Information Technology (IT)

The purpose of the Division of CSS minors is to provide opportunities to students from non-technical disciplines a supplement to their major with a practical set of courses focused on information technology, computer science, and software engineering. This minor will help prepare you for a variety of industrial, government and business positions involving computer use.

Minor in Information Technology

The IT minor focuses on bridging the technology and information management and gives students a background in software design methodologies, computer programming, database systems and strategies for automating industrial and organizational processes. Please read the resitrictions to ensure you can declare this minor.

Required Courses:

  • CSS 132 or 142:  PREREQUISITE
  • CSS 133, 143, or 173
  • CSS 360
  • CSS 475
  • 5 credits of CSS Electives at the 200-level or above (Business students may not take CSS 301 or CSS 350)
  • Total credits: A minimum of 25 credits, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course, unless a higher grade in a course is specified as a pre-requisite for another course in the minor.

Students on the Seattle and Tacoma campuses need to follow procedures for cross-campus enrollment.


  • Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSSE) and Applied Computing (ACMPT) students may not earn the IT or CSSE minors due to the overlap in content between these majors and minors.
  • Business students may not apply CSS 301 (Technical Writing) or CSS 350 (Management Principles for Computing Professionals) to any minor requirements.
  • No student may receive more than one minor from the CSS program.
  • Credits from CSS 332 and  497 cannot be used towards any CSS minor.
  • At least 15 credits of the required coursework must be completed in residence at UW Bothell campus to earn these minors.

Declaring the IT minor

Admission to the IT or CSSE Minors is not competitive. You may declare either minor with any advisor, provided that you have completed the prerequisites with minimum grade requirements. You may not declare a CSS minor with in-progress grades in any prerequisite courses.

Registering for classes

Important note: Due to high demand for these courses, we cannot guarantee that there will be space available for CSS minor students.

Visit our Registration & Waitlists page to submit a Registration Request Form and we will do our best to accomodate your needs.

Graduating with a minor

When applying for graduation, the student's major program advisor will list the minor requirements on the graduation application. Upon graduation, the minor will be indicated on the student's transcript, but it will not appear on the diploma.