Computer science

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in computer science at any UC campus.

Expected coursework

  • Introduction to programming (computer science I)
  • Data Structures (computer science II)
  • Computer organization and assembly language
  • Single variable calculus for STEM majors (one-year sequence)
  • Multivariable calculus
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Linear algebra
  • Differential equations
  • Calculus-based physics (one-year sequence with labs; topics covered must include mechanics and electromagnetism)

Note: Specific programming languages are more important at some campuses than others. See individual campus websites for guidance.

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework.In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in computer science at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for computer science transfer students is that UC expects multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations while CSU doesn’t.

Applicable majors

The Computer Science pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Computer Science, B.A. at Berkeley
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Davis
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Irvine
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Los Angeles
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Riverside
  • Computer Science, B.S. at San Diego
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Santa Barbara
  • Computer Science, B.S. at Santa Cruz
  • Computer Science and Engineering, B.S. at Merced

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Computer science is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare