Admission to the BA and BS Degrees offered by the Department of Biology will be by competitive application process. This process is designed not to limit access to the major but to assist students in careful planning and preparation for success in the Biology Major. Students are encouraged to visit Biology Advising early in their academic career or prior to transfer to begin planning for the major.


Applications for the undergraduate degree programs in Biology will be accepted quarterly. A completed electronic application will be due the second Friday of Autumn, Winter, Spring, & Summer quarters by 11:59pm. Applications received by the system after the quarterly cut off will be considered for the subsequent quarter.


Minimum application requirements for a Biology Major:

1.      Be a matriculated student at the UW Seattle Campus and in good academic standing.


2.      Complete the Introductory Biology series or equivalent courses to UW BIOL 180, 200, 220 and have a                  minimum grade of 2.0 in EACH course.


3.      Have a minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA for any supporting course work in Chemistry, Physics, Math, Biology          or other courses intended for use in the Biology major that are complete at the time of application.



Meeting these minimum requirements will not guarantee admission to the Biology major. Other factors in admission include review of personal statement, space availability in the major, and time to degree set by UW Satisfactory Progress Policy. 


Application Deadlines:

Summer 2016: July 1st

Autumn 2016:  October 7th

Winter 2017: January 13th

Spring 2017: April 7th




We strongly encourage students who do not earn a 2.0 in each of their Biology Intro courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in supporting course work needed to apply to Biology, or if they have academic issues to explain that are larger than a single course or quarter, to see a Dept. of Biology Academic Adviser to address these issues prior to application.  Walk-In Advising is Available M-F* 9am-12pm and 1-4pm (*130-4 on Thursdays). You may also make an individual appointment by contacting one of the Biology Advisers directly.





  • To have your introductory biology courses from another school evaluated, please email one of the advisers with a full and complete syllabus.