Catalog Year 2017-2018

ess_flow_chart_2018.pdfUniversity 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

  • CCST 60/SPAN 60/ENG 32-Introduction to Chicano/a Culture and Experiences
  • HIST 5-History of Cartography
  • CHN 1-Elementary Chinese I
    • HIST 10-Introduction to World History to 1500
    • CHN 2-Elementary Chinese II
      • HIST 11-Introduction to World History Since 1500
      • CHN 3-Intermediate Chinese I
        • HIST 16-The Forging of the United States, 1607-1877
        • CHN 4-Intermediate Chinese II
          • HIST 17-The Modern United States, 1877-Present
          • ENG 17-Why Harry Potter? Why Literature?
            • HIST 25-Introduction to Environmental History
            • ENG 20-Introduction to Shakespeare
              • HIST 27- History of Food
              • ENG 21-Jane Austen and Popular Culture
                • HIST 30A-Medieval Europe
                • ENG 30-Literature of Childhood
                • HIST 30B-Early Modern Europe
                • ENG 31-Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture
                  • HIST 31-Modern European History
                  • ENG 33-Literature and Sexuality
                    • HIST 40-History of Technology in Society I
                    • ENG 50- Readings in Close Reading
                      • HIST 41-History of Technology in Society II
                      • ENG 52-Politics and Prose of the Nobel Prize in Literature
                        • HIST 42-The Body in Health and Disease-An Introduction to the History of Medicine
                        • ENG 54- Introduction to American Novel
                          • HIST 60-The Silk Road
                          • ENG 55- Introduction to the Short Story
                            • HIST 70-History of Islam I: From Muhammad to the Caliphate
                            • ENG 56- Introduction to World Drama
                              • HIST 71-History of Islam II: From the Caliphate to the Present
                              • ENG 57-Introduction to Poetry
                                • HIST 80-History of China Through the Mongol Conquest
                                • ENG 64-LGBT Fiction
                                • HIST 81-History of China Since the Mongol Conquest
                                • ENG 66- Literary Romance
                                  • JPN 1- Elementary Japanese I
                                  • ENG 90- Topics in Literature
                                  • JPN 2-Elementary Japanese II
                                  • FRE 1-Elementary French I
                                    • JPN 3-Intermediate Japanese I
                                      • FRE 2-Elementary French II
                                        • JPN 4-Intermediate Japanese II
                                          • FRE 3-Intermediate French I
                                          • PHIL 1- Introduction to Philosophy
                                          • FRE 4-Intermediate French II
                                            • PHIL 2-Introduction to Ethics (SU14 OR AFTER)
                                              • GASP 2- Introduction to Music Studies
                                                • PHIL 3-Applied Ethics
                                                • GASP 3- Intro to Visual Culture
                                                  • PHIL 9-Phenomenology and Existentialism (SU14 OR AFTER)
                                                    • GASP 4-Introduction to Arts and Cultural Studies 
                                                      • SPAN 1-Elementary Spanish I
                                                        • GASP 5-Intro to Arts and Technology
                                                          • SPAN 2-Elementary Spanish II
                                                          • GASP 6-Global Art History
                                                            • SPAN 3-Intermediate Spanish I
                                                            • GASP 7-Music in Society
                                                            • SPAN 4-Intermediate Spanish II
                                                            • GASP 10-Drawing I
                                                            • SPAN 10-Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 
                                                            • GASP 11-Painting I
                                                              • SPAN 11- Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
                                                              • GASP 12A-Sculpture I
                                                              • SPAN 50- Introduction to Hispanic Literature
                                                              • GASP 13A-Design I
                                                                • SPAN 51-Introduction to Hispanic Literatures II
                                                                • GASP 14-Photography I
                                                                • WH 1- Introduction to World History
                                                                • GASP 15A-Multimedia I 
                                                                • WH 2- Cyper Heritage
                                                                • GASP 20- Video I
                                                                • WH 3-International Heritage
                                                                • GASP 30C-Swing Music Ensemble
                                                                • WH 4-World Heritage in Maps: An Introduction to Cartography and GIS
                                                                • GASP 30D-Nordic Music Ensemble
                                                                  • WH 10- Cultural Geography
                                                                  • GASP 31C-Swing Dance Ensemble


                                                                    • GASP 31D-Nordic Dance Ensemble


                                                                    • GASP 34A-Songwriting


                                                                      • GASP 36A- Making Electronic Music


                                                                      • GASP 55A- Arts of Asia


                                                                      • GASP 55B- Arts of the Islamic World


                                                                      • GASP 65A-Bollywood


                                                                      • GASP 66A-The American Musical


                                                                      • GASP 70C: Music of the Carribean World


                                                                      • GASP 72A-Popular Musics


                                                                      • GASP 75A-Meaning in Music


                                                                      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 114-Environmental Writing
                                                                      • 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

                                                                      PLEASE NOTE:
                                                                      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 2017-2018

                                                                      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.