Non-Major Course Options

CSE has an extensive set of course offerings for students NOT majoring in the UW Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree programs. These courses are open to all matriculated students at UW who meet the course prerequisites. Non-matriculated students may enroll on a space-available basis (see below). Please check our catalog for a general description of these courses. The links below take you directly to the CSE course webs.

Introductory Non-Major Courses

Upper-Division Non-Major Courses 

These non-majors courses are specifically designed to cover the material of our majors courses in a format appropriate for non-majors. The correspondence between our majors courses and these non-majors courses (as well as some courses in Electrical Engineering or Math) is shown below. Please note that if you are enrolled in another major at UW (or you are a pre-major) but plan on applying to the CSE program in the future, you should speak with a CSE academic advisor before taking a non-major course.

If you are interested in courses on the left and are not planning to be a CSE major, we suggest you consider taking a course on the right:

CSE Major's Only CourseAlternative Courses to Consider
CSE 311&312: Foundations of Computing I and II Some of the concepts are covered in: Math 300, Phil 120, Stat 390 or 391, and E E 271
CSE 332: Data Abstractions CSE 373
CSE 341: Programming Languages CSE 413
CSE 351: The Hardware/Software Interface CSE 410
CSE 352: Hardware Design and Implementation CSE 410, E E 271 and E E 471
CSE 401: Introduction to Compiler Construction CSE 413
CSE 421: Introduction to Algorithms Math 381, CSE 417
CSE 451: Introduction to Operating Systems CSE 410
CSE 461: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks E E 461
CSE 471: Computer Design and Organization E E 471
CSE 473: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSE 415

Non-Matriculated Students

Here is how to enroll in an undergraduate class if you are a non-matriculated student (i.e., someone not currently enrolled as a student at UW):

  1. Contact UW Educational Outreach for non-degree enrollment.
  2. After completing the Educational Outreach "NM Student Registration Approval Form," turn it in to the Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate advisors. You can do this via fax (206-543-2969), email (, or drop it off in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering, CSE 101. We will get it signed by both the department and the instructor. Please make sure to include your return fax number, email address, or indicate that you will pick it up in person from our office.
  3. Complete the Educational Outreach enrollment process according to the Educational Outreach instructions.

In rare cases, students may petition to take a majors-only CSE course. Please read the petition instructions carefully. If you are a non-matriculated student, your petition must be approved before the department will sign off on your registration forms.