Academic Planning Worksheet: Physics

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. To qualify to declare the physics major a student must:

  • Take a UW physics course the quarter they want to declare
  • Have completed at least one previous physics course from any school with a minimum grade of 2.6
  • Have completed an additional physics course with at least a 2.6 minimum grade or a math or applied math course with at least a 2.6 minimum grade.

The online application is located on the  UW Physics Undergraduate website (click on “Undergraduate”). The link is in the upper left-hand corner and is entitled “Declaring the Physics Major.”

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the major before transfer.


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 Q/SR — Mechanics
PHYS 122 NW – Elmagnetism
PHYS 123 NW — Waves
PHYS 224 NW — Thermal Physics
PHYS 225 NW — Modern Physics
PHYS 227 NW — Elementary Mathematical Physics I
PHYS 228 NW — Elementary Mathematical Physics II
MATH 124 NW QSR — Calculus with Analytic Geometry I1
MATH 125 NW — Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MATH 126 NW — Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
MATH 308 NW— Matrix Algebra
MATH 324 NW – Advanced Multivariable Calculus I

Additional information

1MATH 144, 145, 146 and 308 can substitute for MATH 124, 125, 126 and 308.

Entering transfer GPA

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2018: 456

Total from Washington community colleges: 63

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 17
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 12
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 12
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 11
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 5
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 4
  • 2.49 and below2

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