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Catalog Year 2020-2021

University of California Requirements
UC Merced General Education Requirements
School of Natural Sciences Major Requirements

University of California Requirements

I. University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)
II. University of California American History and Institutions Requirement

UC Merced General Education Requirements

Lower Division Common Course Requirements
I. Spark Seminar
II. Written Communication
III. Quantitative Reasoning
IV. Language

Upper Division Common Course Requirements
I. Crossroads Course
II. Writing in the Discipline
III. Culminating Experience

Approaches to Knowledge
I. AREA A: Natural and Engineering Science
II. AREA B: Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Intellectual Experience Badges

1. Scientific Method

7. Global Awareness

2. Literary and Textual Analysis

8. Sustainability

3. Media and Visual Analysis

9. Practical and Applied Knowledge

4. Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

10. Ethics

5. Societies and Cultures of the Past

11. Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

6. Diversity and Identity




To keep track of your learning, you will compile an ePortfolio. The purpose of the ePortfolio (which is part of CatCourses) is to give you a chance to review the development of your education. Every course that meets a GE requirement will have an assignment related to that requirement that you will upload into your ePortfolio on CatCourses. Students may add other projects if they wish. The portfolio will provide the basis for reflection on learning to be integrated into the culminating experience in the major; it will also be used to help you prepare for life after graduation.

School of Natural Sciences Major Requirements 2020-2021

Major area lower and upper division course and emphasis track requirements are unique to each major. Sample plans are listed for each emphasis below for students admitted as freshmen. Transfer students should consult with their academic advisor for a sample plan.

***Disclaimer: Please note that these sample plans are subject to change at any time per faculty recommendation/and or review. Please refer to your major advisor for any questions related to your degree requirements.***


Applied Mathematical Sciences

See course flow chart here.

Biological Sciences

See course flow chart here.

Environmental Systems Science

See course flow chart and sample plan.


See course flow chart here.

Chemical Sciences
See course flow chart here.