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Academic Requirements 

All Warren students are required to complete the University requirements, Warren General-Education requirements, and major requirements. See below for information about the University and Warren General-Education requirements. Refer to the major department for major requirements.

University Requirements

UC Entry Level Writing Requirement

The University of California requires all entering undergraduate students to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English composition. For additional information, refer to the UCSD Basic Writing Program.

American History and Institutions

Knowledge of American history and of the principles of American institutions under the federal and state constitutions is required of all candidates for a bachelor's degree. The guidelines and approved course list for American History and Institutions can be found here


Requires twelve or more 4.0-unit, upper-division courses in addition to lower-division prerequisites for the major. See the major department for details.


Thirty-five (35) of a student's last forty-five (45) units must be taken at UCSD.

Pass/Not Pass

No more than one-fourth (25%) of an undergraduate student's units completed at UCSD may be graded Pass/Not Pass. Most majors require a letter grade in all course work.

Minimum Progress

To comply with the University Minimum Progress regulation, students must complete 36 units during each academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters). If a student is on leave or approved for part time status in any quarter, they will be exempt for the entire period.

Minimum Units for Graduation

180 units required for a B.A. and B.S. degree. A minimum of 60 units must be taken at the upper-division level.

Maximum Unit Limitation

Students are limited to 200 units for B.A. and B.S. in Arts and Sciences, 230 units for B.S. in Engineering, and 240 units for double majors.

Grade-Point Average

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate. Some majors have an additional minimum GPA requirement for the major. See the major department for details.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Students who entered fall 2011 and after)

A knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required of all candidates for a Bachelor's degree who begin their studies at UC San Diego in lower-division standing in Fall 2011 or thereafter, or in upper-division standing in Fall 2013 or thereafter.

  1. This requirement shall be satisfied by passing, with a grade not lower than C- or P, a one-quarter, four-unit course expressly approved by the Committee on Educational Policy for that purpose. A list of approved courses will be provided in the UC San Diego General Catalog.
  2. This requirement may be satisfied by presenting proof of having passed a one-quarter, four-unit transfer course, or its equivalent, at a recognized institution of higher education, community colleges included, that has been articulated to one of the courses approved by the Committee on Educational Policy for the purpose of meeting the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement.

The approved course list for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here

Warren College General-Education Requirements

Warren Writing

Warren College Writing Program (WCWP) 10A and 10B. Both courses must be taken for letter-grade at UC San Diego.

Formal Skills

Two courses in calculus, symbolic logic, computer programming and/or statistics from the following list.

These courses may overlap with major, minor, or applicable Program of Concentration requirements.

COGS 3, 8, 14, 18, 25
CSE 3, 5A
MAE 5, 9, 10
10A or 20A

MATH 10B or 20B
PHIL 10, 12

Ethics and Society

Two courses, Phil 27 or Poli 27 and Phil 28 or Poli 28, must be taken for a letter-grade at UCSD. These courses may not overlap with any other requirement and must be taken after WCWP 10A-B or WARR 11A-B.

Programs of Concentration

Two Programs of Concentration (PofCs) are required. Each must contain six, 4-unit courses (total of 24 units), at least three of which must be upper-division (courses numbered 100-199). Lower-division courses in PofCs may overlap with lower-division major courses. NO overlap is allowed in the upper-division courses. For students entering fall 2009 and after, only one PofC may be chosen from EAP, Humanities, Science and Technology, or Perspectives of Social Science.

PofCs must be non-contiguous to your major and to each other.

Refer to the Academic Advising Guide for more information on PofCs. 

Area Studies

For Engineering majors, B.S. only, two Area Studies (AS) are required. Each must contain three, 4-unit courses (total of 12 units), at least two of which must be upper-division. For students entering before fall 2009, only one course must be upper-division

Area Studies must be non-contiguous to the major and to each other.

Refer to the Academic Advising Guide for more information on Area Studies.


Academic minors are optional, however, a minor may be used in lieu of a Program of Concentration or Area Study if it is noncontiguous to the major and the other Program of Concentration or Area Study. There may be no overlap between major and minor coursework at the upper-division level. For specific requirements, see the minor department.

Cultural Diversity (Students who entered prior to fall 2011)

Cultural Diversity in U.S. Society is a UC requirement and may overlap with any other requirements including: the Major, Programs of Concentration, Area Studies, or Minor. The course content to fulfill this requirement must represent cultural diversity within U.S. society. Transfer courses must be specifically approved for Cultural Diversity. Courses "approximated" on assist.org may not necessarily apply.

This requirement can be met with one course from the following:

Students who entered as freshmen Fall 2011 or later should refer to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) course list, not the list below, as all of the DEI courses will also satisfy the Cultural Diversity requirement.

Humanities & Fine Arts Courses

  • HILD 7A, 7B, 7C;
  • HIUS 108A, 108B, 109, 117, 124, 128, 130, 131, 134, 135A, 135B, 138, 139, 146, 147, 148, 149, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 164, 166, 167, 168, 173, 176, 180, 183;
  • LTAM 100, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 108;
  • LTCS 50, 100, 125, 130, 131, 132, 135, 150, 160, 172;
  • LTEN 27, 28, 29, 60, 159, 178, 180, 181, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187;
  • LTSP 150A, 150B, 151, 153, 154;
  • LTWL 155, 160;
  • MUS 8, 13AM, 115, 126, 127A, 127B, 150, 151, 152, 153;
  • PHIL 162, 170;
  • TDAC 120;
  • TDHT 103, 107, 110, 111, 112;
  • VIS 126HN, 126I, 126J 


Social Sciences Courses

  • ANSC 125, 163;
  • ANTH 23;
  • CGS 2A, 105, 106, 107, 112;
  • COCU 100, 120, 132, 137, 164, 168, 179, 182;
  • COHI 114, 124, 129;
  • CONT 1;
  • COSF 124;
  • ECON 114;
  • EDS 117, 125;
  • ENVR 110;
  • ETHN 1A, 1B, 1C, 20, 97, 100, 101, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112A, 112B, 116, 118, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135A, 135B, 136, 138, 140, 141, 144, 146A, 148, 149, 151, 152, 159, 161, 164, 165, 167, 168, 170A, 170B, 172, 174, 175, 176, 178, 179A, 179B, 180, 181, 183, 186, 187, 188; 190
  • LIGN 7, 8, 174, 177;
  • POLI 100H, 100J, 1000, 102E, 102J, 102K 104B, 104C, 105A, 108, 110EC, 115A, 116A;
  • SOCI 113, 114, 115, 116 117, 118, 119, 127, 129, 132, 139, 140F, 145, 148E, 151, 151M, 152, 169, 184, 187E, 188K;
  • USP 1, 3, 103, 104, 107, 110, 129, 130, 132, 133, 135, 147, 165 

Warren College Transfer General-Education Requirements

Students who have completed TAG/IGETC/UC Reciprocity

Three non-contiguous (unrelated to your major) upper-division courses are required. These courses must be taken at UCSD, must be 4.0 units each, and must be upper-division (courses numbered as 100 or above). They may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, and may be contiguous to each other. View Transfer GE Chart for details.

Students who have not completed TAG/IGETC/UC Reciprocity

Any transfer student who has not completed one of the above transfer programs must complete the same general-education requirements as entering freshmen. See an academic counselor for details.
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