First Year students (Transfer students entering fall of 2020 and after)

All students must meet the lower division Language requirement by one of the following:

  • Complete a lower division UC Merced course:
    • BIOE 021: Computing for Bioengineers
    • CHN 002: Elementary Chinese II
    • CSE 020: Introduction to Computing I
    • CSE 021: Introduction to Computing II
    • FRE 002: Elementary French II
    • JPN 002: Elementary Japanese II
    • ME 021: Engineering Computing
    • SPAN 002: Elementary Spanish II
  • Complete a specific language and culture program or course through UC Education Abroad Program.
  • Campus based test: Pass the campus-administered Foreign Language test demonstrating proficiency equivalent of one year of college foreign language.
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Exams: Earn appropriate scores on an AP/IB Exam. 
    • Score of 3, 4 or 5 on one of the following College Board AP exams: Chinese Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Culture; or 
    • Score of 5, 6 or 7 on one of the Higher Level IB exam in a foreign language or literature; or
    • Score of 3, 4 or 5 on the College Board AP Exam in Computer Science A.
  • High School Coursework: Complete the third year of one language in high school with a course GPA of at least C.
  • By certification of IGETC.