Transfer Preparation

Transfer Students:  Transfer Preparation

It is imperative that all transfer students complete the following UC-transferable coursework prior to transfer...

  • Geology (EART 5/L or 10/L or 20/L)
  • Calculus (MATH 11AB or 19AB)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 22 or 23A)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 1A, 1B/M, 1C/N)
  • Introductory Physics (PHYS 6A/L, 6B/M or PHYS 5A/L, 5B/M)
  • Introductory Biology (BIOL 20C)*

*Only students planning on a concentration in Environmental Geology should complete Introductory Biology prior to transferring.

Students who plan to take the above courses at a California Community College should reference assist.org to determine which courses are transferable to UCSC.

Transfer students planning to major in Earth Sciences are encouraged to complete as many as possible of the required chemistry, biology, calculus, and calculus-based physics courses.  Having this coursework completed elsewhere allows students greater flexibility in scheduling and completing their UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences courses.  Transfer students intending to become Earth Sciences majors shoud meet with department advisors during summer orientation or shortly after their arrival on campus to plan their next year's schedule of courses.

Entering with these preparatory courses complete allows you more time to take advantage of the excellence our programs offer: specialized upper-division coursework tailored to your interests, lab and field courses that teach research techniques that can help you both start a career or continue your education, and opportunities to participate in community internships and faculty-mentored independent research.

Students who do NOT complete these preparatory courses prior to transfer...

  • May not have enough time to complete their intended degree. 
    Many of our degrees have a large number of requirements. Transfer students are expected to complete their degree in two years or seven quarters and are not allowed to enroll beyond three years or nine quarters. Entering under-prepared will preclude your ability to complete one of our requirement-intensive majors.
  • May have difficulty enrolling in these introductory courses here at UCSC.
    The preparatory courses listed are prerequisite to our upper-division courses. You cannot enroll in any advanced coursework without having completed them. Here at UCSC, enrollment in these preparatory courses is targeted at freshmen and sophomores - seats are not reserved for transfer students. We do, however, reserve space in our upper-division courses for adequately-prepared transfer students.
  • Will take longer to complete a degree.
    Transfer students are expected to complete their degrees within two years or seven quarters. The introductory courses listed above require one academic year to complete. For most of our majors, entering without this coursework will require an additional year to complete a degree.
  • May pay significantly more for their education.
    An additional year to complete these preparatory courses will cost significantly more in tuition at UCSC. Students considering entering without their preparatory courses completed will have to pay an additional year of tuition. Students receiving financial support should check with the Financial Aid office to be sure their support can be extended beyond the standard seven quarters as aid packages are often reduced when students extend beyond normative time. We encourage students to compare the cost of completing coursework at a community college with the cost of attending UCSC.

We are eager to help you succeed and entering prepared for our programs is the best way to assure your success.