Transfer Students:  Transfer Preparation

In addition to the courses required for admission, we strongly recommend transfer students complete equivalents of the following courses prior to transfer.

All MCD Majors should complete equivalents of the following introductory courses:

  • MATH 11A, Calculus with Applications
  • MATH 11B, Calculus with Applications
  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry
  • BIOE 20C, Ecology & Evolution
  • AMS 5, Statistics

To be best prepared, these additional courses can be completed prior to transfer:

  • CHEM 108A/L, Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 108B/M, Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • PHYS 6A/L, Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 6C/N, Introductory Physics III

Human Biology majors:

  • Spanish Language Proficiency or courses bringing you as near to proficiency as possible prior to transfer. 

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.

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 may preclude your ability to complete one of our requirement-intensive majors, such as Human Biology which includes a language and internship requirement.
  • May have difficulty enrolling in these introductory courses here at UCSC.
    At UCSC, enrollment in these introductory 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.  Some of the preparatory courses listed, such as CHEM 108A/L, are prerequisite to our upper-division courses like BIOL 100.
  • Will take longer to complete a degree.
    Transfer students are expected to complete their degrees within two years or seven quarters. Entering without the introductory courses listed above can extend your time to degree and limit your options.  
  • 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 may have to pay additional tuition. Students receiving financial support should check with Financial Aid 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.