Preparation for Specific Majors

In addition to seeking out campus environments that best fit your personal preferences, consider the academic requirements and potential limitations that may exist with specific majors.  

If you are an applicant to one of the popular majors below, you must be enrolled in a similar field of study at your home university. If you are specializing in two of these majors at your home university, decide which major will be your priority while at UC.  

Restrictions on enrollment in specific courses within a major are subject to change. Get a printable list of all UC undergraduate majors by discipline.

UC Berkeley

Submit a portfolio that demonstrates your architectural design experience. The chair of the Architecture Department will determine your studio placement after review of the portfolio. 

Portfolio format: Hard copy only (no digital)

Architecture courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • 170 An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism

Courses offered fall only:

  • 11A Introduction to Visual Representation and Drawing
  • 100A Fundamentals of Architectural Design
  • 100C Architectural Design III

Course offered spring only:

  • 11B Introduction to Design
  • 100B Fundamentals of Architectural Design
  • 100D Architectural Design IV

UC Davis

Landscape Architecture only. Access to studio space may be limited.

To enroll in advanced design studio courses, you must have completed a drafting course.

Submission of a portfolio is highly recommended, although not required. 

Portfolio format:  Hard copy, no larger than 8.5x11 inches (21.6x27.9 cm); maximum five pages. See portfolio recommendations in the Undergraduate Admissions Bulletin.

UC Los Angeles

Undergraduates applying for undergraduate courses only (numbered 1-199): Submit images of creative work.
Submission format: Digital, three-six-pages PDF files of creative work.

Advanced undergraduate applicants (with significant studio experience) applying to enrollment a limited number of graduate courses: Submit a portfolio representing your previous experience and creative abilities. 

Portfolio format: Digital, PDF file. Image size must be at least 150 DPI but no more than 300 DPI of print. Compressed file size must be no greater than 15 MB.

UC San Diego

Urban Studies​ and Planning

Courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • 186 Senior Sequence Research Proposal
  • 187 Urban Studies Internship
  • 190 Senior Honors Seminar

UC Berkeley

Art courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • 8 Introduction to Visual Thinking
  • 8A Studio
  • 12 The Language of Drawing
  • 119 Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  • 185 Senior Projects/Professional Practices 

UC Los Angeles

Submit a portfolio and personal statement.  The department will determine your eligibilty based on your qualifications and available space in the program.

Enrollment in studio art courses is limited. Plan to enroll in only one or two studio courses per term. Be prepared to take courses in other departments to maintain full-time enrollment. 

Portfolio format: Minimum of 10 images. See requirements.

Personal statement: Concise statement describing your interests, experiences, art influences, and goals in studio art.

UC Santa Cruz

Enrollment in studio art courses is limited. Plan to enroll in only one or two studio courses each term. You must have completed required lower-division studio courses (numbered 1-99) in the area of study if you plan to take upper-division studio courses (numbered 100-199). Be prepared to take courses in other departments to maintain full-time enrollment.

Other Campuses

Submission of a portfolio is strongly recommended.

All Campuses

The following courses will prepare you for success at any UC campus. 

  • Introductory biology encompassing animal, plant, and cell biology
  • General chemistry
  • Calculus 
  • Physics (calculus based)

UC Irvine

Biological Sciences (BIO SCI) courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • 101 California Teach 2
  • D113 Genetics Majors Seminar
  • D114 Developmental and Cell Biology Majors Seminar
  • E107 Seminar in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • E117ABC Exercise Sciences Seminar
  • N120ABC Human Biology
  • N115AB Advanced Neurobiology I and II

Complete 100 Scientific Laboratory and 194S Safety and Ethics for Research at UCI before enrolling in upper-division laboratory courses numbered 100-199.

All Campuses

The following courses will prepare you for success at any UC that offers the major. 

  • Introductory microeconomics*
  • Introductory macroeconomics*
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

*Intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics preferred.

You must be a business or management major at your home university to study in this major at UC.

UC Berkeley

Business (UGBA) courses not open to reciprocity students: 

  • 10 Principles of Business
  • 100 Business Communication
  • 193i Travel Study (formerly called Business Abroad)
  • MBA courses (numbered 200 and above) 

UC Irvine

Management (MGMT) courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • Courses numbered 100-110
    • 101 Management Science
    • 102 Managing Organizational Behavior
    • 105 Introduction to Marketing
    • 107 Introduction to Management Information Systems
    • 109 Introduction to Managerial Finance
    • 110 Strategic Management
  • Accounting courses (numbered 130-139)
    • 131A/B Intermediate Accounting
    • 132A Individual Taxation
    • 133 Corporate and Partnership Taxation
    • 136 Accounting Information Systems & Spreadsheets
    • 137 Advanced Accounting
    • 138 Auditing 
  • 191W Business Communication
  • Graduate courses (numbered 200 and above)

UC Merced

Major listed as Management and Business Economics.

UC Riverside

Business courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • Graduate courses (numbered 200 and above) 

UC San Diego

Rady School of Management undergraduate courses include business, accounting and entrepreneurship.

All Campuses

Space in this popular field of study is limited. 

UC Los Angeles

Communication courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • 150 Methodologies in Communication Research

All Campuses

Your application will be reviewed by the host. Supplementary materials, such as audition recordings, may be required. You may not be able to enroll in private music lessons offered by the department or may be subject to a fee. Offerings in practical training (e.g., acting, design, voice, etc.) may be limited.

You must be a drama, dance or music major at your home university to study in these majors at UC.

UC Irvine

Dance courses which may not be open to reciprocity students:

  • Dance technique 

Music courses which may not be open to reciprocity students or only available for a fee:

  • Private applied music lessons

UC Los Angeles

Drama/Dance courses that are not open to reciprocity students:

  • Acting
  • Musical theater
  • Design/production
  • Directing 

Theater courses open to reciprocity students

Music courses which may not be open to reciprocity students or only available for a fee:

  • Private applied music lessons

Portfolio: Submit a DVD with a compilation of recordings representing your technical ability and musicianship.

UC Santa Barbara

Theater courses not open to reciprocity students:

  • Acting series
  • Voice series
  • Movement series

Consider alternative courses in theater and community, playwriting, design, and theater studies.

All Campuses

Taking the following courses will prepare you for success at any UC campus.

  • Introductory microeconomics*
  • Introductory macroeconomics*
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

*Intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics preferred.

You must be an economics major at your home university to study in this major at UC.

UC Berkeley

Anticipate enrollment in a maximum of two economics courses per semester. Complete the remainder of your schedule with courses from other major departments.

Courses that are not open to reciprocity students:

  • 1/2 Introduction to Economics
  • 100A/101A Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • 100B/101B Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • 140/141 Econometrics

You must complete intermediate macro- and micro-economic theory at your home university before arrival at UC Berkeley.

UC Davis

Major listed as economics, and managerial economics.

UC Irvine

Major listed as economics.

UC Los Angeles

Anticipate enrollment in a maximum of two economics courses per quarter. Complete the remainder of your schedule with courses from other major departments.

Courses that are not open to reciprocity students:

  • 11 Microeconomic Theory
  • 41 Statistics for Economists
  • 101 Microeconomic Theory
  • 102 Macroeconomic Theory
  • 103/103L Introduction to Econometrics
  • Business Economics courses in the 106 series and 199A 

You must complete intermediate macro- and micro-economic theory at your home university before arrival at UC Los Angeles.

UC Santa Barbara

Major listed as economics and business economics.

UC Santa Cruz

Major listed as economics, business management economics, and global economics.

UC San Diego

Major listed as economics and management science (a quantitative major in applied economics with a management focus). You must have a strong background in mathematics to enroll in courses in this major.

All Campuses

The following courses will prepare you for success at any UC where the major is offered. 

Mathematics

  • Calculus (multivariable)
  • Differential equations
  • Linear algebra

Physics (calculus-based) including the following topics

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Wave motion
  • Heat
  • Oscillation
  • Physical optics
  • Relativity
  • Quantum physics
  • Electrodynamics

General Chemistry: applies to all college of engineering majors with the exception of computer and electrical engineering (one term of chemistry required) and computer science (chemistry is not required)

Computer Programming

  • Fortran
  • Matlab
  • Java
  • C++
  • C Programming
  • Python

The computer science major at UC requires students to have the same preparation as engineering students.

You must be an engineering/computer science major at your home university to apply to these majors at UC.

UC Berkeley

Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics and Statistics, and Industrial Engineering and Operational Research majors are not available to reciprocity students.

Civil Engineering (CE) 105, 112, 122L, 123L, 153, 166, 177 and 180; Engineering (E) 25, 26, 27, 128 and 177; and Mechanical Engineering (ME) 40, C85, 102A and B, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 130, 131, 132, 163, and C180 courses are not available to reciprocity students.

UC Berkeley

College of Engineering cannot guarantee enrollment in business administration, statistics, and mathematics courses for reciprocity engineering students.

UC Irvine

There are two computer science majors at UC Irvine.  Coursework is available to reciprocity students only through the Samueli School of Engineering.

Computer science applicants must have completed coursework in Java.

UC Los Angeles

Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors are not available to reciprocity students.

Bioengineering (BE) 177A, 177B and 180L; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChE) 104A, 104B, 104CL, 104D, 104DL, 108A and 108B; Civil and Environmental Engineering (C&EE) 123, 128L, 129L, 130L, 135L, 140L, 142L, 156A, 156B, 157L and 166L; Electrical Engineering (EE) 11L, 110L, 111L, 113DA/DB, M116L, 121DA/DB, 163DA/DB, 164DA/DB, 171L, 173DA/DB, 180DA/DB and 183DA/DB; Material Science and Engineering (MSE) 90L, 110, 110L, C111, 121L, 131L, 140, 141L, 143A, 160 and 161L; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) 94, 162D, 162E, 154A, 154B, 157, 157S, 183A, 107 and 157A courses are not available to reciprocity students.

Students may enroll in a maximum of one graduate course (numbered 200 and above) per quarter. Students must petition to the HSSEAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs to obtain permission from both the instructor and the department.

UC Riverside

Electrical Engineering applicants must have completed two courses in circuit analysis with lab. Coursework in electronic circuits, signals, signal and systems is recommended.

Mechanical Engineering majors must have coursework in statics, computation, Matlab and thermodynamics.

Bioengineering, chemical engineering and environmental engineering majors must have coursework in organic chemistry, general biology, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Materials Science and Engineering applicants must have statics and circuit analysis with lab.

Computer Science and Business Informatics applicants must have discrete mathematics, data structures and assembly language / machine organization.

UC Santa Barbara

​Computer Science major is not available to reciprocity students.

Enrollment priority in the College of Engineering is given to UC Santa Barbara engineering students. Course offerings and availability vary from term to term. General laboratory courses, and senior and capstone project courses are not available to reciprocity students.

Undergraduate reciprocity students may enroll in graduate (200 and above) courses with the permission of the faculty teaching the course and the Associate Dean. Students staying longer than one term at UC Santa Barbara must have a UC Santa Barbara GPA of 3.0 or higher to enroll in graduate-level courses in subsequent terms. Be prepared to select alternative courses.

 

All Campuses

Enrollment in screenwriting and film production courses is limited. Courses in film criticism and film history are more readily available. You may need to obtain the instructor's approval to enroll.

You must be a film major at your home university to apply to this major at UC.

UC Berkeley

Course enrollment is limited in this small department.

UC Davis

Major listed as Cinema and Digital Media.

UC Irvine

Enrollment is subject to available space and instructor's consent.

Enrollment in these courses is limited:

  • 117ABC Screenwriting
  • 118AB Writing for Television 
  • 120 ABC Production 

UC Los Angeles

Courses which are not open to reciprocity students:

  • Production courses
  • Graduate courses (numbered 200 and above)

Courses open to reciprocity students:

UC Riverside

Major listed as Theatre, Film and Digital Production.

UC Santa Cruz

You must have experience in production to enroll in production classes. 

Be prepared to provide course syllabi from the film courses you have taken at your home university for enrollment in film courses. Refer to the UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media department's website for available courses by term - Click on Courses.

UC San Diego

Major listed as Visual Arts: Media.

Legal studies course provide a useful introduction to the American legal system but are not comparable to law courses.  UC law school courses are not open to reciprocity students.

UC Berkeley

Major listed as Legal Studies. You may enroll in a maximum of two legal studies courses per semester.

UC Irvine

Major listed as Criminology, Law and Society (social sciences focus).

UC Riverside

Major listed as Law and Society (social sciences focus).

UC Santa Cruz

Major listed as Legal Studies.

All Campuses

Enrollment in psychology courses, particularly laboratory is limited. Anticipate enrollment in a maximum of two upper-division (numbered 100 - 199) psychology courses per semester. Complete the remainder of your schedule with courses from other major departments.

Most upper-division psychology courses are research oriented.  

The following courses will prepare you for success at any UC.  

Social Sciences introductory courses

  • Psychology
  • Sociology 

Mathematics

  • Statistics
  • Calculus for sciences

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

UC Irvine

There are two Psychology majors at UC Irvine. Before choosing a major, read the program description to better understand the differences between these two majors.

School of Social Ecology: Psychological Science (Behavioral) 

  • The Psychological Science major is behavior based (i.e., how human behavior affects the environment and vice versa).

School of Social Sciences: Psychology (Cognitive)

  • The Psychology major in the School of Social Sciences is cognition based (i.e., the study of brain processes and neurological activity).

Business Administration (MBA programs)

Except by special arrangement with selected partner schools, MBA courses are not open to reciprocity students.

Education

Education is not an undergraduate major. Education courses are generally for graduated students who are preparing for a career in primary or secondary-school teaching.  You may be able to enroll in some education courses if you meet the course requirements and there is space in the class.

Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine

Medical education is taught in graduate schools which are not open to reciprocity students. If you are an undergraduate interested in these areas of study, see biology at all campuses and animal science at UC Davis.

Law 

Law school courses are not open to reciprocity students.  See legal studies course for an introduction to the American legal system.  See also complimentary courses in political science, international relations, global studies and sociology. 

 

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