First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP)

Discovery Core Overview



Discovery Core  enables first-year students to begin fulfilling their UW General Education requirements. Discovery Core engages new students in a process of experiencing the richness of integrated learning across a variety of academic disciplines, orients them to UW Bothell's culture, integrates and improves their academic skills, and supports their sense of belonging to peers and to the university.

FYPP Learning Goals

Inclusive Practices - Focuses on how best to deepen the richness of human experience- with its differences of race, gender, ability, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, and class.

Critical and Creative Inquiry - Joins reason and imagination to make, investigate, critique, and pursue meaning in the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sciences.

Ethics and Social Responsibility - Explores our connections with each other across cultures, languages, natural resources, and values.

Quantitative and Qualitative Literacies - Are complementary ways to understand problems, issues, and questions.

Communication - Is the process of written, oral, performative, and multimedia interaction that enables us to share ideas and practices.


What Should I Take?

If you're wondering what courses you should take as a First Year or Pre-Major student, or if you have questions for an advisor, you've come to the right place.

The links to the left provide information about The Discovery Core, what classes will be available for First Year and Pre-Major students, what classes are likely to be offered throughout the entire year at UW Bothell and many other resources from your First Year and Pre-Major advisors.

Discovery Core courses aim to provide students with tools to succeed in both their academic and personal life as they will learn how different forms of knowledge impact our communities, both local and global. Throughout the Discovery Core courses you will

Experience the richness of integrated learning across a variety of academic disciplines and the formation of a Learning Community among students, faculty, and staff at UW Bothell.

Embark on preparing for your major and fulfilling your UW General Education requirements.

Explore the UW Bothell Learning Goals - Critical and Creative Inquiry, Communication, Quantitative and Qualitative Literacy, Inclusive Practices, and Ethics and Social Responsibility - leading toward your Spring Quarter course on "Reflection, Research, and Experiential Learning."

Discovery Core is required during autumn quarter for all entering First Year Students at UW Bothell.

Discovery Core I (Autumn Quarter)

The autumn DCI courses promote students’ transition into the university and familiarity with campus resources; on the development of analytic skills like writing and communication, information literacy, quantitative literacy and academic integrity; and on the practice of making connections across academic disciplines and between the classroom and wider world. The topics include, among others, Philosophical Explorations of Science Fiction, Religion and Film, Digital Thinking, Entrepreneurship, the History of Physics, Human Rights and more. Some are team-taught, some individually taught, but all of them will open your eyes to the richness of our complex world. These courses also count toward the UW general education requirements for graduation

Discovery Core II (Winter Quarter)

The winter DCII continues the work begun in the Autumn, turning toward the practice of Undergraduate Research where skills of analysis, creativity, and collaboration are essential. Some of these courses include Nutritional Choices for an  Earth-conscious Cuisine on a Budget, Speaking for the Living: Memorializing the Present, Chemistry in the Kitchen, and Editing the Human Genome, Miracle or Misadventure. Students continue to construct their first year e-portfolio and explore areas of personal interest. These courses, like all the rest, count toward the UW general education requirements.

Discovery Core III (Spring Quarter)

The spring DC III focuses on active reflection on your first year, on honing your skills as an interdisciplinary researcher, and on the projection toward your second year of college. As you prepare to make the transition into your major, you will work closely with your peers and professors on completing the e-portfolio and on areas such as Autobiographical Ethnography, Media, Global Literature and Public Activism, Art and Community Engagement, Utopias and Dystopias, Food and Social Justice, Cultures of the Northwest, and Dreaming. These courses also count toward the UW general education requirements.


In addition to your Discovery Core course each quarter, a range of electives are available to you including; Global Economics, Physics, Computer Programming, Contemporary Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Art and Public Space, Scientific Journeys, Introduction to Business, Psychology, Dance and Acting, Music and Philosophy, Myth and Ritual, Micro and Macroeconomics, American Government, Topics in Asian Culture, Introduction to Law, and Interdisciplinary Writing.