The Information School

Informatics is the study of people, information and technology. Students are prepared to design, build, manage and secure information systems that make a difference in society, organizations and individual lives. The curriculum uses an experiential learning approach that emphasizes problem-solving, group work, research, writing, oral presentations and technology.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Curricular options: Biomedical & Health Informatics, Data Science

Topic: Arts, Business, Computing, Engineering-option

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Informatics is a capacity-constrained major. While the vast majority of students enter this major by submitting an additional application once they are enrolled at the UW, you may be considered for direct admission as a freshman by listing Informatics as your first-choice major on the freshman application. Admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Autumn: first Friday of spring quarter; Winter: first Friday of autumn quarter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Learn about applying to Informatics as a transfer student on the Department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • INFO 200 SSc – Intellectual Foundations of Informatics
  • CSE 142 NSc RSN– Computer Programming I OR CSE 143 NSc RSN – Computer Programming II OR CSE 154 RSN – Web Programming OR CSE 160 NSc RSN – Data Programming OR CSE 163 RSN – Intermediate Data Programming OR INFO 180/STAT 180 RSN – Introduction to Data Science OR INFO 201 RSN – Foundational Skills for Data Science
  • STAT 220 NSc RSN – Statistical Reasoning OR STAT 221 NSc RSN – Statistical Concepts & Methods for Social Sciences OR STAT 311 NSc RSN – Elements of Stat Methods OR STAT 390 NSc – Statistical Methods in Engineering and Science OR QMETH 201 NSc RSN – Intro to Statistical Methods
  • Social Sciences (SSc) course
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in each course.


  • Departmentally approved transfer equivalents may be used to substitute for prerequisite courses.
  • Most students apply the spring of their sophomore year and begin the program the following autumn as a junior.
  • Admission for autumn quarter and winter quarters is based on the following criteria: Overall academic performance; grades in courses required for admission to the major; responses to the application questions, and other evidence of interest in and commitment to the field (e.g., work experience, internships).
  • Equivalents to INFO 200 are not common. Therefore students who have or will transfer to the university can apply to the program and be admitted with the provision that they complete INFO 200 with a minimum grade of 2.0 before the end of their first year in the program.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 746
Total from Washington community colleges: 51

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 17
3.50 – 3.74: 18
3.25 – 3.49: 7
3.00 – 3.24: 5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes