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The Integrated Sciences degree is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates planning careers in secondary science teaching, informal science education at museums or other science institutions, science writing, or science policy and technology law, as well as students whose intellectual interests incline them toward a rigorous program of study across all the sciences.

Students can download instructions for completing our application and the application itself from the Integrated Sciences Program website.  Applications are submitted online.

All application materials must be submitted by April 18th for entrance in Autumn 2014.

Still working on completing our admission requirements?  See our website for information on future application deadlines.


Questions about the Integrated Sciences major application?  Contact Meghan Oxley, the Integrated Sciences adviser, at

Interested in going to law school but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes? We’ve got you covered. There will be another low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course at UW. You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at

*Please Note: You cannot currently apply using your smart phone.

The course will start in April and prepare you for the June test date. The entire 30 hour course, with 3 practice exams, costs $165-$195, if you qualify for need-based aid; it is $295, if you just want to save $1000 on your prep.

The instructor for the course has tutored for several years and taught the LSAT with one of the major prep companies.  He scored in the top 3 percentile on the exam.  He received his Masters in philosophy at UW and teaches at Seattle University.

You can try the course for free by having until before the second class session to receive a full refund for any reason. Apply at

Schedule (***please let us know if this schedule does not work for you):

Tuesday 6-9pm

4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

 Proctored (practice) exams:

Sat. 4/25 11-2pm, Sat. 5/24 11-2pm

(make-up classes available)

Apply ASAP, as there will be more applications than there are spaces available. Email questions to

New Course for SPR 2014

TTh 1:30-2:40, Health Sciences T-473
SLN: 20804
Text: Goodwin, Linacre, and Hadi (2010) “An Introduction to Forensic Genetics.”

• The FBI now has over 10 million DNA profiles in the National DNA Index.
• There have been over 300 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.
• The “Grim Sleeper” was identified because of his son’s conviction on a felony weapons charge.
• Many of the remains of victims of the World Trade Center bombing were identified with the help of DNA results.
• A database of 65,000 DNA profiles in Arizona had a pair of matching profiles, but the profile frequency was estimated to be one in 700 million.
• In March 2013, the CITES Conference of the Parties decided to require DNA profiling for seized ivory. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is implementing this decision. DNA typing will be conducted by UW Professor Sam Wasser.
• A Nevada forensic scientist testified that there was a 99.9967 percent chance that the DNA found in the victim’s underwear was the from defendant’s blood. This statement contributed to an Appeals Court overturning the defendant’s conviction.

Biostatistics Professor Bruce Weir, an advisor to the Scientific Working Group on DNA Methods and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, will cover the genetic and statistical issues raised by these events.

FISH 230 Economics of Fisheries and Oceans (5) I&S/NW, Prof. Chris Anderson (

MWF 10:30-11:50

This course explores how and why people interact with the oceans, and why these interactions often lead to environmental degradation. To develop this understanding, students will use the tools and methods of economics to examine current threats to ocean environments including why overfishing occurs, why coastal dead zones are increasing, why oil spills occur, and more.

Prerequisites: None – open to anyone at the UW
Meets Natural World and Individual & Societies Requirements

Did you know?

  • A 15-year-old girl in Sri Lanka has a better chance of living to age 60 than a 15-year-old girl living in the US.
  • The US, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, ranks just 51st in life expectancy and infant mortality?
  • That 47 babies die every day in the US that wouldn’t if we had Sweden’s infant mortality rate.

If you’re surprised– even incredulous –  HSERV 482 / G H 490 is the course for you.

Population Health HSERV 482/G H 490 explores what makes a country more or less healthy in comparison to others.  Why do Japanese women enjoy increasingly better health status in comparison to all other nations?  Why is length of life declining for US women? In almost a third of counties?  Why are there no pockets of exceptional health status in the US even though we spend about $2.8 trillion dollars a year for medical care, almost half of the world’s total?

The course gets rave student reviews:

  • “This is the best class I have ever taken”
  • “This is one of those amazing classes that can change not only your way of approaching life but how you can view our society and our world”
  • “I’ve never thought of health this way.  Stephen always presented complex ideas that I’m still thinking about….”
  • “Everyone should take this course.  In fact it should be a university requirement.  Totally revolutionary way to look at health.”

Utilizing the active learning classroom at Odegaard, we grapple with novel concepts through lecture and small group interactive exercises complemented by lively section meetings with outstanding TAs.  Students use their creativity to share the concepts learned with a community or communities of their choosing.

No prerequisites except an open mind. 

Class meets M/F 9 to 10:20 plus an hour’s section meeting.  4 credits, qualifies for I&S as well as well as GH Minor or PH Major.

MCAT’s revisions include material on social determinants of health covered here.

SLN  14726 (HSERV 482) or 14277 (G H 490)

If any questions contact instructor:  Stephen Bezruchka


FISH 260 Recreational Fisheries: Science, Management, and Policy (3/5) I&S/NW, Prof. Chris Grue (
FISH 260A (5cr, lecture and lab) TTh 10:30-12:20 and T 5:00-7:00
FISH 260B (3cr, lecture only) TTh 10:30-12:20

“Hook, Line and Sinker”
Learn about scientific, societal, and political contexts within which recreational fisheries are managed and opportunities and issues facing recreational anglers. Optional lab focuses on science and technology behind tactics, tackle and equipment; ways to minimize environmental impacts and enhance conservation of target and non-target species; challenges associated with regulation enforcement and more.

Open to anyone at the UW; appropriate for students without a strong science background
Meets Natural World and Individual & Societies Requirements
No pre-reqs but students should be of sophomore standing or higher

Samantha Scherer, Student Services Manager and Undergrad Advising
UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences  |  Fishery Sciences Bldg, Suite116  |  206-543-7457
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:30
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General Studies 350B

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The UW OMA&D High School Tutor/Mentor program provides support to high school students who are strenuously preparing for post-secondary matriculation.  The tutoring program is comprised of University of Washington student tutors/mentors and high school students in the inner city school district.  UW students use their high school experience along with their UW education to assist or guide high school students to become independent learners.  This tutor/mentor program sends UW students to local Seattle high schools to work as tutors, mentors, and classroom assistants to support the schools in improving retention and ultimately college admissions rates.

University students are able to participate in the program as a volunteer or for UW credit in General Studies 350B.  General Studies 350B gives you the opportunity to work with and impact the lives of high school students.  This work is invaluable and is indeed appreciated by high school staff and students.

For more information please visit the website:

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