Major Preparation

Major Preparation Requirements and Transfer Selection

Preparing for your major involves completing freshman and sophomore courses that will enable you to take upper-division courses at UC Merced.

All majors in the schools of Engineering, Natural Science, and Social Sciences Humanities and Arts are required to complete specific lower division major preparation to be considered for admission. Below, is a detailed list of information to help you prepare to transfer to UC Merced.

A few things to remember before you get started:

  • Listed below are UC Merced courses; if you are a California community college students visit www.assist.org to find the equivalent courses available your community college. If you are not a California Community College student you'll need to consult with an admissions officer to discuss what you would need to take at your current institution.
  • Articulation agreements are honored for the terms listed, so be sure to check assist.org often for the latest articulation information. 
  • In some cases, articulated courses may not be offered at your institution. These courses may be taken at another California Community College or at UC Merced after transfer. Keep in mind that this may extend your time to graduation.
  • All major preparatory courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better to fulfill the subject requirement.

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Fall 2018 Major Preparation Requirements and Transfer Selection:

School of Engineering

School of Natural Sciences

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

 

School of Engineering

Required for all School of Engineering Majors (Must be completed in order to be considered for admission)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.4 (residents, 2.8 (non-residents)
  • Fall applicants must complete all minimum UC admissions requirements in English and Math by the end of the spring term, prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and Math requirement by the end of the summer prior to admission.
  • Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (this requirement is usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements)
  • A course in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements).
  • Complete 60 UC transferable semester units the term prior to enrollment (Not including summer).
  • Complete all required courses listed below for your major with a grade of "C" or better.

  Strongly Recommended

  • Transfer students are encouraged to complete all of their major preparatory courses and some of the courses needed to satisfy lower division general education requirements prior to transferring to UC Merced.  Applicants to the School of Engineering are highly discouraged from completing the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

IMPORTANT:

Applicants will not be competitive in the admission process if their academic records show unsuccessful attempts of UC-transferable courses, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Multiple withdrawals in preparation for major courses, or
  • More than one repeat of major preparation courses where grades of No Pass, D, or F were received, or
  • Unrepeated No Pass, D, or F grades in any UC-transferable course

Major

Required

Strongly Recommended

Bioengineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22 & MATH 23 &  MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • BIO 1 & BIO 1L (With no grade less than "B")
  • BIO 2 & BIO 2L
  • BIOE 30
  • CHEM 10 & CHEM 8
  • ENGR 45, ENGR 57, ENGR 65
  • ME 21
  • MATH 32
Computer Science and Engineering, B.S.
  • CSE 20 & CSE 21 (With no grade less than "B")
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22 & MATH 23 &  MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • CSE 30 OR CSE 31
  • MATH 32
Environmental Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22 & MATH 23 &  MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • CHEM 10
  • ENGR 57
  • ME 21
  • ENVE 20
  • MATH 32
Material Science and Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22 & MATH 23 &  MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • ENGR 45 & ENGR 57 
  • ME 21
  • MATH 32
  • PHYS 10
  • BIO 1 w. Lab or BIO 5 OR ESS 1 OR ESS 5
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22 & MATH 23 &  MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • ENGR 45 & ENGR 57 & ENGR 65
  • ME 21
  • MATH 32
  • BIO 1 w. Lab or BIO 5 OR ESS 1 OR ESS 5

 

School of Natural Sciences

  Required for all School of Natural Science Majors (Must be completed  in order to be considered for admission)

  • GPA of 2.8 or higher (residents & non-residents)
  • Complete all required courses listed below for your major with a grade of "C" or better, unless a higher grade is indicated.
  • Fall applicants must complete all minimum UC admissions requirements in English and Math by the end of the spring term, prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and Math requirement by the end of the summer prior to admission.
  • Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (this requirement is usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements)
  • A course in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements).
  • Complete 60 UC transferable semester units the term prior to enrollment (Not including summer).

  Strongly Recommended

  • Transfer students are encouraged to complete major preparatory courses and some of the courses needed to satisfy lower division general education requirements prior to transferring to UC Merced.  Completion of the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is not recommended for majors within the School of Natural Sciences.

IMPORTANT:

Applicants will not be competitive in the admission process if their academic records show unsuccessful attempts of UC-transferable courses, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Multiple withdrawals in preparation for major courses, or
  • More than one repeat of major preparation courses where grades of No Pass, D, or F were received, or
  • Unrepeated No Pass, D, or F grades in any UC-transferable course.

Major

Required

Strongly Recommended

Applied Mathematics B.S.
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • CHEM 2
  • CSE 20 OR ME 21
  • BIO 1/ BIOL 1L (With no grade les than "B") OR ESS 1 OR ESS 5
  • MATH 23 & MATH 24
  • MATH 32
Biological Sciences, B.S.
  • BIO 1 & BIO 1L (with no grade less than "B")
  • CHEM 2 & CHEM 10
  • CHEM 8/ CHEM 8L & CHEM 100/ CHEM 100L
  • MATH 11 OR MATH 21
  • MATH 12 OR MATH 22
  • BIO 2/BIO 2L 
  • ENVE 105 OR MATH 18 OR MATH 32 OR PSY 10
  • PHYS 8 OR PHYS 18
  • PHYS 9 OR PHYS 19
Chemical Sciences, B.S.
  • CHEM 2 & CHEM 10
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • BIO 1/ BIOL 1L (With no grade les than "B")
  • CHEM 8
  • 2nd semester of organic chemistry
  • CSE 20 OR MATH 15
  • MATH 23 & MATH 24 & MATH 32
Earth System Sciences, B.S.
  • CHEM 2 & CHEM 10
  • MATH 11 OR MATH 21
  • PHYS 8 OR PHYS 18
  • CHEM 8 OR ENVE 20 
  • MATH 12 OR MATH 22
  • Choose one of the following: CSE 5 OR CSE 20 OR MATH 15
  • Choose one of the following: ENVE 105 or MATH 18 OR MATH 32
  • ONE of the following: ESS 1, ESS 2, ESS 10, ESS 20, ESS 34, ESS 50
  • Two additional UC transferable course in Natural Sciences or Engineering (No Geology)
  • PHYS 9 or PHYS 19
Physics, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • CSE 20 OR MATH 50
  • MATH 23 & MATH 24 & MATH 32
  • PHYS 10
  • One UC transferable science or engineering elective that is not physics or math, 3-4 semester units.

 

School of Social Science, Humanities and Arts

  Required for all School of Social Science, Humanities and Arts (Must be completed in order to be considered for admission)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.4 (residents, 2.8 (non-residents)
  • Complete all required courses listed below for your major with a grade of "C" or better, unless a higher grade is indicated.
  • Fall applicants must complete all minimum UC admissions requirements in English and Math by the end of the spring term, prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and Math requirement by the end of the summer prior to admission.
  • Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (this requirement is usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements)
  • A course in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements).
  • Complete 60 UC transferable semester units the term prior to enrollment (Not including summer).

  Strongly Recommended (Completing these requirements increases your chance of being admitted to the University)

  • Transfer students are encouraged to complete major preparatory courses prior to transferring to UC Merced.  Completion of the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is recommended for majors within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

IMPORTANT:

Applicants will not be competitive in the admission process if their academic records show unsuccessful attempts of UC-transferable courses, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Multiple withdrawals in preparation for major courses, or
  • More than one repeat of major preparation courses where grades of No Pass, D, or F were received, or
  • Unrepeated No Pass, D, or F grades in any UC-transferable course.

Major

Required

Strongly Recommended

Anthropology, B.A.
  • At least one course from ANTH 1, ANTH 3, ANTH 5
  • ECON 10 OR SOC 10 OR PSY 10
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, B.A. (OPEN FALL 2018)
  • CRES 1
  • HIST 17

 

 
Cognitive Sciences, B.A.
  • COGS 1 OR  PSY 1
  • PSY 10
  • MATH 5 OR MATH 11 OR MATH 21
  • 2 of the following: COGS 5 OR ECON 1 OR PHIL 1 OR PSY 1
  • CSE 5 OR CSE 20
Cognitive Sciences, B.S.
  • COGS 1 OR PSY 1
  • PSY 10
  • MATH 11 OR MATH 21 OR MATH 12 OR MATH 22
  • 2 of the following: COGS 5 OR ECON 1 OR PHIL 1 OR PSY 1
  • CSE 20 & CSE 21
  • At least 1 of the following: BIO 1 & BIO 1L, CHEM 2, CHEM 8, PHYS 8, PHYS 18, PHYS 9, PHYS 19
Economics, B.A.
  • ECON 1
  • MATH 11 OR 21
  • At least ONE of the following courses: POLI 1, COGS 1, PSY 1, SOC 1
  • At least ONE of the following courses: ECON 10, POLI 10, PSY 10, SOC 10
English, B.A.
  • TWO of the following courses (one must be from course numbers ENG 56 to ENG 65): ENG 20, ENG 30, ENG 31, ENG 32, ENG 56, ENG 57, ENG 58, ENG 59, ENG 62, ENG 65 (or CCST 60 or SPAN 60)
  • WRI 25
Global Arts Studies Program, B.A.
  • GASP 2 or GASP 3
 
History (US), B.A.
  •  TWO of the following courses: HIST 10, HIST 11, HIST 16, HIST 16, HIST 17, HIST 30A OR HIST 30B OR HIST 31
  • Two of the following History electives: HIST 5, HIST 20, HIST 21, HIST 25, HIST 27, HIST 40, HIST 41, HIST 60, HIST 70, HIST 71, HIST 81
  • One Year of college-level courses in a Language Other than English. American Sign Language is not acceptable for this major.
Management and Business Economics, B.S.
  • ECON 1
  • MATH 11 OR 21
  • CSE 5 OR CSE 20
  • ECON 10
  • ECON 5
  • ECON 6A and ECON 6B, OR  ECON 7
Political Science, B.A.
  • At least one of the following courses: POLI 1OR POLI 3 OR POLI 5
  • TWO of the following courses: POLI 2, POLI 3, POLI 5,POLI 6, POLI 9 (same as SOC 9)
  • POLI 10
Psychology, B.A.
  • PSY 1
  • PSY 10
  • PSY 15
  • At least ONE of the following courses: ANTH 1, COGS 1, ECON 1, POLI 1, PH 1, SOC 1
Public Health, B.A.
  • PH 01 or PH 05
  • MATH 18 or PSY 10
  • BIO 3, PHI 01, PH 3
Sociology, B.A.
  • SOC 1
  • SOC 10
  • SOC 15
  • At least one of the following courses: SOC 9, SOC 20, SOC 30, SOC 35, SOC 36, SOC 38, SOC 70
Spanish, B.A.
  • SPAN 4 OR 11 OR equivalent (ie. appropriate scores on the Spanish Language or Literature Advanced Placement Exam)
  • SPAN 50
  • SPAN 51