Apr 21, 2024  
2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the Catalog



UC Merced is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Catalog Year

Official degree and major requirements are listed in this catalog. Undergraduate and graduate students are subject to requirements based on a particular catalog, referred to as the student’s “catalog year.” The catalog year is determined for new students as the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment in courses at UC Merced, provided there is no break of more than 3 consecutive terms (e.g., 2 semesters and 1 summer) in enrollment. It is campus policy to introduce changes in graduation requirements such that students who began their careers with UC Merced before the change will not be hindered substantially in the orderly pursuit of their degrees. Changes in requirements that increase the number or distribution of courses required normally will not be applied to students with earlier catalog years, provided there is no break in enrollment exceeding 3 terms. The student’s catalog year determines both the major and general education requirements for degree completion. Students may elect to adhere to a different catalog year if they wish to follow the general education and major requirements listed in a catalog published subsequently to that which was in place at the time of their initial enrollment; the student must note this in a petition to his or her School.

Students transferring from other institutions may elect either (1) those major requirements in effect at the time of transfer to UC Merced; or (2) those in effect up to two years prior to matriculation, provided that their transcripts from earlier schools indicate commitment to the major within that period and that they have adequate preparation for upper-division coursework.

Institutional Responsibility

Undergraduate and graduate students who have made significant progress toward a degree in a specific major can assume that a degree will be granted if they meet all catalog degree requirements and maintain continuous enrollment and progress. Should UC Merced find it necessary to discontinue a specific major, every effort will be made to allow currently enrolled majors to complete their degrees within a reasonable period of time. This may include (1) movement to a similar or related degree track; (2) substitution of requirements; (3) development of an individual major proposal; or (4) completion of courses at another University of California campus through the Intercampus Visitor Program. Students with questions concerning this policy should contact their major and school advising offices. In all cases, any financial obligations are the responsibility of the individual student involved.


The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in University programs and activities.

Inquiries regarding the University’s student related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Student Judicial Affairs.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of all persons who participate in University programs and activities is prohibited by law and by University regulation (Policy 380-12). Sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be condoned on the UC Merced campus.

PLEASE NOTE: This catalog contains information about UC Merced. Because the UC Merced Catalog must be prepared well in advance of the years it covers, changes in some programs and courses inevitably will occur. The selection of courses to be offered each semester is subject to change without notice, and some courses are not offered each year. The Schedule of Classes, available on the Web shortly before registration begins, provides more current information on courses, instructors, enrollment procedures and restrictions, class hours, room assignments, and final examination schedules. Students should consult the appropriate School or campus unit for even more up-to-date information. Their contact information can be found in the contact information section of this catalog. It is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with the announcements and regulations of the university that are printed in this catalog and other campus publications. The catalog is the document of record for degree requirements and is updated in print form every two years. For the most up-to-date information on requirements, please visit: www.ucmerced.edu.