UC Santa Cruz Transfer Admission Guarantee (UCSC TAG)

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TAG Criteria for Fall 2016:

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Beginning your education at a community college is an excellent way to obtain a University of California degree. UC Santa Cruz is proud of its strong relationship with California community colleges, and together we have developed a program to guarantee admission to UCSC and aid students with the transfer process.

UC Santa Cruz’s TAG (Transfer Admission Guarantee) Program is designed for California community college transfer students (including international students) at the junior level. The benefits of participating in UCSC TAG include early review of academic records, notification that admission to UCSC is guaranteed (subject to the conditions of the program), opportunities for advising about major preparation and general education and/or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements, informational mailings, and invitations to events.

The UC TAG application must be submitted online between September 1 and 30, 2015 for fall 2016 consideration. UCSC accepts transfer admission agreements for fall quarter only.

To be considered for TAG, students must meet the following criteria at the time the TAG is submitted:

  • Student must be enrolled at a California community college (student may have attended colleges or universities outside of the California community college system, including institutions outside of the U.S.)

  • Student must have completed a minimum of 30 UC-transferable semester (45 quarter) units of course work with a minimum UC GPA of 3.0

  • Student must demonstrate adequate preparation in the subject areas of English composition (first course must be completed no later than the end of the fall 2015 term) and mathematics (must be completed no later than the end of the fall 2015 term) if these requirements have not yet been completed successfully

In addition, to qualify for TAG students must meet the following criteria by the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer:

  • Students must have completed the minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester (90 quarter) units and the seven-course pattern required for admission as a junior transfer. Note: First course in English composition (UC-E) and mathematics course (UC-M) must be completed no later than the end of the fall 2014 term.

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 30 UC-transferable semester (45 quarter units) of course work from one or more California community colleges

  • Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English by earning a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT (550 on the paper version) or by successfully completing two UC-transferable courses in English Composition with “B” (3.0) grades or higher. This proficiency requirement applies to students who completed any of their high school education (9th through 12th grades) or beyond in a country where English is not the native language.

  • Students must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or dismissal status)

UCSC TAG Major Preparation Selection Criteria

UCSC will be screening for major preparation in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Economics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, including the following majors (details provided below)

Applied Physics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Bioinformatics
Biology, BA
Biology, BS
Business Management Economics
Chemistry
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Ecology and Evolution
Economics
Economics/Mathematics Combined Major
Electrical Engineering
Global Economics
Human Biology
Marine Biology
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Neuroscience
Plant Sciences
Physics
Physics(Astrophysics)
Physics Education
Psychology
Robotics Engineering
Sociology
Technology and Information Management

For the following Biological Sciences majors: Biology (BA), Ecology and Evolution, Marine Biology, Plant Sciences

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory biology courses, BIOL 20A and BIOE 20C or BIOE 20B. (An AP Biology score of 5 can be substituted for BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B.)

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B (complete chemistry series, 1A, 1B, 1C recommended). An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be substituted for CHEM 1A.

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 11A or MATH 19A or AMS 15A*. (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for MATH 11A or Math 19A.) *Note: Students who have not yet completed a course in calculus may still qualify for the Biology B.A. major.

  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the above major-preparatory courses.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least one biology course from the list above (#1) and one chemistry course from the list above (#2) with minimum grades of C (2.0), or applicable AP exam credit (listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

While not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed the calculus series: MATH 11B, MATH 19B, or AMS 15B and the complete biology series (20A, 20B, and 20C) for their intended major prior to enrolling at UCSC.

For the following Biological Sciences majors: Biology (BS), Human Biology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory biology course sequence of BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B (An AP Biology score of 5 can be substituted for BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B.)

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C.

  3. Minimum grade point average of 2.30 in the above major-preparatory courses.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least one biology course from the list above (#1) and one chemistry course from the list above (#2), with at least a 2.50 between those two courses. If a student is using an AP score to meet the introductory biology sequence, a minimum grade of C+ (2.50) is required for a TAG. All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

While not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete courses equivalent to BIOE 20C (not required for the human biology major), MATH 11A and MATH 11B, and also AMS 5 or AMS 7/L prior to enrolling at UCSC. An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for MATH 11A.

For intended human biology majors, although it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the Spanish language requirement prior to enrolling at UCSC.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s BIOL 20A. (An AP Biology score of 5 can be substituted for BIOL 20A.)

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C.

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 11A, Calculus with Applications, or 19A, Calculus for Science Engineering, and Mathematics. (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for MATH 11A or Math 19A.)

  4. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's CHEM 108A, Organic Chemistry.
  5. Minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the above major-preparatory courses.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have at least completed the biology course from above (#1) and one chemistry course from the list above (#2), with at least a 2.80 between those two courses. If a student is using an AP score to meet the biology course, a minimum grade of B (3.0) is required for a TAG. All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

Chemistry

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, and CHEM 1C.

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 22, Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables.

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to one of the following UCSC math sequences: MATH 11A and 11B, Calculus with Applications; or MATH 19A and MATH 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics; or AMS 15A and AMS 15B, Case-Study Calculus I and II. (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for MATH 11A or Math 19A.)

  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the above major-preparatory courses.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least one chemistry course from the list above (#1) and one mathematics course from the above lists (#2 or #3), with at least a 2.80 between those two courses. If a student is using an AP score to meet the mathematics course, a minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in the chemistry course for a TAG. All other course requirements must be listed as either in- progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

While it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed the introductory physics series and the organic chemistry series prior to enrolling at UCSC.

All Economics majors: Business Management Economics, Economics, Global Economics, and Economics/Mathematics combined major

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ECON 1, Introductory Microeconomics (An AP Microeconomics score of 4 or 5 can substitute for ECON 1.)

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ECON 2, Introductory Macroeconomics (An AP Macroeconomics score of 4 or 5 can substitute for ECON 2.)

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ECON/AMS 11A, Mathematical Methods for Economists or MATH 11A, Calculus with Applications or MATH 19A, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for MATH 11A or Math 19A.)

  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.80 in the above three courses.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least one economics course from the above (#1 or #2) with a minimum grade of B (3.0), or the qualifying AP score equivalent. All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

While it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed lower-division mathematics and statistics courses required for their intended economics major prior to enrolling at UCSC.

All Physics majors: Applied Physics, Physics, Physics (Astrophysics), and Physics Education

Students will be held to having completed the following by the end of the spring 2016 term:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s introductory physics course sequence of PHYS 5A, PHYS 5B, and PHYS 5C. (An AP Physics – C, Mechanics score of 5 can be substituted for PHYS 5A. An AP Physics – C, Electricity & Magnetism score of 5 can be substituted for PHYS 5C.)

  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s MATH 19A and MATH 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or an AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, can be substituted for Math 19A.)

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 23A, Vector Calculus or MATH 22, Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables.

  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the introductory physics courses (PHYS 5A, 5B, and 5C).

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least one physics course from the list above (#1) and the mathematics courses from the list above (#2), with a minimum 3.0 GPA in those completed courses. If a student is using an AP score to meet the physics course (5A) and/or the required math courses (#2 above), the minimum 3.0 GPA will only be required of the courses actually completed. All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

While it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete as many of the following as possible before enrolling at UCSC: a) complete a course equivalent to UCSC’s Physics 5D; b) complete a course equivalent to UCSC’s Math 23B; c) complete courses equivalent to UCSC’s Math 21 and Math 24 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each; d) fulfill IGETC or partial IGETC. Not having at least items listed under ‘a’ and ‘d’ completed will make it difficult for a student to graduate in two years. Please note: no chemistry courses are recommended.

Psychology

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of B- (2.7)* in a course articulated to UCSC's PSYC 1, Introduction to Psychology (An AP Psychology score of 4 or 5 can substitute for PSYC 1.)  *Note: If a grade of C (2.0) or C+ (2.3) was earned in an equivalent course, a student must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in a course articulated to UCSC’s PSYC 10, Introduction to Developmental Psychology.

  2. Minimum grade of B- (2.7) in a course articulated to UCSC's PSYC 2, Introduction to Psychological Statistics, AMS 5 or AMS 7/L, Statistics. (An AP Statistics score of 4 or 5 can substitute for PSYC 2 or AMS 5.)

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's MATH 3, Precalculus. (An AP Calculus AB or BC score of 3, 4, or 5 can substitute for MATH 3.) Please note that an acceptable course in calculus may be used as a substitution of this course requirement. Business calculus is also acceptable.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least the introductory psychology course from the above (#1) with a minimum grade of B (3.0), or the qualifying AP score equivalent. All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

Sociology

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology.

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 10, Issues and Problems in American Society.

  2. Minimum grade point average of 2.30 in the above major-preparatory courses.

Although it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete a transferable course in statistical methods and a transferable course in research methods prior to enrolling at UCSC.

At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have at least completed the introductory sociology course from the above (#1) with a minimum grade of C+ (2.50). All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the TAG application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2016 term.

Jack Baskin School of Engineering Majors

Bioengineering, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least five (5) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those five courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Bioengineering must complete a minimum of nine (9) of the following courses with a 3.0 GPA by the end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. Foundation courses must be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  4. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

    • MATH 19A
    • MATH 19B
    • AMS 10 or MATH 21
    • AMS 20 or MATH 24
    • BIOL 20A
    • BIOE 20B
    • CHEM 1A
    • CHEM 1B/M
    • CHEM 1C/N
    • CHEM 108A/L
    • CHEM 108B/M
    • CMPE 9
    • CMPE 12/L
    • CMPE 13/L or CMPS 12A/L
      or CMPS 5J and CMPS 11
    • CMPS 12B/M
    • EE 101/L
    • PHYS 5A/L
    • PHYS 5C/N

Bioinformatics, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those three courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Bioinformatics must complete all major foundation courses listed below with a 3.0 GPA by the end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. All foundation courses will be counted toward the GPA. 

  • MATH 19A
  • MATH 19B
  • CHEM 1A
  • CHEM 1B/M
  • CHEM 1C/N
  • CMPS 12A/L or
    CMPS 5J and
    CMPS 11 or CMPS 13/L
  • CMPS 12B

Computer Engineering, B.S. and Robotics Engineering, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least four (4) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those four courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Computer Engineering and Robotics Engineering must complete all six (6) major foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. It is strongly recommended that TAG applicants complete Physics 5A and 5C prior to transfer.
  4. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

    • MATH 19A
    • MATH 19B
    • One of the following:
      MATH 23A, AMS 10 or MATH 21
      or AMS 20.
    • PHYS 5A/L
    • PHYS 5C/M
    • Programming course
      even if not articulated.

To ensure transfer students can graduate in a timely fashion, it is also recommended that students complete the following prior to transfer:

  • AMS 10 or MATH 21(remaining course)
  • AMS 20 (remaining course)
  • MATH 23A (remaining course)
  • CMPE 12/L
  • CMPE 13/L or CMPS 12A/L
    or CMPS 5J and CMPS 11
  • CMPE 16
  • PHYS 5B/M
  • CMPS 12B/M
  • EE 101/L

Computer Science, B.S., B.A. and Computer Science: Computer Game Design, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those three courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Computer Science and Computer Science: Computer Game Design majors must complete four (4) major foundation courses from the list below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring term 2016.

  3. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

  • MATH 19A
  • MATH 19B
  • CMPS 12A/L or CMPS 5J
    and CMPS 11 or CMPE 13/L
  • CMPS 12B/M
  • CMPE 16

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least four (4) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those four courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Electrical Engineering must complete a minimum of six (6) of courses listed below (Physics 5A, 5B, and 5C must be completed) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. It is strongly advised that TAG applicants complete the Physics requirements prior to transfer.
  4. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

    • MATH 19A
    • MATH 19B
    • AMS 10 or MATH 21
    • AMS 20 or MATH 24
    • PHYS 5A/L
    • PHYS 5B/M
    • PHYS 5C/N

Network and Digital Technology, B.A.  

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those three courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Network and Digital Technology must complete a minimum of five (5) courses listed below (Physics 5A and 5C must be completed) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. It is strongly recommended that TAG applicants complete Physics 5A and 5C prior to transfer.

  4. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

    • MATH 19A
    • MATH 19B
    • MATH 23A
    • AMS 10 or MATH 21
    • AMS 20 or MATH 24
    • CMPE 12/L
    • CMPE 13/L or CMPS 12A/L
      or CMPS 5J and CMPS 11
    • CMPE 16
    • CMPE 80E
    • CMPS 12B/M
    • PHYS 5A/L
    • PHYS 5B/M
    • PHYS 5C/N
    • EE 101/L

Technology and Information Management, B.S.

Requirements for the major include the following:

  1. At the time of submitting the TAG application, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those three courses.

  2. TAG applicants for Technology and Information Management must complete a minimum of five (5) of courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring 2016 term.

  3. All foundation courses completed will be counted toward the GPA.

    • MATH 19A
    • MATH 19B
    • CMPS 12 A/L or CMPS 5J
      and CMPS 11 or CMPE 13/L
    • CMPE 16
    • TIM 50 or ECON 1 and ECON 2

Important Notes 

TAG approval is based on the above criteria only. Choice of major is not guaranteed through TAG unless the major is listed above under "UCSC TAG Major Preparation Selection Criteria." Completion of major preparation course work and satisfaction of any major selection criteria are extremely important.

The following students are NOT eligible for UCSC TAG:

  • Students who, prior to transfer, will reach or exceed 90 semester (135 quarter) units (after applying UC lower-division limitations and exclusions) of combined community and four-year college transferable coursework

  • Former UC students who are not in good standing at the UC campus they attended (less than a 2.0 GPA at UC)

  • Former UCSC students, who must apply for readmission to the campus

  • Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree

  • Students who are currently enrolled at a high school

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