University of California, Santa Cruz requires a minimum of 180 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. UC Santa Cruz accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, UC Santa Cruz does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 78% of students who start college at UC Santa Cruz complete all the credits required within six years.
UC Santa Cruz offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UC Santa Cruz may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
UC Santa Cruz has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with UC Santa Cruz directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UC Santa Cruz students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UC Santa Cruz.
Student Designed Majors
UC Santa Cruz allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ UC Santa Cruz 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.
✅ UC Santa Cruz has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ UC Santa Cruz 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.
✅ UC Santa Cruz offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at UC Santa Cruz.
🟨 UC Santa Cruz does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the UCSC Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
UC Santa Cruz does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
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.
Does UC Santa Cruz have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
UC Santa Cruz has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy 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 UC Santa Cruz include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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