General Education & Degree Requirements

In order to graduate, you must complete all of the listed degree requirements. For all students, this will require completing courses beyond your major requirements.

University Requirements

Entry-Level Writing

American History and Institutions

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Majors and Minors

  • Majors are mandatory: You must declare a major by the time you complete 90 units, and you must complete your major to graduate. 

  • Minors are optional, appear on your transcript, but aren't listed on your diploma
  • Some majors are restricted: "Capped" majors don't allow all students into them and have additional screening requirements

  • There are a lot of majors to choose from: we have more than 100 different majors ar UCSD

  • You can view 4 - and sometimes 3 - year plans for different majors at http://plans.ucsd.edu  

  • Declaring or changing into a non- capped major is easy to do online

Additional Requirements

Senior Residency

Thirty-five (35) of a student's last forty-five (45) units must be taken at UCSD.

Pass/No Pass

No more than one-fourth (25%) of an undergraduate student's units completed at UCSD may be graded Pass/Not Pass. Many majors require a letter grade in all course work.

Minimum Academic Progress

Students must complete 36 units during each academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters). If a student is on leave or approved for part time status in any quarter, they will be exempt for the entire period.

Minimum Units for Graduation

180 units required for a B.A. and B.S. degree. A minimum of 60 units must be taken at the upper-division level.

Maximum Unit Limit

Students are limited to 200 units for B.A. and B.S. in Arts and Sciences, 230 units for B.S. in Engineering, and 240 units for double majors.

Minimum GPA

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate. Some majors have an additional minimum GPA requirement for the major. See the major department for details.

College Requirements and General Education 

Muir College Writing

Two courses, MCWP 40 & 50, at UCSD for letter grade in first 6 quarters.

Area I: Social Sciences (3 courses)

Choose 3 courses from one of the sequences listed below.

Sequence Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Anthropology ANTH 1, 21, 23, or 103 ANTH 2 or 102 ANTH 3 or 101
Cognitive Science COGS 1 Choose 2 from COGS 10, 11, 17 or DSGN 1
Critical Gender Studies CGS 2A CGS 2B CGS 101, 103, 105, 106, 112, or 114
Economics ECON 1 ECON 2 ECON 3
Ethnic Studies ETHN 1 ETHN 2 ETHN 3
Linguistics Choose 3 from LIGN 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 17
Political Science Choose 3 from POLI 10 or 10D, 11 or 11D, 12 or 12D, or 13 or 13D
Psychology Choose 3 from PSYC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 7
Social Justice Choose 3 from AAS 10, COMM 10, ETHN 20 or MGT 18
Sociology SOCI 1 SOCI 2 One from SOCI 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50
Urban Studies & Planning USP 1 USP 2 USP 3

GE OVERLAP RULE: No more than 3 courses from your major may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Area II: Math or Natural Sciences (3 courses)

Choose 3 courses from one of the sequences listed below:

Sequence Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Astronomy (non-science majors) Choose 3 courses  from PHYS 5, 7, 9, 13
Biology (non-science majors) Choose 3 from BILD 7, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24, or 26
Calculus MATH 10A MATH 10B MATH 10C or 11
Calculus (engineering) MATH 20A MATH 20B MATH 20C or 11
Chemistry (non-science majors) CHEM 11 CHEM 12 CHEM 13
Chemistry CHEM 6A or 6AH CHEM 6B or 6BH CHEM 6C or 6CH
Earth Science (non-science majors) Choose 3 from SIO 1, 10, 20 or 30
Environmental Studies (non-science majors) ENVR 30 Choose 2 from BILD 18, PHYS 12, SIO 25 or ENVR 140
Introduction to Natural Sciences BILD 10 or ENVR 30 CHEM 4 or 11 PHYS 8 or 10
Physics (biological sciences) PHYS 1A+1AL PHYS 1B+1BL PHYS 1C+1CL
Physics (engineering) PHYS 2A PHYS 2B PHYS 2C
Physics (non-science majors) Choose 3 from PHYS 8, 10, 11 or 12
Physics (physics majors) PHYS 4A PHYS 4B PHYS 4C

GE OVERLAP RULE: No more than 3 courses from your major may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements.

Area III: Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, or Humanities (6 courses)

You must complete two of the three sub-categories below:

Fine Arts
Choose 3 courses from one of the sequences listed below.

Sequence Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
Art History Choose 3 from VIS 20, 21A, 21B, or 22
Dance History TDTR 10 Choose 2 from TDHD 171, 172, or 173
Film Studies VIS 22 VIS 84 One from VIS 152, 153, 154, or 155
Jazz and Blues MUS 126 2 MUS 127 courses with different topics
Music Fundamentals* MUS 1A MUS 1B MUS 1C
Music Fundamentals for Music Majors * MUS 2A MUS 2B MUS 2C
Music Traditions MUS 4 Choose 2 from MUS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18 (if taken for 4 units)
Theatre History Choose 3 from TDHT 10, 21, 22 or 23
Theatre TDGE 1 Choose 2 from TDAC 1, TDDE 1, TDGE 3, 5, 10 or 11, or TDPW 1
Visual Arts Choose 2 from VIS 1, 2, or 3 VIS 11 or 111

      
Foreign Language

You must have college credit for 3 courses in the same language.  This can include units from AP, IB, or community college courses.  Language proficiency does not clear this requirement.

Choose 3 courses from one of the sequences listed below.

Sequence Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
American Sign Language Choose 3 from
LISL 1A+1AX, 1B+1BX, 1C+1CX, or 1D+1DX
Ancient Greek LTGK 1 LTGK 2 LTGK 3
Arabic LIAB 1A+1AX LIAB 1B+1BX LIAB 1C+1CX
Chinese Choose 3 from
CHIN 10A, 10 B, 10C, 20A, 20B, or 20C
French Choose 3 from LIFR 1A+1AX, 1B+1BX, 1C+1CX, or 1D+1DX; or  LTFR 2A, 2B, 2C, or 50
German Choose 3 from LIGM 1A+1AX , 1B+1BX, 1C+1CX, or 1D+1DX; or LTGM 2A, 2B, 2C or 50
Hebrew JUDA 1 JUDA 2 JUDA 3
Italian Choose 3 from LIIT 1A+1AX , 1B+1BX, 1C+1CX, or 1D+1DX; or LTIT 2A, 2B, 2C or 50
Japanese Choose 3 from
JAPN 10A, 10B, 10C, 20A, 20B, or 20C
Korean Choose 3 from LTKO 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, or 2C
Latin LTLA 1 LTLA 2 LTLA 3
Portuguese LIPO 1A+1AX LIPO 1B+1BX LIPO 1C+1CX
Russian Choose 3 from LTRU 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, or 2C
Spanish Choose 3 from LISP 1A+1AX , 1B+1BX, 1C+1CX, or 1D+1DX; LTSP 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, or 2E
Heritage Languages

Choose 3 courses in a single language from the following:

  • Filipino for Filipino Speakers (LIHL 112/132)
  • Armenian for Armenian Speakers (LIHL 113)
  • Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers (LIHL 114/134)
  • Korean for Korean Speakers (LIHL 115/135)
  • Persian for Persian Speakers (LIHL 117/137)
  • Cantonese for Cantonese Speakers (LIHL 118/138)
  • Hindi for Hindi Speakers (LIHL 119/139)

      
Humanities

Choose 3 courses from one of the sequences listed below.

Sequence Course 1 Course 2 Course 3

British & American Literature

Choose 3 from LTEN 21, 22, 23, 25, or 26
Critical and Scientific Reasoning Choose 3 from PHIL 10, 12, 15, 25, or 32
Ethical Thinking Choose 3 from PHIL 13, 26, 27, 28, or 33
Fiction & Film in 20th Century Choose 3 from LTWL 4A, 4C, 4D, 4F, or 4M
Fiction, Poetry, & Non-Fiction Writing LTWR 8A LTWR 8B LTWR 8C
History of China and Japan HILD 10 HILD 11 HILD 12
History of Philosophy  PHIL 31 PHIL 32 PHIL 33
Introduction to Greeks & Romans LTWL 19A LTWL 19B LTWL 19C
Introduction to Philosophy Choose 3 from PHIL 1, 13, 14, or 15
Multicultural U.S. Literature LTEN 27 LTEN 28 LTEN 29
Race & Ethnicity in U.S. History HILD 7A HILD 7B HILD 7C
Third World Literature Choose 3 from TWS 21, 22, 23 or 25
U.S. History HILD 2A HILD 2B HILD 2C

Overlap Rule

Up to three courses from your major may apply to your General Education 

Transfer Students

If You Completed IGETC Before Transfer

  • You must complete 1 upper-division writing course, MCWP 125; we also accept the lower-division course, MCWP 50 to clear this requirement.
  • MCWP 40 and the social sciences, math/natural sciences, and fine arts/foreign language/humanities GE sequences are waived

If You Completed Partial IGETC Before Transfer

  • As IGETC, plus you must complete one or two classes that match your missing IGETC areas.
  • If you are missing IGETC area `1B, you must complete both MCWP 40 and MCWP 50.
  • Otherwise, MCWP 40 and the social sciences, math/natural sciences, and fine arts/foreign language/humanities GE sequences are waived.

If You Completed GE as a Student at Another UC Campus Before Transfer

  • The social sciences, math/natural sciences, and fine arts/foreign language/humanities GE sequences are waived.
  • You may petition to use writing courses completed at other UC campuses to count toward one or more of the Muir College Writing Program courses required for graduation, but approval is not guaranteed.

All Other Transfer Students

  • You will need to consult with a Muir College academic advisor to see how your transfer courses apply to our General Education requirements.