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Catalog Year 2015-2016

University Requirements

Natural Sciences School Requirements

Major Requirements

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 and 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

  • ARTS 1A-Learning to See: Beginner Drawing
  • FRE 2-Elementary French II
  • ARTS 2C-Introduction to Vocal Jazz Repertoire
  • FRE 3-Intermediate French I
  • ARTS 2D-Introduction to Musical Theater Vocals
  • FRE 4-Intermediate French II
  • ARTS 3-Learning to See: Painting
  • GASP 1-Introduction to Global Arts Studies
  • ARTS 3B-Learning to See: Intermediate Painting
  • GASP 2-Introduction to Music Studies
  • ARTS 4A-Learning to See in Three Dimensions
  • GASP 3-Introduction to Visual Culture
  • ARTS 4B-Introduction to Sculpture
  • GASP 4-Introduction to Arts and Cultural Studies
  • ARTS 5A-Learning to Listen: Beginner Music
  • GASP 5-Introduction to the Arts and Technology
  • ARTS 6-Introduction to Music Studies
  • GASP 12-Asian Pacific Art
  • ARTS 7-ArtScore: Introduction to Global Arts Studies Program
  • GASP 13-Latin American Art
  • ARTS 8A-Learning to Perform: Beginner Acting
  • GASP 15-History of Western Art Music
  • ARTS 9-Learning to See: Beginning Photography
  • GASP 16-History of Popular Music
  • ARTS 10-Substances of Art
  • GASP 17-Music and Society
  • ARTS 11-Substances of Music
  • GASP 23-Music and Asia Pacific
  • ARTS 12-Substances of Architecture
  • GASP 25-Music of the Middle East
  • ARTS 13-Substances of Visual Arts
  • GASP 26-Music in the World's Religions
  • ARTS 15-History of Western Art Music
  • GASP 28-Meaning in Music
  • ARTS 16-History of Popular Music
  • GASP 29-Music, Dance, Gender and Sexuality
  • ARTS 17-Music and Society
  • GASP 31-Critical Popular Music Studies
  • ARTS 20-Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design
  • GASP 32-Introduction to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz
  • ARTS 021-Fundamentals of Three Dimensional Design
  • GASP 33-Popular Bombay Cinema
  • ARTS 23-Multimedia Studio
  • GASP 34-The American Musical
  • ARTS 26A-Fundamentals of Music
  • HIST 5-History of Cartography
  • ARTS 27B-Introduction to Music Technology
  • HIST 10-Introduction to World History to 1500
  • ARTS 28-Meaning in Music
  • HIST 11-Introduction to World History Since 1500
  • ARTS 29-Music, Dance, Gender and Sexuality
  • HIST 16-The Forging of the United States, 1607-1877
  • ARTS 31-Critical Popular Music Studies
  • HIST 17-The Modern United States, 1877-Present
  • ARTS 32-Introduction to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz
  • HIST 25-Introduction to Environmental History
  • ARTS 36-Introduction to Art Song
  • HIST 27- History of Food
  • ARTS 42A-Introduction to Photographic Techniques & Practices
  • HIST 30A-Medieval Europe
  • ARTS 60A-Introduction to African Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 30B-Early Modern Europe
  • ARTS 60B-Introduction to African Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 31-Modern European History
  • ARTS 61A-Introduction to Asian Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 40-History of Technology in Society I
  • ARTS 61B-Introduction to Asian Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 41-History of Technology in Society II
  • ARTS 62A-Introduction to Pacific Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 42-The Body in Health and Disease-An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • ARTS 62B-Introduction to Pacific Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 60-The Silk Road
  • ARTS 63A-Introduction to American Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 70-History of Islam I: From Muhammad to the Caliphate
  • ARTS 63B-Introduction to American Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 71-History of Islam II: From the Caliphate to the Present
  • ARTS 64A-Introduction to Swing Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 80-History of China Through the Mongol Conquest
  • ARTS 64B-Introduction to Swing Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 81-History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
  • ARTS 65A-Introduction to Middle Eastern Ensemble-Music
  • JPN 1-Elementary Japanese I
  • ARTS 65B-Introduction to Middle Eastern Ensemble-Dance
  • JPN 2-Elementary Japanese II
  • ARTS 66A-Introduction to Nordic Ensemble-Music
  • JPN 3-Intermediate Japanese I
  • ARTS 66B-Introduction to Nordic Ensemble-Dance
  • JPN 4-Intermediate Japanese II
  • ARTS 70-Techniques of Contemporary Artists
  • PHIL 1-Introduction to Philosophy
  • ARTS 71-Techniques of Interdisciplinary Research in Arts
  • PHIL 2-Introduction to Ethics (SU14 OR AFTER)
  • CCST 60-Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • PHIL 3-Applied Ethics
  • CHN 1-Elementary Chinese I
  • PHIL 9-Phenomenology and Existentialims (SU14 OR AFTER)
  • CHN 2-Elementary Chinese II
  • SPAN 1-Elementary Spanish I
  • CHN 3-Intermediate Chinese I
  • SPAN 2-Elementary Spanish II
  • CHN 4-Intermediate Chinese II
  • SPAN 3-Intermediate Spanish I
  • ENG 17-Why Harry Pottery? Why Literature?
  • SPAN 4-Intermediate Spanish II
  • ENG 20-Introduction to Shakespeare
  • SPAN 10-Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
  • ENG 21-Jane Austen and Popular Culture
  • SPAN 11-Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • ENG 30-Literature of Childhood
  • SPAN 50- Introduction to Hispanic Literatures I
  • ENG 31-Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 51-Introduction to Hispanic Literatures II
  • ENG 32-Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • SPAN 60-Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • ENG 33-Literature and Sexuality
  • WH 1- Introduction to World History
  • ENG 52-Politics and Prose of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • WH 2- Cyper Heritage
  • ENG 64- LGBT Fiction
  • WH 3-International Heritage
  • ENG 66- Literary Romance
  • WH 4-World Heritage in Maps: An Introduction to Cartography and GIS
  • FRE 1-Elementary French I

One lower division elective in the Social Sciences

  • ANTH 1-Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • PUBP 1-Introduction to Public Policy
  • ANTH 3-Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  • SOC 1-Introduction to Sociology*
  • ANTH 5-Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • SOC 2-Marriage and the Family
  • COGS 1-Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • SOC 9-Community Mobilization and Politics
  • COGS 5-Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • SOC 20-Social Problems
  • ECON 1-Introduction to Economics
  • SOC 30-Social Inequality
  • PH 1-Introduction to Public Health*
  • SOC 35-Introduction to Political Sociology
  • PH 5-Global & International Public Health
  •  SOC 36-Globalization
  • POLI 1-Introduction to American Politics
  • SOC 40-Intro to the Sociology of Organizations
  • POLI 2-Controversies in American Politics
  •  SOC 50-Self and Society
  • POLI 3-Introduction to Comparative Politics
  •  SOC 55-Sociology of the Family
  • POLI 5-Introduction to International Relations
  •  SOC 60-Introduction to the Sociology of Gender
  • POLI 6-Global Issues
  •  SOC 70-Introduction to Crime and Deviance
  • POLI 9-Community Mobilization and Politics
  •  SOC 80-Issues of Race and Ethnicity
  • PSY 1-Introduction to Psychology*


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

  • ANTH 150-Race and Human Variation
  • PSY 150-Psychological Perspective on Cultural, Racial Ethnic Diversity
  • ANTH 151-Human Adaptability
  • PSY 151-The Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • COGS 144-Animal Cognition
  •  PSY 152-Psychological Perspectives on Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Diversity
  • COGS 150-Language, Cognition & Interaction
  • PSY 156-Social Psychology
  • COGS 152-Services Science & Management
  • PSY 160-Cognitive Psychology
  • ECON 101-Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  •  USTU 110-Undergraduate Studies: Tutor Training
  • ECON 140-Labor Economics
  • WRI 100-Advanced Writing
  • ESS 141-Environmental Science Policy
  • WRI 104- Personal Writing Style 
  • HIST 124A—African American History to 1877
  • WRI 111- Course-embedded Tutor Training 
  • HIST 124B—African American History 1877 to Present
  • WRI 115-Topics in Science Writing
  • MGMT 150—Service Science
  • WRI 116—Science Writing in Natural Sciences*
  • PHIL 101-Metaphysics
  • WRI 117-Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • POLI 110— Governmental Power and the Constitution
  •  WRI 118-Management Communication Theory and Practice
  • PSY 110—History of Psychology
  •  WRI 119-Writing for Engineering
  • PSY 130-Developmental Psychology
  • WRI 121- International Rhetoric 

One upper division elective from the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Arts

  • ANTH 100-199-Upper Division Anthropology
  • PH 100-199—Upper Division Public Health
  • ARTS 100-199-Upper Division Arts
  • PHIL 100-199-Upper Division Philosophy
  • COGS 100-199-Upper Division Cognitive Science
  • POLI 100-199-Upper Division Political Science
  • ECON 100-199-Upper Division Economics
  • PSY 100-199-Upper Division Psychology
  • ENG 100-199-Upper Division English
  • PUBP 100-199-Upper Division Public Policy
  • FRE 100-199-Upper Division French
  • SOC 100-199–Upper Division Sociology
  • GASP 100-199-Upper Division Global Arts
  • SPAN 100-199-Upper Division Spanish
  • HIST 100-199-Upper Division History
  • WCH 100-199-World Cultures and History 
  • JPN 100-199-Upper Division Japanese
  • WH 100-199—Upper Division World Heritage
  • MGMT 100-199-Upper Division Management
  • 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 2015-2016

Major area lower and upper division course and emphasis track requirements are unique to each major. Planning guides and 4 year sample plans are listed for each emphasis below.

Applied Mathematical Sciences

See course flow chart here.

Earth Systems Science

See course flow chart here.

Chemical Sciences

See course flow chart here. 

Biological Sciences

See 2 Year Sample Plans here.
See 3 Year Sample Plans here.
See course flow chart


See course flow chart here.