Equivalency Guide Manual

Equivalency Guide Manual

This is the user manual for the University of Washington Equivalency Guide for Washington Community and Technical Colleges.

Table example

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
ENGL& 101 (5) formerly ENG 101 ENGL 131 (5) [C] SUM Qtr. 2008
GEG 260 (5) GEOG 2XX I&S

Key to example

Column 1 (Community College Course)
lists specific details about the course from the community or technical college, including course prefix, course number, the number of credits (in parentheses), and if the course was previous taught with a different prefix or number. The prefixes are those used at the community or technical college.

Column 2 (UW Equivalency)
indicates the equivalent UW course prefix and number for the course listed in Column 1. This is how the course transfers to the UW from the community or technical college.

Column 3 (Meets UW Requirements?)
indicates how courses satisfy UW general education requirements. If the column is blank, the course does not satisfy any requirements.

Column 4 (Effective Date)
indicates the effective date for this equivalency. The table that follows includes explanations of effective dates:

Description Examples Explanation
Space is blank. There are no date parameters for the course.
Quarter and year are specified. AUT Qtr. 2004 The equivalency takes effect beginning with Autumn quarter 2004. This equivalency is not valid before that date. The same course number may be listed immediately below, marked with the §  symbol to indicate “no longer offered” and with a different effective date.
“Prior to” is specified. Prior to AUT Qtr. 1991 The course equivalency is effective only if taken before, and not including, Autumn quarter 1991.
A range of dates is given. AUT Qtr. 1988 thru SUM Qtr. 2007 The equivalency is effective only from Autumn quarter 1988 through Summer quarter 2007. The course number may be listed more than once, but with different equivalencies and effective dates.
AUT Qtr. 1995, and AUT Qtr. 1988 thru SUM Qtr. 1990 The equivalency is effective from Autumn quarter 1988 through Summer quarter 1990 and again beginning with Autumn quarter 1995. To put it another way, the equivalency is not effective from Autumn quarter 1990 through Summer quarter 1995, nor before Autumn quarter 1988.

UW Course Prefixes Used in the Course Equivalency Tables

The tables that follow include the UW prefixes that appear in the Course Equivalency Tables. For a complete list of prefixes used at the UW (as well as detailed information about programs, majors, and courses), see the University of Washington Course Descriptions.

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Prefix Curriculum/Discipline Name of School or College
A A Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
AAS Asian American Studies Arts and Sciences
ACCTG Accounting Foster School of Business
AES American Ethnic Studies Arts and Sciences
AFRAM Afro-American Studies Arts and Sciences
AIS American Indian Studies Arts and Sciences
ANTH Anthropology Arts and Sciences
ARCH Architecture Built Environments
ARCHY Archaeology Arts and Sciences
ART Art Arts and Sciences
ART H Art History Arts and Sciences
ASIAN Asian Languages and Literature Arts and Sciences
ASTR Astronomy Arts and Sciences
ATM S Atmospheric Sciences Arts and Sciences
B A Business Administration Foster School of Business
BIO A Biocultural Anthropology Arts and Sciences
BIOL Biology Arts and Sciences
BOTANY Botany Arts and Sciences
B STR Biological Structure Medicine
CEE Civil and Environmental Engineering Engineering
CHEM Chemistry Arts and Sciences
CHEM E Chemical Engineering Engineering
CHID Comparative History of Ideas Arts and Sciences
CHIN Chinese Arts and Sciences
CHSTU Chicano Studies Arts and Sciences
CLAS Classics Arts and Sciences
C LIT Comparative Literature Arts and Sciences
COM Communication Arts and Sciences
CSE Computer Science and Engineering Engineering
DANCE Dance Arts and Sciences
D HYG Dental Hygiene Dentistry
DRAMA Drama Arts and Sciences
ECON Economics Arts and Sciences
EDUC Education Education
E E Electrical Engineering Engineering
ENGL English Arts and Sciences
ENGR Engineering Engineering
ENVIR Program on the Environment Environment
ESRM Environmental Science and Resource Management Environment
ESS Earth and Space Sciences Environment
FISH Fisheries Environment
FRENCH French Arts and Sciences
GENOME Genome Sciences Medicine
GEN ST General Studies Arts and Sciences
GEOG Geography Arts and Sciences
GERMAN Germanics Arts and Sciences
GREEK Greek Arts and Sciences
GWSS Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Arts and Sciences
HCDE Human Centered Design and Engineering Engineering
HEBR Hebrew Arts and Sciences
HIST History Arts and Sciences
HSTAA History of the Americas Arts and Sciences
HSTAM Ancient and Medieval History Arts and Sciences
HSTAS History of Asia Arts and Sciences
HSTEU Modern European History Arts and Sciences
I S Information Systems Foster School of Business
ITAL Italian Arts and Sciences
JAPAN Japanese Arts and Sciences
KIN Kinesiology No longer offered at the UW
KINPE Kinesiology/Physical Education No longer offered at the UW
KOREAN Korean Arts and Sciences
LAB M Laboratory Medicine Medicine
L ARCH Landscape Architecture Built Environments
LATIN Latin Arts and Sciences
LING Linguistics Arts and Sciences
LSJ Laws, Societies, and Justice Arts and Sciences
MATH Mathematics Arts and Sciences
M E Mechanical Engineering Engineering
MICROM Microbiology Medicine
MKTG Marketing Foster School of Business
MS E Materials Science and Engineering Engineering
MUSIC Music Arts and Sciences
NORW Norwegian Arts and Sciences
NURS Nursing Nursing
NUTR Nutritional Science Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs
OCEAN Oceanography Environment
O E Organization and Environment Foster School of Business
PE Physical Education No longer offered at the UW
PHIL Philosophy Arts and Sciences
PHYS Physics Arts and Sciences
POL S Political Science Arts and Sciences
PSYCH Psychology Arts and Sciences
QMETH Quantitative Methods Foster School of Business
REHAB Rehabilitation Medicine Medicine
RELIG Comparative Religion Arts and Sciences
RUSS Russian Arts and Sciences
SCAND Scandinavian Arts and Sciences
SIS International Studies Arts and Sciences
SISA Asian Studies Arts and Sciences
SISAF African Studies Arts and Sciences
SISEA East Asian Studies Arts and Sciences
SISSA South Asian Studies Arts and Sciences
SOC Sociology Arts and Sciences
SOC WF Social Welfare Social Work
SPAN Spanish Arts and Sciences
SPHSC Speech and Hearing Sciences Arts and Sciences
STAT Statistics Arts and Sciences
SWED Swedish Arts and Sciences
URBDP Urban Planning Built Environments
ZOOL Zoology Arts and Sciences

Types of Transfer Credit

Courses Without Specific UW Equivalencies

A 1XX or 2XX instead of a course number indicates that the course transfers but is not equivalent to a specific course at the UW. 1XX indicates community/technical college courses offered at the 100 level; 2XX indicates courses offered at the 200 level.

Departmental 1XX or 2XX: 1XX or 2XX following a departmental prefix indicates that content is not equivalent to a specific UW course but does generally correspond to a specific UW program. In this case, the Biology program accepts the course for credit:

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
BIOL 214 (3) BIOL 2XX NW

UW 1XX or 2XX:

Alternatively, the UW #XX designation means that the course does not correspond directly to a program offered at the University. In the example that follows, HUM 101 is considered an interdepartmental course as the UW does not have an equivalent department. The course is assigned the generic UW 1XX equivalency and may be used toward graduation requirements as appropriate.

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
HUM 101 (5) UW 1XX

Courses With Specific UW Equivalencies

In the example that follows, the community college course is offered for five credits and is designated as equivalent to a specific UW course, BIO A 201, which is also offered for five credits. The course meets the Natural World (NW) component of UW graduation requirements.

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
ANTH 201 (5) BIO A 201 (5) NW

Credit-Level Differences Between UW and Community/Technical College Courses:

Some courses from the community and technical colleges are listed with a specific UW course equivalency even though they are offered for more or less credit than the corresponding UW course.

The UW never awards more credit than that earned at the original institution. When a community/technical college course is offered for fewer credits than its corresponding UW equivalent, the community/technical college course will transfer with the specified number of credits listed in brackets, and may fulfill graduation requirements as appropriate.

In this example, only three transfer credits are awarded for GWSS 200 and may count toward the Individuals and Society (I&S) graduation requirement.

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
ANTH 230 (3) GWSS 200 (5) [3 credits allowed] I&S

When a community/technical college course is offered for more credit than its corresponding UW equivalent, the excess credit is designated as departmental 1XX or 2XX credit, or UW 1XX or 2XX as appropriate. Examples:

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
CHEM 199 (1-5, max. 10) CHEM 199 (1-6) [credit allowed varies 1-6], 1XX (1-4)
HIS 218 (5) HIST 199 (3-5) [2 credits allowed], UW 2XX (3) I&S AUT Qtr. 1994
MATH 221 (5) MATH 308 (3), 2XX (2) NW

Courses Taken as Part of a Sequence

In some cases, the student must complete an entire sequence of courses at the community or technical college to be awarded specific UW course equivalencies. In this example, all three Chemistry courses must be completed to earn the UW equivalencies; if only one or two courses are completed, then the credit is usually awarded as departmental 1XX or 2XX.

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
CHEM& 162,163 (5,6) CHEM 152,162 (5,6) if both courses taken; otherwise, CHEM 1XX NW SUM Qtr. 2008

Business Courses

Generally, business courses from the community and technical colleges that correspond to those offered in the UW Business Administration program are listed in the Course Equivalency Tables. Courses that are offered for more credit than the corresponding UW equivalent usually receive B A 1XX or 2XX for the additional credits.

Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
ACCT& 203 (5) ACCTG 225 (5)

With the approval of the School of Business Administration, a maximum of seven lower-division business credits, beyond the 18 credits of specific coursework required for admission to the program, may apply toward a degree in that program.

The “Meets UW requirements” column in the Course Equivalency Tables may include the following notations:Areas of Knowledge

  • I&S Individuals and Society
  • NW Natural World
  • VLPA Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Language Skills; Reasoning and Writing in Context

  • [C] Composition
  • [Q] Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning

NOTE: [W] Writing credit is assigned on an individual basis and not included in the equivalency guide. For more information about [W] credit, see Additional Writing Requirement.

Examples of how these notations appear in the Course Equivalency Tables:
Community College Course UW Equivalency Meets UW Requirements? Effective Date
ANTH& 217 (5) ANTH 2XX I&S
ASTR 101 (5) ASTR 101 (5) NW [Q]
BIO 106 (5) BIOL 1XX I&S, NW
DRAMA 120 (3) DRAMA 1XX VLPA
ENGL 111 (5) HCDE 231 (3), 1XX (2) [C]
ENGL 240 (5) LING 200 (5) VLPA, I&S [Q]

English Composition Offered for Fewer than Five Credits

A three-credit course may be used toward satisfying the English composition requirement. However, a minimum of five credits is still needed to fulfill the requirement.

Fifteen quarter credits of foreign language are required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences (all majors), as well as from the Occupational Therapy and Social Welfare majors.

  • Foreign Language And The Admission Requirement. Applicants who have not satisfactorily completed two years of a single foreign language in high school may satisfy the foreign language admission requirement by completing 10 quarter credits of a single language at the community college. All applicants are required to have foreign language credit prior to enrolling at the UW, regardless of their prospective UW major. However, because all UW majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Social Welfare require foreign language proficiency thru the third quarter of a language, students taking foreign language for admission are strongly urged to complete the entire 15 credit sequence prior to enrolling at UW.
  • Foreign Language and the VLPA Requirement. Classes used to satisfy the foreign language graduation requirement may not be used toward the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) requirement. However, up to 15 credits of first-year courses in an additional foreign language may be used for VLPA (except in the College of Engineering) upon completion of a full 15 credits in the sequence.

A community/technical college course may not be listed in the UW Equivalency Guide for any of the following reasons:

  • The course may not be transferable. For more information about non-transferable courses, please review Notable Restrictions on Transfer Credit and Courses Receiving No Credit.
  • The course may be new, and a review may not yet be completed. The length of time required to review a course can vary widely.
  • The course may not appear in the community college catalog. For a course to be considered for review, the community college must include the course in its past, present, or future catalogs.

To find out how an unlisted course will transfer to the UW or to ask an admissions question, contact the Office of Admissions.

If you are from a UW department, or represent a Washington State community or technical college, and have questions about the equivalency review process, see the Equivalency Review Process Guidelines for more information.