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

Requirement in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Required for all students admitted as Freshmen starting Fall 2011 or later and transfer students starting Fall 2013 or later. Complete one course from the campus approved list.

Freshman and Transfer students entering before Fall 2011 should refer to the US Cultural Diversity requirement instead.  See notes in General Education Requirements section.

Major Requirements

  • You must complete all of the requirements of an undergraduate major.
  • You must declare a major as soon as you have Junior standing (90 units or more).

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.

Muir College General Education Requirements

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 COGS 11 COGS 10 or 17
Critical Gender Studies CGS 2A CGS 2B CGS 100
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
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
Film Studies VIS 22 VIS 84 One from VIS 152, 153, 154, or 155
Music Fundamentals MUS 1A MUS 1B MUS 1C
Music Traditions MUS 4 Choose 2 from MUS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13AF, 13AM, 13AS, 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18
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 118/13
  • 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, 24, 25 or 26
U.S. History HILD 2A HILD 2B HILD 2C

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

Muir College Writing Requirement (2 courses)

MCWP 40 and MCWP 50
  • Both courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Courses cannot be cleared with AP, IB, or community college credit.
  • Students will be given priority to enroll in their first pass during their first twoyears at UCSD. Afterward, students will only be able to enroll or wait list inthe second pass period.

US Cultural Diversity (Students admitted before Fall 2011)

Cultural Diversity in U.S. Society is a univesity requirement and may overlapwith any other requirements including: the General Education, Major, or Minor.The course content to fulfill this requirement must represent culturaldiversity within U.S. society. Transfer courses must be specifically approvedfor Cultural Diversity.

Please Note

Students admitted as Freshmen starting Fall 2011 and later and Transfers starting Fall 2013 and later should refer to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) course list, not the list below.

The US Cultural Diversity requirement can be met with one course from the following:

Social Sciences
ANTH 23, CGS 2A, CGS 2B, COCU 164, COCU 168, ETHN 101, ETHN 110, ETHN 112A,ETHN 112B, ETHN 121, ETHN 122, ETHN 130, ETHN 131, ETHN 132, ETHN 133, ETHN134, ETHN 135A, ETHN 135B, ETHN 138, ETHN 141, ETHN 151, ETHN 152, ETHN 161 ,ETHN 170, ETHN 172, ETHN 174, ETHN 175, ETHN 179A, ETHN 1A, ETHN 1B, ETHN 1C,LIGN 7, LIGN 8, LTWL155, POLI 100J, POLI 102J, POLI 102K, POLI 104B, POLI 104C,POLI 116A, POLI 150A, SOCI 129, SOCI 151, SOCI 151M, SOCI 152, SOCI 154, SOCI188K, USP 106, USP 107, USP 129, USP 133, USP 3

Fine Arts
MUS 126, MUS 127A, MUS 127B, MUS 13AM, MUS 154, MUS 8, TDHT 110, TDHT 111, VIS126HN

Foreign Language
LISL 1A & 1AX, LISL 1B & 1BX, LISL 1C & 1CL, LISL 1D & 1DX,LISL 1D & 1DX

Humanities
HILD 7A, HILD 7B, HILD 7C, HIUS 108A, HIUS 108B, HIUS 115, HIUS 129, HIUS 130,HIUS 131, HIUS 138, HIUS 139, HIUS 155A, HIUS 155B, HIUS 156, HIUS 157, HIUS158, HIUS 159, HIUS 167, HIUS 176, HIUS 180, HIUS 183, LTAM 100, LTAM 101, LTAM102, LTAM 105, LTAM 106, LTAM 107, LTCS 130, LTEA 144, LTEN 178, LTEN 180, LTEN181, LTEN 183, LTEN 184, LTEN 185, LTEN 186, LTEN 187, LTEN 27, LTEN 28, LTEN29, LTSP 150A, LTSP 150B, LTSP 151, LTSP 153, LTSP 154, LTWL 155, PHIL 170,PHIL 185

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Muir College Transfer General Education Requirements

Transferred Under IGETC

  • MCWP 50 or 125
    Students will be able to enroll in their first pass of enrollment for theirfirst three quarters at UCSD. After the third quarter, students will onlyenroll in the second pass.
  • US Cultural Diversity (students who entered before Fall 2011)
    See notes in General Education section above. Students who entered as transfer students starting Fall 2013 or later should refer to theDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) course list instead.

View our Graduation Requirements Handout.

Note

If your community college certified you as partial IGETC, you must complete the remaining one or two course areas shown as incomplete on partial IGETC certification with courses taken at UCSD. Because certification of IGETC is done at the community college, Muir advisors will not re-evaluate your IGETC based on courses completed before transfer to UCSD. It is your responsibility as a student to make sure that your IGETC certification information is complete and correct before it is submitted to UCSD.

Transferred Under Partial IGETC

If you are a student with Partial IGETC, you are required to complete your missing 1-2 classes at UCSD. 

Please review your degree audit and select the “long form” to view the UCSD courses you can choose to satisfy your missing area(s).  You can also locate a list of UCSD courses used to complete the partial IGETC here

Please note that the UCSD course(s) you take to satisfy your partial IGETC must be taken for a letter grade and you must earn a grade of C or better to complete the requirement. If you have questions about which areas you are missing for your partial IGETC, please meet with a Muir Advisor.

View our Graduation Requirements Handout.

Note

If your community college certified you as partial IGETC, you must complete the remaining one or two course areas shown as incomplete on partial IGETC certification with courses taken at UCSD. Because certification of IGETC is done at the community college, Muir advisors will not re-evaluate your IGETC based on courses completed before transfer to UCSD. It is your responsibility as a student to make sure that your IGETC certification information is complete and correct before it is submitted to UCSD.

Transferred Under UC Reciprocity

  • MCWP 40 and MCWP 50
    Writing courses completed at other UC campuses may be accepted to fulfill partor all of this requirement.
  • US Cultural Diversity (students who entered before Fall 2011)
    See notes in General Education section above. Students who entered as transfer students starting Fall 2013 or later should refer to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) course list instead.

View our Graduation Requirements Handout.

Not Completed IGETC, Partial IGETC, or UC Reciprocity

Any transfer student who has not completed one of the above transfer programs must complete the same general-education requirements as entering freshmen. See an academic counselor for details.

GE Certification:

A transfer student who attended either a four-year campus or an out-of-state two-year campus and has satisfied lower-division breadth or general education (GE) requirements at that campus prior to transfer may petition to clear only the Muir College general education requirements.

Transfer students seeking credit for GE Certification must obtain a Letter of Completion of GE Requirements from the campus at which these requirements were satisfied. This can be obtained from the Academic Counselor of the originating institution in the form of an official letter on institution letterhead addressed to the Muir Academic Advising office certifying completion of general education or breadth requirements. The letter should have an explanation of the GE requirements and/or a link to the GE curriculum at that institution. The letter must also include the student's full name, student ID from the originating college, and student's UCSD PID. Students with GE certification must still fulfill the Muir College Writing Requirement, but may be able to apply transfer course work to satisfy one or both writing courses. The student must contact the Muir College Writing Program Office for instructions on this process.

View our Graduation Requirements Handout.

  

Minors: Academic minors are optional. There may be an overlap between 2 major Upper Division courses with the minor coursework. Minors may also overlap general education requirements. For specific requirements, see the minor department.

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

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Updated: 3/15/2017

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