One of the requirements of a UW bachelor's degree is a major, a subject you study in depth. Your major will make up one-third to one-half of your bachelor's degree. Some examples of majors are Biology, Psychology, Drama, and Chemical Engineering. The UW has more than 120 majors to choose from.
All majors require at least 50 credits in one department or a closely related group of departments. In the College of Arts and Sciences, you must have at least a 2.00 grade-point average in your major at the time of graduation. Some majors require a higher grade-point average.
Majors with prerequisites can be declared as soon as the prerequisites are completed. For example, before you can declare the Mathematics B.A. major, you must have completed MATH 124, 125, and 126, all with grades of at least 2.0.
Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees usually represent one or two years of postgraduate education. To be eligible to enter a Master's degree program, you must first earn a Bachelor's degree.
An academic master's degree program consists of advanced academic coursework, usually in the same department as your undergraduate degree or in a related department. An academic master's program often consists of one year of advanced coursework and one or more years of research, culminating in a lengthy paper called a thesis.
A professional master's degree program consists of advanced coursework oriented toward a particular profession, such as public health or social work. Students from a wide range of majors are eligible to apply. Professional masters' programs usually do not require original research and a thesis.
MATH 098, Intermediate Algebra, is a non-credit algebra review course. It's equivalent to the second year of high school algebra. MATH 098 isn't covered by your regular tuition; it requires a separate fee.
Students must present a minimum 2.00 GPA for courses taken in residence, including UW Extension credits that are counted as residence credit in order to graduate. Grades for transfer courses or for "extension" courses as are not included.
Minors offer you a way to explore a department or interdisciplinary theme with less commitment of time than a major. Where a major requires at least 50 credits, most minors require 25 to 35 credits. Minors are optional. You may complete one or more, or none at all.
You may earn up to three minors as part of each degree completed. Postbaccalaureate students (students who have already earned a bachelor's degree) may not be awarded a minor.
The information students need to register for courses is available online from MyUW. From MyUW, students can access web registration and the Time Schedule, and can also obtain such information as their grades, current class schedule, and tuition balance. Students can reach MyUW from the UW homepage or the Student Guide. A UW NetID is required.