General Education Requirement
The General Education (GE) requirement promotes the intellectual growth of all undergraduates by ensuring that they acquire a breadth of knowledge that will enlarge their perspectives beyond the focus of a major and serve them well as participants in a knowledge-based society. It seeks to stimulate continued growth by providing knowledge of both the content and the methodologies of different academic disciplines. It involves students in the learning process by its expectation of considerable writing and class participation, and encourages students to consider the relationships between disciplines.
The following section pertains to students who matriculated to UC Davis for the first time in Fall 2011 or later. Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2011 should refer to the Former General Education (GE) Requirement; Pre-Fall 2011.
A GE course in topical breadth addresses broad subject areas that are important to the student's general knowledge. The units of most undergraduate courses at UC Davis are assigned to one of the three Topical Breadth Areas.
Note: In the case of a course that has been certified in more than one Core Literacy Area, a student may count the units of the course in only one of the core literacy areas in which it has been certified. Additionally, GE credit for a core literacy course a student completes before it was an approved GE literacy course is subject to the relevant dean's office or the Biology Academic Success Center approval.
2. Civic and Cultural Literacy
at least 9 units
3. Quantitative Literacy
at least 3 units
4. Scientific Literacy
at least 3 units
Meeting Total Units Requirement. With the exception of units used to satisfy the English Composition element, units approved for a Core Literacy will be accepted toward satisfaction of the appropriate Topical Breadth component. Course units that satisfy requirements in the candidate's major or majors may also be counted toward satisfaction of General Education requirements.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. Students may not present Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit in satisfaction of GE requirements, except insofar as it may be applied to the English Composition component of the Literacy with Words and Images requirement.
Transfer Students who have successfully completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) lower division course work are exempt from all General Education requirements that may be met with lower-division courses. Transfer students who have not completed the IGETC, and who are not entitled to graduate under the provisions of a General Catalog issued prior to Fall 2011 as permitted by the applicable college policy on degree requirement changes, are required to satisfy all General Education components under the revised requirement but may offer previously completed coursework toward their satisfaction.
See New General Education Courses; Fall 2011 and On, for a list of the courses that provide General Education credit. Please note that you cannot claim GE credit for a course you completed before it was an approved GE course.
The following section pertains to students who matriculated to UC Davis prior to Fall 2011. Students who matriculated for the first time in Fall 2011 or later should refer to the New General Education (GE) Requirement; Fall 2011 and On.
To fulfill the topical breadth component of the General Education requirement you must successfully complete three approved courses in each of the two subject areas of topical breadth other than the one that includes your major. To identify the area of topical breadth to which your major belongs, see Topical Breadth Assigned Subject Areas for Majors and Minors; Pre-Fall 2011. Each academic major has been assigned to one of the three subject areas of GE topical breadth. If you have any questions concerning the subject area to which your major is assigned, consult the relevant dean's office or the Biology Academic Success Center.
Courses in social-cultural diversity teach students the significance of the many patterned differences that characterize human populations—particularly differences of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or social class.
To fulfill the social-cultural diversity component of the GE requirement, you must successfully complete one course from the approved list; see Former General Education Courses; Pre-Fall 2011.
Courses in writing experience improve student writing through instruction and practice. Writing assignments are designed to encourage students to think critically and communicate effectively. Courses require one extended writing assignment (five pages or more) or multiple short assignments. Writing is evaluated not only for content, but also for organization, style, use of language, and logical coherence.
Note: You must satisfy the university Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly Subject A) before you take any writing experience course for GE credit. If you take an approved writing experience course, but have not yet satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement, you will not receive GE writing experience credit for that course.
Courses Approved for Multiple GE Components. Courses approved for more than one component of the GE requirement (topical breadth, writing experience and social-cultural diversity) will be accepted toward satisfaction of all components for which the course has been approved.
College of Engineering. Beginning in Fall 2011, the General Education requirement changed. The new General Education requirement applies to freshmen admitted Fall 2011 or later. However, students admitted before Fall 2011 may follow the previous General Education requirement. To ensure accurate information about satisfying General Education, all students should schedule an appointment with their Engineering Departmental Adviser or speak with an adviser in the Undergraduate Advising office in 1050 Kemper Hall.
Transfer Student Exemption for IGETC, TCC and UC Reciprocity. You are exempt from the UC Davis GE requirement if you come from a California community college and are certified as having successfully completed the “Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum” (IGETC) or “Transfer Core Curriculum” (TCC), or if you come from another UC campus and are certified as having successfully completed the lower division breadth or General Education requirements of that UC campus (UC reciprocity).
If you are a Transfer student who has not completed TCC or IGETC prior to attending UC Davis, transfer work comparable to approved UC Davis GE courses may be used to satisfy the GE requirement, as determined by the college's dean's office or the Biology Academic Success Center.
See Former General Education Courses; Pre-Fall 2011, for a list of the courses that provide General Education credit. Please note that you cannot claim GE credit for a course you completed before it was an approved GE course.
General Education theme options are sets of GE courses sharing a common intellectual theme. Faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has worked collaboratively to develop sets of complementary courses in several areas of interest. These GE theme options are not a separate element of the GE requirement, but a way of selecting your GE courses so that you may benefit from a coherent focus of study while completing the GE requirement.
Completion of a theme satisfies the GE requirement for students with majors assigned to the GE topical breadth area of Arts and Humanities. Students with majors assigned to the topical breadth area of either Science and Engineering or Social Science will need to complete additional GE courses in Arts and Humanities to satisfy the campus GE requirement.
Beginning a theme option does not prevent you from later choosing to take other approved GE courses to fulfill the GE requirement. If you choose to mix courses from a theme option and the broader GE course lists, you will need to make sure that the combination of courses you select will complete the campus GE requirement.
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