Find out more about Revelle College.
Revelle College, established in 1964, was the first college established at UCSD. It was named in honor of UCSD's founder, Roger Revelle, a man the New York Times described as one of the world's most articulate spokesmen for science.
A recipient of the President's Medal for Science, Revelle is best known for his seminal work on global warming. Revelle College opened in 1964 during the post-Sputnik era of the "space race." Revelle emphasizes a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences as the foundation for a contemporary education.
General education at Revelle
Revelle’s general education program features a well-rounded, structured, and rigorous curriculum that requires courses in a wide variety of disciplines. It emphasizes four main skills: to write effectively, to use the languages of science and mathematics, to appreciate our culture, and to ask insightful questions.
Revelle’s general education program requires:
- A 5-course core sequence known as Humanities (HUM) that offers an interdisciplinary approach to history, philosophy, and literature, with a focus on ideas and forms of expression from the Western humanistic tradition that exert a major influence on modern America. Revelle Humanities includes instruction in university-level writing.
- Three 4-unit courses in calculus
- Five 4-unit courses in the natural sciences (one course in Biology; four courses in Chemistry and Physics). Sequences are available for both science and non-science majors.
- Two 4-unit courses in the same social sciences
- One 4-unit course in American Cultures
- One 4-unit course in fine arts
- Proficiency in a foreign language (can be satisfied by completion of the fourth quarter language course).
- Three focused 4-unit courses in a discipline unrelated to the student’s major