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STARS Curriculum

The STARS curriculum provides scholars with the foundational skills to become master students.

  • First-year courses ensure scholars receive the support they need to develop and hone effective study strategies and strengthen their preparation for core engineering prerequisites. Problem solving courses and supplemental workshops emphasize fundamental problem solving concepts applicable to prerequisites and courses in engineering or computer science majors.
  • The second year includes supplemental instruction—with a focus on problem solving in physics and/or computer science, depending on major choice—and career and community-building activities.
  • STARS does not have curriculum requirements in the third year. However, STARS students who are placed in Computer Science and Computer Engineering are required by the department to take and pass a supplemental workshop along with CS 311. This course and workshop are taken in the first quarter of the 3rd year.  

STARS problem solving courses

Success in the initial mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer science prerequisites is a critical step in pursuing an engineering or computer science degree. Unfortunately, many incoming first-year students enter UW lacking the preparation necessary for success in these courses. STARS problem solving courses focus on developing the strategies, habits of mind, and tenacity necessary to succeed in prerequisite courses.

ENGR 197 workshops

To support student success in engineering and computer science fundamental courses, STARS requires supplemental workshops for the following prerequisites.

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Computer Science I and II
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Physics I

Sample STARS curriculum

Autumn quarter

Course Credits
English Composition or Communications 5
ENGR 102 - STARS Seminar 1
ENGR 120 - STARS Math Problem Solving 4
GEN ST 199 - University Community 2

Winter quarter

Course Credits
CHEM 110 - Preparation for General Chemistry 3
ENGR 197 - CHEM 110 Workshop 1
ENGR 102 - STARS Seminar 1
MATH 124 - Calculus I 5
ENGR 197 - Math 124 workshop 1
Additional course for general education requirements 3-5

Spring quarter

Course Credits
CHEM 142 - General Chemistry I 5
ENGR 197 - CHEM 142 Workshop 1
ENGR 102 - STARS Seminar 1
MATH 125 - Calculus II 5
ENGR 197 - MATH 125 Workshop 1
Additional course for general education requirements 1-3

In conjunction with completing required courses during the second year, scholars work with an academic advisor in their intended major to develop a plan for completing remaining prerequisites.

Autumn quarter

Course Credits
CHEM 152 - General Chemistry II 5
ENGR 197 - CHEM 152 Workshop 1
MATH 126 - Calculus III 5
ENGR 197 - MATH 126 Workshop 1
CSE 190 - STARS Pre-CSE 142 Problem Solving 3
ENGR 197 - STARS Career Prep Seminar 1

Winter quarter

Course Credits
CSE 142 - Computer Science I 4
CSE 190 - STARS CSE 142 Companion Course 2
MATH 307 or additional course for general education requirements 3-5
ENGR 197 - STARS Career Prep Seminar 1

Spring quarter

Course Credits
CSE 143 - Computer Science II 5
CSE 190 - STARS CSE 143 Companion Course 2
PHYS 121 - Physics I 5
ENGR 197 - PHYS 121 Workshop 1
MATH 307 or MATH 308 3
ENGR 197 - STARS Career Prep Seminar 1