Admission to the IAS undergraduate degrees is selective. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the University of Washington core admission requirements and the following school requirements:
University Core Admission Requirements
Applicants to the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences must complete the University of Washington Bothell core subject requirements.
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Admission Requirements
Intermediate Algebra: 5 credits (core admission requirement)
- If completed in H.S.: 3 years - completion of Intermediate Algebra
- If made up in College: completion of Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0 or higher
Foreign Language: 10 credits (core admission requirement)
- If completed in H.S.: 2 years of the same language
- If made up in College: 10 college credits of a single language or through 102 with passing grade
English Composition: 5 credits
- 5 credits of English Composition (10 credits required effective Autumn Quarter 2013)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR): 5 credits
Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (Humanities): 15 credits if applying with 80 or more credits, 10 credits if applying with 45-79 credits
Individual and Societies (Social Sciences): 15 credits if applying with 80 or more credits, 10 credits if applying with 45-79 credits
Natural World (Natural Sciences): 15 credits if applying with 80 or more credits, 10 credits if applying with 45-79 credits
The following majors have additional prerequisite requirements:
Environmental Science (BS)
Environmental Studies (BA)
Interdisciplinary Studies: Law, Economics and Public Policy
Science, Technology and Society
In addition to specific admission requirements, the IAS Undergraduate Admission Committee looks for coursework relevant to the IAS curriculum (see the course catalogue), and a well-written and thoughtful goal statement that addresses:
- The reason(s) why the applicant wants to complete a four-year degree
- Why the applicant has chosen the IAS program.
- Long-term goals and aspirations
- Any special circumstances
To ensure consideration for admission, the application and all supplemental materials must be received by the Admissions Office by the Priority Application Date listed. Applications received and/or completed after the Priority Application Date will be considered for admission on a space available basis. Please visit the Degree Program for more information.
Grades are considered, with more weight given to grades in relevant coursework and grades in later coursework. Applicants who are deficient in Intermediate Algebra and/or Foreign Language will not be considered until the deficiency has been completed.
With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy the requirements of IAS majors must be completed in matriculated status.