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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

School of Natural Sciences Requirements


All School of Natural Sciences students, regardless of major, are expected to meet the minimum requirements for the BS degree.

The School of Natural Sciences degree requirements are at least 120, but not more than 150 semester units.

All courses required for completion of a major (or minor) in Natural Sciences must be passed with a grade of C- or better, with the exception of general education courses taken outside of Natural Sciences and Engineering, for which a grade of D is considered barely passing.

Natural Sciences Early Progress Policy


Majors in the School of Natural Sciences are competitive and space is limited. Students must make appropriate degree progress to remain in any Natural Sciences major. Students in the Natural Sciences must meet the following requirements to continue in the School:

All students must pass the following courses with a C- or better, prior to the start of the third regular (Fall/Spring) semester. If they fail to do this, they are ineligible for continued enrollment in a Natural Sciences major and are moved to undeclared status.

Additional Information


Students may repeat a course only one time (for a total of two attempts to earn a C- or better).

If students do not complete these requirements, they may take these courses at another institution and petition to be readmitted to the School of Natural Sciences.

Students who have been removed from the major for academic reasons must meet the following requirements in order to petition to be re-admitted to the School of Natural Sciences:

  • Cumulative University of California grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Current semester grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Major grade point average of 2.5
  • Completion of all lower division courses with grades of C- or higher

General Education and Courses Required Outside of Natural Sciences and Engineering [24 Units]


 The total GE units are 46-48, with 24 met outside the major and the remaining units are listed within each major.

  • CORE 001: The World at Home [4 units]
  • WRI 010: College Reading and Composition [4 units]
  • One Lower Division elective in the Humanities or Arts [4 units]
  • One Lower Division elective in the Social Sciences [4 units]
  • One Upper Division elective from the Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts [4 units]
  • One Upper Division elective emphasizing oral or written communication [4 units]