Major preparation paths

From UC’s perspective, community college is where you lay the groundwork for your bachelor’s degree.

If you’re considering transferring to UC from a California Community College, you’ll want to identify coursework that will prepare you for your major at UC campuses.

You can start preparing for your major even if you're unsure which UC campus you'll want to attend — being well-prepared for more than one campus can help ensure you have options.

Planning your community college coursework

As you plan your community college coursework, here are some strategies you can follow:

  1. Start with common courses for your major. Browse the majors at the left to see what courses will help you prepare for your major at most campuses. Use ASSIST.org to find the equivalent courses at your community college.

  2. Focus on courses required before transfer. Your chosen campuses may require you to complete some courses before you transfer. As you explore the campuses-specific guidance for each major, you’ll find these required courses clearly marked (pay attention to the grades required).

  3. Don't forget systemwide minimum transfer requirements. While you’re preparing for your specific major, you’ll also need to meet systemwide minimum requirements for transfer admission. To help ensure you’re taking courses that do the most work for you, consult a college or university adviser.

  4. Get ready for upper-division coursework. For many majors, this will mean completing as many lower-division major requirements as possible. For some, it may mean completing breadth/general education courses. Explore each campus and major for specifics on what to complete before transfer.

Keep in mind

The major you choose may have a slightly different name than you expect at some UC campuses. For example, you may be looking for Meteorology while the campus calls it Atmospheric Science. Or majors with the same name may differ significantly between campuses (UCSC's Film Studies major, for instance, is much different than UCLA's Film Studies major).

Meeting eligibility, general education or major-preparation requirements doesn’t guarantee admission to a campus or major.

Browse by campus/major

Use the list at left and the table below to explore campus-specific requirements for some of UC's most popular majors.

Anthropology

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Biochemistry

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

 

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Biological Sciences

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Business Administration

UCB

 

UCI

 

UCM

UCR

 

 

 

Cell Biology

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

 

 

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Chemistry

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Communication

UCB

UCD

 

UCLA

 

 

UCSD

UCSB

 

Computer Science

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Economics

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Electrical Engineering

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

 

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

English/Literature

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Film

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

 

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

History

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Mathematics

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Mechanical Engineering

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

 

Molecular Biology

UCB

 

 

UCLA

 

 

UCSD

 

UCSC

Philosophy

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

 

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Physics

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Political Science

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Psychology

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Sociology

UCB

UCD

UCI

UCLA

UCM

UCR

UCSD

UCSB

UCSC

Answers at ASSIST

Use the Explore Majors feature in ASSIST to see all the major names at each UC campus. Explore Majors also provides links to campus websites for each major. These sites have information that will help you understand the emphasis of the major on that campus.

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Majors by campus

Look at the campus catalogs for a full listing of available majors.