First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP)


About FYPP

First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP) is the home of our first and second year (or pre-major) students at UW Bothell. We are the first place to turn for all of your academic needs, from scheduling classes and meeting faculty, to discussing your future career goals.

We assist with all of your academic advising needs, host student success workshops, direct you to academic and student campus resources, and strive to give you a friendly space to land as you begin your college experience and move toward your future major. We are a friendly group and are eager to help you find your way.

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FYPP Learning Goals

Our goal is to provide you with a rich learning environment.

  • Inclusive practices - Focuses on how best to deepen the richness of human experience- with its differences of race, gender, ability, religion, age, language, sexual orien-tation, and class.
  • Critical & creative inquiry - Joins reason and imagination to make, investigate, critique, and pursue meaning in the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sci-ences.
  • Ethics & social responsibility - Explores our connections with each other across cultures, languages, natural resources, and values.
  • Quantitative & qualitative literacies - Are complementary ways to understand problems, issues, and questions.
  • Communication - Is the process of written, oral, performative, and multimedia interaction that enables us to share ideas and practices.

To continue to achieve our goals, we appreciate your feedback and ideas. Come by and see us in UW1-160 and begin to connect with as many people as possible.


The FYPP mission is to support the successful transition to college of First Year and Pre-Major students and to provide the foundation on which they will continue scholarly and professional development.

Diversity Statement

We give thanks and appreciation to the Coast Salish Peoples upon whose land we are guests.

We acknowledge historical and current systemic racism and structural discrimination experienced by marginalized peoples in our society that negate equitable outcomes, repulse tangible opportunity, and impede educational access.

We are committed to a shared understanding of diversity and inclusion that encompasses (but is not limited to) individual/group differences, cultural/social differences, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities cognizant of differences, socioeconomic class, age, and religious beliefs. We will honor and respect the lived experiences of every person.

We will employ and promote inclusive and justice based practices that affirm identity, engender respect, and uphold dignity for our community. We will continue to create culture and spaces that encourage dialogue and embrace learning about difference as we work to increase our own awareness and understanding of diversity.

We will interrupt and redress institutional barriers, structural practices, and preservation of the status quo that, in any way, inhibits the success of our diverse students, staff, faculty, and community.

First year & pre-major courses

FYPP courses are created to provide you with the skills to be successful in the 21st century workforce and to make meaningful contributions to your local, regional, and global communities. The Discovery Core, a sequence of required courses designed specifically for First Year students, will increase your capacity for active learning, for critical and creative inquiry, for encountering diversity (of perspectives, of people, of world views and of ideas), for quantitative and writing skills, for interdisciplinary practices, and for communication across different media platforms.

Addressing vital issues

All FYPP courses are oriented toward addressing vital issues of the contemporary world outside your door and in your lives. Together we will learn about the connections between biology and business, mathematics and literature, geography and anthropology, psychology and economics, computer science and the arts, and, in this process, come to know ourselves and each other in important ways.

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