Major preparation

Taking courses that are required for your major in community college can help prepare you for advanced study and make you more competitive for admission.

Major preparation courses may be introductory courses or courses in related subjects that give you skills you'll need for your area of study. Some majors require you to complete preparation courses in community college; for other majors you may need to focus on general education and take major-specific courses after you transfer. Get to know the requirements for your major and campus to stay on track.

Start early.

You should begin coursework in your major as soon as you know what you want to study. If you're applying for fall admission, the campus may require you to complete certain major preparation requirements by the end of the spring term before you enroll at UC. (Don't save these classes for summer term before you start at UC!)

Do your best.

Transfer applicants are considered, in part, based on how well they do in major preparation coursework. So it's important — very important — that you investigate the requirements for your intended major as soon as possible. Being well-prepared for your major can help increase your chances of being admitted — especially for majors that have many applicants for a limited number of spaces.

Preparing for your major: Twenty common majors

If your major is one of the most commonly applied to majors, you can find guidance about how to prepare here. As you go through this section, here are some strategies to 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 to find the specific courses at your community college.

  2. Focus on courses required before transfer. Most campuses require you to complete some courses before you transfer. As you explore the campus-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 junior-level coursework. For many majors, this will mean completing as many 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 Biology while the campus calls it Biological 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 minimum requirements, major-preparation or general education 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.

Visit ASSIST

Majors by campus

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