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General Education

ERC’s Educational Philosophy is based on the belief that to be educated in our world today means to understand one’s own history and cultural heritage and the history and thought of other major cultural traditions as well. All ERC undergraduates will include in their academic programs a series of general requirements designed to provide a broad, multi-cultural perspective. As graduates, they will carry with them a strong international orientation and understanding as well as expertise in their chosen academic disciplines.

General Education Requirements for students entering as freshmen:

Making of the Modern World

MMW 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

This five-course sequence must be taken for a letter grade.

MMW course overview


All ERC students will take this sequence integrating learning in the humanities (history, literature, philosophy) and the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology).

Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement is a prerequisite for enrollment in MMW 12 and MMW 13. 

The University-level requirement in English composition takes place in MMW 12 and MMW 13.  During those two quarters you will receive intensive instruction and practice in writing on subjects drawn from course materials.

Neither Advanced Placement test scores nor International Baccalaureate credit nor transfer coursework will exempt you from any quarter of The Making of the Modern World.

MMW can only be taken at UC San Diego.

Quantitative & Formal Skills

This two course requirement may be taken for letter or P/NP grade.  Choose two courses from the list below.

Courses intended for non-math, non-science/engineering majors and
non-Pre-Medical Students

FORMAL LOGIC

  • LIGN 17  — Making & Breaking Codes
  • PHIL 10 — Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 12  — Scientific Reasoning

STATISTICS

  • COGS 14  ‡ — Design & Analysis of Experiments
  • POLI 30  ‡ — Political Inquiry
  • PSYC 60  ‡ — Introduction to Statistics
  • SOCI 60  ‡ — The Practice of Social Research
  • CSE 3 — Fluency in Information Technology
  • MAE 5  — Quantitative Computer Skills
  • MATH 11 (and *11L) - Elementary Probability & Statistic

OTHER

  • ECE 85 — iTunes 101
  • MGT 3 — Quantitative Methods in Business

‡ Not recommended during your first quarter at UC San Diego.
* 11L not required by ERC but is course co-requisite

 

Courses intended for math, science/engineering majors and Pre-Medical Students

MATHEMATICS

  • MATH 3C # — Pre-Calculus
  • MATH 4C # — Pre-Calculus, Science & Engineering
  • MATH 10A, 10B, 10C — Calculus
  • MATH 20A, 20B, 20C — Calculus, Science & Engineering

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

  • CSE 5A — Introduction to Programming I
  • CSE 8A, 8B ** — Intro. to Computer Science; Java
  • CSE 11 ** — Intro. to Computer Science; Java
  • ECE 15—Engineering Computation
  • COGS 18 — Intro. to Programming for Cognitive Science
  • MAE 9 — C/C++ Programming

**  Available only to CSE majors Fall quarter
#  Prerequisite for the calculus sequence. Take only if you need calculus for your major.
 

Majors requiring the 10 series of Calculus:

Economics, All Biology (except Molecular), ANY pre-med (unless major requires 20 series), Psychology (BA),
Cognitive Science (BA), Environmental Systems, some Environmental Science

Majors requiring the 20 series of Calculus:

Earth Science, Molecular Biology, Cognitive Science (BS), all Engineering/Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Math, some Environmental Science, Management  Science, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, Psychology (BS). If you want to leave as many possible major options open, take the 20 series.

For additional information regarding math requirements, go to http://mathtesting.ucsd.edu/majors.shtml

Natural Sciences

This two course requirement may be taken for letter or P/NP grade.  Choose two courses from the list below.

Approved Courses designed for Science/Engineering Majors and Pre-Medical Students

Course Number Course Title Prerequisite(s)
BILD 1 (Biology) The Cell 2 quarters of university-level chemistry
BILD 2 Multicellular Life 2 quarters of university-level chemistry
BILD 3 Organic and Evolutionary Biology 1 year of high school biology
CHEM 4 Basic Chemistry
(Should only be taken by students planning further study in Chemistry)
MATH 3C or 4C
CHEM 6A/AH General Chemistry High school chemistry or physics
CHEM 6B/BH General Chemistry CHEM 6A & concurrent enrollment in MATH 10B, 20B, or higher
CHEM 6C/CH General Chemistry CHEM 6B (and MATH 20B for CHEM 6CH only)
ECE 80 Photonics of Everyday Life Simple concepts of calculus (see instructor)
or Math 10A or 20A
PHYS 1A/AL
Must sign up for both
Mechanics MATH 10A, concurrent enrollment in MATH 10B
PHYS 1B/BL
Must sign up for both
Electricity and Magnetism PHYS 1A, concurrent enrollment in MATH 10C (or MATH 10D or MATH 11)
PHYS 1C/CL
Must sign up for both
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics PHYS 1B, MATH 10C (or MATH 10D or MATH 11)
PHYS 2A Mechanics MATH 20A, concurrent enrollment in MATH 20B
PHYS 2B Electricity and Magnetism PHYS 2A, Math 20B, concurrent enrollment
in MATH 20C
PHYS 2C Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, and Optics PHYS 2B, MATH 21C or 20C, concurrent enrollment
in MATH 20D
PHYS 2D Relativity and Quantum Physics PHYS 2B, MATH 20D or 21D
PHYS 4A-4E Physics for Physics Majors See the General Catalog

Approved Courses designed for Non-Science Majors

Course Number Course Title Prerequisite(s)
ANTH 2 Human Origins None
BILD 7 The Beginning of Life None
BILD 10 Fund Concepts Modern Biology None
BILD 12 Neurobiology and Behavior BILD 1, 2, 3, 10, 24, 26, 30, 32 or equivalent
BILD 14 Introduction to Plant Biology None
BILD 16 History of Life None
BILD 18 Human Impact on the Environment None
BILD 20 Human Genetics in Modern Society None
BILD 22 Human Nutrition None
BILD 24 Biology of Human Reproduction None
BILD 26 Human Physiology BILD 10 or equivalent
BILD 28 Human Biology None
BILD 30 Biology of Plagues None
BILD 32 Biomedicine / Cancer None
BILD 36 AIDS Science and Society None
BILD 38 Dementia, Science and Society None
CHEM 11 The Periodic Table Cannot be taken after another Chemistry course
CHEM 12 Molecules and Reactions CHEM 11 or good knowledge of high school chemistry
CHEM 13 Chemistry of Life CHEM 12
CHEM 15 Chemistry of the Universe Cannot be taken after any other chemistry course
COGS 11 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Minds and Brains None
COGS 17 Neurobiology of Cognition None

ENVR 30

Environmental Issues: Natural Sciences None
ESYS 10 Introduction to Environmental Systems None
SIO 1 The Planets None
SIO 10 The Earth None
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution None
SIO 15 Natural Disasters None
SIO 16 Geology of National Parks None
SIO 20 The Atmosphere None
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society None
SIO 30 The Oceans None
SIO 35 Water None
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth None
SIO 45 Volcanoes None
SIO 50 (6 units) Intro to Earth & Environmental Sciences None
PHYS 5 The Universe None. Cannot take PHYS 5 if taking PHYS 7
PHYS 7 Introductory Astronomy College algebra rec.  Can’t take PHYS 7 if taking PHYS 5
PHYS 8 Physics of Everyday Life None
PHYS 9 The Solar System None
PHYS 10 Concepts in Physics College algebra
PHYS 11 Survey of Physics MATH 10A or 20A, concurrent enrollment in MATH 10B or 20B
PHYS 12 Energy and the Environment None
PSYC 2 General Psychology: Biological Foundations None

Language

Students are required to demonstrate basic conversational and reading proficiency in a modern foreign language, or advanced reading proficiency in a classical language. The requirement may be satisfied by: 

  1. Completion of a fourth quarter language course (or third semester or equivalent elsewhere). Classes may be taken for a letter grade or P/NP. Self-directed language study (Linguistics 19) may NOT be used to satisfy this requirement.
  2. Passing a standardized language proficiency exam in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish. Click for Exam Dates.
  3. Passing an individually arranged language proficiency exam in languages other than those listed above. See http://ling.ucsd.edu/language/proficiency-exam.html for a list of testers and instructions.
  4. Earning a qualifying AP or IB score.
  5. Earning a score of 700 or higher on SAT II Language exam. (Please see ERC Academic Advising for a waiver form)
  6. Attending high school taught in a language other than English outside the U.S. (Please see ERC Academic Advising for a waiver form)

Note: To be eligible for Phi Beta Kappa Honors, one year of college-level study, or demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English, is required.

Reminder: students may not overlap courses between GE requirements.  This includes language courses used as pre-requisites to the fourth quarter of a language course.

Quarterly Language Schedule: Courses in BOLD are fourth quarter or higher and satisfy the proficiency requirement.

Department Language Fall Winter Spring

Linguistics (LIxx)

Linguistics consist of two 2.5 unit courses.
Arabic (LIAB) 1A/AX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX 1C/CX
American Sign Language (LISL) 1A/AX, 1B/BX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX, 1C/CX 1A/AX, 1C/CX, 1D/DX*
French (LIFR) 1A/AX, 1B/BX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX, 1C/CX 1A/AX, 1C/CX, 1D/DX*
German (LIGM) 1A/AX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX 1C/CX
Italian (LIIT) 1A/AX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX 1C/CX
Portugese (LIPO) 1A/AX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX 1C/CX
Spanish (LISP) 1A/AX, 1B/BX, 1D/DX* 1B/BX, 1C/CX 1A/AX, 1C/CX, 1D/DX*
#LIHL / Upper Division Language Course #LIHL Heritage Language Courses are intended for students with some exposure to the language. Passing one upper division course is required to meet the ERC requirement.
Literature (LTxx) French (LTFR) 2A*, 2B, 2C 2A*, 2B, 2C 2A*, 2B, 2C
German (LTGM) 2A 2B 2C
Italian (LTIT) 2A 2B 50
Spanish (LTSP) 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E 2A*, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E 2A*, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E
Greek (LTGK) 1, 101 (or any UD LTGK) 2 3
Latin (LTLA) 1, 100 (or any UD LTLA) 2 3
Korean (LTKO) 1A, 2A, 3 1B, 2B, 3 1C, 2C, 3
Russian (LTRU) 1A, 2A 1B, 2B 1C, 2C
*Completion of LIxx 1C/CX and LTIT 1C (or equivalent placement) will place you in LIxx 1D/DX or LTxx 2A
Chinese Studies Chinese (CHIN) 10A, 20A 10B, 20B 10C, 20C
Japanese Studies Japanese (JAPN) 10A, 20A 10B, 20B 10C, 20C
Judaic Studies Hebrew (JUDA) 1, 101 2 3

Language Sequence Flowchart

  • For languages offered through Linguistics
    • LIxx 1A/AX 
    • LIxx 1B/BX
    • LIxx 1C/CX
      • LIxx 1D/DX (meets Proficiency)
      • LTxx 2A (meets Proficiency)

Language Placement Exams

For language placement exams go to http://lang.ucsd.edu/llp.

Language Courses at UCSD

Find information about language courses and programs available at UC San Diego.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credits

Test Subject Language Score Requirement Met Units May NOT take for credit Enroll In
AP Language French, Spanish, or German 3 Unit Credit 8 LIxx 1C/CX LIxx 1D/DX, LTxx 2A, or take the Proficiency Exam
4 Proficiency 8 LIxx 1D/DX or LTxx 2A LTxx 2B
5 Proficiency 8 LTxx 2B LTxx 2C or LTxx 50 sequence
AP Language and Culture Chinese 3 Unit Credit 8 CHIN 10C CHIN 20A
4 Proficiency 8 CHIN 20A CHIN 20B
5 Proficiency 8 CHIN 20B CHIN 20C
AP Language and Culture Italian 3 Unit Credit 8 LIIT 1C/CX LIIT 1D/DX or LTIT 2A
4 Proficiency 8 LTIT 2A LTIT 2B
5 Proficiency 8 LTIT 50 LTIT 100
AP Language and Culture Japanese 3 Unit Credit 8 JAPN 10C JAPN 20A
4 Proficiency 8 JAPN 20A JAPN 20B
5 Proficiency 8 JAPN 20C JAPN 130A
AP Literature French 3 Proficiency 8 LIFR 1D/DX or LTFR 2A LTFR 2B
4 Proficiency 8 LTFR 2B LTFR 2C or LTFR 50
5 Proficiency 8 LTFR 50 Upper-division LTFR course
AP Literature Spanish 3 Proficiency 8 LISP 1D/DX or LTSP 2A LTSP 2B
4 Proficiency 8 LTSP 2B LTSP 2C
5 Proficiency 8 LTSP 2C LTSP 50 sequence
IB Language (HL) 5 Unit credit 8 LIxx 1C/CX LIxx 1D/DX, LTxx 2A, or take the Proficiency Exam
6 or 7 Proficiency 8 LIxx 1D/DX LTxx 2A
IB Latin (HL) 5, 6, or 7 Unit credit 8 LTLA 1,2,3 LTLA 100 or take the proficiency exam
Note: If you receive AP, IB, or previous college credit, you will not be given credit for repeating the equivalent course or taking a lower level.

Fine Arts

This two course requirement may be taken for letter or P/NP grade. Each course must be at least 4 units (2 unit courses will not be accepted) and at least one course must be from Group A (non-western).

Group A: Non-Western Fine Arts Group B: Other Fine Arts

Music: 13AM, 13AF, 13AS

Visual Arts: 21A & 21B

Any other 4-unit course from the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, or Visual Arts with non-Western content may be petitioned before taking the course.

Any other 4-unit course, including performance, studio, or theory, and upper-division courses from the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, or Visual Arts.

Fine Art Lists


Advanced Placement in Fine Arts

A score of 3 or higher in Art History, Studio (2D or 3D), Music Listening and Literature, or Music Theory will meet the Group B part of this requirement. You will still need to choose a course from Group A.

Regional Specialization

Students entering as freshmen must complete three 4-unit courses from one region. At least two of the three courses must be upper division (numbered 100 or higher). Two of the three courses must be taken for letter grades; the other one may be taken Pass/No Pass.

Transfer students must take two 4-unit upper-division courses from the same region, one of which may be taken Pass/No Pass.

Regional Specialization course lists are available through the links below. Courses not on the approved lists must be petitioned prior to enrollment.

Students may choose courses from approved departmental offerings in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

Six Designated Regions for Specialization

(click on each region to see list of approved courses)


These regions have been defined to be broad enough to ensure course availability and narrow enough to ensure coherence of subject matter.  Some courses may overlap regions, in which case you will need to indicate which region you chose before graduation. If you plan to study abroad, you may wish to fulfill all or part of the Regional Specialization requirement at your host institution.

Advanced Placement Credit

A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the European History Exam meets the lower-division requirement for the Europe Regional Specialization. It does not count as the one allowable P/NP course.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

At least one upper-division course (numbered 100-199) in your academic program must include a significant writing component in English.

Approved UDW List [PDF]

If you believe you have met the requirement using a course that is not included on our approved list, submit course syllabus and graded paper using Option A or B below:


OPTION A: Submit one original graded long paper (2500-word minimum, approximately 10 - 12 pages) written for any upper-division course within or outside of your major.

OPTION B: Submit a portfolio of original papers written for one or more upper-division courses within or outside of your major. The portfolio must include one paper of 1500 words or more (approximately 5-6 pages), and a minimum total word count of 3000 for the entire porfolio (i.e., one 1500 word paper plus several shorter papers).  The papers for the potfolio must be submitted together.

For both options, the paper(s) must be written in English and have received a passing or C- grade.  You must also have received a passing grade in the course for which the paper was written.  The writing should demonstrate invention of a thesis, an original argument, and development of the argument with evidence and analysis.  Papers need not include secondary sources.  Papers may include description, provided a significant portion of the paper is devoted to an analysis of the description.  Poetry, short stories, in-class exams, group projects, and laboratory reports are NOT acceptable to meet this requirement. 

To facilitate processing, please do a word count before submitting the paper/portfolio to the ERC Academic Advising Office.  We return your paper(s) immediately. Photocopies are not necessary.

General Education Requirements for students entering as transfers

IGETC Certified or Partial IGETC (either are noted on Academic History)

  • Complete two-course Making of the Modern World sequence specifically design for transfers, MMW 21-22
  • Earn a minimum of 180 units (60 of which must be upper division) with a minimum UC GPA of 2.00
  • Partial IGETC students must meet with ERC Academic Advising to petition course(s) needed to complete remaining one or two IGETC requirement(s).

TAG (noted on Academic History)

  • Complete two-course Making of the Modern World sequence specifically design for transfers, MMW 21-22
  • Earn a minimum of 180 units (60 of which must be upper division) with a minimum UC GPA of 2.00

UC Reciprocity (letter on file at ERC Advising)

  • Complete a two course sequence specifically design for transfers, MMW 21-22 
  • Earn a minimum of 180 units (60 of which must be upper division) with a minimum UC GPA of 2.00

Articulation of other transfer

  • Complete two-course Making of the Modern World sequence specifically design for transfers, MMW 21-22, assuming two semesters of writing completed.
  • Complete all remaining GE courses not already fulfilled by transfer courses (see hand-e-book)
  • Earn a minimum of 180 units (60 of which must be upper division) with a minimum UC GPA of 2.00
Acceptable Overlap Not Acceptable Overlap

Lower-division courses taken for your major may overlap with ERC general education requirements.

Upper-division courses taken for your major may NOT overlap with any other requirements. (There are exceptions if you are a double major.)
Lower-division courses taken for your minor may overlap with ERC general education requirements. Upper-division courses used for one minor may NOT be used for any other minor.
Lower-division courses used for your major may overlap with minor requirements. A course may NOT be used to fulfill more than one ERC general education requirement (except upper-division writing.)
Upper-division courses taken for your minor may be used to satisfy the ERC Regional Specialization requirement. Upper-division courses applied toward a minor may NOT be used to meet major requirements.