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 Laboratory OR PHYS 121 NW QSR – Mechanics 1
CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry

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.

UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
CHEM 142 NW QSR – General Chemistry
MATH 124 NW QSR – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 125 NW – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
One of the following courses: PHYS 115 NW – General Physics, PHYS 118 NW – General Physics Laboratory OR PHYS 122 NW – Electromagnetism, 2
ESS 205 NW – Access to Space
ESS 211 NW – Physical Processes of the Earth
ESS 212 NW – Plate Tectonics and Materials of the Earth
ESS 213 NW – Evolution of the Earth

Additional information

For Bachelor of Arts:
10 Credits of science and math electives from the following list:
AMATH 301
ASTR 101, ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; ASTR 115, ASTR 150, ASTR 201
ATMS 101, ATMS 111, ATMS 211, ATMS 212 ATMS 301, ATMS 321
BIOL 161, BIOL 162, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220, BIOL 240
CHEM 152, CHEM 162, CHEM 220, CHEM 221
CSE 142, CSE 143
ESRM 210, ESRM 250
GEOG 360
MATH 126 or ESS 310
OCEAN 101, OCEAN 201, OCEAN 201, OCEAN 210
PHYS 115/118 or PHYS 122; PHYS 116/119 or PHYS 123
QSCI 381
STAT 180, STAT 220, STAT 290, 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 115/PHYS 118, PHYS 116/PHYS 119 can substitute for PHYS 121, PHYS 122, and PHYS 123 for non-Physics Option students.

Entering transfer information

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019: 184

Total from Washington community colleges: 29

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 4
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 6
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 4
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 5
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 6
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 2
  • 2.49 and below2

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