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Transfer Students

A transfer student is defined as someone who applies and is admitted as a transfer student for admissions purposes.
 
In addition to meeting the transfer admissions requirements described by Undergraduate Admissions, transfer students should complete an acceptable general education course pattern and preparatory courses for the intended major, prior to transfer. Successful completion of general education and major preparation will assure that you do not need to take any additional lower division courses at UC Merced.
 
Beginning in Academic Year 2020-2021, transfer students from a California Community College who complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)* and transfer students from another University of California campus who complete lower division general education requirements, as documented in a Letter of Reciprocity** from that campus, will be considered to have satisfied the below general education requirements at UC Merced. Transfer students entering on earlier catalogs should refer to their own catalog year for guidance on general education requirements.
 
  • Spark Seminar (waived)
  • Writing 10
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foreign Language
  • Approaches to Knowledge A: Natural Science (2 courses)
  • Approaches to Knowledge B: Social Science, Arts and Humanities (3 courses)

*IGETC

**A Letter of Reciprocity is an official document from a UC campus that confirms that a student has satisfied all of the lower-division, general education and University requirements at that campus.
California Community College (CCC) classes articulate to UC Merced general education requirements as explained below. Information on articulation for California’s public colleges and universities may also be found at assist.orgThese information sources can also provide guidance on the likelihood that courses from other institutions would transfer. Transfer courses must be completed with at least a C- (or equivalent).

 

UC Merced Lower Division General Education Requirements

Transfer Student

Spark Seminar

Waived for students who have completed at least two semesters of full-time college following high school graduation.

Written Communication

IGETC Group 1B: Critical Thinking/English Composition

Quantitative Reasoning

IGETC Group 2A: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

Language

IGETC Group 6A: Languages Other than English

 

UC Merced Upper Division General Education Requirements

Transfer Student

Crossroads

Required*

Writing in the Discipline

Required*

Integrative Culminating Experience

Required*

*No community college courses can satisfy an upper division requirement. However, for an articulated upper division course from a four-year institution, students can submit a petition for satisfaction of these requirements.

 

UC Merced Approaches to Knowledge General Education Requirements

Transfer Student

Area A: Engineering Science

No Comparable IGETC Group*

Area A: Natural Science

IGETC Group 5A: Physical Science

IGETC Group 5B: Biological Sciences

IGETC Group 5C: Laboratory Activity

Area B: Social Science

IGETC Group 4A: Anthropology & Archaeology

IGETC Group 4B: Economics

IGETC Group 4C: Ethnic Studies

IGETC Group 4D: Gender Studies

IGETC Group 4E: Geography

IGETC Group 4F: History

IGETC Group 4G: Interdisciplinary, Social & Behavioral Sciences

IGETC Group 4H: Political Science, Government & Legal Institutions

IGETC Group 4I: Psychology

IGETC Group 4J: Sociology & Criminology

Area B: Arts & Humanities

IGETC Group 3A: Arts

IGETC Group 3B: Humanities

*Students can submit a petition for satisfaction of Approaches to Knowledge A: Engineering Science through articulated transfer coursework in engineering science.

 

UC Merced Intellectual Experience Badge General Education Requirements

Transfer Student

Scientific Method

IGETC Group 5A: Physical Science

IGETC Group 5B: Biological Sciences

IGETC Group 5C: Laboratory Activity

Literary and Textual Analysis

IGETC Group 3B: Humanities

Media and Visual Analysis

IGETC Group 3A: Arts

Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

IGETC Group 2A: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

Societies and Cultures of the Past

 

IGETC Group 4A: Anthropology & Archaeology

IGETC Group 4F: History

Diversity and Identity

IGETC Group 4C: Ethnic Studies

Global Awareness  

No Comparable IGETC Group*

Sustainability

No Comparable IGETC Group*

Practical and Applied Knowledge

No Comparable IGETC Group*

Ethics

No Comparable IGETC Group*

Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

No Comparable IGETC Group*

*Students can submit a petition for satisfaction of the indicated requirements through articulated transfer coursework. can submit a petition for satisfaction of the indicated requirements through articulated transfer coursework.

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Because the GE requirements included in previous catalogs informed transfer student preparation to enter UC Merced, transfer students who enter UC Merced in academic years 2018-19 or 2019-20 will be held to the GE requirements included in the 2017-18 Catalog.

A transfer student is defined as someone who applies and is admitted as a transfer student for admissions purposes. In addition to meeting the transfer admissions requirements described by Undergraduate Admissions, transfer students should complete an acceptable general education course pattern and preparatory courses for the intended major, prior to transfer. Successful completion of general education and major preparation will assure that you do not need to take any additional lower division courses at UC Merced.

Please note the following: California Community College transfer students who complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) satisfy all lower division general education requirements at UC Merced. For further details, see the Catalog section of the School that offers your intended major. Transfer students from other University of California campuses who have completed lower division general education requirements at the UC campus have satisfied lower division general education requirements at UC Merced.

Please visit: UC Merced Admissions for requirements, applications, and more. 

 

Last updated: 06/09/20