Curriculum

The Real Estate Major will prepare students to contribute to the multiple facets of financing, developing, and operating real estate while placing real estate within the context of building cities and communities that are both equitable and sustainable. The curriculum covers both the residential and commercial real estate sectors.

The real estate major requires a minimum of 50 credits of approved courses.

  • 3 credits of RE 250: Introduction to Real Estate
  • 21 credits of required undergraduate real estate courses (or approved substitutes):
    • RE 361: Property Transactions
    • RE 397: Intro to Real Estate Data Modeling
    • RE 411: Real Estate Valuation & Appraisal
    • RE 413: Introduction to Real Estate Finance and Investments
    • RE 416: Real Estate Economics & Market Analysis
    • RE 480: Professional Development Seminar
  •  7 credits of other approved real estate courses
  • 9 credit hours of analytic courses to develop strong data management, analysis, and visualization skills
  • 5 credit hours of built environment courses to be exposed to the context in which real estate takes place
  • 5 credit hours of business skills courses to be introduced to some of the key communication, management, and organizational skills needed to be a successful professional.

Students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. In addition, students need to maintain a major GPA of at least 2.0 and courses taken as satisfactory/non-satisfactory, cannot count toward the major.

Tentative 2022 2023 Course offerings

UW Time Schedule

Here is the recommended sequencing for students planning on completing the major within 2 years.

Download this worksheet to track your progress towards the major.

Undergraduate Real Estate Classes

Required Courses (21 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits Notes
RE 250 Intro to Real Estate 3 credits Prerequisite for RE Courses and to Declare Major
RE 397 Intro to Real Estate Data Modeling 5 credits Required Course
RE 361 Property Transactions 3 credits Required Course
RE 411 Real Estate Valuation & Appraisal 3 credits Required Course
RE 413 Intro to Real Estate Finance & Investment 4 credits Required Course
RE 416 Real Estate Economics & Market Analysis 4 credits Required Course
RE 480 Professional Development Seminar 2 credits Required Course

Core Real Estate Courses (min. 7 credits)

At least 7 credits of undergraduate real estate courses or approved substitutes as shown below:
For courses that have substitutes, only the primary course or one of its substitutes can count toward the major except otherwise noted.

Course Number Course Name Credits Notes
RE 363 Real Estate Development Process 3 credits Primary
FIN 445 Real Estate Development 4 credits Substitute
RE 400 Real Estate Accounting 3 credits
RE 401 Housing Markets & Policy
Early Fall Study Abroad
3 credits
5 credits
Both can be counted for a total of 8 credits
RE 431 Real Estate Asset Management &
Portfolio Management
3 credits
FIN 435 Real Estate Capital Markets 4 credits Prereq FIN 350
RE 459 Risk in Sustainable Development 3 credits
RE 464 Affordable Housing 4 credits
RE 466 Advanced Housing Studies 4 credits
RE 490 Independent Study 1-3 credits
RE 497 Real Estate Data Modeling 4 credits

Analytic Skills Courses (9 credits)

At least 9 credits of approved analytic courses to develop strong data management, analysis, and visualization skills are required. At least one course must be an upper division class (either 300 or 400 level course).

Analytic Skills Courses*Additional Information
Course Number           Course Name Credits  Notes
STAT 100 Numbers and Reason 5 credits Early fall, discovery seminar 
STAT 180
INFO 180
Introduction to Data Science 4 credits  
QMETH 201 Introduction to Statistical Methods 4 credits  
INFO 201 Technical Foundations 4 credits  
STAT 220 Principles of statistical reasoning 5 credits  
STAT 221
CS&SS 221
SOC 221
Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences 5 credits  
ARCH 380 Computers in Architecture 3 credits  
GEOG 326 Quantitative Methods In Geography 5 credits  
INFO 370 Core Methods in Data Science 5 credits Prereq INFO 201 & STAT 221
STAT 302 Statistical Software and Its Applications 3 credits Prereq STAT 311
STAT 311* Elements of Statistical Methods 5 credits Precalculus requirement, can be taken without STAT 220 or STAT 221
STAT 320
CS&SS 320
SOC 320
Evaluating Social Science Evidence 5 credits  
CS&SS 321
STAT 321
SOC 321
Data Science and Statistics for Social Sciences I 5 credits  
CS&SS 322
STAT 322
SOC 322
STAT 322 Case-Based Social Statistics II 5 credits Prereq STAT 221/CS&SS 221/SOC221
STAT 416 Introduction to Machine Learning 4 credits Prereq STAT 311
INFO 474 Interactive Information Visualization 5 credits Prereq INFO 340 or CSE 154; CSE 143; and either Q METH 201, Q SCI 381, STAT 221/CS&SS 221/SOC221, STAT 311, or STAT 390.
RE 397** Introduction to Real Estate Data Modeling 5 credits  
RE 497** Real Estate Data Modeling 4 credits  
*STAT 311 does not have a prerequisite and is best as the first course in a sequence of STAT courses.
** RE 397 and RE 497 can count either towards the core real estate courses elective or towards the analytic skills electives but not both.

**RE 397 is now a core course requirement, so this course cannot be used to satisfy course elective or analytic skills elective for  any student that declared their major after Winter 2022.

Built Environment Courses (5 credits)

At least 5 credit hours of approved built environment courses to be exposed to the context in which real estate takes place are required.

Built Environment CoursesAdditional Information
Course Number Course Name Credits Notes
BE 200 Introduction to Built Environments 3 credits  
BE 210 A Global History of the Built Environment I and II 5 credits  
BE 220 Cities, Health, and Well-being 3 credits  
BE 230 Living with Disasters 5 credits  
BE 405 Built Environments Studio 6 credits  
ARCH 200 Architectural Design and Representation I 5 Credits  
ARCH 201 Architectural Design and Representation II 5 Credits  
ARCH 350 Architecture of the Ancient World 3-5 credits  
ARCH 351 Architecture of the Medieval and Early Modern World 3-5 credits  
ARCH 352 History of Modern Architecture 3-5 credits  
ARCH 452 History of Architecture in Seattle and Environs 3 Credits  
ARCH 534 Green Technology 3 credits  
ARCH 538 Building Reuse Seminar: Investigating the Value of Existing Buildings 3 Credits  
CEP 200 Intro to Community and Environmental Planning 5 credits  
CEP 498 Planning Practicum 1-9 credits  
CM 250 Construction and Culture 5 credits  
CM 260 Digital Tools 3 credits  
CM 310 Introduction to the Construction Industry 3 credits  
CM 311 Construction Documents 2 credits  
CM 335 Sustainable Construction 3 credits  
CM 416 Residential Project Development 3 credits  
GEOG 277 Geography of Cities 5 credits  
GEOG 317 Geographic Information and Spatial Analysis 5 credits  
GEOG 360 GIS and Mapping 5 credits  
GEOG 432 Geography of Inequality 5 credits  
GEOG 445 Geography of Housing 5 credits  
L ARCH 212 Designing the Future 5 credits  
L ARCH 300 Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio 6 credits  
L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning 3 credits  
L ARCH 352 History of Landscape Architecture 5 credits  
L ARCH 353 History of Modern Landscape Architecture 5 credits  
L ARCH 361 The Human Experience of Place 3 credits  
L ARCH 363 Ecological Design and Planning 3 credits  
L ARCH 454 History of Urban Landscapes and Environments 5 credits  
PUBPOL 201 Introduction to Public Policy and Governance 5 credits  
SOC 215 Intro to Urban Sociology 5 credits  
SOC 415 The City and Neighborhood Dynamics 5 credits  
T URB 480 Housing in the United States 5 credits  
URBDP 200 Introduction to Urbanization 5 credits  
URBDP 300 Introduction to Urban Planning 5 credits  
URBDP 404 Intro to GIS 3 credits  
URBDP 424 Site Planning: Issues and Techniques 3 credits  
URBDP 450 Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning 3 credits  
URBDP 466 Infrastructure and Community Facilities 4 credits  

none provided

Business Skills Courses (5 credits)

At least 5 credit hours of business skills courses to be introduced to some of the key communication, management, and organizational skills needed to be a successful professional are required.

Business Skills CoursesAdditional Information
Course Number Course Name Credits Notes
ACCTG 219 Essentials of Accounting 4 credits  
B CMU 301 Strategic Business Communication 4 credits  
COM 220 Introduction to Public Speaking 5 credits  
COM 270 Interpersonal Communication 5 credits  
INFO 360 Design Methods 4 credits  
INFO 380 Information Systems Analysis and Design 5 credits  
MGMT 200 Introduction to Law 5 credits  
MGMT 300 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 4 credits  
MGMT 401 Leadership Development 4 credits  
MGMT 402 Negotiations 4 credits  
MGMT 407 Managing a Global Workforce 4 credits  
MGMT 445 Multicultural Marketing and Business Development 4 credits  
MKTG 275 Marketing Essentials 3 credits  
MKTG 301 Marketing Concepts 4 credits  
MKTG 335 Principles of Selling 4 credits Prereq MKTG 301
MKTG 370 Retailing 4 credits Prereq MKTG 301
MKTG 450 Consumer Behavior 4 credits  
MKTG 462 Customer Analytics 4 credits Prereq MKTG 301

MKTG 301 is a preeq for MKTG 335, MKTG 370, and MKTG 462

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete an additional 130 credits including 80 credits of general education requirements:

General Resources
Areas of Knowledge English Composition Additional Writing Foreign Language Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Comments
20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW 5 credits 10 credits none 5 credits from the Q/SR list. MATH 112, MATH 124, QMETH 201 or Q SCI 291 recommended. Areas of Knowledge must include an approved Diversity course.

Learning Outcomes

The Real Estate Major educates future real estate professionals by equipping them with a deep understanding of the context within which their industry operates and will ensure they are sensitive to environmental resilience and the social and economic equity challenges that are prevalent in the built environment.

The Major benefits from the Runstad Department of Real Estate being located in the College of Built Environments. This provides students with exposure to five disciplines directly involved with shaping and managing the urban environment and creates an interdisciplinary approach that integrates capital, design, and policy considerations.

Students in the Major develop technical, analytical and business skills that prepare them to join the real estate industry, or interact with it, by working in the construction, design, policy, or community development fields. The interdisciplinary nature of real estate will be highlighted throughout the Major and in a variety of learning environments that students will encounter. Students are also encouraged to explore potential double majors and minors.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Be able to communicate technical and complex material in an effective manner in a professional real estate environment
  • Practice according to the professional, ethical, and legal standards expected in the real estate industry
  • Understand the participants and processes involved in the real estate market
  • Appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of real estate and how it fits into a broader economic and social framework
  • Understand the key differences across various property types and functions
  • Understand the steps involved in a real estate transaction
  • Apply a range of analytical and quantitative techniques in an applied real estate context, including real estate appraisal and mortgage calculations
  • Adopt innovative problem solving and transfer appropriate knowledge and methods across different topics
  • Understand how the structure of urban areas impact the demand and supply of real estate and how these feed into broader issues such as public policy and regional economic development and planning