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 (Freshmen and Transfer students) 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.

ERC GE Learning Objectives

Requirements for Freshmen Students:


NOTE: THE IGETC PROGRAM, PARTIAL IGETC PROGRAM, AND ALL TRANSFER AGREEMENTS APPLY EXCLUSIVELY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS TRANSFERS. THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED 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 math, science/engineering majors and Pre-Medical Students

Mathematics

Course Number

Course Title

Math 3C #

Pre-Calculus

Math 4C #

Pre-Calculus, Science & Engineering

Math 10A, 10B, 10C

Calculus

Math 20A, 20B, 20C

Calculus, Science & Engineering

 

Computer Programming

Course Number

Course Title

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

COGS 8

Hands-On Computing

COGS 9

Introduction to Data Science

 **  Available only to CSE majors Fall quarter

#  Prerequisite for the calculus sequence. Take only if you need calculus for your major.

Courses intended for non-math/engineering majors and non pre-med students

Formal Logic

Course Number

Course Title

LIGN 17

Making & Breaking Codes

PHIL 10

Introduction to Logic

PHIL 12

Scientific Reasoning


 

Statistics

Course Number

Course Title

COGS 14A ‡

Introduction to Research Methods

COGS 14B ‡

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

POLI 5 or 5D

Data Analytics for the Social Sciences

POLI 30 or 30D ‡

Data Analytics for the Social Sciences

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*11)

Elementary Probability & Statistic

 

 

Other

Course Number

Course Title

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

 

Majors requiring the 10 series of Calculus:

Economics, All Biology (except Molecular), ANY pre-med (unless major requires 20 series), Psychology (BA/BS),
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 (BA/BS). If you want to leave as many possible major options open, take the 20 series.

Check the UC San Diego General Catalog for appropriate choices for your major.  Refer to your math placement results to determine your starting point.


For AP/IB placement information use the Math Placement website:

http://mathtesting.ucsd.edu/placement/ap.html

 

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 CHEM 6A & 6B
BILD 2 Multicellular Life BILD 1
BILD 3 Organic and Evolutionary Biology none
CHEM 4 Basic Chemistry
(Should only be taken by students planning further study in Chemistry)
Recommended: concurrent enrollment in MATH 3C, 4C, or 10A or higher
CHEM 6A/AH General Chemistry Recommended: proficiency in high school chemistry and/or physics. Corequisite: MATH 10A or 20A or prior enrollment
CHEM 6B/BH General Chemistry CHEM 6A or 6AH and MATH 10A or 20A. Recommended: concurrent or prior enrollment in MATH 10B or 20B
CHEM 6C/CH General Chemistry CHEM 6B or 6BH. Recommended: completion of MATH 10B or 20B
PHYS 1A/AL
Must sign up for both
Mechanics Math 10A or 20A. Corequisites: Physics 1AL and Math 10B or 20B (prior completion is sufficient)
PHYS 1B/BL
Must sign up for both
Electricity and Magnetism Physics 1A or 2A, 1AL or 2BL, and Math 10B or 20B. Corequisites: Physics 1BL and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH or 11 (prior completion is sufficient)
PHYS 1C/CL
Must sign up for both
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics Physics 1B or 2B, 1BL or 2CL, and Math 10C or 20C or 31BH or 11. Corequisites: Physics 1CL.
PHYS 2A Mechanics Math 20A. Corequisites: Math 20B (prior completion is sufficient)
PHYS 2B Electricity and Magnetism Physics 2A or 4A and Math 20A-B. Corequisites: Math 20C or 31BH (prior completion is sufficient)
PHYS 2C Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, and Optics Physics 2A or 4A, and Math 20A and 20B and 20C or 31BH. Corequisites: Math 20D (prior completion is sufficient). Recommended preparation: prior completion of Physics 2B is strongly recommended.
PHYS 2D Relativity and Quantum Physics Physics 2A or 4A, 2B, and Math 20D. Corequisites:Math 20E or 31CH (prior completion is sufficient).
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 18 Human Impact on the Environment None
BILD 20 Human Genetics in Modern Society None
BILD 22 Human Nutrition None
BILD 26 Human Physiology None
BILD 28 Human Biology 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
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 3 Life in the Oceans 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
PHYS 7 Introductory Astronomy None
PHYS 8 Physics of Everyday Life None
PHYS 9 The Solar System None
PHYS 10 Concepts in Physics Recommended preparation: college algebra.
PHYS 11 Survey of Physics Math10A or 20A. Corequisites: Math 10B or 20B.
PHYS 12 Energy and the Environment None
PHYS 13 Life in the Universe None
PSYC 2 General Psychology: Biological Foundations None

Advanced Placement/International Baccaulareate in Natural Sciences

See AP/IB  chart (PDF)  in our left hand column for the most updated information

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.
  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*
Heritage Language Program
(LIHL F,W,P under Linguistics)
Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Vietnamese LIHL Heritage Language courses are intended for students with some exposure to the language. Passing one of these upper-division courses meets the ERC Language requirement. Must have upper-division standing and approval from the Linguistics department to enroll in these courses.
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/International Baccaulareate in Language

See AP/IB  chart (PDF)  in our left hand column for the most updated information

 

Fine Arts

This one course requirement may be taken for letter or P/NP grade. Courses taken for the Fine Arts requirement must be at least 4 units (2 unit courses will not be accepted). Any 4-unit course from the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, or Visual Arts may be used to satisfy this requirement. 

NOTE: Students cannot overlap courses for their Fine Arts GE requirement with their Regional Specialization GE requirements.

NOTE: A notice was sent to all ERC students on 10/22/14 regarding a change to the Fine Arts requirement. Previously, the Fine Arts requirement consisted of two courses, including a Non-Western component. This requirement has been reduced to one course, regardless of topic. If you have any questions about this change, please contact ERC Advising for assistance. 

Advanced Placement/International Baccaulareate in Fine Arts

See AP/IB  chart (PDF)  in our left hand column for the most updated information

Regional Specialization

Freshmen must complete three 4-unit courses from the same region. At least two of the three courses must be upper division (numbered 100 or higher). One of the three courses may be taken Pass/No Pass

Transfers must complete two 4-unit courses from the same region. Both courses must be upper division (numbered 100 or higher). One of the two courses must be taken for letter grade; the other one 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.

NOTE: Students cannot overlap courses for their Regional Specialization GE requirements with their Fine Arts GE requirement.

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/International Baccaulareate in Regional Specialization

See AP/IB  chart (PDF)  in our left hand column for the most updated information

 

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.


Requirements for Transfer Students:

IGETC or Partial IGETC Certification (noted on Academic History)

NOTE: THE IGETC PROGRAM, PARTIAL IGETC PROGRAM, AND ALL TRANSFER AGREEMENTS APPLY EXCLUSIVELY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS TRANSFERS. THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS FRESHMEN.

IGETC Certification

Agreement Details

  • Completion of all IGETC curriculum requirements from a California Community College.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Must send certification from the community college to UCSD Admissions Office to be verified and posted to your Academic History.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and MMW 122. Both must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

Partial IGETC Certification

Agreement Details

  • Missing no more than two (2) IGETC curriculum requirements from a California Community College.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Must send certification from the community college to UCSD Admissions Office to be verified and posted to your Academic History.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and MMW 122. Both must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.
  • Complete the remaining one to two missing IGETC requirements (can be P/NP or letter grade of D or better). Students must meet with ERC Academic Advising to determine which courses are needed to complete your remaining required courses.

UC Reciprocity or Partial UC Reciprocity (letter on file at ERC Advising)

NOTE: UC RECIPROCITY, PARTIAL UC RECIPROCITY, AND ALL TRANSFER AGREEMENTS APPLY EXCLUSIVELY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS TRANSFERS. THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS FRESHMEN.

UC Reciprocity

Agreement Details

  • Completion of all lower-division general education/breadth requirements at another UC.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from UC must send letter on official university/college letterhead to ERC Academic Advising to be verified and posted to your records.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and MMW 122. Both must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

Partial UC Reciprocity

Agreement Details

  • Missing no more than two (2) lower-division general education/breadth requirements from another UC.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from UC must send letter on official university/college letterhead to ERC Academic Advising indicating what one to two lower-division general education/breadth requirements are missing. Official letter is needed in order to verify partial agreement and to update your records.
  • Not all institutions will provide this for students. If institution will not provide such documentation, student will be considered an Articulation Student.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and either...
    • MMW 122 if you have completed two (2) semesters of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

      OR
    • MMW 12 or 13 if you completed only one (1) semester of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

  • Complete the remaining one to two UC Reciprocity requirements (can be P/NP or letter grade of D or better). Students must meet with ERC Academic Advising to determine which courses are needed to complete your remaining required courses.

GE Certification or Partial GE Certification (letter on file at ERC Advising)

NOTE: GE CERTIFICATION, PARTIAL GE CERTIFICATION, AND ALL TRANSFER AGREEMENTS APPLY EXCLUSIVELY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS TRANSFERS. THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT APPLY TO STUDENTS ADMITTED AS FRESHMEN.

GE Certification

Agreement Details

  • Completion of all lower-division general education/breadth requirements at another 4-year institution.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from institution must send letter on official university/college letterhead to ERC Academic Advising to be verified and posted to your records.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and either...
    • MMW 122 if you have completed two (2) semesters of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

      OR

    • MMW 12 or 13 if you completed only one (1) semester of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

Partial GE Certification

Agreement Details

  • Missing no more than two (2) lower-division general education/breadth requirements from another 4-year institution.
  • Must be completed prior to transferring to UCSD, no exceptions.
  • Academic advisor from institution must send letter on official university/college letterhead to ERC Academic Advising indicating what one to two lower-division general education/breadth requirements are missing. Official letter is needed in order to verify partial agreement and to update your records.
  • Not all institutions will provide this for students. If institution will not provide such documentation, student will be considered an Articulation Student.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and either...
    • MMW 122 if you have completed two (2) semesters of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

      OR

    • MMW 12 or 13 if you completed only one (1) semester of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade and for D or better.

  • Complete the remaining one to two institution requirements (can be P/NP or letter grade of D or better). Students must meet with ERC Academic Advising to determine which courses are needed to complete your remaining required courses.

Articulation Transfer Student (no transfer agreement)

Articulation Transfer Student

Details

  • No transfer agreement.

ERC Requirements

  • Complete two Making of the Modern World (MMW) courses: MMW 121 and either...
    • MMW 122 if you have completed two (2) semesters of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade.

      OR

    • MMW 12 or 13 if you completed only one (1) semester of writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Complete all remaining ERC GE courses not already fulfilled by transfer courses or test scores, which may include:
    • Language Proficiency
    • 1 Fine Arts
    • 2 Natural Science
    • 2 Quantitative/Formal Skills
    • 2 (not 3) upper-division Regional Specialization courses from the same region, one of which may be taken Pass/No Pass

Overlap Policies:

Acceptable Overlap

  • Lower-division courses taken for your major and/or minor may overlap with ERC GE requirements..
  • Lower-division courses taken for your major may overlap with your minor requirements.
  • Up to two (2) upper-division courses taken for your minor may overlap with your major *
  • Up to three (3) upper-division courses may overlap between ERC GE requirements and minor requirements.
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), ERC Upper-Division Writing, and the American History and Institutions (AHI) requirements may overlap with any other requirement for graduation including major, minor, and/ or other GE’s. 

*Pending department approval

Not Acceptable Overlap

  • Upper-division courses taken for your major may NOT overlap with any ERC GE requirements except the Upper-Division Writing requirement. There are some exceptions if you are a double major. (Please see acceptable double major overlap).
  • Upper-division courses taken for one minor may NOT overlap with any other minor requirement.
  • Courses taken for one ERC GE requirement may NOT overlap with another ERC GE requirement (with exception of the Upper-Division Writing requirement). 

Double Major Acceptable Overlap

  • A student must complete all requirements for BOTH majors, which includes 10 upper-division courses UNIQUE to each major. 
  • Outside of the 10 unique upper-division courses, other upper-division courses between majors can overlap (pending approval of both departments).
  • Lower-division courses can overlap with no limit.
  • ERC students may overlap no more than three (3) upper-division courses between their double majors and their GE requirements.

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