University Requirements and Regulations

In addition to Major and Thurgood Marshall College General Education (GE) requirements, students must meet all the following requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

Units to Graduate

  • Students must complete at least 180 quarter units with a cumulative and major grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
    • 60 units (15 four-unit courses) of which must be at the upper-division level. Lower-division courses are numbered 1 - 99, upper-division courses are numbered 100 - 199.
    • At least 35 of the last 45 units must be taken at UC San Diego to meet the Senior Residency requirement.
  • Students can complete no more than 25% of their UCSD units with a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option.

Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English composition by the end of their first year at UC San Diego. Refer to the Basic Writing website for information on how to clear this requirement.

American History and Institutions (AH&I)

A knowledge of American History and federal and state institutions is required of all degree candidates. If a student graduated from a California high school, then their AH&I requirement is considered complete. Students from other states may ask the UC San Diego Admissions Office to clear the requirement if they completed comparable course work in high school.

If neither of the above applies, please refer to the UC San Diego General Catalog under “Academic Regulations” for courses that can be taken to clear the AH&I requirement.

International Students should consult with Academic Advising regarding the AH&I requirement.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

A knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required of all candidates for a Bachelor's degree who begin their studies at UC San Diego in lower-division standing in Fall 2011 or thereafter, or in upper-division standing in Fall 2013 or thereafter.

  1. This requirement shall be satisfied by passing, with a grade not lower than C- or P, a one-quarter, four-unit course expressly approved by the Committee on Educational Policy for that purpose.  A list of approved courses will be provided in the UC San Diego General Catalog. 
  2. This requirement may be satisfied by presenting proof of having passed a one-quarter, four-unit transfer course, or its equivalent, at a recognized institution of higher education, community colleges included, that has been articulated to one of the courses approved by the Committee on Educational Policy for the purpose of meeting the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement.
  3. Students can refer to the General Education (GE) chart above to review TMC courses that will satisfy both the GE and the DEI requirement.

The approved course list for DE&I can be found here.

Minimum Progress

  • Completion of 36 units in an academic year towards degree objective requirements to maintain minimum progress and qualify for further registration.
  • Read the Academic Senate policy on minimum progress.

Maximum Unit Limitation

UCSD students are expected to graduate in approximately 4 years if entering as a Freshman, or 2 years if entering as a Transfer. This expectation is enforced by setting a maximum number of units a student may complete before prevention of enrollment occurs. The maximum unit limit is in reference to the Total Units Completed at the top of the Degree Audit (also listed on the Academic History as "Crdts Pssd").

  • Students pursuing a single major may complete no more than 200 units. This allows a student to complete twelve quarters, at 16 units per quarter, with an additional 8 units that can be taking during the Summer or if the student wants to enroll in more than the standard number of units in a given quarter.
  • Students pursuing a BS degree in Engineering may complete no more than 230 units.
  • Students pursuing a double major may complete no more than 240 units. Marshall College reserves the right to require students to rescind their double major if not completed within this unit limitation.
  • Minors are considered optional and are not required for graduation. Approvals are based on the assumption that students will complete all degree requirements within the maximum unit limitation of 200 units for single majors, 230 units for Engineering BS degrees, and 240 units for double majors. Marshall College reserves the right to require students to rescind minors if not completed within this unit limitation.
  • Pre-career preparation requirements (such as medical school prerequisites) or requirements for a professional or certification program/exam are also considered optional and do not allow for addtional units towards the maximum unit limitation.

The following units are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation:

  • Units granted by Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or General Certification of Education Advanced Level (GCE Advanced Level or A-Level) examinations.
  • Study Abroad courses taken through UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP), or Semester at Sea (SAS).
    Note: Global Seminar (GS) courses do count towards the maximum unit limit.
  • Transfer Units
    • Freshman: All transfer units taken before matriculating to UC San Diego are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation.
    • Transfers: Of the transfer units taken before matriculating to UC San Diego, 60 are applied towards the maximum unit limitation. All other units are not counted towards the maximum unit limitation.

Students may submit a Maximum Unit Limitation Appeal to request an exception to exceed the maximum unit limit. The appeal must include a quarter by quarter plan with the minimum time to finish required courses for major, GE, and University requirements towards graduation. Students will not be allowed to exceed the maximum unit limit to:

  • Finish a minor
  • Declare an additional minor
  • Change to a different major if degree requirements in the current major have been majority completed or already completed
  • Declare an additional major if degree requirements in the current major and towards degree requirements have been majority completed or already completed and if significant coursework for the second major (meaning more than 50% of required courses, not including WIP) has not been completed.
  • Complete prerequisites for a graduate or professional school
  • Complete requirements for a professional or certification program/exam

Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval. Approvals will be determined based on Academic Senate regulations.

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