Academic Planning Worksheet: Earth and Space Sciences

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

Admission to this major is open. Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.

Although admission is open, students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer. Earth and Space Sciences offers several major options. For specific advice about which courses are best suited to which options, please contact Earth and Space Sciences Student Services.

To become a major, contact essadv@uw.edu for an advising appointment. Find more information on the Earth and Space Sciences website.


Courses recommended for admission to Bachelor of Arts

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
One of the following sequences:
    Q SCI 291 NW QSR - Analysis for Biologists I
    Q SCI 292 NW QSR - Analysis for Biologists II
    OR MATH 124 NW QSR - Calculus Analytic Geometry I
    MATH 125 NW - Calculus Analytic Geometry II
One of the following courses:
    PHYS 114 NW QSR – General Physics
    PHYS 117 NW – General Physics Lab
    OR PHYS 121 NW QSR – Mechanics 1
CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry
ESS 101 NW –Introduction to Geological Sciences

Courses recommended for admission to Bachelor of Science

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.

Additional information

For Bachelor of Arts:
15 Credits of supporting science courses to be selected from the following:
ASTR 101 or ASTR 201; ASTR 150, ASTR 301
ATMS 101, ATMS 211, ATMS 301, ATMS 321
BIOL 161, BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220
CHEM 152, CHEM 162
CSE 142
GEOG 360, GEOG 460
MATH 126
OCEAN 101 or 200
PHYS 115/118 or PHYS 122; PHYS 116/119 or PHYS 123
QSCI 381, QSCI 392, QSCI 393
STAT 311
Note to two-year transfers: It is recommended that these courses be taken at the community college.

1 PHYS 114/PHYS 117 can substitute for PHYS 121

For Bachelor of Science:

2 PHYS 114/PHYS 117, PHYS 115/PHYS 118, PHYS 116/PHYS 119 can substitute for PHYS 121, PHYS 122, and PHYS 123 for non-Physics Option students.

Entering transfer GPA

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2018: 213

Total from Washington community colleges: 34

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 4
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 7
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 3
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 13
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 3
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 3
  • 2.49 and below1

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