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Catalog Year 2011-2013

Catalog Year 2011-2013

University Requirements

Natural Sciences School Requirements

Major Requirements

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University and Campus Requirements

The UC Merced general education program consists of courses that are informed by the Guiding Principles for General Education at UC Merced.

University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement

  • WRI 1 - Academic Writing
  • or other exemption (see catalog)

American History and Institutions Requirement

  • HIST 16 - Forging of the United States 1607-1877 & HIST 17 - Forging of the United States 1877-Present
  • or other exemption (see catalog)

One-semester CORE Course

  • CORE 1 - The World at Home

Lower Division Writing Course

  • WRI 10 - College Reading and Composition

Natural Sciences School Requirements

All Natural Science majors are required to take a minimum of 8 units of Lower Division coursework. These courses cannot be used to meet more than one (1) requirement, duplication is not allowed. Pre-requisites to all courses are available in the UC Merced catalog or online at All courses are not available every semester. Please be sure to review the Schedule of Classes for specific term availability.

One lower division elective in the Humanities or Arts - see course list.

  • ARTS 1A—Learning to See: Drawing
  • GASP 31—Critical Popular Music Studies
  • ARTS 2A—Learning to Vocalize: Beginning Vocal
  • GASP 34—The American Musical
  • ARTS 2B—Intro to Chorale
  • HIST 05—History of Cartography
  • ARTS 2C—Intro to Vocal Jazz Repertoire
  • HIST 10—Intro to World History to 1500
  • ARTS 2D—Intro to Musical Theater Vocal
  • HIST 11—Intro to World History from 1500
  • ARTS 3—Learning to See: Painting
  • HIST 16—Forging of the United States 1607-1877
  • ARTS 3B—Learning to See: Intermediate Painting
  • HIST 17—Modern United States 1877-Present
  • ARTS 4A—Learning to See in Three Dimensions
  • HIST 20—History of the American West 1500-1849
  • ARTS 4B—Learning to See: Sculpture
  • HIST 21—History of the American West 1850-2000
  • ARTS 5A—Learning to Listen: Beginner Music
  • HIST 25—Intro to Environmental History
  • ARTS 7—Art Score
  • HIST 30—Early European History
  • ARTS 8A—Learnig to Perform: Beginner Acting
  • HIST 31—Modern European History
  • ARTS 9—Intro to Contemporary Practices in Photo
  • HIST 60—The Silk Road
  • ARTS 10—Substances of Arts
  • HIST 70—History of Islam I
  • ARTS 11—Substances of Music
  • HIST 71—History of Islam II
  • ARTS 12—Substances of Architecture
  • LIT 20—Intro to World Culture & Literature I
  • ARTS 13—Substances of Visual Arts
  • LIT 21—Intro to World Culture & Literature II
  • ARTS 15—History of Western Art Music
  • LIT 30—Intro to American Literature
  • ARTS 20—Fundamentals of 2-D Design
  • LIT 31—Intro to American Literature II
  • ARTS 21—Fundamentals of 3-D Design
  • LIT 40—Intro to British Literature
  • ARTS 23—Multimedia Studio
  • LIT 41—Intro to British Literature II
  • ARTS 26A—Fundamentals of Music
  • LIT 42—British Women Writers
  • ARTS 27B—Intro to Music Technology
  • LIT 50—Intro to Hispanic Literature
  • ARTS 32—Intro to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz
  • LIT 51—Intro to Hispanic Literature II
  • ARTS 36—Introduction to Art Song
  • LIT 61—Hispanic/Latino Children’s Lit
  • ARTS 70—Tech of Contemporary Artists
  • LIT 63—Hispanic Film and Popular Culture
  • ARTS 71—Tech of Interdisciplinary Research
  • LIT 67—Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • GASP 1—Intro to Global Arts Studies
  • LIT 69—U.S. Latino Literature
  • GASP 2—Intro to Music Studies
  • PHIL 1—Intro to Philosophy*
  • GASP 3—Intro to Visual Culture
  • PHIL 5—Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • GASP 5—Intro to Arts and Technology
  • PHIL 9—Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • GASP 12—Asia Pacific Art
  • WH 1—Intro to World Heritage
  • GASP 13—Latin American Art
  • WH 2—Cyber Heritage
  • GASP 21—Ethnomusicology
  • WH 3—International Heritage
  • GASP 23—Music of Asia Pacific
  • WRI 25—Intro to Creative Writing*
  • GASP 25—Music of the Middle East
  • WRI 30—Intro to Professional Writing

Any lower division foreign language course can also meet the lower division arts/humanities requirement

One lower division elective in the Social Sciences - see course list.

  • ANTH 1—Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology
  •  POLI 9—Community Mobilization and Politics
  • ANTH 3—Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  •  PSY 1—Introduction to Psychology*
  • ANTH 5—Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  •  PUBP 1—Introduction to Public Policy
  • COGS 1—Introduction to Cognitive Science*
  •  SOC 1—Introduction to Sociology*
  • COGS 5—Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  •  SOC 2—Marriage and the Family
  • ECON 1—Introduction to Economics
  •  SOC 9—Community Mobilization and Politics
  • ECON 10—Statistical Inference
  •  SOC 20—Social Problems
  • ECON 11—History if Economic Thought
  •  SOC 30—Social Inequality
  • MGMT 025—Introduction to Finance
  •  SOC 35—Introduction to Political Sociology
  • MGMT 026—Introduction to Principles of Auditing
  •  SOC 40—Intro to the Sociology of Organizations
  • POLI 1—Introduction to Political Science
  •  SOC 50—Self and Society
  • POLI 2 —Controversies in American Politics
  •  SOC 55—Sociology of the Family
  • POLI 3—Introduction to Comparative Politics
  •  SOC 60—Introduction to the Sociology of Gender
  • POLI 5—Introduction to International Relations
  •  SOC 70—Introduction to Crime and Deviance
  • POLI 6—Global Issues
  •  SOC 80—Issues of Race and Ethnicity


Printer-Friendly Handout of Lower Division GE Elective Requirements

All Natural Science majors are required to take a minimum of 8 units of Upper Division Elective coursework. These courses cannot be used to meet more than one (1) requirement, duplication is not allowed. Pre-requisites to all courses are available in the UC Merced catalog or online at  All courses are not available every semester.  Please be sure to review the Schedule of Classes for specific term availability.

One upper division elective emphasizing oral or written communication - see course list.

  • ANTH 150—Race and Human Variation
  • PSY 110—History of Psychology
  • ANTH 151—Human Adaptability
  •  PSY 130—Developmental Psychology
  • COGS 144—Animal Cognition
  •  PSY 131—Social Psychology
  • COGS 150—Language, Cognition & Interaction
  •  PSY 150—Psychological Perspectives on Cul/Rac/Eth
  • ECON 101—Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  •  PSY 151—Psychology of Stereotyping & Prejudice
  • ECON 140—Labor Economics
  •  PSY 160—Cognitive Psychology
  • ESS 141—Environmental Science Policy
  •  USTU 110—Undergraduate Studies Tutor Training
  • HIST 124—African-American History
  •  WRI 100—Advanced Composition*
  • LIT 130—Topics in American Literature
  •  WRI 116—Science Writing in Natural Sciences*
  • LIT 135—Literature and History of the 1960s
  • WRI 117—Writing for Social Sciences and Humanities
  • MGMT 150—Services Science
  •  WRI 118—Management Communication
  • PHIL 101—Metaphysics
  •  WRI 119—Writing for Engineering
  • POLI 110—Government & the Constitution

One upper division elective from the Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts - see course list.

  • ANTH 100-199—Upper Division Anthropology
  • MGMT 100-199—Upper Division Management
  • ARTS 100-199—Upper Division Arts
  • PH 100-199—Upper Division Public Health
  • COGS 100-199—Upper Division Cognitive Science
  • PHIL 100-199—Upper Division Philosophy
  • ECON 100-199—Upper Division Economics
  • POLI 100-199—Upper Division Political Science
  • FRE 100-199—Upper Division French
  • PSY 100-199—Upper Division Psychology
  • GASP 100-199—Upper Division Global Arts
  • SOC 100-199– Upper Division Sociology
  • HIST 100-199—Upper Division History
  • SPAN 100-199—Upper Division Spanish
  • JAPN 100-199—Upper Division Japanese
  • WH 100-199—Upper Division World Heritage
  • LIT 100-199—Upper Division Literature
  • WRI 100-199—Upper Division Writing

Additional courses may be approved in the future.  If you have taken a course that is not on this list please check with your advisor for approval
*Strongly recommended for students preparing for health professions schools.  Be sure to check  specific school requirements for more information.

Printer-Friendly Handout of Upper Division GE Elective Requirement

Major Requirements for 2011-2013

Major area lower and upper division course and emphasis track requirements are unique to each major. Planning guides and sample plans are listed for each emphasis below.

Applied Mathematical Sciences

Earth Systems Science

Chemical Sciences

Biological Sciences