The Allen School has an extensive set of upper-division course offerings for students NOT majoring in 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 rather than the course catalog.

The descriptions below do NOT describe our lower-division (100-level) courses.  Those courses are described on our Introductory course page, which we STRONGLY recommend that you visit.  Our upper-division courses have lower-division courses as prerequisites.

Upper-Division Non-Major Courses 

These courses are specifically designed for students in other majors.  While their content overlaps with courses for CSE majors as described below, they aim to have fewer prerequisites, are often broader in scope, and should complement the courses that students take in other majors.  

If you are interested in taking an upper-division non-major course that is full, please note that we will no longer be maintaining overload lists for these courses. Sign up for NotifyUW to receive alerts when space becomes available in the class. We will try to adjust class sizes to meet demand as best we can.  Graduate students are generally only allowed to register during Period II registration unless they are in a data science major that requires these courses.

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 adviser before taking a non-major course.

While there is not an exact correspondence between majors and non-majors courses, 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 Majors-Only Course Alternative 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 Structures & Parallelism CSE 373
 CSE 333: Systems Programming CSE 374
 CSE 341: Programming Languages CSE 413
 CSE 344: Introduction to Data Management CSE 414
 CSE 351: The Hardware/Software Interface CSE 374CSE 410
 CSE 391: System and Software Tools CSE 374
 CSE 401: Introduction to Compiler Construction CSE 413
 CSE 421: Introduction to Algorithms Math 381, CSE 417
 CSE 442: Data Visualization CSE 412
 CSE 446: Machine Learning CSE 416
 CSE 451: Introduction to Operating Systems CSE 410
 CSE 461: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks   E E 461
 CSE 473: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSE 415

Non-Matriculated Students

If you are a non-matriculated student (i.e., someone not currently enrolled as a student at UW) interested in taking any of our non-major courses please follow the instructions below. If you are interested in taking any of our majors-only courses please follow these petition guidelines. If granted a spot in a majors-only course our advising team will work with you to complete the required paperwork outlined below.

  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 advisers. You can do this via fax (206-543-2969), email (, or drop it off at the CSE Advising Office in the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science and Engineering, CSE2 170. We will get the form 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.

Please contact an adviser if you have any questions about taking CSE coursework as a non-matriculated student.