REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

General Education Requirement
University Requirements
UCI Requirements

There are four groups of requirements that must be met to earn a baccalaureate degree from UCI: general UC requirements, UCI requirements, school or program requirements, and degree-specific requirements. UC and UCI requirements are described below. School or program and major-specific requirements are described in full in the academic unit sections.

Students with identified learning and/or physical disabilities, including language-acquisition problems, are eligible to receive support through the Disability Services Center; telephone (949) 824-7494 (voice), 824-6272 (TTY), e-mail: dsc@uci.edu. Staff can assist students from the time they are admitted to UCI until they graduate.

Catalogue Rights

Students enrolled at UCI from their freshman year may elect to meet as graduation requirements (UC, UCI, school, and major): (a) those in effect at the time of entrance; or (b) those subsequently established after entrance.

A readmitted student who has not been enrolled at UCI for three or more consecutive quarters (excluding summer sessions) must adhere to the graduation requirements: (a) in effect for the quarter in which the student is readmitted; or (b) those subsequently established.

Students transferring from other collegiate institutions may elect to meet as graduation requirements either: (a) those in effect at the time of enrollment at UCI; (b) those subsequently established; or (c) those in effect at UCI when the student first entered a previous, accredited collegiate institution, provided that the student has been continuously enrolled in a collegiate institution and that entry was not more than four years prior to the time of enrollment at UCI.

A transfer student who has had a break of enrollment of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters (excluding summer sessions) may follow the requirements in effect at UCI: (a) at the time of enrollment at UCI; (b) those subsequently established; or (c) those in effect at the time of reentry into a previous, accredited collegiate institution, provided that reentry was not more than four years prior to enrollment at UCI.

A transfer student who has been continuously enrolled in college for more than four years prior to transfer may use: (a) the requirements in effect at the time of enrollment at UCI; (b) those subsequently established; or (c) those in effect at UCI four years prior to enrollment at UCI.

All students, whether enrolled at UCI from their freshman year, readmitted, or transfer, may elect to fulfill general education requirements as specified above, independent of how they choose to meet all other graduation requirements (UC, UCI [with the exception of general education], school, and major).

Students choosing to complete a minor, whether enrolled at UCI from their freshman year, readmitted, or transfer, may elect to fulfill minor requirements as specified above, independent of how they choose to meet all other graduation requirements (UC, UCI, school, and major).

Transfer students who complete one of the following options will be considered to have met the total UCI general education requirement except the upper-division writing requirement: (a) students who transfer from a four-year institution and who have completed the general education requirements of that college, upon approval of petition; (b) students who transfer from another UC campus and provide official documentation that they have met the general education requirements of that campus; (c) students who transfer from another UC campus and are in the process of completing the general education requirements of that campus, upon approval of petition, and who subsequently complete the remaining requirements of that campus at UCI; or (d) California community college transfer students who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. Transfer students may also elect to complete the UCI general education requirement.

University Requirements

ENGLISH (UC ENTRY LEVEL WRITING)

Every undergraduate must demonstrate a proficiency in writing. The Entry Level Writing Requirement may be satisfied before admission in any of the following ways:

1.   Score 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in English (Language or Literature); or

2.   Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination in English (Language A only), or score 6 or higher on the IB Standard Level Examination in English (Language A only); or

3.   Score 680 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning Test, or score 30 or higher on the ACT Combined English/Writing test.

The UC Entry Level Writing requirement may be met after admission by one of the following options:

1.   Passing the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination given in mid-May (and on subsequent dates) to all entering freshmen admitted for fall quarter (see Placement Testing). Freshmen admitted to UC will receive detailed information in April about the exam. Freshman students who are not California residents may take the exam in the fall after they enroll. Transfer students who have not satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing requirement should contact the UCI Composition Program Office, 420 Humanities Instructional Building; telephone (949) 824-6717.

2.   Prior to enrolling in the University, complete with a grade of C or better a transferable college course in English composition worth four quarter or three semester units. (Once a student enrolls at a UC campus, courses from institutions other than UC may not be used to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.) Students who meet the University's basic requirements for minimal transfer eligibility, which include two transferable college courses in English composition, satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

NOTE: Those students who have not met the requirement before entrance must satisfy the requirement before the beginning of their fourth quarter at UCI. Students who have not satisfied the requirement by that time will be ineligible to enroll for a fourth quarter.

The UC Entry Level Writing requirement may be met after enrollment by one of the following options:

1.   Enrolling in sections of the Humanities Core Course designated "S/A." (NOTE: Students held for UC Entry Level Writing and enrolled in the Humanities Core must enroll in an S/A section of the Core Course during their first quarter. Successful completion of the writing component of these sections of this course with a letter grade of C or better will satisfy the requirement. Students who do not receive a letter grade of C or better in Humanities 1A S/A in fall quarter and who continue to be held for UC Entry Level Writing must enroll in Humanities 1B S/A during the winter quarter and satisfy the requirement by earning a letter grade of C or better.)

2.   Taking Writing 37, 39A, or 39AP with Computer Lab and receiving a letter grade of C or better in that course.

Students enrolled in Essentials of Academic Writing (Humanities 20A-B-C-D) must enroll in Fundamentals of Composition with Computer Lab (Writing 39AP and Lab) or Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (Writing 39A) immediately after they are authorized to do so by the Academic English/English as a Second Language Program. Students with a score of 2, 3, or 4 from the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination are also required to enroll in Writing 39AP with Computer Lab or Writing 39A.

The Pass/Not Pass grade option may not be used to satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing requirement.

Students enrolled at UCI may take only UCI courses in satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing requirement. Continuing UCI students may not take summer courses at another institution to satisfy this requirement.

AMERICAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS

This requirement may be met by one of the following options:

1.   Completion in an accredited high school of a one-year course in United States history with a grade of C or better, or a half-year course in United States history and a half-year course in American government with grades of C or better; or

2.   Achieving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in United States History; or

3.   Achieving a score of 550 or better on the SAT Subject Test in United States history; or

4.   Presentation of a certificate of completion of the requirement at another California institution; or

5.   Completion at UCI or another U.S. institution of one year of college-level United States history with grades of C or better, or one course in United States history and one in United States government with grades of C or better. Acceptable UCI courses: United States history—History 40A, 40B, 40C; United States government—Political Science 21A.

UCI Requirements

UNIT REQUIREMENT

Credit for a minimum of 180 quarter units, earned by examination, by other evaluation, or course work is required. A course normally offers four quarter units of credit.

GRADE REQUIREMENT

A minimum grade average of at least C (2.0) is required (1) overall, (2) in all of the courses required for the major program, and (3) in the upper-division courses required for the major program. Higher averages than this may be required only in honors programs. Students who fail to attain a C (2.0) average in courses required in the major program may, at the option of the major unit, be denied the privilege of pursuing a major program in that unit. In this context, "the courses required in the major program" are defined as the courses required for the major and offered by the program of the student's major (or programs, in the case of an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental major). A major can include additional courses required for the major in this set, with the approval of the Council on Education Policy. In this case, the list of additional courses is published in the Catalogue with the requirements for the major.

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT

At least 36 of the final 45 units completed by a student for the bachelor's degree must be earned in residence at the UCI campus. Exceptions to this rule may be allowed, with prior departmental approval, to students enrolled in the Education Abroad Program, the UCDC Academic Internship Program, the UC Center Sacramento Scholar Intern Program, or the International Opportunities Program with International Study Advance Contract.

GENERAL EDUCATION (GE) REQUIREMENT

NOTE: See http://www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue/intro/12-13_GE.pdf for the GE list including course titles.

UCI is committed to the values of a liberal education. One component of that commitment is the requirement that all undergraduates complete a set of general education (GE) requirements. General education courses introduce students to a range of ideas and intellectual activities that engage UCI scholars, providing both scope and balance to a University degree beyond the study of a specific major.

The general education requirements are intended to help undergraduates place the specialized study undertaken in the major within a broader context. They are designed to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and understanding that will make students effective contributors to society and the world. The general education requirements should enable UCI undergraduates to apply the abilities developed in their studies to identify significant issues, gather and evaluate available evidence, analyze alternatives, reach conclusions, communicate the results effectively, and take considered actions.

The general education requirement is a graduation requirement and, with the exception of the lower-division writing requirement, need not be satisfied during only the lower-division years. To satisfy the general education requirement, courses are required in each of the following categories:

I. Writing (two lower-division plus one upper-division course)

II. Science and Technology (three courses)

III. Social and Behavioral Sciences (three courses)

IV. Arts and Humanities (three courses)

V. Quantitative, Symbolic, and Computational Reasoning, with subcategories Va and Vb (three courses that may also satisfy another GE category)

VI. Language Other Than English (one course)

VII. Multicultural Studies (one course that may also satisfy another GE category)

VIII. International/Global Issues (one course that may also satisfy another GE category)

The specific courses in each area that students may use to satisfy the requirements are listed below. When a general education course is cross-listed with another course, that course also is available for fulfillment of the requirement. Students should refer to the Catalogue descriptions of the courses to determine which are cross-listed.

A course qualifies for a particular GE category based on its content rather than on the academic unit that offers it. However, to increase students' exposure to a variety of disciplinary approaches, students are encouraged to choose GE courses from a wide range of schools and departments outside of the student's major.

NOTE: The following list of courses approved for GE is effective for the 2012-13 academic year only. Because changes occur each year, students should consult the GE list annually to ensure that the courses they enroll in are on the list. GE credit is awarded for a course only if it appears on the list during the academic year when it is taken. To check the GE course offerings in a particular quarter, consult the Schedule of Classes on the Registrar's Web site at http://www.reg.uci.edu.

GENERAL EDUCATION CATEGORIES

I. Writing. Because of the importance of visual, oral, electronic, and written communication in every academic discipline, in the professions, and in public life, the University is committed to developing a variety of communication abilities in students at all levels and in all areas. The Writing Requirement expresses this broad commitment, but the concern for and attention to rhetorically effective, accurate writing is expected in all courses.

The Writing Requirement consists of two courses at the lower-division level beyond the UC Entry Level Writing requirement and one upper-division course in a discipline.

Except where otherwise noted below, students must satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing requirement prior to fulfilling the UCI writing requirement.

Students who have not completed the lower-division writing requirement before the beginning of their seventh quarter at UCI will be subject to probation. Students transferring to UCI normally should have satisfied the lower-division writing requirement before entering UCI; if, however, they have not, they must complete it within their first three quarters of enrollment or they will be subject to probation. Academic English/English as a Second Language students must complete the lower-division writing requirement before the beginning of the seventh quarter following the completion of their AE/ESL courses or they will be subject to probation.

The third course must be an upper-division writing course, and it must be taken only after the successful completion of the lower-division requirement.

Students enrolled at UCI may take only UCI courses in satisfaction of the lower-division and upper-division writing requirements. Continuing UCI students may not take summer courses at another institution to satisfy lower-division or upper-division writing requirements.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following:

Lower-division writing: demonstrate rhetorically effective, accurate academic writing and communication across a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and media using appropriate stance, genre, style, and organization; develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading texts; develop abilities in critical reading across a variety of genres and media; and demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and integrating information gathered from multiple sources into a research project.

Upper-division writing: demonstrate rhetorically effective, discipline-specific writing for appropriate academic, professional, and public audiences; demonstrate, at an advanced level of competence, use of discipline-specific research methods, genres, modes of development, and formal conventions; and demonstrate advanced information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and integrating information gathered from multiple sources into discipline-specific writing.

Lower-Division Requirement: The two courses taken to fulfill the lower-division requirement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (or a Pass or Credit grade equivalent to C). Students may select from the courses specified below:

1.   Writing 39B (Critical Reading and Rhetoric) and 39C (Argument and Research).

2.   Writing 37 (Intensive Writing) and 39C (Argument and Research). Recommended students only.

3.   Completion of the writing component of the Humanities Core Course (Humanities 1A-B-C), with a grade of C or better in 1A or 1B, and in 1C, or for students held for the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement, a C or better in 1B and 1C.

4.   Students who complete Writing 37 or 39B with a grade of B (3.0) or better may substitute as the second course of the lower-division writing requirement one of the following courses in creative writing: Writing 30 or 31.

5.   Writing 39B and completion of a First-Year Integrated Program (FIP) sequence, with a grade of C (or Pass) or better in the third quarter of the sequence.

Upper-Division Requirement: The course taken to fulfill the upper-division requirement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (or a Pass or Credit grade equivalent to C). The requirement may be satisfied by completing any one of the following:

1.   An upper-division course designated on a list of approved courses in the quarterly Schedule of Classes on the Registrar's Web site at http://www.reg.uci.edu. NOTE: All courses approved to fulfill the upper-division writing requirement should have a "W" suffix. Students are encouraged to consult the Schedule of Classes or their advisor to determine the current upper-division writing requirement course offerings. If a course on the approved list is offered without the "W" suffix, it does not satisfy the upper-division writing requirement.

2.   Writing 139W.

3.   Writing 109, 110, 111, or 113. Consent of instructor is required. Students may not use such a course to satisfy the requirement unless they have attained a B or better in both courses taken to satisfy the lower-division writing requirement.

4.   Majors in the School of Biological Sciences, Physics majors, and Pharmaceutical Sciences majors satisfy the upper-division writing requirement in the manner specified in those respective academic unit sections of the Catalogue.

Students who fail to attain the required grades in the courses taken in fulfillment of the writing requirement should refer to the Academic Regulations and Procedures section for further information.

II. Science and Technology. Understanding the nature of scientific inquiry and the operation of the biological, physical, and technological world is essential for making personal and public policy decisions in a technological society.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate a broad understanding of the fundamental laws of science, the principles underlying the design and operation of technology, and the interrelations among science and technology disciplines; demonstrate a broad understanding of various natural phenomena that surround and influence our lives; describe how scientists approach and solve problems; solve problems and draw conclusions based on scientific information and models, using critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative analysis of data and concepts; and explain the scope and limitations of scientific inquiry and the scientific method.

Students must complete three courses from the following list:

Arts 80 (NOTE: Arts 80 may be counted toward either category II or IV but not both.)

Biological Sciences 1A, 5, 6, 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E, 9G, 9J, 9K, 9N, 10, 11, 12B, 12D, 16, 20, 25, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 42, 45, 55, 65, 75, H90, 93, 94

Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C, H2A, H2B, H2C, M3C, 12, H90 (NOTE: Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C, M3C count toward both categories II and Va.)

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) 21, 22, 41, 42, 43 (NOTE: CSE21, CSE22, CSE41, CSE43 count toward both categories II and Vb. CSE42 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb.)

Dance 3, 4

Earth System Science 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, H90 (NOTE: Earth System Science 1, 3, 5, 7, 15, 17 count toward both categories II and Va. Earth System Science 19 counts toward both categories II and Vb.)

Economics 11 (NOTE: Economics 11 may be counted toward either category II or III but not both.)

Informatics 41, 42 (NOTE: Informatics 41, 42 count toward both categories II and Vb.)

Information and Computer Science (ICS) 4, 5, 6N, 8, 10, 11, 21, H21, 22, H22, 31, 32, 33, 51, 61, 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D (NOTE: ICS 11 may be counted toward either category II or III but not both. ICS 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D count toward both categories II and Va. ICS 6N, 21, H21, 22, H22, 31, 33 count toward both categories II and Vb. ICS 32 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb.)

Logic and Philosophy of Science 40

Mathematics 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D (NOTE: Mathematics 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D count toward both categories II and Va.)

Physics 3A, 3B, 3C, 7C, 7D, 7E, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 21, H90 (NOTE: Physics 3A, 3B, 3C, 7C, 7D, 7E, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D count toward both categories II and Va.)

Public Health 30, 60, 80, 90

University Studies 13A-B-C (two courses)*, 17A-B-C (one course)*

*Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE categories. See First-Year Integrated Program on page 59 for details.

 

III. Social and Behavioral Sciences. Courses will focus on principles, sources, and interpretations of human behavior and on how people organize, govern, understand, and explain social life. This category includes the analysis of human behavior at all levels, from the individual to collective social, economic, and political life, and on the scientific methods used in the acquisition of knowledge and the testing of competing theories.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles, sources, and interpretations of human behavior and how people organize, govern, understand, and explain social life; demonstrate an understanding of contemporary and historical perspectives on human behavior; understand and explain the scientific methods used in the acquisition of knowledge and the testing of competing theories in the social and behavioral sciences; and critically evaluate methods, findings, and conclusions in the research literature on human behavior.

Students must complete three courses from the following list:

African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C (NOTE: African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Anthropology 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 41A

Asian American Studies 50, 51, 52, 53 (NOTE: Asian American Studies 50, 51 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, 63, 64

Criminology, Law and Society C7

Economics 1, 11, 13, 17, 20A-B, 23 (NOTE: Economics 11 may be counted toward either category II or III but not both.)

Education 55

Engineering CEE60

European Studies 10, 11 (NOTE: European Studies 10, 11 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

History 15C (NOTE: History 15C may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Humanities 55 (NOTE: Humanities 55 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both; it also counts toward Vb.)

Information and Computer Science (ICS) 3, 11, 60 (NOTE: ICS 11 may be counted toward either category II or III but not both.)

International Studies 11, 13, 14

Linguistics 3, 10, 20, 51, 68 (NOTE: Linguistics 3, 10, 20 count toward both categories III and Vb.)

Philosophy 22

Planning, Policy, and Design 4

Political Science 6A, 6B, 6C, 21A, 31A, 41A, 44A, 51A, 61A, 71A

Psychology 7A, 9A, 9B, 9C, 21A, 46A, 56L, 78A

Psychology and Social Behavior 9, 11A, 11B, 11C

Religious Studies 17, 60 (three different topics)

Social Ecology E8, H20A-B-C

Social Science 1A, H1E-F-G, 2A, 5A, 5C, 5D, 40, 70C, 78A, 78B, 78C (NOTE: Social Science 78A may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Sociology 1, 2, 3, 23, 31, 62, 66, 78

University Studies 12A-B-C (one course)*, 13A-B-C (one course)*, 15A-B-C (one course)*, 16A-B-C (one or two courses)*, 17A-B-C (one course)*

Women's Studies 60A, 60B, 60C

*Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE categories. See First-Year Integrated Program on page 59 for details.

 

IV. Arts and Humanities. Study of the Arts and Humanities expands the student's sense of diverse forms of cultural expression, past and present. Students develop their critical capacity asthey discover how meaning is created and experience variously interpreted.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how visual and verbal communication is used in literature and film, art and music, and philosophy and history; communicate an understanding and appreciation of diverse forms of cultural expression, past and present; understand and explain the research methods used in the acquisition of knowledge and the testing of competing theories in the arts and humanities; and think critically about how meaning is created and how experience is variously interpreted.

Students must complete three courses from the following list:

African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C (NOTE: African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D

Arts 1, 11, 12, 80 (NOTE: Arts 80 may be counted toward either category II or IV but not both.)

Asian American Studies 50, 51, 54, 55 (NOTE: Asian American Studies 50, 51 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Classics 36A, 36B, 36C, 37A, 37B, 37C, 45A, 45B, 45C

Comparative Literature 8, 9, 10, 40A, 40B, 40C, 60A, 60B, 60C

Dance 81, 90A-B-C

Drama 11, 15, 16, 20A, 20B, 20C, 40A, 40B, 40C

East Asian Languages and Literatures 40 (three different topics), 55 (three different topics)

English 10, 28A, 28B, 28C, 28D, 28E

European Studies 10, 11 (NOTE: European Studies 10, 11 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Film and Media Studies 85A, 85B, 85C

French 50 (three different topics)

German 50 (three different topics)

History 12, 15A, 15C, 18A, 21A, 21B, 21C, 36A, 36B, 36C, 37A, 37B, 37C, 40A, 40B, 40C, 50, 60, 70A, 70B, 70C, 70D, 70E, 70F (NOTE: History 15C may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Humanities 1A-B-C, 10, 55 (NOTE: Humanities 55 may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both; it also counts toward Vb.)

Logic and Philosophy of Science 60

Music 3, 4, 8, 9, 14A, 14B, 14C, 40B-C, 40D, 42, 44, 51

Persian 50 (three different topics)

Philosophy 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 23

Religious Studies 5A, 5B, 5C, 90 (three different topics)

Russian 50 (three different topics)

Social Science 78A (NOTE: Social Science 78A may be counted toward either category III or IV but not both.)

Spanish 50 (three different topics)

Studio Art 1A, 1B, 1C, 9A, 9B, 9C

University Studies 11A-B-C (three courses)*, 12A-B-C (one course)*, 15A-B-C (two courses)*, 16A-B-C (one or two courses)*, 17A-B-C (one course)*

Women's Studies 20, 50A, 50B, 50C

*Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE categories. See First-Year Integrated Program on page 59 for details.

 

V. Quantitative, Symbolic, and Computational Reasoning. This category consists of two subcategories. Students are required to take one course in each of the subcategories and an additional course from either subcategory, for a total of three courses. A course approved for the GE requirement in category V and also approved for the GE requirement in a category other than V may be used to satisfy the requirements of both categories simultaneously. However, courses approved for both subcategories in category V may only be used once to satisfy one of the subcategories. The two subcategories are indicated as Va and Vb.

   Va. Quantitative Literacy. Courses in this category focus on the quantitative description, evaluation, and assessment of events occurring in nature or in human social and political systems. This includes quantitative measurements made or data collected to study such events, analysis of the data, and implications of the analysis for our understanding of the events.

   After taking a course in category Va, successful students will be able to do all of the following: identify appropriate tools for quantitative analysis of processes or events; have a basic familiarity with fundamental principles underlying quantitative descriptions of natural or social processes; and be able to do one or more of the following: evaluate studies and reports that assess risk and probability in everyday life; use models of natural phenomena to make quantitative predictions of future behavior or events; use models of economic and social structures to make quantitative predictions of future behavior or events.

Anthropology 10A, 10B

Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C, M3C (NOTE: Chemistry 1A, 1B, 1C, M3C count toward both categories II and Va.)

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) 42 (NOTE: CSE42 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb.)

Earth System Science 1, 3, 5, 7, 15, 17 (NOTE: Earth System Science 1, 3, 5, 7, 15, 17 count toward both categories II and Va.)

Economics 15A, 15B

Information and Computer Science 7, 32, 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D (NOTE: ICS 32 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb. ICS 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D count toward both categories II and Va.)

Logic and Philosophy of Science 31

Management 7

Mathematics 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D (NOTE: Mathematics 77A, 77B, 77C, 77D count toward both categories II and Va.)

Philosophy 31

Physics 3A, 3B, 3C, 7C, 7D, 7E, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D (NOTE: Physics 3A, 3B, 3C, 7C, 7D, 7E, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D count toward both categories II and Va.)

Political Science 10A, 10B

Psychology 10A, 10B

Social Ecology 13

Social Science 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B

Sociology 10A, 10B

Statistics 7, 8, 67

   Vb. Formal Reasoning. Courses in this category focus on aspects of formal reasoning including symbolic logic, mathematical modeling, and algorithmic reasoning.

   After taking a course in category Vb, successful students will be able to do all of the following: understand the concept and purpose of formal languages such as propositional and first-order logic, simple programming languages, mathematical models or linguistic formalisms; possess an elementary grasp of the power and limits of formal methods; and be able to do one or both of the following: apply formal tools of logic or mathematics to the analysis and evaluation of everyday and/or scientific arguments, texts, and communicative situations; apply basic algorithms for the generation of logical deductions, linguistic structures, or computational processes.

Anthropology 10C

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) 21, 22, 41, 42, 43, 46 (NOTE: CSE21, CSE22, CSE41, CSE43 count toward both categories II and Vb. CSE42 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb.)

Earth System Science 19 (NOTE: Earth System Science 19 counts toward both categories II and Vb.)

Humanities 55 (NOTE: Humanities 55 may be counted toward either category III or IV; it also counts toward category Vb.)

Informatics 41, 42, 45 (NOTE: Informatics 41, 42 count toward both categories II and Vb.)

Information and Computer Science (ICS) 6B, 6D, 6N, 21, H21, 22, H22, H23, 31, 32, 33, 46 (NOTE: ICS 6N, 21, H21, 22, H22, 31, 33 count toward both categories II and Vb. ICS 32 counts toward both categories II and either Va or Vb.)

Linguistics 3, 10, 20 (NOTE: Linguistics 3, 10, 20 count toward both categories III and Vb.)

Logic and Philosophy of Science 29, 30

Mathematics 2A, 2B, 2D, H2D, 2J, 4, 6G

Philosophy 29, 30

Political Science 10C

Psychology 10C

Social Science 9C, 10C

Sociology 10C

University Studies 12A-B-C (one course)*

*Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE categories. See First-Year Integrated Program on page 59 for details.

 

VI. Language Other Than English. Study of a language other than English expands students' horizons by encouraging understanding of another culture through its language and heightens awareness of one's own language through the investigation of another linguistic system.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a non-English language; demonstrate an understanding of another (non-English speaking) culture through its language; and demonstrate an understanding of one's own language through the investigation of another, non-English linguistic system.

Students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English (includes American Sign Language) by completing one of the following options:

A.   College-level course work equivalent to UCI's third quarter of study in a language other than English. UCI courses approved to satisfy this requirement are:

   Arabic 1C, S1BC; Chinese 1C, S1BC; French 1C, S1BC; German 1C, S1BC; Greek 1C, S1BC; Hebrew 1C; Italian 1C, S1BC; Japanese 1C, S1BC; Korean 1C, S1BC; Latin 1C, S1BC; Persian 1C, S1BC; Portuguese 1C; Russian 1C; Spanish 1C, S1BC; Vietnamese 1C, S1BC

   For information on UCI's prerequisites, course placement policies, and the grade required to advance to the next level of instruction, consult the School of Humanities (Language Other Than English Placement and Progression) section in this Catalogue.

B.   Credit for three years of high school study or its equivalent in a single language other than English with a C average or better in the third year.

C.   A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English. NOTE: Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Chinese Examination must take the UCI Chinese placement examination to determine course credit.

D.   A score of 570 or better on a College Board SAT Subject Test in a language other than English, with the exception of the test in Modern Hebrew for which a score of 500 or better is required.

E.   Completion of an approved course of study through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP). Careful planning is required to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled. Check with an EAP counselor at the Study Abroad Center to determine the programs in countries that fulfill this requirement.

F.   The equivalent as determined by an appropriate and available means of evaluation. For information on availability of such examinations and testing schedules, consult the Academic Testing Center, (949) 824-6207. If an appropriate means of evaluating competence in a non-English language of instruction does not exist, satisfactory completion, with a C average or better, of one year of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English will meet the requirement. Appropriate documentation must be presented to substantiate that the course work was completed.

VII. Multicultural Studies. This requirement develops students' awareness and appreciation of the history, society, and/or culture of one or more underrepresented groups in California and the United States.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate knowledge of one or morehistorically underrepresented groups' culture, history, and development in California and the United States; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences and inequities; and demonstrate an understanding that cooperation and mutual understanding among all cultural groups is needed to interact successfully in a culturally diverse society.

Students must complete one course from the following list. In fulfilling category VII, students are encouraged to use courses that are also being used in fulfillment of other GE categories. For example, Humanities 1C simultaneously satisfies category VII and a portion of category IV.

African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C

Anthropology 85A, 128B, 134M, 136K, 137A, 138T, 161T, 162B

Asian American Studies 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 143

Chicano/Latino Studies 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 102, 114, 116, 122, 137, 138, 142, 151, 152A, 153, 154, 155, 158, 160, 163, 168, 170, 171, 176, 177, 178, 182, 183

Comparative Literature 9

Criminology, Law and Society C156, C158, C161, C171, C172

Education 104E, 124, 143B, 155, 182

History 15A, 15C

Humanities 1C

International Studies 177B

Linguistics 2

Music 78A, 78B

Planning, Policy, and Design 172

Political Science 61A, 124A, 124B, 126C

Psychology 174F

Psychology and Social Behavior 192Q, 192R, 192S

Social Science 70C, 78A, 78B, 78C, 165, 167, 170E, 173G, 173I, 173K

Sociology 51, 63, 65, 68A, 136, 161, 170C

Studio Art 149

University Studies 16A-B-C (one course)*

Women's Studies 20, 50A, 50B, 50C

*Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE categories. See First-Year Integrated Program on page 59 for details.

 

VIII. International/Global Issues. Courses in this category focus on significant cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political, and/or sociological aspects of one or more countries other than the United States.

After completing this GE requirement, successful students should be able to do the following: demonstrate specific knowledge of the cultural, historical, social, economic, scientific, and political aspects of one or more foreign countries, and the connections among these aspects; develop a broader understanding of the formation of different cultures and countries through the world; and be prepared to engage in positive interaction with peoples of different cultures and nationalities.

Students must complete one course from the following list. In fulfilling category VIII, students are encouraged to use courses that are also being used in fulfillment of other GE categories. In addition, category VIII may be satisfied by one quarter's participation in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or one quarter's participation in an International Opportunities Program (IOP) with an approved IOP Credit Contract. Summer study abroad on an EAP, IOP (with approved IOP Credit Contract), or UCI Summer Session Travel Study program satisfies this requirement when the program is at least five weeks long and a student completes at least one course worth at least four quarter units.

Anthropology 2A, 20A, 30A, 41A, 121A, 121D, 121G, 121J, 125A, 125B, 125X, 127A, 134A, 134G, 135A, 135I, 136A, 136D, 138O, 138P, 138Q, 162A, 163A, 163K, 164P, 174A

Arabic 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC

Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D

Asian American Studies 51

Chicano/Latino Studies 115A, 115C, 130, 161, 178A

Chinese 2A-B-C, 3A-B-C, 100A-B-C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 115

Comparative Literature 10, 40A, 40B, 40C, 60A, 60B, 60C

Criminology, Law and Society C191

Dance 80, 82, 90A-B-C

Drama 40A, 40B, 40C

Earth System Science 15, 17

East Asian Languages and Literatures 20, 40, 55, 110, 116, 117, 120, 130, 140, 150, 155, 160, 170

Economics 13, 152A

European Studies 10, 11

French 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 50

German 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 50

Hebrew 2A-B-C

History 18A, 21A, 21B, 21C, 50, 70A, 70B, 70D, 70E, 70F

Humanities 10

International Studies 11, 13, 14, 111A, 113A, 121, 122, 130, 151A, 152A, 160, 161, 161A, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 177C, 177E, 177F, 183E

Italian 2A-B-C

Japanese 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 3A-B-C, 100A-B, 101A, 101B, 101C, 115, 180

Korean 2A-B-C, 3A-B-C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 115, 180

Linguistics 1

Music 40B-C, 40D, 42, 44

Persian 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 3A-B, 50

Planning, Policy, and Design 140

Political Science 6A, 41A, 42A, 43D, 44A, 141B, 141C, 141E, 142H, 143E, 146A, 151A, 151B, 151C, 151D, 151F, 152C, 152D, 152F, 153A, 153B, 153E, 154C, 154F, 154G, 155F, 156A, 157A, 172A, 172B

Portuguese 2A-B-C

Public Health 168

Religious Studies 5A, 5B, 5C, 60

Russian 2A-B-C, 50

Social Ecology E113, E127

Social Science 5D, 115H, 120, 152A, 170P, 173N, 173P, 173Q, 176A, 183E, 188A, 188B, 188C, 188D, 188E, 188F, 188G, 188H, 188I, 188J, 188K, 188L, 188M

Sociology 2, 44, 77, 165A, 170A, 170B, 175A, 175B

Spanish 2A-B-C, 2AB, 2BZ, 2MD, S2AB-BC, 3A, 3B, 44, 50

Vietnamese 2A-B-C, 3A-B-C

Women's Studies 60C

Or, students may complete one of the following fourth-quarter language options:

A.   Credit for four years of high school study or its equivalent in a single language other than English with a C average or better in the fourth year.

B.   A score of 4 or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English. NOTE: Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Chinese Examination must take the UCI Chinese placement examination to determine course credit.

C.   A score of 620 or better on a College Board SAT Subject Test in a language other than English, with the exception of the test in Modern Hebrew for which a score of 540 or better is required.

D.   The equivalent as determined by an appropriate and available mean of evaluation. For information on availability of such examinations and testing schedules, consult the Academic Testing Center, (949) 824-6207. If an appropriate means of evaluating competence in a non-English language of instruction does not exist, satisfactory completion, with a C average or better, of two years of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English will meet the requirement. Appropriate documentation must be presented to substantiate that the course work was completed.

FIRST-YEAR INTEGRATED PROGRAM (FIP)

University Studies 11–17 are three-quarter multidisciplinary sequences for freshmen only. These integrated courses are designed to introduce students to the ways different disciplines approach similar problems and to provide a freshman learning community experience. Successful completion of all three quarters will satisfy several courses toward partial fulfillment of different GE requirement categories. These courses are designed to have a capstone research writing component in the third quarter which will satisfy the second quarter of the lower-division writing requirement—one of the four courses toward partial fulfillment of GE categories. To satisfy the second quarter of the lower-division writing requirement with an FIP sequence, students must concurrently enroll in Writing 39B either the fall or winter quarter and pass it with a grade of C or better, and also complete the FIP sequence with a grade of C (or Pass) or better in the third quarter of the sequence. For complete information about the FIP sequences, including course descriptions and prerequisites, see pages 47-48.

University Studies 11A-B-C Persuasion and Social Change I, II, III (5-5-5). GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, and three courses toward category IV.

University Studies 12A-B-C Computer Games as Art, Culture, and Technology I, II, III (5-5-5). GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, one course toward category III, one course toward category IV, and one course toward category Vb.

University Studies 13A-B-C Environmental Studies I, II, III (5-5-5). GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, two courses toward category II, and one course toward category III.

University Studies 15A-B-C Consciousness I, II, III (5-5-5) GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, one course toward category III, and two courses toward category IV.

University Studies 16A-B-C How Race Is Made I, II, III (5-5-5) F, W, S. GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, one course toward category III, one course toward category IV, one course toward category VII, and one additional course toward either category III or IV.

University Studies 17A-B-C Water I, II, III (5-5-5) F, W, S. GE: One course toward category I-equivalent of Writing 39C, one course toward category II, one course toward category III, and one course toward category IV.

School, Departmental, and Major Requirements

In addition to the University and UCI requirements listed above, each undergraduate student must satisfy the degree requirements for the major and, if applicable, the minor or concentration selected. UCI, school, and departmental or major and minor requirements may overlap; courses taken to fulfill a school or departmental requirement may also help fulfill the UCI general education requirement. Students are urged to make sure that they understand how many courses are permitted to satisfy more than one requirement. Information on specific degree requirements and courses is available in the academic unit sections of this Catalogue.

Students must declare a major by the time they reach junior status (90 units excluding college work completed prior to high school graduation), and should make certain that the background and the preparation prerequisite to junior and senior work in the major have been accomplished. Transfer students should read the section on Information for Transfer Students: Fulfilling Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.

Students should note that with the exception of courses designated Pass/Not Pass Only, courses taken Pass/Not Pass may not be used to satisfy specific course requirements of the student's school and major, unless authorized by the appropriate dean. Additional information on grading is located in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section.

Minor Programs

For certification in a minor, a student must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of at least C (2.0) in all courses required for the minor program. No more than two courses applied to a minor may be taken Pass/Not Pass. Completion of the minor is noted on a student's transcript. (Students are not required to minor in a program in order to graduate from UCI.)

Application for Graduation

In order to receive a degree, an undergraduate student must submit an online Application for Graduation via the Student Access link at http://www.reg.uci.edu no later than the published deadline. Specific deadline dates for filing are established quarterly so that candidates' academic records can be reviewed to verify that all graduation requirements have been met. These dates vary among academic units. Students should contact their academic counseling office for deadline and degree audit information.