University of California, San Diego requires at least 180 credit hours 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. UC San Diego 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 San Diego does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 89% of students who start college at UC San Diego complete all the credits required within six years.
UC San Diego offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UC San Diego may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
UC San Diego 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 are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with UC San Diego directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UC San Diego students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UC San Diego.
Student Designed Majors
UC San Diego 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.
UC San Diego does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at UC San Diego
UC San Diego 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: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ UC San Diego does offer 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 San Diego does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ UC San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego.
❌ UC San Diego does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UC San Diego does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Geisel Library and there is one other library on campus.
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.
UC San Diego offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with https://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/academics/bs-ms
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 San Diego have any ROTC programs?
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.
UC San Diego 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 San Diego 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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