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Applicants with Fewer Than 40 Credits

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To be considered for admission, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum level of preparation in the following subject areas:

Subject

If completed in high school

If completed in college

English 4 years 5 credits of English Composition is equivalent to 1 year of high school English
Mathematics 3 years including completion of Intermediate Algebra Completion of Intermediate Algebra with minimum GPA of 2.0.
Social Science 3 years 5 credits of course work is equivalent to 1 year of high school course work
World Language* 2 years of the same language 10 credits of same language or
completion of 102 level.
Science

2 years of lab science; one year must be algebra-based science

10 credits lab science; one year must be an algebra-based science course
Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts 0.5 years 2 credits

*Applicants required to prove English language proficiency are exempt from the World Languages requirement.

Students with less than 40 credits must submit an official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT test scores including the Writing section.

Please note: An academic associate degree does not automatically satisfy the core subject requirements.


How to Complete the Core Subject Requirements

 

English

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 Language (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).

NOTE: English courses taken in another country are considered equivalent to ESL unless taken in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

  • International Applicants: Four high school years of Composition and/or Literature courses in the student's native language will satisfy this 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

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 - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better, even though it does not transfer to the UW Bothell 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 This includes any higher-level math courses such as elementary functions, calculus, and beyond  (NOTE: Courses in statistics, logic, or computer science do NOT satisfy the mathematics requirement).

Social Science

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.


World Languages

If taken in high school:

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

  • The world language 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  United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • International applicants who entered the U.S. education system prior to the seventh grade must satisfy the world language 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 a world language 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 in college. Of course, you may prefer to begin with 101 to refresh your memory.

If using an exam:

Students who have not completed high school or college course work in a world language can demonstrate their proficiency using test scores.

  • Advanced Placement (AP): A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement world language exam will be awarded 5, 10, or 15 transfer college credits and satisfy the world language requirement.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Program Higher Level world language B exam will be awarded 5, 10, or 15 transfer college credits and satisfy the world language requirement.
  • UW Placement: Placement into the third quarter of a world language by a University of Washington Placement Exam satisfies the world language requirement. Contact the UW Seattle testing center for information about taking a world language placement exam. If the Testing Center does not offer a test for the language you are fluent in, you may be able to have your proficiency level evaluated by a UW faculty member in a one-on-one test. Contact the appropriate UW language department to inquire about this possibility. Please note that placement tests taken at other colleges will NOT satisfy the world language requirement.

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 science course.

If made up through college course work:

College level transferable science courses with a lab will count toward this requirement. At least one course must be completed in an algebra-based science course with a lab experience.  


Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts

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, and  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.

 

 

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