Transfer Students:  Transfer Admissions

In Fall 2012 the department established a Qualification Policy that limits access to the program to those students who have completed a subset of foundational coursework and met a specific grade point average (GPA) in that coursework.  Transfer students are held to similar criteria for accessing the major.

To be considered for admission to UCSC as a MCD Biology BS, Biology BS or Neuroscience BS major, transfer students MUST pass equivalents of the following courses with a C (2.0) or better in these preparatory courses:

  • BIOL 20A, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOE 20B, Development & Physiology
  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1C, General Chemistry

To be considered for admission to UCSC as a Human Biology BS major, transfer students MUST pass equivalents of the following courses with a C+ or better in these preparatory courses:

  • BIOL 20A, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOE 20B, Development & Physiology
  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • CHEM 1C, General Chemistry

Students missing any of this coursework or not meeting the required GPA will not be admitted.  Advanced Placement (AP) credit is accepted in lieu of coursework, see our Advanced Placement Credit for more information.  

Students planning to transfer from a California Community College should reference assist.org to determine equivalents for these required courses.

Students transferring from other institutions - other universities, out-of-state or international - should contact Admissions for assistance.

In addition to this required coursework, all transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses outlined in our Transfer Preparation information.