Academic Planning Worksheet: Biology

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

The BA and BS degree programs are capacity-constrained. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications, accepted quarterly, are due the second Friday of autumn, winter, spring and summer quarters, by 11:59 p.m.

Students should concentrate on general chemistry and mathematics during the first year, and biology and organic chemistry during the second year. It is best to complete an entire sequence at one school if possible; otherwise it may not transfer directly.

A minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA is required for any supporting chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology courses (or other courses that may apply to major requirements) completed at time of application.


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
BIOL 180 NW – Introductory Biology 1
BIOL 200 NW – Introductory Biology 1
BIOL 220 NW – Introductory Biology 1
    CHEM 120 NW QSR – Introductory Chemistry 2
    OR CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry 2 and CHEM 220 NW – Principles of Chemistry II 2
    OR CHEM 152 NW QSR – General Chemistry 2 and CHEM 162 NW QSR – General Chemistry 2

Courses recommended 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
MATH 124 NW QSR – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
MATH 125 NW – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 3
STAT 311 NW QSR – Elements of Statistical Methods 3
CHEM 237 NW - Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 238 NW - Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 239 NW - Organic Chemistry III4
One of the following : PHYS 114 NW QSR - General Physics 5
OR PHYS 121 NW QSR - Mechanics, PHYS 115 NW - General Physics II 5
OR PHYS 122 NW - Electromagnetism5
Advanced Electives 6

Additional information

1 Biology sequence: BIO 180, 200, 220 (or equivalent courses) with a minimum 2.00 grade in each course.
2 Chemistry sequence
3 Math sequence: 2 quarters of Calculus or Stats or a combination are options within departmental requirements
4 Chemistry sequence
5 Physics sequence
6 Some classes may count toward advanced electives, but that determination will be dependent on your option within Biology

Three short essays are required on the departmental application. They may include a description of your interest in biology, career goals, undergraduate research interests, degree interest (BA or BS) or any other information you believe is useful in the evaluation of your application.

Entering transfer GPA

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019: 1053

Total from Washington community colleges: 136

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 35
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 31
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 29
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 23
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 10
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 6
  • 2.49 and below3

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