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UC Irvine Academics

University of California, Irvine requires a minimum of 180 units to graduate with a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program.

UCI does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. UCI does not offer classes during the summer.

Around 85% of students who started college at UCI graduate within six years.

UCI offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Do I Have To Take at UCI?

UCI has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students need to fulfull a language requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at UCI

When choosing a major, UCI students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at UCI below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed. UCI does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does UCI Offer Learning Disability Services?

UCI offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does UCI Offer Online Classes?

UCI has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does UCI Give Credit for AP Classes?

UCI offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does UCI Have An Honors Program?

UCI offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does UCI Require Internships?

UCI does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

UCI has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UCI include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at UCI

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

UCI does not have any dual degree programs available for students.

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UC Irvine Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
East Asian Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Chinese Studies
German Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Asian-American Studies
Women's Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Journalism, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Science
Computer Graphics
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Biology Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology and Immunology
Genetics, General
Physiology, General
Exercise Physiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Environmental Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Neurobiology and Behavior
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, Other
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory
International/Global Studies
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Cognitive Science
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Human Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Psychology, General
Social Psychology
Public Policy Analysis, General
Social Sciences, General
Demography and Population Studies
Economics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Dance, General
Game and Interactive Media Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Musical Theatre
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music Performance, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Scientist
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
Public Health, General
Environmental Health
Public Health, Other
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Science
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Information Resources Management
History, General

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