UW Bothell Course Equivalency Guide Manual

The UW Bothell Course Equivalency Guide indicates how courses taken at a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the University. Below, are some helpful instructions about how to interpret this guide.

On this page

Interpreting the equivalency guide tables

Table example

Course numberCourse titleUW equivalentUW Bothell equivalentMeets UW requirements
BUS& 201 (5)Business LawMGMT 200 (5)B BUS 230I&S

↑ Back to top

Reading the columns

  • Column 1 (Course number): Lists community/technical college course details: prefix, course number, and number of credits (in parentheses). Example: BUS& 201 (5)
    • Note: Most of the courses listed in the Equivalency Guide follow the Common Course Numbering (CCN) system, designated by an ampersand (&) and a common three-digit code.
  • Column 2 (Course title): Lists the course title for the community/technical college course (e.g., General Chemistry I).
  • Column 3 (UW equivalent): Indicates how the course will appear on your UW transcript, with corresponding UW course prefix & number (e.g., GERMAN 101).
  • Column 4 (UW Bothell equivalent): Indicates the corresponding UW Bothell course prefix & number, when an equivalent course exists (e.g., B MATH 122). Courses without a specific course equivalent, but satisfy a UW Bothell requirement, are noted accordingly (e.g., MATH 1XX) .
  • Column 5 (UW requirement): Indicates how the course satisfies UW General Education requirements (see table below). If field is blank, the course does not satisfy any requirements.

↑ Back to top

UW Bothell course prefixes used in the course equivalency tables

The tables that follow include the UW Bothell prefixes that appear in the Course Equivalency Tables (Column 3). UW Bothell course prefixes (Column 4) follow the same naming convention as the University of Washington Seattle campus, with the exception that most (but not all) prefixes begin with a ‘B” (e.g., B CHEM 143).

Earth System Science

BEARTHEarth System Science

First Year & Pre-Major Program

B COREDiscovery Core
B CUSPGeneral Education Courses, prerequisites, and first year electives
B DATAData Studies
B JAPANJapanese
B LEADLeadership
B SPANSpanish
B WRITWriting

Interactive Media & Design

BIMDEarth System Science

School of Business

B BUSBusiness
B BECNBusiness Economics
ELCBUSBusiness in Bellevue

School of Educational Studies


School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

BISInterdisciplinary Studies
BISSKLInterdisciplinary Study Skills
BISAESAmerican & Ethnic Studies
BISCPCommunity Psychology
BISCLACulture, Literature, and the Arts
BESEnvironmental Science
BISGWSGender, Women and Sexuality Studies
BISGSTGlobal Studies
BISIAInterdisciplinary Arts
BISLEPLaw, Economics, and Public Policy
BISMCSMedia and Communication Studies
BISSTSScience, Technology, and Society
BISSTASocial Thought and Action
BISSEBSociety, Ethics, and Human Behavior

School of Nursing & Health Studies

BHLTHHealth Electives
BHSHealth Studies

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

BSTScience and Technology
Division of Biological Sciences
B BIOBiology
Division of Computing & Software Systems
CSSComputing and Software Systems
CSSKLComputing and Software Systems Skills
Division of Engineering & Mathematics
B CEComputer Engineering
B ENGREngineering
B EEElectrical Engineering
B MATHMathematics
STMATHScience and Technology Mathematics
B MEMechanical Engineering
Division of Physical Sciences
B CHEMChemistry
B CLIMClimate Science
B PHYSPhysics

↑ Back to top

UW requirements key (Areas of knowledge & language skills)

Areas of Knowledge
I&SIndividuals & Society
NWNatural World
VLPAVisual, Literary & Performing Arts
Language Skills; Reasoning and Writing in Context
[Q]Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning

↑ Back to top

Course not listed?

A community/technical college course may not be listed in the UW Bothell Equivalency Guide for any of the following reasons:

  • The course may not be transferable. For more information about non-transferable courses, please review notable restrictions on transfer credits and courses receiving no credit.
  • The course may be new, and a review may not yet be completed. The length of time required to review a course can vary widely.
  • The course may not appear in the community college catalog. For a course to be considered for review, the community college must include the course in its past, present, or future catalogs.

To find out how an unlisted course will transfer to the UW or to ask an admissions question, contact the Office of Admissions.

↑ Back to top