This page contains information for applying to the CSSE (Computer Science & Software Engineering) undergraduate major.
- Application timeline
- How to apply
- Prerequisite courses
- Personal statement
- Review process
- Related majors and minors
The CSSE major admits students for entry in autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Visit the UW Bothell Application Dates & Deadlines page for information on application deadlines.
How to apply
Submit an internal application if you are:
- A pre-major student at UW Bothell campus
- Already in a major at UW Bothell and you want to switch majors or double major
Submit a transfer application if you are:
- A current student at UW Seattle or UW Tacoma campus
- Transferring from another college or university outside of the UW system
If you are a post-baccalaureate student:
- We prioritize first-time degree seekers for our undergraduate degrees. Because of the high demand for these majors, students who have already earned an undergraduate degree generally cannot be considered for admission.
- Instead, we encourage post-baccalaureate students to join our Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development, which covers the same core concepts as our undergraduate majors.
When you apply, you will need to submit the following:
- Unofficial transcripts from UW and/or from any other colleges or universities you have attended.
- Personal statement. Read below for more information.
- (optional) Resume or CV
All prerequisite courses must be complete before you apply. Applicants with incomplete or in-progress prerequisites will not be considered for admission and are encouraged to apply for a later quarter of entry instead.
You must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 or higher in all prerequisite courses.
|Prerequisites||UW Bothell||UW Seattle||UW Tacoma||WA State Colleges|
(CCN = common course numbers)
|English Composition I and II||BWRIT 134 and 135||ENGL 111/121/131 and 141 or Engr 231||TWRT 101/121 and 211||CCN: ENGL& 101 and one of 102 or 235|
Bellevue: ENGL 101 and one of 201/235/271/272
Edmonds: ENGR 231 also accepted in addition to CCN
Highline: ENGL 205 also accepted in addition to CCN
Green River: ENGL 128 also accepted in addition to CCN
|Calculus I and II||STMATH 124 and 125||MATH 124 and 125||TMATH 124 and 125||CCN: MATH& 151 and 152|
|Computer Programming I and II|
*Read below about Required UW Bothell skills labs.
|*CSS 142 and 143||Prior to Autumn 2022: CSE 142 and 143|
Autumn 2022 onwards: CSE 122 and 123
|TCSS 142 and 143||Bellevue: CS 210 and 211|
Cascadia: BIT 142 and 143
Edmonds: CS& 131, CS 132, CS 133 (C++); or CS& 141, CS 142, CS 143 (Java)
Everett: CS& 131, CS 132 (C++); or CS& 141, CS 142 (Java)
Green River: CS 131/141 and 132/145
Highline: CSCI 142 and 143
Seattle Colleges (North, Central, and South): CSC 142 and 143
Shoreline: CS& 141 and CS 143
*Required UW Bothell skills labs
CSSSKL 142 and 143 are not themselves prerequisites for entry into the CSS majors, but they are still very important for your learning and will be considered by the admissions committee along with the rest of the coursework on your academic record.
If you have questions about if a course will count as an English composition then please connect with your UWB Admission Transfer Advisor if you are wanting to transfer to UW-B. If you are an internal student then connect with the CSS program.
Please note that if you use ENGL& 230 (at a Washington state college) or HCDE 231 (at UW Seattle) you may need to take 2 more credits of writing later on to satisfy our Additional Writing general education requirement.
Any programming language is acceptable for the Computer Programming I and II prerequisites, but both courses must be taught in the same language. Commonly taught languages include object-oriented, class-based languages such as Java, C++, other C family languages, and Python.
Washington colleges vary widely in their course numbering for introductory Computer Programming courses. Many use the Common Course Numbering (CCN) system for the first course, noted with an ampersand (&), and then use their own numbering system for the second course. Other colleges use their own numbering system for both courses.
The University of Washington recognizes the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic. For courses taken during Extraordinary Circumstances Quarters (ECQ), we will consider pass/fail grading options for the purposes of admissions and graduation requirements.
- If taken at a UW campus during an ECQ, a grade of ‘S’ (Satisfactory) will be considered. A grade of ‘NS’ (Not Satisfactory) will not be accepted.
- If taken elsewhere during an ECQ, a “Satisfactory”, “Credit”, “Pass”, or similar grade will be considered if the definition of these grades indicate they would have been at least a 2.0 if the class had been numerically graded.
Your personal statement is your opportunity to tell your story to the admissions committee. This is where you can go beyond grades and explain how this major is the right fit for your goals. It is also an opportunity to put academic challenges you have faced in perspective and demonstrate how much you have grown.
Most colleges and universities have writing centers or similar resources that can help you. The UW Bothell Writing & Communication Center (WACC) works with UW Bothell students to help with their personal statements.
We recommend the following for your statement:
- Do not underestimate the need for a well-crafted personal statement. It is a sample of your written communication skills, which are critically important for all computing professionals.
- Strive for focus, clarity, and detail in your writing.
- Be specific about which degree program(s) you are applying for and tailor your statement accordingly.
- Make sure that your writing flows logically, and that every sentence serves a purpose.
- Avoid unnecessary wordiness and overuse of adjectives. Write simply.
- Be as detailed as possible about the activities you have engaged in, the skills they helped you develop, and how those skills prepare you for your major and long-term goals.
- Keep readability in mind.
- Check the formatting for font, font size, line spacing, and paragraph breaks. We recommend you use 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced lines.
- The statement should not be too short (less than one page) or too long (more than two pages).
- Have another person check your writing for correct grammar, punctuation, and readability.
- Writing a good statement takes time.
- Read the prompt several times.
- Take notes as you come up with ideas and use them to decide how to build the best narrative.
- Take breaks as you work and return later for a fresh read.
- Double check your work. After writing your statement, re-read the prompt and compare. Did you answer the full prompt? Does your story describe your experiences in the best positive light?
Write a one-to-two page personal statement. Please write the statement as a cohesive essay, and not as a series of short answers. At minimum, your essay should answer the following questions:
- What specifically interests you about UW Bothell’s CSSE major, and what long-term goals will your chosen major(s) help you achieve?
- Do you have any experience in software or hardware development outside of the classroom? If yes, please describe.
- The computing field relies on communication and collaboration, and we believe diverse collaborations create better solutions. How do you plan to work with a diverse group of students, and what diverse perspectives will you bring?
- If you have applied before, what has changed since your previous application? If you have repeated courses or overcome significant obstacles, please explain.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of CSS division faculty. The review is holistic, so although your prerequisite grades are important, we also consider other factors such as:
- Grades in other courses (especially mathematics, programming, and other quantitative work)
- Improvement in grades over time
- Courses you have retaken and number of retakes
- Your personal statement, including:
- How well thought-out your long-term plans are, and what steps you have already taken to achieve them
- How well you can detail your learning experiences (both in school and outside of school) and skills acquired, and connect them to your long-term goals
- Any challenges or hardships you have faced, and hopefully have also overcome and learned from
Related majors and minors
If you want to explore other ways of gaining computing-related knowledge and skills at UW Bothell, consider these programs as well!
- B.A. in Applied Computing
- B.A. in Business Administration, Management Information Systems (MIS) concentration
- B.A. in Mathematical Thinking and Visualization (MTV)
- B.A. in Physics
- B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- B.S. in Earth System Science (ESS)
- B.S. in Mathematics
- B.S. in Physics
- B.S.C.E. in Computer Engineering
- B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering
- Minor in Mathematics
- Minor in Physics & Astronomy
- Minor in Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSSE)
- Minor in Information Technology (IT)
- Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Minor in Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development
- Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations
- Master of Business Administration, Technology
- M.S. in Accounting
- M.S. in Computer Science & Software Engineering
- M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering
- M.S. in Electrical Engineering
Other applicants / further questions
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