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Academic Planning Worksheet – Astronomy

Preparation for your intended major is a factor in the review of your UW transfer application. Use this worksheet to help you plan for admission to your intended major and for UW general education requirements.


Department admission information

This major has minimum admission requirements. PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123 (or full transfer equivalent) with a 2.00 cumulative GPA for the three courses. Students must complete necessary paperwork by visiting the department advising office.

At community colleges it is better to take courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science than the usual introductory astronomy courses. To finish in four years, the student must have completed PHYS 123 before winter quarter of the sophomore year.


Courses Required for Admission to Major

Directions: Record the courses you have taken, are taking, or plan to take prior to UW enrollment that you believe are equivalent to the UW course requirements listed below. Not sure? Use the transfer course equivalency guide.

UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
Example: MATH 124 – Calculus I MATH 151 AUT 08
PHYS 121 NW QSR – Mechanics
PHYS 122 NW – Elmag & Oscil Motn
PHYS 123 NW – Waves

*MATH 308 and MATH 324 are the recommended courses for preparation. However, MATH 307, MATH 309, MATH 326, AMATH 352, or
AMATH 353 are also acceptable courses for preparation.


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Entering Transfer GPA

Undergraduates in Astronomy, as of Autumn 2017: 68

Total from Washington community colleges: 17

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 3
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 2
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 3
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 6
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 1
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 1
  • 2.49 and below: 1