What you need to know
All undergraduate students must complete the General Institute Requirements (GIRs) and the departmental program of the course in which their degree will be awarded.
- Science Requirement (six subjects)
- Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement (eight subjects)
- At least two of these subjects must be designated as Communication-Intensive (CI‑H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.
- Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement (two subjects)
- Laboratory Requirement (12 units)
- The Communication Requirement is integrated into the HASS Requirement and the departmental program.
Physical education requirement
- Swimming requirement plus four physical education courses
A departmental program includes the following elements:
- Two subjects in the major that are designated as Communication-Intensive (CI‑M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.
- Between one and six subjects that also satisfy the GIRs.
- 180-198 additional units beyond the GIRs, which must include a minimum of 48 units of unrestricted electives.
- Your total “units beyond” as described above does not include ROTC subjects. However, units associated with CI-M subjects are normally included in this calculation.
- Each program is designed so it can be completed with a normal academic load — the equivalent of 8 to 8.5 subjects each year — for a total of 32 to 34 subjects.
- Substitutions for GIR subjects are allowed only by petition.
- Direct petitions pertaining to the Communication Requirement to the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR).
- Direct petitions for any HASS Requirement substitutions to the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement (SHR).
- Direct petitions for substitutions in the Institute Laboratory Requirement and the Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement to the Committee on Curricula (COC).