Catalog Year 2016-2017

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
  • ENG 30-Literature of Childhood
  • ARTS 2C-Introduction to Vocal Jazz Repertoire
  • ENG 31-Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture
  • ARTS 2D-Introduction to Musical Theater Vocals
  • ENG 33-Literature and Sexuality
  • ARTS 3-Learning to See: Painting
  • ENG 50- Readings in Close Reading
  • ARTS 3B-Learning to See: Intermediate Painting
  • ENG 52-Politics and Prose of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • ARTS 4A-Learning to See in Three Dimensions
  • ENG 54- Introduction to American Novel
  • ARTS 4B-Introduction to Sculpture
  • ENG 55- Introduction to the Short Story
  • ARTS 5A-Learning to Listen: Beginner Music
  • ENG 56- Introduction to World Drama
  • ARTS 6/GASP 2-Introduction to Music Studies
  • ENG 57-Introduction to Poetry
  • ARTS 7-ArtScore: Introduction to Global Arts Studies Program
  • ENG 64-LGBT Fiction
  • ARTS 8A-Learning to Perform: Beginner Acting
  • ENG 66- Literary Romance
  • ARTS 9-Learning to See: Beginning Photography
  • ENG 90- Topics in Literature
  • ARTS 10-Substances of Art
  • FRE 1-Elementary French I
  • ARTS 11-Substances of Music
  • FRE 2-Elementary French II
  • ARTS 12-Substances of Architecture
  • FRE 3-Intermediate French I
  • ARTS 13-Substances of Visual Arts
  • FRE 4-Intermediate French II
  • ARTS/GASP 15-History of Western Art Music
  • GASP 1-Introduction to Global Arts Studies
  • ARTS/GASP 16-History of Popular Music
  • GASP 3-Introduction to Visual Culture
  • ARTS/GASP 17-Music and Society
  • GASP 4-Introduction to Arts and Cultural Studies
  • ARTS/GASP 19-Love Songs 
  • GASP 5-Introduction to the Arts and Technology
  • ARTS 20-Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design
  • GASP 12-Asian Pacific Art
  • ARTS 21-Fundamentals of Three Dimensional Design
  • GASP 13-Latin American Art
  • ARTS/GASP 22-Making Electronic Music
  • GASP 23- Music of Asia Pacific
  • ARTS 23-Multimedia Studio
  • GASP 24- Introduction to Film Analysis
  • ARTS 26A-Fundamentals of Music
  • GASP 25-Music of the Middle East
  • ARTS 27B-Introduction to Music Technology
  • GASP 26-Music in the World's Religions
  • ARTS./GASP 28-Meaning in Music
  • GASP 34-The American Musical
  • ARTS/GASP 29-Music, Dance, Gender and Sexuality
  • HIST 5-History of Cartography
  • ARTS/GASP 31-Critical Popular Music Studies
  • HIST 10-Introduction to World History to 1500
  • ARTS/GASP 32-Introduction to Jazz Studies: History of Jazz
  • HIST 11-Introduction to World History Since 1500
  • ARTS/GASP 33-Bollywood
  • HIST 16-The Forging of the United States, 1607-1877
  • ARTS 36-Introduction to Art Song
  • HIST 17-The Modern United States, 1877-Present
  • ARTS/GASP 40- Global Art History
  • HIST 25-Introduction to Environmental History
  • ARTS 42A-Introduction to Photographic Techniques & Practices
  • HIST 27- History of Food
  • ARTS/GASP 50- Music of the Atlantic World
  • HIST 30A-Medieval Europe
  • ARTS/GASP 51-Music of the Pacific World
  • HIST 30B-Early Modern Europe
  • ARTS/GASP 52- Music of the Caribbean World
  • HIST 31-Modern European History
  • ARTS/GASP 53- History of European Art and Architecture
  • HIST 40-History of Technology in Society I
  • ARTS 60A-Introduction to African Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 41-History of Technology in Society II
  • ARTS 60B-Introduction to African Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 42-The Body in Health and Disease-An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • ARTS 61A-Introduction to Asian Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 60-The Silk Road
  • ARTS 61B-Introduction to Asian Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 70-History of Islam I: From Muhammad to the Caliphate
  • ARTS 62A-Introduction to Pacific Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 71-History of Islam II: From the Caliphate to the Present
  • ARTS 62B-Introduction to Pacific Ensemble-Dance
  • HIST 80-History of China Through the Mongol Conquest
  • ARTS 63A-Introduction to American Ensemble-Music
  • HIST 81-History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
  • ARTS 63B-Introduction to American Ensemble-Dance
  • JPN 1- Elementary Japanese I
  • ARTS 64A-Introduction to Swing Ensemble-Music
  • JPN 2-Elementary Japanese II
  • ARTS 64B-Introduction to Swing Ensemble-Dance
  • JPN 3-Intermediate Japanese I
  • ARTS 65A-Introduction to Middle Eastern Ensemble-Music
  • JPN 4-Intermediate Japanese II
  • ARTS 65B-Introduction to Middle Eastern Ensemble-Dance
  • PHIL 1- Introduction to Philosophy
  • ARTS 66A-Introduction to Nordic Ensemble-Music
  • PHIL 2-Introduction to Ethics (SU14 OR AFTER)
  • ARTS 66B-Introduction to Nordic Ensemble-Dance
  • PHIL 3-Applied Ethics
  • ARTS 67A- Introduction to Musical Improvisation
  • PHIL 9-Phenomenology and Existentialism (SU14 OR AFTER)
  • ARTS 68- Experimental Inter-Arts Ensemble
  • SPAN 1-Elementary Spanish I
  • ARTS 70-Techniques of Contemporary Artists
  • SPAN 2-Elementary Spanish II
  • ARTS 71-Techniques of Interdisciplinary Research in Arts
  • SPAN 3-Intermediate Spanish I
  • ARTS 75-Performative Storytelling">
  • SPAN 4-Intermediate Spanish II
  • ARTS 77- Songwriting 
  • SPAN 10-Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 
  • CCST 60/SPAN 60/ENG 32-Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • SPAN 11- Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • CHN 1-Elementary Chinese I
  • SPAN 50- Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • CHN 2-Elementary Chinese II
  • SPAN 51-Introduction to Hispanic Literatures II
  • CHN 3-Intermediate Chinese I
  • WH 1- Introduction to World History
  • CHN 4-Intermediate Chinese II
  • WH 2- Cyper Heritage
  • ENG 17-Why Harry Potter? Why Literature?
  • WH 3-International Heritage
  • ENG 20-Introduction to Shakespeare
  • WH 4-World Heritage in Maps: An Introduction to Cartography and GIS
  • ENG 21-Jane Austen and Popular Culture
  • WH 10- Cultural Geography

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 38-Sociology of Race and Racism
  • POLI 2-Controversies in American Politics
  •  SOC 40-Intro to the Sociology of Organizations
  • POLI 3-Introduction to Comparative Politics
  •  SOC 50-Self and Society
  • POLI 5-Introduction to International Relations
  •  SOC 55-Sociology of the Family
  • POLI 6-Global Issues
  • SOC 60-Introduction to the Sociology of Gender
  • POLI 9-Community Mobilization and Politics
  • SOC 70-Introduction to Crime and Deviance
  • PSY 1-Introduction to Psychology*
  •  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

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


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 2016-2017

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

See course flow chart here.

Earth Systems Science

See course flow chart here.

Chemical Sciences

See course flow chart here. 

Biological Sciences

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