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Notable Restrictions on Transfer Credits

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A maximum of 90 credits from lower division course work may be applied toward the credits required for the bachelor's degree. All lower division credits transferred from other institutions may be used toward graduation requirements, but a student must still complete at least 90 credits of course work at UW Bothell or at another baccalaureate-granting institution (see also Senior Residency Requirement). Students can petition their program to transfer additional credits beyond 90 lower division credits to apply toward their major. No more than 135 transfer credits (lower or upper division) may be accepted to count toward a bachelor's degree. Courses equivalent to 300-level or higher at UW Bothell do not count toward the 90 lower division credit limit. 

College in the High School

Additional credit restrictions may apply when students enrolled in high school have been awarded college-level credit by a college or university other than the UW, and the course work was completed on the high school campus rather than the college campus. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Distance Learning

Up to 90 credits earned in correspondence courses, offered by the Distance Learning division of UW Educational Outreach, may be applied toward a UW degree. However, such credits may not be applied toward the 45 credits required for the Senior Residency Requirement.

Extension Credit from Other Schools

Extension credit, including correspondence courses, earned at other schools may not exceed 45 credits. Military credit is included in this 45-credit limit.

Guidance / Personal Development

A maximum of 3 credits is awarded for courses in this area as part of the 15 credits allowed for vocational/technical courses (see below).

Military Credit

Credits earned in Armed Forces Training Schools (AFTS) and through USAFI and DANTES may not exceed 30 credits and are included in the 45-credit limit for extension credit. Official transcripts, DD-214, or DD-295 forms must be submitted, and credit will not be awarded until after the student has enrolled at the University. Scores received in such course work are not included in the transfer GPA. No credit is awarded for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) programs.

Native Language

First-year (elementary) or second-year (intermediate) world language credit is not granted either by examination or by course completion in a student's native language. "Native language" is defined as the language spoken in the student's home during the first six years of his or her life and in which he or she received instruction through the seventh grade.

Out-of-Sequence Courses

Credit is not awarded for prerequisite courses in mathematics or world languages completed after a more advanced course has been completed. For example, students will not be awarded credit for Spanish 102 if taken after Spanish 103.

Parallel / Overlapping Content

If a department considers two of its courses to have overlapping content, credit will be awarded for only one. For example, credit is granted for either CHEM 120 or CHEM 142, not both. Other departments in which such overlapping courses occur include Astronomy, Computer Science, Economics, Genetics, Geological Sciences, Linguistics, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics.

Physical Education

No more than three quarter credits will be allowed for physical-education activity courses.

Repeated Courses

The Transfer GPA is calculated using the repeat policy of the home institution.  In the case that a student takes a course at one college, and then repeats it at another college, and then transfers to the UW, the most recent grade will be included in the transfer GPA calculation.

ROTC Credit

Credits earned in first- and second-year military training courses may not be counted in the basic 180 credits that are required for graduation. Some third- and fourth-year courses may count, depending on the institution the student attended previously.

Senior Residency Requirement

The University generally requires that at least the last 45 of final 60 credits of a baccalaureate degree be completed in residence at the UWB.

Vocational / Technical Credit 

A maximum of 15 quarter credits will be awarded in transfer for college-level vocational-technical courses. Courses in this category are those that ordinarily provide specialized training for an occupation (e.g., allied health, bookkeeping, electronics, or physical therapy assistant). When allowed, these credits will apply only toward the elective credit component of a baccalaureate degree at the UWB. Such courses are not included in the transfer GPA.

World Language Courses

Students who have completed two or more years of a high-school world language receive no college credit for an entry-level course (e.g., FRENCH 101) in the same language when that course is completed after matriculation at the University. Transfer students who complete such a course before matriculation at the UW are eligible to receive transfer credit.



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