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Undergraduate Majors

Some majors have restricted enrollment or are not open to Reciprocal Exchange students. Before you choose your major, review the UC Undergraduate Majors table below. This information will help you determine if your major is offered at a particular UC campus.

Students are not limited to courses in their selected UC major department. You may attend courses in other departments if you meet course prerequisites and space is available in that course.

Your UC major might be different from your home university major, but it should reflect your primary academic interests while on the exchange.

Click on campus acronyms for links to departments or view a listing of majors grouped by discipline and by campus. 
UC Undergraduate Majors
Department
  1. See UCSC Economics and UCSB Economics. UCLA Management (undergraduate level) and UCB Haas are not recommended because space is limited.
  2. See College of Natural Resources.
  3. Includes full range of agricultural majors.
  4. Not all campuses have an American Studies Department. See courses under: history, English, Spanish, film, political science, sociology, ethnic studies, etc.
  5. See the Impacted Majors table.
  6. See UCB Creative Writing, UCD/UCLA English, UCI Literary Journalism, UCSB College of Creative Studies, UCSD/UCSC Literature.
  7. See UCD Human and Community Development Studies, UCLA International Development Studies, UCLA Urban Studies (Political Science), UCSC Community Studies, UCSD Third World Studies, UCB/UCSD Urban Planning.
  8. Also see Asian-American studies, African-American studies, Chicano studies, Native American studies, etc.
  9. See political science, UCB Peace and Conflict Studies, UCSB Global Studies.
  10. See Critical Gender Studies.
  11. Upper-division acting classes are not available.
  12. See Environmental Studies and Atmospheric Oceanic and Environmental Sciences UCLA.
Accounting1
 
 
 
 
 
 
SB
SC
 
Agriculture Environment / Management
B2
D3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
American Studies4
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Anthropology
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Architecture5
B
 
 
LA
 
 
 
 
 
Architecture: Landscape5
B
D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Art History
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Art Studio5
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Asian Studies
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
 
Astronomy / Astrophysics
B
D
 
LA
 
 
 
SC
 
Biochemistry
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Biology
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Biology: Marine
 
D
 
LA
 
 
SB
SC
 SD 
Biology: Molecular and Cell
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Biology: Plant
B
D
I
LA
 
R
 
SC
 
Business Administration / Management5
B
 
I
 
M
R
 
 
 
Business Economics5
 
D
I
 
 
R
SB
SC
 
Chemistry
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Classics
B
 D 
I
LA
 
SB
SC
SD
Communication5
B
D
 
LA
 
 
SB
 
SD
Comparative Literature
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
 
 
Creative Writing / Writing6
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Dance5
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Design (Suspended)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Development / Community Studies7
B
D
 
LA
 
 
 
SC
SD
Economics5
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Engineering: Aerospace5
 
I
LA
 
 
 
 
SD
Engineering: Bioengineering5
 
 
I
LA 
M
R
 
SC 
SD
Engineering: Chemical5
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
 
SD
Engineering: Civil5
B
D
I
LA
 
 
 
 
 
Engineering: Computer5
 
D
I
 
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Engineering: Computer Science5
 
D
I
 
M
R

SC
SD
Engineering: Electrical5
 
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Engineering: Environmental5
B
D
I
 
M
R
 
 
 
Engineering: Industrial (Suspended)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Engineering: Materials5
B
D
I
LA
M
 
 
 
Engineering: Mechanical5
B
D
I
LA 
M
R
SB
 
SD
Engineering: Structural5
 
 
I
 
 
 
 
 
SD
English
B
D
I
LA
R
SB
SC
SD
Environmental Studies / Science
B
D
I
 
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Ethnic Studies8
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Exercise Biology
(Suspended)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Film / Film Studies5
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Food / Nutrition Science
B
D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Geography
B
 
 
LA
 
 
SB
 
 
Geology / Earth Sciences
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
History
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
International Relations / Studies9
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Languages and Literature
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Latin American Studies
B
 
 
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Legal Studies5
B
 
I
 
 
R
 
SC
 
Linguistics
B
D
 
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Mathematics
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Music5
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Neuroscience
B
D
I
LA
 
 
 
SC
 
Philosophy
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Physics
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Political Science
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Psychology5
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Religious Studies
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD
Sociology
B
D
I
LA
M
R
SB
SC
SD
Statistics
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
 SD 
 
Theater / Dramatic Art5
B
D
I
 LA 
 
R
SB11
SC
SD
Urban Studies
B
D
 I 
 
 
 
 
SD
Women’s / Gender Studies
B
D
I
LA
 
R
SB
SC
SD10
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Instructions for Undergraduate Majors

Before you begin, review this information on prerequisites for UC's most popular majors.

If you are applying in any of these majors, your application will be reviewed on a competitive, case-by-case basis. Your acceptance depends on available space as determined by the host UC campus.

You must be prepared to attend any host UC campus where the major is offered.

If you are not presently specializing in these majors at your home university, you should not apply for coursework in these impacted UC majors.

If you are specializing in two of these majors at your home university, you should understand that UCEAP cannot guarantee access to more than one UC major and you must select coursework in only one of your majors.

Architecture Business, Management Computer Science


Engineering

Legal Studies
Arts Business Economics Economics Film, Film Studies Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine
Drama, Dance, Music Communication Education Journalism, Writing Psychology

 


Architecture

This major is highly selective. Advanced preparation is important in qualifying for placement.

UCB

Submission of a portfolio that demonstrates the applicant’s architectural design experience is required.

Studio placement will be determined by the chair of the Architecture Department upon review of the portfolio. Studio classes Env Des 11A and 11B are offered Fall and Spring; Arch 100A and 100C are offered Fall only; Arch 100B and 100D are offered Spring only. Arch 170A is not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.

Portfolio format: No larger than 8.5 x 14 inches (21.6 x 35.5 cm), preferably in black and white, and a maximum of ten pages front and back. Submit paper portfolios only. Discs or electronic files cannot be reviewed by the committee. Send only reproductions of work, as they may not be returned and could be damaged in transport.

UCD

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

Applicants must have completed a drafting course before arrival to enroll in advanced design studio courses. 

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

Portfolio format: No larger than 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm); maximum five pages. See portfolio recommendations in the Undergraduate Admissions Bulletin.

UCLA

Architecture and Urban Design accepts applications only once a year in the Fall, even when applicants are applying to start their studies in Winter.

Undergraduates applying for undergraduate courses only (numbered 1 - 199) are required to submit images of creative work.

Submission format: three 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25 cm) print images (not slides) of creative work.

Advanced undergraduate applicants (students with significant studio experience) may be considered for some graduate courses. Submission of a paper portfolio representing your previous experience and creative abilities is required.

Portfolio format: No larger than 11 x 17 inches (28 x 43 cm) and must be in the form of prints, not slides. Images must be marked clearly with your name. Portfolio may include both graphic and written material.

UCSD
Urban Studies​ and Planning

USP 186, 187 and 190 are not open to Reciprocal Exchange students.


Arts

All UC's

All applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Design Media Arts

UCLA
Design Media Arts is not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.

Studio Art

UCLA

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.

Submission of a portfolio is required.

Portfolio format: Minimum of ten images. See requirements.

UCSC

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 UC's

Portfolio is strongly recommended.


 

Drama, Dance, Music

All UC's

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Supplementary materials, such as audition tapes, may be required. Enrollment in private music lessons offered by the department may not be permitted or may be available for a fee. Offerings in practical training (e.g., acting, design, voice, etc.) may be limited. Applicants must be majors in these fields at their home university.

UCLA

Drama  / Dance: Acting, musical theater, design / production, or directing courses are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. 

For theater courses open to Reciprocal Exchange students, review the minor course list. Consider World Arts and Cultures, and Dance majors for alternative courses.

Music: Enrollment in private applied music lessons may not be available or available for a fee. 

UCSB

Acting, voice, or movement series courses are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.
Consider theater and community, playwriting, design, and theater studies as alternative courses.


Business, Management

Be prepared to attend any host UC campus. Departments screen applicants carefully for prerequisites. Applicants must have good grades in prerequisites for the major, as outlined in the application instructions and the UC campus catalogs.

All applicants to this field must be business or management majors at their home university.

UCB

UGBA 100 (Business Communication), UGBA 193i (Travel Study) and MBA courses (numbered 200 and above) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. Students are restricted to enrollment in Haas School of Business undergraduate courses (numbered 1 - 199) only. 

UCI

Management courses (numbered 100 - 110), Mgmt 191W (Business Communication), accounting courses (numbered 130 - 139) and graduate courses (numbered 200 and above) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. Students are restricted to enrollment in Merage School of Business undergraduate courses (numbered 1 - 199) only.

UCM

Major listed as Management.

UCR

School of Business Administration graduate courses (numbered 200 and above) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. Students are restricted to enrollment in undergraduate courses (numbered 1 - 199) only.


Communication

Space in this popular field of study is limited. Students should be prepared to attend any UC campus.

UCLA

CS 150 (Research Methods in Communication Studies) is not available to  Reciprocal Exchange students.


Economics, Business Economics

All UC's

Be prepared to attend any host UC campus. Departments screen applicants carefully for prerequisites. Applicants must have good grades in prerequisites for the major, as outlined in the application instructions and UC campus catalogs. 

All applicants to this field must be economics or business economics majors at their home university.

UCB

Anticipate enrollment in a maximum of two economics courses per semester.  The remainder of your schedule will be filled with courses from other departments. Courses numbered Econ 1/Econ 2 (Introduction to Economics), Econ 100A/101A (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory), Econ 100B/101B (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory), Econ 140/141 (Econometrics) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. If you are planning on enrolling in economics courses, you must complete intermediate macro- and micro-economic theory at your home university before arrival at UCB.

Courses are open to economics majors only; students in other majors may not enroll.

UCD

Major listed as Economics, and Managerial Economics.

UCI

Major listed as Economics.

UCLA

Anticipate enrollment in a maximum of two economics courses per quarter. The remainder of your schedule will be filled with courses from other departments. Econ 11 (Microeconomic Theory), 41 (Statistics for Economists), 101 (Microeconomic Theory), 102 (Macroeconomic Theory) and 103/103L (Introduction to Econometrics) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. Applicants must have completed calculus-based intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics (courses equivalent to Econ 11, 41, 101, and 102) before arrival at UCLA.

Business Economics courses are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students. Restricted courses include courses in the 106 series and 199A (list subject to change).

Economics courses are open to Reciprocal Exchange Pre-Economics majors only; students in other majors may not enroll.

UCSB

Major listed as Economics and Business Economics.

UCSC

Major listed as Economics, Business Management Economics, and Global Economics.

UCSD

Major listed as Economics and Management Science (a quantitative major in applied economics with a management focus). Students must have a strong background in mathematics.


Education

Education is not an undergraduate major and is not open to Reciprocal Exchange students.


Engineering, Computer Science

All UC's

Be prepared to attend any host UC campus where this major is offered. Departments screen carefully for prerequisites. You must have good grades in prerequisites for the major, as outlined in the application instructions and in the UC campus catalogs.

The computer science major at UC requires students to have the same preparation as engineering students. Coursework in this field is not open to non-computer science majors.

UCB

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

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

UCI

Computer science applicants must have coursework in Java.

UCLA

Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors are not available to Reciprocal Exchange 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 Reciprocal Exchange 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.

UCR

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.

UCSB

​Computer Science major is not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.

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

Undergraduate Reciprocal Exchange 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 UCSB must have a UCSB GPA of 3.0 or higher to enroll in graduate-level courses in subsequent terms. Be prepared to select alternative courses.


Film, Film Studies

Enrollment in screenwriting and film production courses is limited. Courses in film criticism and film history are more readily available. For many courses, the instructor’s approval is required and enrollment cannot be guaranteed.

All applicants to this field must be film majors at their home university.

UCB

Course enrollment is limited in this small department.

UCD

Major listed as Film Studies and Technocultural Studies.

UCI

Enrollment is subject to available space and instructor's consent. Enrollment in Screenwriting 117ABC and Production 120ABC courses is limited.

UCLA

Production courses and graduate courses (numbered 200 and above) are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.

For courses open to Reciprocal Exchange students, see the Film Minor course list - Select Courses tab.

UCR

Major listed as Media and Cultural Studies. 

UCSC

Enrollment in production classes is reserved for students with a strong production background. 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 UCSC Film and Digital Media department's website for available courses by term - Click on Courses.

UCSD 

Major listed as Visual Arts: Media.


Journalism, Writing

Journalism is not an undergraduate major at UC. Writing courses are offered at all campuses, however, introductory writing is a required course for UC students and courses may be full. See English and creative writing programs.


Legal Studies

Legal studies courses are not recommended for advanced students of law, but they may provide a useful introduction to the American legal system. The University's schools of law courses are not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.

UCB

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

UCI

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

UCR

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

UCSC

Major listed as Legal Studies.


Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine

Not available to Reciprocal Exchange students.


Psychology

All UC's

Students must be prepared to attend any host UC campus. Enrollment in psychology courses, particularly laboratory is limited. Departments screen carefully for prerequisites.  

UCI

There are two Psychology majors at UCI. Before choosing a major, read the program description to better understand the differences between these two majors.
 
School of Social Ecology: Psychology and Social Behavior (PSB)
The PSB 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).
  

 

 

Graduate Majors

The University of California offers graduate programs in more than 600 departments across its campuses. As a graduate student at UC, you will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty, and have access to superb libraries and laboratories to help you prepare for your future.

Links to Graduate Programs

We encourage you to consider continuing your educational journey in one of UC’s graduate programs.

Special instructions for UCEAP applicants and links to online applications are available on the Graduate Programs page.
Berkeley Irvine Riverside Santa Barbara
Davis Los Angeles San Diego Santa Cruz

See also Graduate Studies at UC in pdf format.

Restricted Fields

Not all UC schools and departments accept applications from UCEAP Reciprocal Exchange
students. UCEAP does not have the authority to change an individual school's or department's policy on their acceptance of non-degree students.

The fields of law, business management, and medicine are taught in UC professional schools, which have their own application process, requirements and deadlines, independent of these at the campus Graduate Division. Most UC professional schools, with few exceptions, are not open to UCEAP reciprocal exchange applicants.

Law Schools: Closed at all campuses
Medical Schools (including Veterinary Medicine): Closed at all campuses
Management (Commerce, Business) Schools: Open at UC Riverside only

Also
Psychology, Clinical: Closed at all campuses
Psychology, Other: Rarely accept visiting students