Academic Planning Worksheet: Informatics

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 is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Suggested first- and second-year college courses: INFO 200, an English composition course, CSE 142, CSE 143, STAT 221, STAT 311, STAT 390 or QMETH 201, courses that develop strong analytical, qualitative and quantitative reasoning skills, courses that develop strong written and oral communication skills, as well as courses that provide exposure to a variety of social science fields such as psychology, sociology, anthropology or philosophy.

Minimum grade of 2.0 in each course.

Admission for current UW students and transfers occurs twice a year for autumn and winter quarters. Apply online at the department website.

Autumn quarter application deadline: First Friday of spring quarter for admission the following autumn quarter
Winter quarter application deadline: First Friday of autumn quarter for admission winter quarter


Required courses 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
INFO 200 I&S - Intellectual Foundations of Informatics
CSE 142 NW Q/SR – Computer Programming I OR CSE 143 NW Q/SR – Computer Programming II OR CSE 154 Q/SR – Web Programming OR CSE 160 NW Q/SR – Data Programming OR CSE 163 – Intermediate Data Programming OR INFO 180/STAT 180 Q/SR – Introduction to Data Science OR INFO 201 Q/SR – Foundational Skills for Data Science
STAT 220 NW Q/SR – Statistical Reasoning OR STAT 221 NW Q/SR – Statistical Concepts & Methods for Social Sciences OR STAT 311 NW Q/SR – Elements of Stat Methods OR STAT 390 NW – Statistical Methods in Engineering and Science OR QMETH 201 NW Q/SR – Intro to Statistical Methods
Individual & Societies (I&S) course

Additional information

  • Departmentally approved transfer equivalents may be used to substitute for prerequisite courses.
  • Most students apply the spring of their sophomore year and begin the program the following autumn as a junior.
  • Admission for autumn quarter and winter quarters is based on the following criteria: Overall academic performance; grades in courses required for admission to the major; responses to the application questions, and other evidence of interest in and commitment to the field (e.g., work experience, internships).
  • Equivalents to INFO 200 are not common. Therefore students who have or will transfer to the university can apply to the program and be admitted with the provision that they complete INFO 200 with a minimum grade of 2.0 before the end of their first year in the program.

Entering transfer information

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019: 486

Total from Washington community colleges: 34

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 12
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 12
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 6
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 0
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 2
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 2
  • 2.49 and below0

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