First-Year

College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

All applicants must complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas. This requirement ensures that students entering the University have an appreciation for the liberal arts and are adequately prepared to succeed in college.

Subject Requirements 

Almost all applicants will have satisfied these requirements through high school course work, which is generally defined as that completed in grades 9-12. However, there are several ways to satisfy CADR requirements at the college level. In general, five quarter credits (or three semester credits) at the college level equals one year of high-school study. If you completed a portion of the CADR requirements in high school, you can pick up in college where you left off in high school. For example, if you completed three years of English in high school, you can use one college English composition or literature course to bring your total to four years.

English: 4 Years

If taken in high school:

Four years of study are required, at least three of which must be in college-preparatory composition or literature.

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by courses in drama as literature, public speaking, debate, journalistic writing, business English, or English as a Second Languages (ESL).
  • Courses that are generally not acceptable include those identified as remedial or applied (e.g., acting, basic English skills, developmental reading, library, newspaper staff, remedial English, review English, vocabulary, yearbook/annual).
  • Applicants whose first languages is not English or who attended primary and secondary school in a non-English speaking country must meet the English proficiency requirement.

If made up through college course work:

College course work must be at the 100 level or higher. For the composition/literature component, generally any course with an English or Writing prefix is acceptable.

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by a college course in speech, drama as literature, journalistic writing, business English, ESL, or engineering/technical writing.
  • Courses such as developmental or speed reading, vocabulary, or remedial English are not acceptable.

Mathematics: 3 Years

If taken in high school:

Three years of study are required, at least at the level of algebra, geometry, and second-year algebra.

  • An algebra course completed in the last year of junior high school may partially satisfy the requirement if the second-year algebra is completed in secondary school.
  • Arithmetic, pre-algebra, business math, and statistics will not count toward the requirement.

If made up through college course work:

If your high school preparation in mathematics was insufficient, you must complete one of the courses listed below:

  • A course in intermediate algebra - At UW Extension, as well as at many community colleges in Washington, MATH 098 is the necessary course. The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better, even though it does not transfer to the UWB as college credit and the grade earned in the course is not used in computing the transfer GPA.
  • MATH 104 (Trigonometry) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • MATH 107 (Mathematics: A Practical Art) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • Mathematics courses with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (except philosophy and statistics courses) - This includes any higher-level math courses such as elementary functions, calculus, and beyond.NOTE: Courses in philosophy (e.g., logic), statistics, or computer science do NOT satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Social Studies: 3 Years

If taken in high school:

Three years of study are required in history or in any of the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, contemporary world problems, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, sociology).

  • Credit for religion courses, consumer economics, student government, or community service will not count towards the requirement.

If made up through college course work:

Courses in the social sciences-e.g., anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology-will count toward the requirement.

Science: 2 Years of Lab Science

If taken in high school:

A minimum of two years of lab science is required. One of the two years must be in an algebra-based chemistry or physics course. The other year may be in any other lab science, such as biology.

If made up through college course work:

College science courses with a lab will count toward the laboratory science requirement and a minimum of one college level lab course in an algebra-based chemistry, or physics is required.

World Languages: 2 Years

If taken in high school:

Two  years of study are required. The two years must be completed in the same language.

  • The world languages requirement will be considered satisfied for applicants who complete their education through the seventh grade in school(s) a) where English was not the language of instruction and b) in countries other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S.
  • International applicants who entered the U.S. education system prior to the 8th grade must satisfy the world languages requirement.
     
  • Any natural language that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement, including American Sign Language (AMESLAN, the language of the deaf community), and languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. However, neither computer 'languages' nor forms of deaf signing aside from AMESLAN are acceptable.
     
  • A world language course taken in the eighth grade may satisfy one year of the requirement if the second-year course is completed in high school

If made up through college course work:

For purposes of admission, each quarter of language in college is considered equivalent to one year in high school. Applicants who have never studied a world language will need to complete ten quarter credits of a single world language. However, an applicant who studied French for one year in high school needs to complete only the second five (5) quarter credits (e.g., FREN 102) or the second three (3) semester credits of a first-year language sequence.  

Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative Course: 1 Year

If taken in high school:

One year of math-based quantitative coursework is required in the senior year. Any of the following courses will meet this requirement if taken during 12th grade:

  • The third-year level of math, such as intermediate algebra (Algebra II)
  • The fourth-year level of math, such as pre-calculus, math analysis, or calculus
  • A math-based quantitative course (statistics)
  • An Algebra-based science course (chemistry or physics)*

* Algebra based lab science may count towards both the lab science requirement and the quantitative requirement.

If made up through college course work:

College courses in math (e.g., pre-calculus) or science (chemistry, physics) will meet this requirement.

Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts: 1/2 Year

If taken in high school:

One-half (0.5) year or one trimester of study is required in the fine, visual, or performing arts, to be chosen from art appreciation, band, ceramics, choir, dance, dramatics performance and production, drawing, fiber arts, graphic arts, metal design, music appreciation, music theory, orchestra, painting, photography, print making, or sculpture. Courses generally not acceptable include architecture, color guard, creative writing, drafting, drill team, fashion design, world languages, interior design, sewing, speech, web design or graphics, woodworking, & yearbook

If made up through college course work:

Two quarter credits (or 2 semester credits) chosen from any of the following subjects will satisfy the requirement:

  • art, art history, cinema/filmmaking, dance, music, or photography;
  • any course in drama except drama as literature courses.

Courses in architecture are generally not acceptable, except for those in architectural history.

Electives in CADR Subjects 1/2 Year

If taken in high school:

One-half (0.5) year of study is required. Academic electives are courses in any of the six subject areas (defined above) beyond the minimum number of years specified above.

If made up through college course work:

Three quarter credits (2 semester credits) chosen from the six subject areas described above count toward this requirement.

In general, five quarter credits (or three semester credits) in a college-level course equal one year of high school study. If you completed a portion of the CADR requirements via high school course work, you can complete the balance of the requirement via college course work. A college course may be used to satisfy both an admission CADR requirement and a UWB graduation requirement.

Grading Restrictions

In general, you must attain at minimum a passing grade (including 'D') to satisfy a CADR subject requirement. Also acceptable is a grade of 'Pass' in a course taken on a 'Pass/Not Pass' basis. However, if you are completing CADR subjects through college course work you are strongly encouraged to choose a letter or numerical grade, because you may later want to apply CADR courses towards requirements for your major or University or college graduation requirements, for which grading restrictions pertain.

Applicants using a college course to satisfy the mathematics requirement, must complete one of the courses listed below:

  • A course in intermediate algebra - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better, even though it does not transfer to the UW as college credit and the grade earned in the course is not used in computing the Transfer GPA.
  • MATH 104 (Trigonometry) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • MATH 107
    (Mathematics: A Practical Art) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • Mathematics courses with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (except statistics courses) - This includes any higher-level math courses such as elementary functions, calculus, and beyond.

 

 

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