UC Santa Cruz Transfer Admission Guarantee (UCSC TAG)

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TAG Criteria for Fall 2014:

TAG Flyer 2014 [PDF]

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, 2013 for fall 2014 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 fall of the year prior to transfer) and mathematics 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

  • 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, Economics, Psychology, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, including the following majors (details provided below)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Bioinformatics
Biology, BS
Biology, BA
Business Management Economics
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Computer Engineering
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
Psychology
Robotics Engineering
Technology and Information Management

Psychology

Students will be held to having completed the following by the spring 2014 term:

  1. Minimum grade of B- (2.7) in a course articulated to UCSC's PSYC 1, Introduction to Psychology OR PSYC 10, Introduction to Developmental Psychology. (An AP Psychology score of 4 or 5 can substitute for PSYC 1.)

  2. Minimum grade of B- (2.7) in a course articulated to UCSC's PSYC 2, Introduction to Psychological Statistics OR AMS 5, 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.

All Economics Majors (Business Management Economics, Economics, Global Economics, and Economics/Mathematics combined major)

Students will be held to having completed the following by the spring 2014 term:

  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.

While 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.

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

Students will be held to having completed the following by the spring 2014 term:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory biology course sequence of BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. The Human Biology major does not require a BIOE 20C equivalent. (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, CHEM 1B, and CHEM 1C.

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

While not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete courses equivalent to 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 MATH11A.

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

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

Students will be held to having completed the following by the spring 2014 term:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory biology courses, BIOL 20A and BIOE 20C. (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). 

  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.) 

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

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 major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Students will be held to having completed the following by the spring 2014 term:

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s BIOL20A. (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 1A, CHEM 1B, and CHEM 1C.

  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 11A or 19A. (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.

While not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed the introductory physics series and the organic chemistry series, as well as MATH 11B or 19B, MATH 22, and AMS 5 or AMS 7L prior to enrolling at UCSC.

Jack Baskin School of Engineering

Bioengineering, B.S.

  1. A minimum of four (4) of the foundation courses from this list must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  2. TAG applicants for Bioengineering must complete a minimum of six (6) of the following courses with a 3.0 GPA by spring 2014.

  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
    • AMS7/L
    • AMS 10 or MATH 21
    • AMS 20 or MATH 24
    • BIOL 20A
    • BIOL 20B
    • CHEM 1A
    • CHEM 1B/M
    • CHEM 1C/N
    • CHEM 108A/L
    • 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.

  1. A minimum of three (3) foundation courses from the list below with a minimum 3.0 GPA must be completed at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  2. TAG applicants for Bioinformatics must complete all major foundation courses listed below with a 3.0 GPA by end of spring 2014.

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

  1. A minimum of three (3) courses from the list must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  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 end of spring term 2014.

  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

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

  1. A minimum of four (4) courses listed below must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  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 spring 2014.

  3. 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

Network and Digital Technology, B.A.  

  1. A minimum of three (3) courses listed below must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  2. TAG applicants for Network and Digital Technology must complete a minimum of five (5) courses listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by end of spring 2014.

    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

Electrical Engineering, B.S.

  1. A minimum of four (4) courses listed below must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  2. TAG applicants for Electrical Engineering must complete a minimum of six (6) of courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by end of spring 2014.

  3. 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

Technology and Information Management, B.S.

  1. A minimum of three (3) courses listed below must be completed with letter grades at the time the TAG agreement is written.

  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 end of spring 2014.

  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 have completed 20 semester units or more of upper-division course work at a four-year college/university

  • 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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