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Transfer Preparation

Major preparation

  • Click here for a list of departments that will require major preparation courses for admission.

  • Plan ahead and complete as many courses as possible to prepare for your chosen major.

  • If you are applying to a capped major (majors with limited enrollment), you are required to complete all lower-division major courses prior to transferring.

  • UCSD's academic departments specify courses you must take during the first two years of college to prepare for upper-division study in your major. See the UCSD General Catalog for a list of major prerequisites or the departmental website for a specific major.

  • UCSD has established major preparation articulation agreements with many California community colleges. Visit the ASSIST website to find out how your coursework might transfer to UC San Diego.

  • Some majors admit students to pre-major status only. See Majors With Pre-major Status to find these majors.

  • If you're starting out at a California community college and know which major you want to study but haven't decided which UC campuses to apply to, visit the Transfer Pathways website for a roadmap.

General Education requirements

  • Complete lower-division GE requirements before transferring to enjoy more flexibility in selecting courses once you enroll at UC San Diego and to reduce your time to graduation.

  • Each of UC San Diego's six colleges has its own GE requirements, so keep that in mind when choosing your community college courses.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of California community college courses that meet UC San Diego lower-division general education (GE) requirements at UC San Diego's Muir, Marshall, Roosevelt, Sixth and Warren colleges. Revelle College requires students with IGETC to complete these additional requirements before transfer, or while enrolled at UC San Diego: 3 courses in mathematics and 5 courses in natural science.

If you plan to follow the IGETC, consider:

  • partial IGETC is also possible — this is useful if you've chosen a pre-major that requires a lower-division sequence of coursework once you get to UC San Diego;

  • following IGETC can make your path to graduation easier – once you transfer, you can concentrate on your major field of study.

To find out what courses are in the IGETC, contact the transfer center at your community college and check the ASSIST website for details on IGETC course agreements.

UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP)

UC Transfer Admission Planner

This online tool is designed to help you track your progress toward meeting UC's minimum requirements, and allows UC staff to communicate important information to you quickly.

Visit UC TAP to get started.

ASSIST website

Visit ASSIST to find courses at your college that:
  • are transferable to UC San Diego
  • meet lower-division major and GE requirements

Transfer programs

Whether or not you participate in a transfer preparation program, you must meet UC San Diego's admission requirements.