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    College of Letters and Science

College Requirements

 

The College of Letters and Science has eight requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the 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 C (2.0) grade-point average in all courses undertaken at UCLA for receipt of the bachelor’s degree. They must also attain 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 in residence in the College. A minimum of 24 upper-division units must be completed in the major while in residence in the College. The academic residence requirements apply to all students, both continuing and transfer.

Writing Requirement

Students must complete the University Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement prior to completing the College writing requirement.

New students admitted to the College are required to complete a two-term writing requirement—Writing I and Writing II. Two courses in English composition are required for graduation. Both courses must be taken for letter grades, and students must receive grades of C or better (C- grades are not acceptable).

Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied within the first three terms of enrollment by completing English Composition 3, 3D, 3DS, or 3SL with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by (1) scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in English, (2) a combination of a score of 720 or better on the SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section (last administered in January 2016) and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination, (3) completing a course equivalent to English Composition 3 with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable) taken at another institution, or (4) scoring 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination.

Students whose native language is not English may need to take English Composition 1A, 1B, and 2I before enrolling in a Writing I course. All courses in the sequence must be passed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable).

Qualifying examination scores and courses are determined by the College Faculty Executive Committee.

Writing II. The Writing II requirement must be satisfied within seven terms of enrollment by completing one course from a list approved by the College Faculty Executive Committee. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- or a Passed grade is not acceptable). Writing II courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Applicable Writing II courses may also fulfill preparation for the major requirements and, if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the Writing I, Writing II, and reciprocity requirements. No transfer student is admitted to the College without completing, with a grade of C or better (C- grade is not acceptable), a college-level writing course that Undergraduate Admission accepts as equivalent to English Composition 3.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The quantitative reasoning requirement may be satisfied by completing one approved UCLA course (see list below) or an equivalent course within the first seven terms of enrollment. The course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive a grade of C or better (C- grade is not acceptable).

The requirement may also be satisfied by achieving an SAT Reasoning Test Mathematics section score of 600 or better for exams taken January 2016 or earlier, or achieving an SAT Mathematics section score of 620 or better for exams taken March 2016 or later, or an SAT Subject Test in Mathematics score of 550 or better, or an ACT mathematics exam score of 26 or better. Approved UCLA courses and examinations, and qualifying scores, are determined by the College Faculty Executive Committee. Approved courses are listed below.

Applicable courses may also be applied toward preparation for the major requirements and, if approved for general education (GE) credit, may fulfill a GE requirement.

Transfer students with 90 or more units who have completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will have satisfied the quantitative reasoning and reciprocity requirements. No transfer student is admitted to the College without completing, with a grade of C or better (C- grade is not acceptable), a college-level quantitative reasoning course that Undergraduate Admission accepts as equivalent to those approved by the College Faculty Executive Committee.

Approved courses include
  Biostatistics 100A, 100B
  Life Sciences 20, 30A
  Mathematics 2 (or any higher-number course except 19, 71SL, 72SL, 89, 89HC, 98XA, 98XB, 99,
    103A-103B-103C, 105A-105B-105C, 189, 189HC, 195, 197, 199)
  Philosophy 31
  Political Science 6, 6R
  Program in Computing 10A, 10B, 10C
  Statistics 10, 12, 13

Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by one of the following methods: (1) completing a college-level foreign language course equivalent to level three or above at UCLA with a grade of C or Passed or better or (2) 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 (3) 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 the regularly scheduled examinations. Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in a language that is taught in a UCLA department that has no scheduled examination should contact the appropriate department to arrange for one. Students wishing 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.

The Registrar’s foreign language requirement web page publishes courses that may be used to fulfill this 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 grade of C 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

General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.

This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.

Applicable courses may also be fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements and, if approved for diversity or writing, may fulfill the diversity requirement and/or Writing II requirement.

Foundations of Knowledge

Students follow a general education curriculum that is grouped into three foundational areas: Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, Foundations of Society and Culture, and Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.

Ten courses (48 units minimum) are required. GE-approved Writing II courses may fulfill an appropriate foundational area. See the foundational area descriptions below for a breakdown of courses required.

Students who complete a yearlong GE Cluster series fulfill the Writing II requirement, complete 40 percent of their general education requirements, and receive laboratory/demonstration credit where appropriate.

Courses listed in more than one category can fulfill GE requirements in only one of the cross-listed categories.

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup:

  • Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis
  • Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice

The aim of courses in this area is to supply perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses furnish the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression and other facets of society and culture.

Foundations of Society and Culture. Three 5-unit courses, one from each subgroup and a third course from either subgroup:

  • Historical Analysis
  • Social Analysis

The aim of courses in this area is to introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. The courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated.

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. Four courses, two from each subgroup. One 5-unit course from each subgroup must include either laboratory/demonstration or Writing II credit. For students entering fall quarter 2009 through spring quarter 2018, the laboratory requirement is reduced to one 5-unit course from either subgroup. Other courses in the subgroups may be 4 units:

  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

The aim of courses in this area is to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. The courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.

Foundations Course Lists. Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult an academic adviser or see the Schedule of Classes.

College of Letters and Science
General Education Requirements

Foundations of the Arts and Humanities

Literary and Cultural Analysis 1 Course
Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis 1 Course
Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice 1 Course
Total = 15 units minimum  

 
Foundations of Society and Culture

Historical Analysis 1 Course
Social Analysis 1 Course
Third course from either subgroup 1 Course
Total = 15 units minimum  

 
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Life Sciences 2 Courses
Physical Sciences 2 Courses
In each subgroup, one of the two courses must be 5 units and carry either laboratory/demonstration or Writing II credit. For students entering fall quarter 2009 through spring quarter 2018, the laboratory requirement is reduced to one 5-unit course from either subgroup. Other courses in the subgroups may be 4 units.
Total = 18 units minimum (17 min. fall 2009-spring 2018)

 
Total GE     10 Courses/48 Units Minimum
(10 Courses/47 Units Minimum F09-S18)


Advanced Placement Examination Credit

Students may not use Advanced Placement (AP) Examination credit to satisfy the College’s 10-course foundational area general education requirement. See the AP table on the Admission AP credit web page. Consult a departmental adviser for applicability of AP credit toward course equivalencies or satisfaction of preparation for the major requirements.

Reciprocity with Other UC Campuses

Students who transfer to UCLA from other UC campuses and have met all GE requirements prior to enrolling at UCLA are not required to complete the College GE requirements. Written verification from the dean at the other UC campus is required. Consult a College counselor regarding eligibility for this option.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

Transfer students from California community colleges have the option to fulfill UCLA lower-division GE requirements by completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) prior to transfer. The curriculum consists of a series of subject areas and types of courses that have been agreed on by the University of California and the California community colleges. Although GE or transfer core courses are degree requirements rather than admission requirements, students are advised to fulfill them prior to transfer. The IGETC significantly eases the transfer process, as all GE requirements are fulfilled when students complete the IGETC courses.

Students who are unable to complete one or two IGETC courses prior to transfer may request certification of partial completion of IGETC from their community college. On certification, the remaining courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better or Passed in each. Students who fail to complete the remaining IGETC coursework or who are otherwise not eligible for IGETC or partial IGETC are required to complete the College GE requirements. Consult a college adviser regarding this prior to enrolling in any courses.

   
   
 
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