internships?

UW does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

UW has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UW include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at UW

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

UW does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

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UW Majors & Subject Areas

Food Science
Plant Sciences, General
Soil Sciences, Other
Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Urban Forestry
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
Forest Resources Production and Management
Forestry, Other
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
Real Estate Development
Architecture and Related Services, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Russian Studies
Scandinavian Studies
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Canadian Studies
Chinese Studies
French Studies
German Studies
Italian Studies
Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Spanish and Iberian Studies
Area Studies, Other
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
Women's Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Political Communication
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Artificial Intelligence
Information Technology
Information Science/Studies
Computer Science
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Education, General
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Learning Sciences
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
Latin Teacher Education
Psychology Teacher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Engineering, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Transportation and Highway Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Forest Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Operations Research
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Engineering, Other
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
German Language and Literature
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Danish Language and Literature
Norwegian Language and Literature
Swedish Language and Literature
South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Uralic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Apparel and Textiles, General
Apparel and Textile Manufacture
Legal Studies, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Comparative Law
Health Law
International Law and Legal Studies
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law
Tax Law/Taxation
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Library and Information Science
Library Science, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Structural Biology
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Microbiology, General
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Zoology/Animal Biology
Animal Physiology
Genetics, General
Human/Medical Genetics
Genetics, Other
Physiology, General
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
Environmental Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other
Applied Mathematics, General
Computational Mathematics
Applied Mathematics, Other
Statistics, General
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Museology/Museum Studies
Behavioral Sciences
Natural Sciences
Nutrition Sciences
Human Computer Interaction
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Islamic Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Atmospheric Chemistry and Climatology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Psychology, General
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Clinical Psychology
School Psychology
Educational Psychology
Clinical Child Psychology
Psychology, Other
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Human Services, General
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Social Work
Youth Services/Administration
Social Work, Other
Social Sciences, General
Physical and Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Economics, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Urban Studies/Affairs
Dance, General
Design and Visual Communications, General
Industrial and Product Design
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Directing and Theatrical Production
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music, General
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keyboard Instruments
Voice and Opera
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Stringed Instruments
Percussion Instruments
Music, Other
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
Advanced General Dentistry
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Physician Assistant
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Medical Scientist
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Clinical and Industrial Drug Development
Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmaceutical Economics
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
Public Health, General
Environmental Health
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
International Public Health/International Health
Health Services Administration
Public Health, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Rehabilitation Science
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine
Medical Informatics
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Nursing Administration
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Science
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Practice
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Transportation/Mobility Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Construction Management
History, General
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, Other

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