Breadth and Depth Requirements

Many of the checklists have an "Elective Breadth and Depth" requirement that makes reference to "Humanities", "Social Sciences", and courses from the Faculties of Science, Applied Health Studies, and Environmental Studies ("Pure Sciences" or "Pure and Applied Sciences"). The following chart categorizes each of the courses offered by UW for use in these requirements.

Subject Description Humanities Social Sciences Pure Sciences Pure and Applied Sciences
ACTSC Actuarial Science        
AFM Accounting and Financial Management   check mark    
AHS Applied Health Studies        
AMATH Applied Mathematics        
ANTH Anthropology   check mark    
APPLS Applied Language Studies   check mark    
ARBUS Arts and Business        
ARCH Architecture       check mark
ARTS Arts check mark      
BIOL Biology     check mark check mark
BUS Business (WLU)   check mark    
CHE Chemical Engineering        
CHEM Chemistry     check mark check mark
CHINA Chinese check mark      
CIVE Civil Engineering        
CLAS Classical Studies check mark      
CM Computational Mathematics        
CMW Church Music and Worship check mark      
CO Combinatorics and Optimization        
COMM Commerce        
CROAT Croatian check mark      
CS Computer Science        
DAC Digital Arts Communication check mark      
DRAMA Drama check mark      
DUTCH Dutch check mark      
EARTH Earth Sciences     check mark check mark
EASIA East Asian Studies check mark      
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering        
ECON Economics   check mark    
ENBUS Environment and Business        
ENGL English check mark      
ENVE Environmental Engineering        
ENVS Environmental Studies       check mark
ERS Environment and Resource Studies       check mark
ESL English as a Second Language        
FINE Fine Arts check mark      
FR French Studies check mark      
GENE General Engineering        
GEOE Geological Engineering        
GEOG Geography   check mark    
GER German check mark      
GERON Gerontology       check mark
GRK Greek and Hebrew check mark      
HIST History check mark      
HLTH Health Studies       check mark
HRM Human Resources Management   check mark    
HUMSC Human Sciences check mark      
INDEV International Development        
INTEG Knowledge Integration        
INTST International Studies        
INTTS International Trade   check mark    
IS Independent Studies        
ISS Interdisciplinary Social Science   check mark    
ITAL Italian Studies check mark      
ITALST Italian Studies check mark      
JAPAN Japanese check mark      
JS Jewish Studies check mark      
KIN Kinesiology       check mark
KOREA Korean check mark      
LAT Latin check mark      
LS Legal Studies   check mark    
MATBUS Mathematical Business        
MATH Mathematics        
ME Mechanical Engineering        
MEDVL Medieval Studies        
MSCI Management Sciences   check mark    
MTHEL Mathematics Electives        
MTE Mechatronics Engineering        
MUSIC Music check mark      
NATST Native Studies check mark      
NE Nanotechnology Engineering        
OPTOM Optometry     check mark check mark
PACS Peace and Conflict Studies   check mark    
PHARM Pharmacy        
PHIL Philosophy check mark      
PHYS Physics     check mark check mark
PLAN Planning       check mark
PMATH Pure Mathematics        
POLSH Polish check mark      
PORT Portuguese check mark      
PSCI Political Science   check mark    
PSYCH Psychology   check mark    
REC Recreation and Leisure Studies   check mark    
REES Russian and East European Studies check mark      
RS Religious Studies check mark      
RUSS Russian check mark      
SCBUS Science and Business        
SCI Science     check mark check mark
SE Software Engineering        
SI Studies in Islam check mark      
SMF Sexuality, Marriage, and Family   check mark    
SOC Sociology   check mark    
SOCWK Social Work   check mark    
SPAN Spanish check mark      
SPCOM Speech Communication check mark      
SPD Spirituality and Personal Development check mark      
STAT Statistics        
STV Society, Technology and Values   check mark    
SWREN Social Work (Bachelor of...)   check mark    
SYDE Systems Design Engineering        
VCulT Visual Culture        
WS Women's Studies check mark      

The "Depth" requirement may be met in two ways:

Here are a number of examples of prerequisite chains of length three. In each case, course Z has course Y as a prerequisite and course Y has course X as a prerequisite.

Many subject areas do not have prerequisite chains. Students interested in these areas should use the first option for satisfying the requirement.

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