Founded in 1990, UW Tacoma is one of the University of Washington’s three campuses. The university serves thousands of students in seven academic divisions, studying in 27 undergraduate and six graduate degree programs. First year students at UW Tacoma enroll in an innovative core program. Students can choose majors that include Education, Information Technology, Computer Science, Social Work, Business, Urban Studies, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. UW Tacoma is also constantly academic programs as the number of students grows. This campus boasts numerous interdisciplinary programs and small classes, flexible class schedules, as well as diverse research and service projects. Classes are offered days and nights to accommodate the schedules of its full- and part-time students.
All students have access to the UW multi-campus library system. The university also offers certificate programs in areas such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Nonprofit Management. There are also numerous minors including Health and Society, Hispanic Studies, Human Rights, Law and Policy, Mathematics, and Museum Studies.
Students who are interested in learning about Environmental Studies can benefit from access to Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island; state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessels and equipment; Pack Experimental Forest; and Big Beef Creek Field Station on Hood Canal. The Center for Urban Waters is a community of environmental scientists, engineers, analysts, and policy makers that strive to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to restore and protect the Puget Sound.
There are also diverse study abroad opportunities to exotic countries such as Brazil, Kenya, Argentina, China, Costa Rica, and Germany. Students enrolled at the Tacoma campus can also participate in study abroad programs through the university’s other campuses.