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Understanding your assigned major

Congratulations again on your admission to the University of Washington (UW)! While you’ve been offered admission to the UW, you were not admitted directly to computer science or computer engineering. Computer science and computer engineering majors at the UW are in high demand by applicants, which means that not all admitted students who list computer science or computer engineering as their first-choice major will be offered direct to major admission. You have been admitted to the UW as a pre-sciences student, and you have many options as to what you may study at the UW.

Consider your options as a pre-sciences major

Many different paths can lead from a single interest. Consider what attracted you to computer science or computer engineering in the first place. What about it appeals to you the most? Where might you find similar interests in another field of study?

With pre-sciences, 160 majors are available to you other than computer science or computer engineering. A number of these majors prepare you to study problems and questions that involve information technology, big data, visualization, user experience, human-computer interaction, information architecture and many other areas of investigation, and they open doors to a variety of career opportunities. For example, you may want to consider applied and computational mathematical sciences, Earth and space sciences, geography, informatics, mathematics, physics, statistics, visual communications design and interaction design, or one of a growing number of data science options available from various departments.

At the UW, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your Husky Experience through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, extracurricular opportunities and more, all with support from your academic adviser.

Start exploring majors now.

Can I still be admitted to computer science/computer engineering later?

There are a limited number of spaces for students not admitted directly to computer science or computer engineering as freshmen. Therefore, we encourage you to pursue another major at the UW, as it is unlikely that you will be admitted to computer science or computer engineering at a later time.

If you have any questions about next steps, feel free to contact an admissions counselor. We’re here to help.


Computer science courses open to non-majors