Before becoming a student in the School of IAS you must be accepted as a student at UW Tacoma. Contact the UW Tacoma Office of Admissions for more information.
Before you begin, verify the quarters in which new applications are accepted.
Complete applications received by the application deadline will be reviewed; complete applications received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Undergraduate applicants to SIAS must have completed the following general admission requirements:
- 45 college quarter credits
- minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- English composition - Students who have not completed English composition (the equivalent of Composition 101) with a 2.0 or higher grade before coming to UW Tacoma must complete TCORE 101 or the equivalent within the first two quarters at UW Tacoma.
- Math - Demonstrated by completion of three years of high school math through intermediate (second year) algebra or a college level course in intermediate algebra with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
Some majors have additional prerequisites or suggested preparatory courses for admission, which are noted below by major. Speak with an academic advisor to help you determine your best path to college success.
UW Tacoma admissions process:Transfer and returning students
- Submit an Application for Transfer Admission, with the $60 application fee;
- Submit one official transcript from each college or university attended; and
- Submit a high school transcript if using high school credit to fulfill admission requirements.
Majors with prerequisites or suggested preparatory courses:All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, have completed at least 45 credits, and have completed English Composition with a minimum 2.0, in addition to the requirements listed below.
Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software. Workshops are available for students with deficiencies in any of these areas.
- TCHEM 142 General Chemistry 1 (6)
- TCHEM 152 General Chemistry 2 (6)
- TCHEM 162 General Chemistry 3 (6)
- TBIOL 120 Introductory Biology 1 (6)
- TBIOL 130 Introductory Biology 2 (6)
- TBIOL 140 Introductory Biology 3 (6)
- TMATH 124 Calculus 1 (5)
- TMATH 125 Calculus 2 (5)
- TCHEM 251 Organic Chemistry 1 (5)
- TPHYS 121 Physics 1 (6)
Preparatory courses for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science:
- Biology: 15 credits, college-level majors sequence with lab, Minimum grade of 1.5 in each class
- Chemistry: 15 credits, college-level majors sequence with lab, Minimum grade of 1.7 in each class
- Geology: 5 credits, college-level course with lab, Minimum grade of 2.0
- Physics: 5 credits, college-level mechanics course with lab, Minimum grade of 2.0
- Calculus: 5 credits, minimum grade of 2.0
- Statistics: 5 credits, minimum grade of 2.0
Preparatory courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability:
- TBIOL 110 General Biology (with lab); minimum 1.5 GPA
- TCHEM 131 Chemistry and Society (with lab); minimum 1.7 GPA
- TECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TGEOS 243 Geography of the Physical Environment (with lab); minimum 2.0 GPA
- TMATH 110 Introductory Statistics with Applications; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TPHIL 251 Data and Discourse; minimum 2.0 GPA
- TPSYCH 340 Environmental Psychology; minimum 2.0 GPA Note: prerequisite of TPSYCH 101
- TWRT 211 Argumentation and Research; minimum 2.0 GPA or TWRT 291 Technical Communication in the Workplace; minimum 2.0 GPA
- General or Introductory Psychology Course: 100-level course
- Foundational Psychology Courses - two of the following courses:
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