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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 Sciences, 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.

Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic UC Merced is accepting P/CR grades for major preparation courses taken during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020.  Any NP/NC grades received in transferable course work will need to be repeated prior to transfer.

A few things to remember before you get started:

  1. Listed below are UC Merced courses; if you are a California community college student, visit our articulation agreements page to find the equivalent courses available at 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.
  2. Articulation agreements are honored for the terms listed, so be sure to check this major preparation page often for the latest articulation information. 
  3. 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 you transfer. Keep in mind that this may extend your time to graduation.
  4. All major preparatory courses must be completed with grades of C or better to fulfill the subject requirement.
  5. If you’re just getting started at a California community college and know which major you want to study, but haven’t decided which UC campus to apply to, follow one of the UC Transfer Pathways to keep your options open. The Transfer Pathways cover 21 of the most popular majors.

Fall 2021 Printed Major Preparation Sheets

Fall 2021 Major Preparation Requirements and Transfer Selection:


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 for residents (2.8 for 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 admission requirements in English and math by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and math requirements by the end of the summer prior to admission.
  • Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (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 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 are encouraged to clear any No Pass, D or F letter grade received in UC transferable course work. Applicants are most competitve in the admissions process with fewer withdrawals and/or repeated course work in major preparation. All course work must be completed with a grade of C or better. Following these guidelines will assist you in being more competitive for admission to your UC Merced major. 

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 grades of B or better)
  • BIO 2 & BIO 2L
  • BIOE 21, BIOE 60 & BIOE 65
  • CHEM 8 & CHEM 8L, CHEM 10
  • ENGR 45
  • MATH 32
Computer Science and Engineering, B.S.
  • CSE 20 & CSE 21 (with grades of B or better)
  • MATH 21, MATH 22, MATH 23 & MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • Complete one of the following: BIO 1, BIO 5, ESS 1 or ESS 5
  • CSE 15, CSE 30 & CSE 31
  • ENGR 65
  • MATH 32
Environmental Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21, MATH 22, MATH 23 & MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • Complete one of the following: BIO 1, BIO 5, ESS 1 or ESS 5
  • CHEM 10
  • ENGR 45, ENGR 57 & ENGR 65
  • ENVE 20
  • MATH 32
  • Complete one of the following: BIOE 21 or CSE 20 & CSE 21 or ME 21
Materials Science and Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21, MATH 22, MATH 23 & MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • Complete one of the following: BIO 1 with lab, BIO 5, ESS 1 or ESS 5
  • ENGR 45 & ENGR 57 
  • MATH 32
  • Complete one of the following: BIOE 21, CSE 20 & CSE 21 or ME 21
  • PHYS 10
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
  • CHEM 2
  • MATH 21, MATH 22, MATH 23 & MATH 24
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • Complete one of the following: BIO 1 with lab, BIO 5, ESS 1 or ESS 5
  • ENGR 45, ENGR 57 & ENGR 65
  • MATH 32 
  • ME 21

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School of Natural Sciences

Required for all School of Natural Sciences majors (must be completed in order to be considered for admission)

  • GPA of 2.8 or higher (residents and 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 requirements by the end of the summer prior to admission.
  • Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (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 by 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 are encouraged to clear any No Pass, D or F letter grade received in UC transferable course work. Applicants are most competitve in the admissions process with fewer withdrawals and/or repeated course work in major preparation. All course work must be completed with a grade of C or better. Following these guidelines will assist you in being more competitive for admission to your UC Merced major. 

Major

Required

Strongly Recommended

Applied Mathematical Sciences, B.S.
  • MATH 21 & MATH 22
  • PHYS 8 & PHYS 9
  • Complete one of the following: BIO 1 &  BIO 1L (with grades of B or better), ESS 1 or ESS 5
  • CHEM 2
  • CSE 20 or ME 21
  • MATH 23, MATH 24 & MATH 32
Biological Sciences, B.S.
  • BIO 1 & BIO 1L (with grades of B or better)
  • CHEM 2, CHEM 8 & CHEM 8L, CHEM 10 & CHEM 100
  • MATH 11 or MATH 21
  • MATH 12 or MATH 22
  • BIO 2 & BIO 2L 
  • Complete one of the following: CSE 5, CSE 20, ENVE 105, MATH 15, MATH 18, 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 grades of B or better)
  • CHEM 8, CHEM 8L, CHEM 100 (CHEM 100L credit may also be earned)
  • Complete one of the following: CSE 5, CSE 20 or MATH 15
  • MATH 23, MATH 24 & MATH 32
Environmental Systems Science, B.S.
(previously Earth
Systems Sciences, B.S.)
  • CHEM 2 & CHEM 10
  • MATH 11 or MATH 21
  • PHYS 8 or PHYS 18
  • Complete one of the following: CSE 5, CSE 20 or MATH 15
  • Complete one of the following: ECON 10, MATH 18, MATH 32 or PSY 10
  • Complete one of the following: ESS 1, ESS 2 or BIO 1
  • Complete one of the following: ESS 10, ESS 20, BIO 47, ESS 50 or BIO 65
  • MATH 12 or MATH 22
  • PHYS 9 or PHYS 19
  • Two additional UC-transferable courses in natural sciences or engineering (except geology)
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

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School of Social Sciences, 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 (2.8 for nonresidents)
  • 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 are encouraged to clear any No Pass, D or F letter grade received in UC transferable course work. Applicants are most competitve in the admissions process with fewer withdrawals and/or repeated course work in major preparation. All course work must be completed with a grade of C or better. Following these guidelines will assist you in being more competitive for admission to your UC Merced major. 

Major

Required

Anthropology, B.A.
  • At least one course from ANTH 1, ANTH 3, ANTH 5
Cognitive Sciences, B.A.
  • COGS 1 or  PSY 1
  • MATH 5 or MATH 11 or Math 21
  • PSY 10
Cognitive Sciences, B.S.
  • COGS 1 or PSY 1
  • MATH 5 or MATH 11 or Math 21
  • PSY 10
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, B.A.
  • CRES 1
Economics, B.A.
  • ECON 1
  • MATH 11 or Math 21
Economics, B.S. (Available Fall 2022)
  • ECON 1 and ECON 10
  • MATH 11 or MATH 21
  • MATH 12 or MATH 22
English, B.A.
  • At least two UC-Transferable courses in English, Literature or English Literature
Global Arts Studies Program, B.A.
  • At least two UC-Transferable courses in Global Arts (including subjects in Arts, Art History, Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Studio Arts, Photography, Film, Drama, Theatre, Performing Arts, Graphic Arts, and Digital Arts)
History, B.A.
  • At least two UC-Transferable courses in History (students are strongly encouraged to complete two courses that have been approved as equivalents to specific UC Merced courses, including at least one world history course, as this will prepare students for upper division courses at UC Merced).
Management and Business Economics, B.S.
  • ECON 1
  • MATH 11 or Math 21
Philosophy, B.A.
  • PHIL 1
  • PHIL 4 or PHIL 5
Political Science, B.A.
  • At least one course chosen from: POLI 1, POLI 3, POLI 5
Psychology, B.A.
  • PSY 1
  • PSY 10
Public Health, B.A.
  • Applicants are admitted based on UC transfer eligibility and encouraged to complete the recommended course(s) prior to admission
Sociology, B.A.
  • SOC 1
  • And at least one of the following courses from the following course ranges: SOC 9 or SOC 11-SOC 14 or SOC 16-SOC 89
Spanish, B.A.
  • SPAN 4 or SPAN 11

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