Upper-Division Non-Contiguous (UDNC) - Transfers with Verified Transfer Program

Two four-unit, upper-division courses (numbered 100+), non-contiguous (unrelated) to the major discipline, are required:

  • Must be taken at UC San Diego, Education Abroad Program, or another UC campus
  • Courses may be from the same discipline or same department

Additionally:

  • Courses may be taken Pass/Not Pass
  • With the exception of non-contiguous double majors, UDNC courses may not overlap with major courses
  • Appropriate upper-division minor courses may be used in lieu of UDNC courses
  • One Special Studies course chosen from 197, 198, or 199, can be used if non-contiguous to the major
  • Rady School of Management courses cannot be used - see an academic counselor if pursuing a Business minor
  • Special Studies Course 195 may not be used

Choose courses that have no prerequisites or courses for which you have completed the prerequisites



Choosing Upper-Division Non-Contiguous Courses


Step 1 - Find the discipline representing your major

Humanities and
Fine Arts

  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Critical Gender Studies (see counselor)
  • German Studies
  • History
  • International Studies (Hist, Lit)
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion, Study of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Third World Studies
  • Visual Arts

Natural Sciences, Math and Engineering

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science (see counselor)
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.A. only)
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • NanoEngineering
  • Physics
  • Public Health (see counselor)
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Structural Engineering

Social Sciences


  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Science (see counselor)
  • Communication
  • Critical Gender Studies (see counselor)
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Global Health
  • Human Developmental Sciences
  • International Studies (Anth, Bus, Econ, Ling, Poli, Soci)
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health (see counselor)
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

Step 2 - Choose two courses from any department outside of your major discipline

Humanities and
Fine Arts

  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Critical Gender Studies
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics (Heritage Language Only)
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion, Study of Theatre and Dance
  • Third World Studies
  • Visual Arts

Natural Sciences, Math and Engineering

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Social Sciences


  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Critical Gender Studies
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Linguistics/General
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

For Environmental Studies courses, see an academic counselor.