College of Letters and Science / Degrees

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Degree programs in the College offer students a variety of intellectual challenges by combining a wide distribution of courses and the opportunity to specialize in one particular field. To this end, students are required to select lower-division courses that furnish general foundations of human knowledge. In upper-division courses, they concentrate on one major field of interest.

As described below, College students must satisfy UC requirements, College requirements, and department requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

University Requirements

  1. Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language
  2. American History and Institutions

College Requirements

  1. Unit
  2. Scholarship
  3. Academic Residence
  4. Writing Requirement
    • Writing I
    • Writing II
  5. Quantitative Reasoning
  6. Foreign Language
  7. Diversity
  8. General Education
    • Foundations of Arts and Humanities
    • Foundations of Society and Culture
    • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Department Requirements

  1. Preparation for the Major
  2. The Major

Courses that do not satisfy specific UC, College, or department requirements are referred to as electives and can be used to meet the minimum unit requirement for graduation.

University Requirements

The University of California has two requirements that undergraduate students must satisfy to graduate: Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language, and American History and Institutions. Students who do not satisfy the Entry-Level Writing requirement prior to enrollment must pass an approved course or other program prescribed by their UC campus of residence. Only after satisfying the Entry-Level Writing requirement can they take an English composition course for transfer credit after enrolling at UCLA. See Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Study chapter for details.