College of Letters and Science / Undergraduate Degree Requirements

College Requirements

There are eight requirements that must be satisfied for award of a degree.

Unit Requirement

Students must satisfactorily complete for credit a minimum of 180 units for the bachelor’s degree. At least 60 of the 180 units must be upper-division courses numbered 100 through 199. A maximum of 216 units is permitted. Students with Advanced Placement Examination or International Baccalaureate Examination (transfer) credit may exceed the unit maximum by the amount of that credit.

Scholarship Requirement

Students must earn at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average (GPA) in all courses undertaken at UCLA to receive a bachelor’s degree. Students must also earn a 2.0 GPA in a major and satisfy both the course and scholarship requirements for that major, including preparation for the major. Some majors have additional requirements.

Academic Residence Requirement

Thirty-five of the final 45 units completed for the bachelor’s degree must be earned while in residence at the College. A minimum of 24 upper-division units must be completed in the major while in residence at the College. The academic residence requirements apply to both continuing and transfer students.

Writing Requirement

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by one of the following methods: completing a college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a C or better or Passed grade; or scoring 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) foreign language examination in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or scoring 4 or 5 in Latin, thereby earning College credit; or presenting a UCLA foreign language departmental examination score indicating competency through level three. Consult the Schedule of Classes or the appropriate department for times and places of regularly scheduled examinations. Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a language taught in a UCLA department that has no scheduled examination should contact the appropriate department to arrange for one. Students who wish to take an examination in a language not taught at UCLA should contact a College counselor.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the foreign language and reciprocity requirements.

Courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are published on Registrar’s foreign language requirement.

Diversity Requirement

The diversity requirement may be satisfied by completing one course from the faculty-approved list of courses. The course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive a C grade or better (C− grade is not acceptable). Applicable courses may also fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements; and if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement. A list of approved courses is available in the Schedule of Classes.

General Education Requirements