Major Preparation Selection Criteria 201819
Major Preparation Selection Criteria 201819
UCSC will be screening for major preparation in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Cognitive Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, including the following majors (details provided below). For majors without major preparation requirements for tranfer students, please see our NonSelective Majors page.
Applied Physics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Bioinformatics
Biology, BA
Biology, BS
Business Management Economics
Chemistry
Cognitive Science
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Ecology and Evolution
Economics
Economics/Mathematics Combined Major
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies/Biology Combined Major
Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences Combined Major
Environmental Studies/Economics Combined Major
Global Economics
Human Biology
Marine Biology
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Network and Digital Technology
Neuroscience
Plant Sciences
Physics
Physics (Astrophysics)
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:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory biology courses: BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. (An AP Biology score of 5 can be substituted for BIOL 20A).
 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, and 1C recommended). An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be substituted for CHEM 1A.
 For all programs except the Biology B.A.: Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's MATH 11A, 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.
 Minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the above majorpreparatory courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least two courses between #1 and #2, and one mathematics course from #3 above (except for biology B.A. applicants), all with minimum grades of C (2.0), or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
While it is not required for selection, juniorlevel transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed the complete chemistry series (1A, 1B, 1C/N), calculus series (MATH 11B, MATH 19B, or AMS 15B), and physics series (PHYS 6A/L, plus 6B OR 6C).
For the following Biological Sciences majors: Biology (BS), Human Biology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Requirements for the major include the following:
 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.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C.
 Minimum grade point average of 2.30 for the Human Biology major; minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all other majors.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least two courses between #1 and #2 above, minimum grade of 2.0 for the biology B.S., MCD biology, and neuroscience majors, and minimum of 2.30 for the human biology major, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
For students attending institutions that do not compute plus/minus grades, an overall GPA of 2.30 in the above courses will be required for the human biology major.
While it is not required for selection, juniorlevel 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, juniorlevel 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:
 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.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1B and CHEM 1C.
 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.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's CHEM 8A, Organic Chemistry.
 Minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the above majorpreparatory courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least the biology course from #1 above and one chemistry course from #2 above, with an overall GPA of 2.50 in those two courses, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
While it is not required for selection, juniorlevel transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed a course equivalent to UCSC's CHEM 8B (Organic Chemistry part 2) prior to enrolling at UCSC. Completing part two of the organic chemistry sequence allows students to enroll in UCSC's Biochemistry 100A, which is only offered in the fall quarter.
Chemistry
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence of CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, and CHEM 1C. (An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be substituted for CHEM 1A).
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 22, Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables.
 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, CaseStudy 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.)
 Minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the above majorpreparatory courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least one chemistry course from #1 above, and one mathematics course from #2 or #3 above with an overall GPA of 2.50 in those two courses, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
In order to graduate within two years, juniorlevel transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed the introductory physics series and the organic chemistry series prior to enrolling at UCSC.Cognitive Science
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's calculus course (AMS 11A, MATH 11A, MATH 19A, or MATH 20A). (An AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5, or Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5 can be substituted.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) 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.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to one of the following UCSC programming courses (An AP Computer Science A score of 3, 4, or 5 can be substituted for the programming requirement):
 CMPS 5J, Introduction to Programming in Java
 CMPS 5P, Introduction to Programming in Python
 CMPS 11, Intermediate Programming
 CMPS 12A, Introduction to Programming (Accelerated)
 CMPS 5C, Introduction to Programming in C/C++
 CMPE 13/L, Introduction to Programming in Data Structures
 Minimum grade point average of 2.8 in all the above majorpreparatory courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least two courses from #1 and #2 above, with a minimum GPA of 2.80 in those two courses, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
All Economics majors: Business Management Economics, Economics, Global Economics, and Economics/Mathematics combined major
Requirements for the major include the following:
 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.)
 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.)
 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.)
 Minimum grade point average of 2.80 in the above three courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least one economics course from #1 or #2 above, with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
While it is not required for selection, juniorlevel transfer students are strongly encouraged to have completed lowerdivision mathematics and statistics courses required for their intended economics major prior to enrolling at UCSC.
Environmental Studies
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s ENVS 23, The Physical and Chemical Environment, or a course in General Chemistry (an AP Chemistry score of 5 can be used for this requirement).
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC's ENVS 24, General Ecology, or a course articulated to BIOE 20C, Ecology and Evolution.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ENVS 25, Environmental Policy and Economics. A course articulated to ECON 1, Microeconomics (an AP Microeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted) or ECON 2, Macroeconomics (an AP Macroeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted), plus a UCtransferable course in national or international politics, can be substituted for ENVS 25.
 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.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least two areas from #1, #2, #3, and #4 above, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
Environmental Studies/Biology
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's BIOL 20A, The Physical and Chemical Environment (an AP Biology score of 5 can be substituted).
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s BIOE 20C, Ecology and Evolution.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence, with related labs: CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, CHEM 1M, CHEM 1C, and CHEM 1N. (An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be substituted for CHEM 1A).
 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.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ENVS 25, Environmental Policy and Economics. A course articulated to ECON 1, Microeconomics (an AP Microeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted) or ECON 2, Macroeconomics (an AP Macroeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted), plus a UCtransferable course in national or international politics, can be substituted for ENVS 25.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least three areas from #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 above, one of which must be CHEM 1A, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's ENVS 24, General Ecology, or a course articulated to BIOE 20C, Ecology and Evolution.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in courses articulated to UCSC’s introductory chemistry course sequence, with related labs: CHEM 1A, CHEM 1B, CHEM 1M, CHEM 1C, and CHEM 1N. (An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be substituted for CHEM 1A).
 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.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ENVS 25, Environmental Policy and Economics. A course articulated to ECON 1, Microeconomics (an AP Microeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted) or ECON 2, Macroeconomics (an AP Macroeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted), plus a UCtransferable course in national or international politics, can be substituted for ENVS 25.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least three areas from #1, #2, #3, and #4 above, one of which must be CHEM 1A, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
Environmental Studies/Economics
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's ENVS 23, The Physical and Chemical Environment, or a course in General Chemistry. (An AP Chemistry score of 5 can be used for this requirement).
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC's ENVS 24, General Ecology, or a course articulated to BIOE 20C, Ecology and Evolution.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ECON 1, Microeconomics. (An AP Microeconomics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a UCtransferable course in national or international politics.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s ECON 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 Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5 can be substituted.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s AMS 5, Statistics. (An AP Statistics score of 4 or 5 can be substituted.)
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least three courses from #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 above, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
All Physics majors: Applied Physics, Physics, Physics (Astrophysics)
Students will be held to having completed the following by the end of the spring 2018 term:
 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.)
 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.)
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s MATH 23A, Vector Calculus.
 Minimum grade point average of 2.66 in the introductory physics courses (PHYS 5A, 5B, and 5C).
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least one physics course from #1 above and at least one mathematics course from #2 or #3 above, with a minimum GPA of 2.70 in those two courses, or applicable AP exam credit (also listed above). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
While it is not required for selection, juniorlevel 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:
 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.
 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.)
 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.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least the introductory psychology course from the above (#1) with a minimum grade of B (2.70), or the qualifying AP score equivalent. All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
Sociology
Requirements for the major include the following:
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology.
 Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 10, Issues and Problems in American Society
 Minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the above majorpreparatory courses.
By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least the one sociology course from the above (#1 or #2) with a minimum grade of C (2.0). All other course requirements must be listed as either inprogress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2018 term.
Although it is not required for selection, juniorlevel transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the articulated equivalents to SOCY 3A and SOCY 3B prior to enrolling at UCSC. Students offered admission for winter 2019 will be required to have completed the articulated equivalent to SOCY 3A prior to enrolling at UCSC.
Jack Baskin School of Engineering Majors
Bioengineering, B.S. (includes all concentrations)
Requirements for the major include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least five (5) of the lowerdivision requirements from the list below. A minimum 2.80 GPA is required in those five courses.
 Complete an additional three (3) of the following lowerdivision requirements from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All lowerdivision requirements must be completed with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All lowerdivision requirements completed will be counted toward the GPA.



Bioinformatics, B.S.
Requirements for the major include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least five (5) of the lowerdivision requirements from the list below. A minimum 2.80 GPA is required in those four courses.
 Complete a minimum of three (3) remaining lowerdivision requirements from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All lowerdivision requirements must be completed with a minimum 2.80 GPA.



Computer Engineering, B.S. and Robotics Engineering, B.S.
Requirements for the majors include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least four (4) of the lowerdivision requirements from the list below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in those four courses.
 Complete all remaining lowerdivision requirements from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
 All required lowerdivision requirements must be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA.



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



Please note: For students who complete all the lowerdivision requirements and all the recommended courses, a minimum GPA of 2.80 will be used for admission to the major. 
Computer Science, B.S., B.A.
Requirements for the majors include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 2.80 GPA is required in those three courses.
 Complete all remaining foundation courses from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All foundation courses must be completed with a minimum 2.80 GPA.



Please note: A student lacking one foundation course may be admitted if they have completed at least one of CMPE 12/L or Math 23A or Math 21/AMS 10. 
Computer Science: Computer Game Design, B.S.
Requirements for the majors include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least three (3) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 2.80 GPA is required in those three courses.
 Complete all remaining foundation courses from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All foundation courses must be completed with a minimum 2.80 GPA.



Please note: A student lacking one foundation course may be admitted if they have completed at least one of CMPE 12/L or Math 23A or Math 21/AMS 10. 
Electrical Engineering, B.S.
Requirements for the major include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least four (4) of the foundation courses from the list below. A minimum 2.80 GPA is required in those four courses.
 Complete all remaining foundation courses from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All foundation courses must be completed with a minimum 2.80 GPA.



Network and Digital Technology, B.A.
Requirements for the major include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term, a student must have completed at least four (4) of the lowerdivision requirements from the list below.
 Complete an additional one (1) of the following lowerdivision requirements from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.80 GPA.
 All lowerdivision requirements completed will be counted toward the GPA.
 One programming course must be completed by the end of the spring 2018 term, even if the programming course is not articulated.
 It is strongly recommended that applicants complete PHYS 5A/L and PHYS 5C/N prior to transfer.



Please note: For students who complete all the lowerdivision requirements and all the recommended courses, a minimum GPA of 2.30 will be used for admission to the major. 
Technology and Information Management, B.S.
Requirements for the major include the following:
 By the end of the fall 2017 term a student must have completed at least three (3) of the lowerdivision requirements listed below. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in those three courses.
 Complete three (3) additional lowerdivision requirements from the list below by the end of the spring 2018 term with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
 All lowerdivision requirements completed will be counted toward the GPA.


