College of Letters and Science
A minimum of 180 units is required for the bachelor’s degree. Of these units, 64 must be earned in upper division courses.
Registration Beyond the 225-unit Limit. You are expected to fulfill all degree requirements within the 180- to 225-unit range. Once 225 units have been completed (excluding units awarded for College Board Advanced Placement Examinations or International Baccalaureate Examinations), you may register only with the permission of the dean. Such permission is rarely granted and then typically only to allow completion of minimum degree requirements. You will be expected to adhere to a program of courses agreed upon and to meet other conditions that may have been set. Approval must be obtained before you will be permitted to register for courses for the quarter following completion of 225 or more units.If you are in good standing, you will be able to complete 12 quarters or the equivalent (e.g., four years) of college work even if you have earned more than 225 units before you finish your fourth year. You must petition for continuation, however, and file the quarter-by-quarter course program you have planned.
Unit Credit Limitations
For certain courses, limits have been established on the number of units that can be counted towards the 180-unit minimum required for the degree. To avoid discovering just before graduation that you are short units, keep track of the number of units you have taken in each of the following categories.
Limitation on Credit for Graduate and Professional Courses. Undergraduates may enroll in graduate and professional courses in the 200, 300, and 400 series subject to the restrictions described in the Academic Information section. Graduate and professional courses that have been completed will be listed on the student’s transcript in the usual manner. However, the units earned may be counted toward degree requirements only under the conditions listed below.
Within the limitations A, B and C given below, undergraduate students in the College may count an unlimited number of units in graduate 200 series courses and up to a combined total of 9 units in 300 and 400 series professional courses toward degree requirements. These units, however, are not counted as upper division units unless this is granted by petition to the dean.
A. The recommendations of the instructor in the course and the department chairperson—in addition to approval from the dean—must be obtained by petition in order to receive credit toward the degree for the following kinds of courses:
B. The minimum eligibility conditions for an undergraduate student in the College to petition for degree credit for a 200, 300, or 400 series course are a UC grade point average of 3.300 and completion of 18 upper division units basic to the subject matter of the course. These eligibility conditions may be waived, however, upon the recommendation of the course instructor and concurrence of the department chairperson if the student’s preparation warrants exception.
C. Undergraduates in the College cannot receive degree credit for special study courses 299, 399, or 499.
Limitation on Credit for Units Graded P. Excluding courses that are graded on a Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) basis only, the number of units graded P that may be accepted towards a degree in the College of Letters and Science is limited to not more than one fourth of the units completed in residence on the UC Davis campus.
The Academic Senate limits the total number of courses graded P, including units earned in courses graded “P/NP only,” to one third of the units completed on the UC Davis campus. This limitation applies to all UC Davis undergraduates, including Letters and Science students.
Limitation on Credit for UC Davis Extension Courses.
A. UC Davis Extension courses with a designator of “X”. Students may apply credit earned through lower division and upper division UC Davis Extension “X” courses towards the 180-unit requirement only with written approval from the dean prior to registration. The degree credit allowed by the dean for such courses is usually less than the unit value listed in the course description. Additional limitations on UC Davis Extension “X” courses include: a maximum of 9 units may be offered for elective credit only and may not be applied toward fulfillment of the Area, Foreign Language, Upper Division, or Residence requirements of the College.
B. UC Davis Extension courses with a designator of “XD”. Students may apply credit earned through lower division and upper division UC Davis Extension “XD” courses towards the 180-unit requirement. Additionally, credit from such courses may be applied toward fulfillment of all university, campus, college and major unit and subject matter requirements—including the Area, Foreign Language, Upper Division and Residence requirements of the College—in the same manner that the corresponding regular UC Davis course is so accepted.
C. UC Davis Extension courses with a designator of “XDC” (Open Campus (Concurrent) Program). Subject to the following conditions, students may apply credit earned through lower division and upper division UC Davis Extension Open Campus (Concurrent) courses-i.e., those bearing the “XDC” designator-towards university unit and subject requirements, and, effective Fall 2003, the calculation of the student's UC GPA, upon admission or readmission to regular student status at UC Davis.
Other Unit Credit Limitations. The following are additional courses that have limits on the number of units that can be counted toward your degree.
While registered in the College of Letters and Science, a minimum of 27 upper division units, including 18 upper division units in the major, must be completed on the UC Davis campus; work completed while registered in the UC Education Abroad Program or the UC Davis Extension Open Campus Program does not satisfy campus or College Residence requirements.
The minimum grade point average to satisfy the scholarship requirement is 2.000 for all courses counted toward the major and for all upper division courses used to satisfy major requirements. Only grades earned in courses taken at UC Davis will be included in the grade point computations. To obtain these minimum averages in the major, you may repeat courses that are graded D or F. If you have to repeat a course more than once, you need the dean’s prior approval.
English Composition Requirement
The English Composition requirement can be met in one of two ways:
1. By passing the English Composition Examination upon completion of 70 units of degree credit (the examination does not yield credit);
2. By completing with a grade of C– (or P) or better
Transfer Courses in English Composition. Transfer courses considered by the Dean to be equivalent or comparable to English 3, Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, 4, Native American Studies 5, or University Writing Program 1, 18, 19, 101, or 104 series, will be accepted toward satisfaction of the English Composition requirement. Note that University Writing Program 101 and 104 series courses or the equivalent must be taken after you have completed 84 units of transferable degree credit.
If your transfer work does not include an acceptable English composition course taken after you had completed or accumulated 84 units, you may fulfill the requirement by examination (see below) or take one course from University Writing Program 101, 102 series, or 104 series at UC Davis.
English Composition Examination. The no-fee examination is typically offered on a Saturday morning in October, January and April. No examinations are given during the summer.
For specific examination dates, instructions, and to sign up
Area (Breadth) Requirement
The College Breadth Requirement promotes the intellectual growth of students by asking them to acquire a broader background of knowledge than is provided by the usual major. The Breadth requirement also guides students in exploring the interdependence of knowledge.
A.B. Degree. Satisfaction of the campus General Education requirement:
With the exception of the “Literacy with Words and Images: College English Composition requirement” portion of the campus General Education requirement, courses used to satisfy the English Composition and Foreign Language requirements may not be counted toward the Area requirement.
The Letters and Science faculty believes that the completion of a certified minor is often the best way for a student to obtain structure and coherence in pursuit of intellectual breadth.
B.S. Degree. A total of 90 units in natural sciences/ mathematics; and satisfaction of the General Education requirement.
Courses numbered 92, 97T, 97TC, 98, 192, 197T, 197TC, 198 and from 200 through 499 cannot be counted toward satisfaction of the natural sciences/mathematics Area requirement. A maximum of 10 units in special study courses (99, 194H, 199) may be counted toward that portion of the Area requirement. With the exception of the “Literacy with Words and Images: College English Composition requirement” portion of the campus General Education requirement, courses used to satisfy the English Composition and Foreign Language requirements may not be counted toward the Area requirement. Subject to the restrictions just listed, courses acceptable for fulfilling the 90-unit natural sciences/mathematics Area requirement are:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Foreign Language Requirement; A.B. and B.A.S. Degrees
The College of Letters and Science encourages its students to acquire functional proficiency in at least one language other than English before graduating. Generally speaking, the language programs at UC Davis promote proficiency in each of the “four skills”: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language learning is a key component of a liberal education. It enables students to communicate effectively in an increasingly internationalized world, enhances their ability to understand ways of thinking different from their own, gives them direct access to cultural production from another time and place, awakens in them an awareness of the conditioned nature of their assumptions about the world, and trains them to cope more effectively with intellectual and practical problems they may face in their future careers. At a minimum, the College requires A.B. candidates to complete three sequenced quarters (15 units) of courses in one foreign language or its equivalent. B.S. candidates, only as required in the major program.
The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied in any language offered at UC Davis (including ancient languages), or for which transfer credit is allowed from another academic institution (including American Sign Language).
You may also satisfy this requirement by examination in a language not offered on the UC Davis campus. In this case, the Dean's Office will refer you to the appropriate campus unit which will assist you in making arrangements to take an examination on another University of California campus, with a faculty member who teaches the language in question.
Satisfaction of the Requirement. If you plan to apply for a study abroad program with a language prerequisite, you should plan on completing the Foreign Language requirement by the end of your second or third year, depending on the program. The requirement may also be completed through course work in certain study abroad programs that do not have a language prerequisite. The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by examination or completion of language courses as follows:
Major Degree Certification
Requirements for major programs are described in the Undergraduate Courses section. These requirements are fulfilled by completing a major program offered by a teaching department or program committee in the College of Letters and Science (see the list of majors) or an individual major program approved by the College’s Committee on Individual Majors.
No more than six units in internship courses (numbered 92, 192, or similar internship courses) may be accepted in satisfaction of the requirements of major programs. Courses numbered 97T, 97TC, 197T and 197TC do not satisfy unit or course requirements in the major.
Before the beginning of your senior year, take some time to consider your goals and to plan the academic program for your final year as an undergraduate. To plan properly and to ensure that you get the most out of your remaining education and complete all graduation requirements as well, you should know what requirements remain unsatisfied. To help you in these efforts, the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office provides on its website informational materials and instructions on how to evaluate your progress on college and university requirements; see http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/students. Many departments provide similar information regarding your major requirements.
Once you have completed 135 units of degree credit, you should contact your departmental adviser for a check of your major requirements. At approximately this point, you also should request an official degree check summarizing your progress in fulfilling college and university requirements from the Undergraduate Education and Advising Office; see http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/students for additional information.
Degree Requirement Changes
On occasion, the faculty makes changes in the requirements that students must satisfy to obtain the baccalaureate degree. So that you will not be penalized by changes that may work to your disadvantage and so that you will benefit by changes that assist you in completing your degree requirements, it is College policy that, unless otherwise specified by the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, you may choose to fulfill the university and College requirements as stated in any UC Davis General Catalog in effect at any time you were registered as a full-time student at a postsecondary institution of higher education; e.g., community college, college or university.
Once you have chosen the year of the General Catalog under which you wish to be governed, you must satisfy all of the university and college requirements specified in that catalog. With respect to the completion of your major requirements, most of the majors in the College of Letters and Science require completion of the major degree requirements in effect at the time you officially declared your major. However, because departments differ in how they handle these matters, check with the department or major program office if you have any questions about which requirements apply to you.
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