Promoting Good Health Coursework Other Than A-G

  • Cameron Faustman, Ph.D., Interim Dean
  • Sandra Bushmich, D.V.M., Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • Meagan Ridder, M.A., Academic Advisor
  • Jillian Ives, M.A., Program Administrator

In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Land Grant Act providing grants of federal land to each state. Funds from the sale of these lands were used in establishing a college teaching agriculture and related subjects in each state. Subsequent federal acts have enlarged the responsibilities of these colleges. Today they continue to serve agriculture and society in many ways through a variety of educational programs. The University of Connecticut is the land-grant university in Connecticut. The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources offers instruction at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Research and experimental work is carried on through the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. Educational and service programs are conducted throughout the State by the Cooperative Extension System. The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is supported by both federal and state appropriations and contributions from the private sector.

Agriculture has evolved to engage scientists concerned with food, people, and health in a manner that is economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources maintains strong programs in fields such as agricultural biotechnology, allied health sciences, animal science, diagnostic and environmental sciences, health promotion, landscape architecture, medical laboratory sciences, nutritional biochemistry, pathobiology, pre-veterinary study, resource economics, and wildlife management.

The College has extensive facilities and operations to supplement and enhance instruction, learning experiences, and research. Laboratories, plants, animals, greenhouses and other related resources – both on and off campus – allow students to apply knowledge and skills in real-world, professional environments. The Agricultural Biotechnology complex, Center for Land Use Education and Research, Center for Environmental Health, Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic, Korey Stringer Institute and Athletic Training Learning Laboratory, Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, Connecticut State Climate Center, Food Marketing Policy Center, and the Wildlife Conservation Research Center are all integral components of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

The following departments offer undergraduate instruction in the College: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Allied Health Sciences, Animal Science, Kinesiology, Natural Resources and the Environment, Nutritional Sciences, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. The Directory of Courses section of this Catalog describes the course offerings of these departments. Other courses are offered under the departmental listing Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The four-year curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science degree for all majors except Environmental Studies, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Admission Requirements

Students may enter the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources directly upon admission to UConn as a freshman or transfer student. New students who select Allied Health Sciences will be admitted as Allied Health Sciences majors and advised by the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Professional majors in the Department of Allied Health Sciences (Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Sciences) are competitive junior/senior year programs with additional admission procedures and requirement as outlined below. Students planning to apply to the Kinesiology programs in Athletic Training, or Exercise Science should refer to specific information in the Kinesiology Programs description of this section.

See Admission to the University and New England Regional Student Program.

Scholarships

Over $600,000 in scholarships and awards are available to students in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

Advisors Assigned by Major

Departmental Advisors are assigned to students upon entry into the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources according to a student’s major and area of special interest. Advisors assist students in the selection of appropriate courses and help them develop an individualized program of study that will meet educational and career goals. The office of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and the Academic Advisory Center of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources also support students and advisors.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Upon recommendation of the faculty the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts is awarded by vote of the Board of Trustees to students who have met the following requirements: (1) earned a total of 120 degree credits; (2) earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for the number of calculable credits for which they have been registered; (3) earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all courses included in the 36 credit numbered 2000 or above requirement for the major; (4) met all the requirements of the University of Connecticut, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, and their individual major as outlined below.

General Education Requirements

All students in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources must meet the University-wide General Education Requirements (GER) as described in the General Education Requirements section of this Catalog.

Science and Mathematics Requirements

Students in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources must pass at least two courses in Content Area 3, including at least one course from the list of four-credit laboratory courses; and at least two Quantitative (Q) courses, including at least one course in Mathematics or Statistics. Ordinarily, these requirements will be met by completing University general education courses and/or courses required by the Major. However, if a student receives a waiver from general education courses (e.g. based on completion of a previous baccalaureate degree) he or she must still complete the science and quantitative courses, as listed above.

36 Credit Requirement for All Majors

Students in all majors of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources must successfully complete at least 36 credits of courses in or relating to their major. Courses for this 36 credit group may be taken from specific major requirements (as listed below for some majors), or may be selected according to a student’s individual educational and career goals. This group of courses must:

  1. be numbered 2000 or above
  2. be approved by the student’s advisor and department head
  3. include at least 30 credits taken at the University of Connecticut
  4. be taken in two or more departments
  5. include at least 15 credits from departments in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, which must be taken at the University of Connecticut
  6. have a combined grade point average of at least 2.0
  7. not include more than 6 credits (combined) of independent study, internship, or field studies (if included, these credits must be taken at the University of Connecticut)
  8. not be taken on Pass/Fail
  9. not include more than 6 credits of S/U coursework

Residence Requirement

It is expected that advanced course work in the major will be completed at the University of Connecticut. However, students may be eligible to use up-to six credits from other institutions in the 36-credit group if approved by their advisor and department head. These credits must be identified as courses comparable to specific University of Connecticut courses and cannot include internships, special topics, or non-specific discipline credits. Transfer students must complete at least 30 credits of 2000-level or higher course work at the University of Connecticut, including at least 15 credits in College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources courses.

Plan of Study

Students should work closely with their advisors to review requirements, recommended courses, and career goals. Each student should prepare a tentative plan of study, outlining all courses, with an academic advisor as early as possible, but in no case later than at the start of the junior year. A final plan of study, approved by the major advisor and the department head, must be filed with the Degree Auditor no later than the end of the tenth week of the semester prior to graduation. Professional majors in the Department of Allied Health Sciences do not require a plan of study.

Undergraduate Majors

* Formerly offered as Resource Economics.

** Formerly offered separately as Horticulture and as Turfgrass and Soil Science.

Specific Course Requirements for Individual Majors

Students must complete specific courses for individual majors as outlined below. Many courses may be used to meet more than one requirement.

Students in most majors have a great deal of latitude in the choice of courses and may emphasize a range of options to meet personal objectives. Students may prepare for career opportunities in such diverse activities as research, production, distribution, business and industry, public service, health sciences, professional service, education, communications, product development, international development, environmental protection, and community resource development. In addition to formal course work students may participate in independent study projects, field internships, cooperative education, and practicums. Students may also prepare for formal education beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Advisors are available to discuss requirements, recommended courses, and career opportunities of the various majors with current and prospective students.

Double Major Option

Students may elect to complete requirements for two major fields of study offered by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. A student selecting this option must submit a Double Major Declaration indicating primary and secondary majors. This declaration must include a tentative plan of study and requires approval by the advisors and department heads for both respective major areas of study and the Associate Dean. The approved declaration will be submitted to the Degree Auditor. The student’s final plan of study will include a double major attachment to verify that the requirements have been met for both the primary and secondary majors. The transcript will identify both majors.

Primary Major

Students must meet all requirements as listed under the Requirements for a Major (36 credit group) and all individual major requirements as listed above.

Secondary Major

Students must meet all individual major requirements as listed above and successfully complete additional course work numbered 2000 or above not used as part of the 36 credit group for the primary major. This group of courses must:

  1. total at least 24 credits
  2. be numbered 2000 or above
  3. be approved by student’s advisor and department head
  4. be taken at the University of Connecticut
  5. include at least 15 credits of College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources courses
  6. average at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average
  7. not include more than six credits of Independent Study and Internship
  8. not be taken on Pass/Fail.
  9. not include more than 6 credits of S/U coursework

Minors

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources offers minors in:

All of these are described in the Minors section of this Catalog.

Allied Health Sciences Professional Majors

The Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences majors are professional majors in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. For program descriptions, please refer to the program listed alphabetically under the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. General admission and program information is described in this section.

Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Sciences are competitive junior/senior programs with additional admission requirements, certifications, and health documentation as listed below. Please contact the department for questions and further information on requirements that may vary for each program.

The admission requirements and mandatory documentation and certifications listed below are only required of students admitted to the Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences majors. No other students need to complete this documentation unless required to do so as part of an optional internship course.

Admission – Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Sciences

Admission for the Professional majors is competitive. The Professional majors in the Department of Allied Health Sciences are junior/senior programs. Students apply to their major(s) of choice in the spring of their sophomore year. To apply, students must have earned a minimum of 60 credits, by time of matriculation, completed all University General Education requirements, except the one W skill course within the major, and satisfied the prerequisite science courses of the major of application. Students are advised to complete all application procedures as early as possible in their fourth semester, but no later than February 1 annually. Admission is for the fall semester.

Freshman Admission

Freshmen are not admitted directly into the professional majors. Students may elect to complete admission requirements and university general education as an Allied Health Sciences major or choose another freshman admit major at the university.

Guaranteed Admission Policy

Although freshmen are not admitted directly into the professional majors, the Department of Allied Health Sciences has a Guaranteed Admission Offer. This offer provides freshmen with direct admission in the junior year to the professional major of their choice if the student fulfills the criteria described under each major below. The Guaranteed Admission Offer is made to provide students with a clear and supportive environment in which to complete admission prerequisites and achieve their academic goals in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

In order to qualify for Guaranteed Admission to the Professional majors in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences a student must:

  1. have entered the University as a freshman;
  2. apply to the major within two years of their freshman admission;
  3. complete three successive semesters of full time study of required course work at the University of Connecticut;
  4. earn an Overall Grade Point Average of a minimum of a 3.2 for Diagnostic Genetic Sciences or must earn an Overall Grade Point Average of a minimum of a 3.0 for Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences; and
  5. meet all Admission Requirements and file a Department of Allied Health Sciences Application by the deadline.

Students meeting all of these criteria are guaranteed admission to the major.

University of Connecticut students who do not meet the Guaranteed Admission Offer will be reviewed competitively on a space available basis. Transfer Applicants to the professional majors will be reviewed on a space available basis once matriculated University of Connecticut students have been reviewed and offers of admission have been confirmed.

Transfer Admission

University transfer admission requires a minimum 2.7 GPA even though professional program admission requires a minimum 2.2 GPA. Transfer students must first be admissible to the University before an offer of admission can be extended by the Department of Allied Health Science. Transfer students may require an additional year to complete requirements depending on how their prior coursework transfers and course availability at time of registration. Students are encouraged to take prerequisites at the University of Connecticut to expedite admission to a professional program.

Supplemental Academic Standards

The Department of Allied Health Sciences requires a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.2 in order to gain admission to the professional majors. Thereafter, students must maintain the following standards of scholastic achievement to continue in the professional major. Students who fail to maintain the minimum grade point averages or minimum course standard in any of these areas are subject to dismissal from the professional program and in some cases the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

  1. Students must maintain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.2
  2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.2
  3. Students must maintain a minimum major grade point average of 2.2
    1. The Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Major GPA includes the following courses: AH 2001, 3121, 4241 and 4244; DGS 3222, 3223, 3225, 4224, 4234, 4235, 4236, 4246, 4248; and the Cytogenetics Concentration courses (DGS 4810, 4820, 4830, 4850 and 4997), or the Molecular Concentration courses (DGS 4501, 4502, 4503, 4850 or 4997, and one of the following: DGS 4510, 4512, 4513, 4514, or 4515).
    2. The Dietetics Major GPA includes all courses offered with the following departmental designations: AH, DIET, and the following NUSC courses: 2200, 3233, and 3234.
    3. The Medical Laboratory Sciences Major GPA includes all courses offered with the following departmental designations: AH, DGS and MLSC. Students receiving a grade less than a “C” in two or more courses with the departmental designations of AH, DGS or MLSC in any given semester are subject to dismissal from the Program and in some cases the Department of Allied Health Sciences.
  4. Students must obtain a “C” or better in all courses required for graduation that are in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Courses vary with program.
  5. No student may take a course in the Department of Allied Health Sciences for which another course in the department is a prerequisite unless that student has earned a grade of “C” or better in that prerequisite course.
  6. No course in the Department of Allied Health Sciences may be repeated more than once (for a total of two times).

Descriptions and specific course requirements of each of the Professional Majors of Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, and Medical Laboratory Sciences are included in individual programs sections listed in alphabetical order within this section of the Catalog.

Additional Clinical Placement Requirements

Health

In addition to pre-entrance University requirements, students admitted to the Professional Majors in the Department of Allied Health Sciences are required to have a tetanus immunization within the past ten years; physical examination; annual tuberculin test (with chest xray for positive reactors); rubella and rubeola titers (with vaccine if titer is negative); and varicella titer. Physical examinations, tuberculin tests and chest X-rays as indicated are planned through the University Student Health Services. In addition to the basic health screening requirements students in all professional majors are required to have Hepatitis B Immunization. Students are responsible for payment of health examinations and laboratory tests not covered by their personal insurance. Students who fail to provide written documentation that they have met the above stated health requirements will not be allowed in the clinical setting.

CPR

Dietetics students are required to have Adult or Healthcare Provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification upon admission into the professional major. Students in the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences or Medical Laboratory Sciences majors are not required to have CPR certification. CPR certification must be kept current until graduation.

Clinical Education Certification

The Department of Allied Health Sciences will provide annual mandatory educational sessions so that students entering a professional major and who are entering the clinical setting are in compliance with both the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards and are knowledgeable of the requirements for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Students who fail to provide written documentation that they have met both the above stated OSHA and HIPAA requirements will not be allowed in the clinical setting.

Clinical Experiences

Each of the professional major curricula of the department requires education experiences in clinical settings. Assignment to clinical placements is contingent upon successful completion of the appropriate prerequisite course work and the judgment of the faculty of the preparedness of the student for safe practice. Additionally, students entering clinical placements must complete clinical documentation to include but not limited to a Medicare Exclusion waiver and in some clinical settings a criminal background check. Students will be notified if they are attending a clinical facility that requires this documentation. Students are responsible for payment of criminal background checks if part of their clinical affiliation.

Fees and Expenses

Students can expect fees to approximate those of other University students. The professional majors and internship students have added expenses for texts, uniforms and/or clinical travel. Students on clinical placement or doing an internship as part of their major are responsible for all expenses associated with the clinical/internship. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the clinical agencies/internship sites. They should allow for transportation expenses, which could include parking fees, cost of gasoline and cost of air travel/bus/train where necessary. Students are required to pay full fees and tuition during off-campus clinical affiliations and internships. During periods spent full-time in the affiliated areas off-campus, if applicable it is the responsibility of the students to find living quarters and to provide their own maintenance.

Insurance

It is mandatory that students in the Department of Allied Health Sciences’ Professional majors carry comprehensive health insurance, either privately or through the University. Additionally, all students in the professional majors or relevant internships are required to carry specific professional liability (malpractice) insurance under the blanket University policy. Students will automatically be billed for this on the University fee bill.

Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medical, and other Health Related Pre-professional Programs

Students preparing for professional careers in physical therapy, human medicine, dentistry, physician’s assistant and other post-baccalaureate health programs may major in Allied Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences, or Pathobiology, as well as many other science-based majors throughout the University. Pre-professional programs in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources are offered as structured options within majors, rather than as official, stand-alone majors. This allows students to consider multiple career goals without compromising their eligibility for admission into competitive professional programs. Physical Therapy at the University of Connecticut is offered at the graduate level. (Consult the Graduate Catalog for more information regarding admission requirements for the University of Connecticut ‘s Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program.)

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Students aspiring to become veterinarians generally major in either Animal Science or Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut . Animal Science includes the study of animal genetics, physiology, nutrition, medicine, products, and behavior. Pathobiology is the study of normal and abnormal biological processes in animals, including courses in anatomy, physiology, diseases, histology, virology, and microbiology. In both majors, the structured curriculum for pre-veterinary students includes courses required for veterinary college admission. Knowledgeable advisors, professional experience, networking opportunities, and – of course – students’ success in rigorous course requirements have resulted in a great track record for UConn graduates being admitted to veterinary schools and colleges.

Honors Programs

University honors programs are available to qualified students in the College. Please refer to the section of this Catalog designated Honors Programs for further information.

Exemptions and Substitutions

Students requesting an exemption from any University and/or College requirement, or a substitution for a course or requirement, should consult their advisors. Such exemptions or substitutions must be approved by the Department Head and the Associate Dean of the College and may also require approval from the Provost’s Office.

Field Trips and Transportation Costs

Many courses require off-campus field trips. Students should budget money for participation.

Graduate Programs

Most departments provide graduate programs for students interested in greater specialization beyond the baccalaureate. The study may lead to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students planning for a graduate program should secure a comprehensive background in the basic sciences. For further information, see the announcement of the Graduate School.

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Scholarships
Schools Attended
Other Questions

Activities & Awards CAQs



What if I don't have any activities or awards? Will I be penalized?
Activities and awards are not required. Knowing what you have done outside of school simply adds to our understanding of you as an applicant.

What is coursework other than 'a-g'?
We call academic subjects (history/social studies, English, etc.) the 'a-g' subject areas. Here, we want to know about other courses you have taken that have helped shape you but that might not have been granted academic credit.

Why can I list only five courses?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five educational preparation programs?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five volunteer experiences?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five jobs?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why do you want to know how I plan to spend the money I've earned?
Having this information gives us a more complete picture of you.

Why can I list only five awards or honors?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.

Why can I list only five activities?
We want to know which have been most significant to you.    back

Fees & Payments CAQs



I did not qualify for a fee waiver. What should I do if I can't afford to apply?
Select check as your method of payment, then print out your bill and send it to the application center along with a College Board fee waiver, EOPS fee waiver or letter stating your family income and how many people are supported by that income. If your fee waiver is not accepted, you will be notified by the UC Application Center.

If I withdraw my application, will my fee be refunded?
No. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Campus & Majors CAQs



If I've already submitted my application and want to apply to an additional campus, should I start a new application?
No. If the campus you want to apply to is still open, you can add it to your existing application. You will have to pay an additional application fee.

Which campuses are open to me?
View the list of open campuses.

Are all majors open to me?
View the list of closed majors.

Why are majors showing as closed?
Some majors are open only to certain types of applicants (e.g., freshmen, junior-level transfers). Additionally, campuses have limited offerings for sophomore transfers and second baccalaureate and limited status applicants. Majors also are limited after the November filing period.

What if I want to double major?
If the program you want to pursue is not an official double major program, select one major as the primary and the second major as the alternate.

What is an alternate major?
This is an option to select another area of potential interest should you not meet the selection criteria for a specific major or academic area of study (e.g., Engineering, Biological Sciences, Theater, etc.). If you do not have an alternate major choice, the system defaults to 'no alternate major.' Some campuses do not allow an alternate major choice.

What if I am undecided about my major?
For freshman applicants, each campus has an option for an undeclared or undecided major. It may be found within a specific college (e.g., College of Letters and Science) or found in a listing of all undeclared majors (e.g., Irvine, Riverside and Santa Cruz's Undeclared Majors). Undecided/Undeclared generally is not an option for junior-level transfer applicants.

What is a supplemental application?
Some majors require additional information for the admissions process. Please follow the instructions given specifically for these majors within the published deadlines.

Exams & Test Scores CAQs



How do I provide my best scores (i.e., super score) from different test dates?
UC does not accept a "super score". Please self-report only the SAT test date with the highest total score or the ACT test date with the highest composite score. Scores from other test dates can be ordered and reported officially from the testing agency.     back

I haven't taken the ACT with Writing, SAT Reasoning or SAT with Essay. What should I do?
If you haven't taken an exam, try to take it by December. If you are unable to do so, check the appropriate box and explain why in the space provided. Failing to take the exams may affect your admission.     back

I plan to study for and take my ACT or SAT after I graduate from high school. Is this acceptable?
All requirements for freshman admission, including the examination requirement, must be completed prior to high school graduation.     back

I took the SAT Math Level 1 Subject Test. Where do I enter my score?
We only accept the Math Level 2 exam, however, you may choose to send your official Math Level 1 score in order to clear a math subject area deficiency.     back

Are AP exams required?
No, but if you have taken or plan to take any AP exams, report them on the AP Exam page. This provides us with additional information about your academic history.     back

When do I arrange to have my AP scores sent?
If you have or will have AP scores, request that the official score report be sent by the testing agency to the UC campus where you plan to enroll, after you have accepted the offer of admission; unlike ACT and SAT scores, AP scores are not shared with each campus to which you have applied.     back

What if I will receive/received an AP Capstone diploma?
List your AP Capstone diploma under the Awards & Honors section, Activities and Awards page.     back

Where do I report my IB exams?
Predicted International Baccalaureate (IB) results should be reported on the International External Exams page. Completed IB exams should be reported on the IB Exams page.     back

Are IB exams required?
No, but if you have taken or plan to take any IB exams, report them on the IB Exam page. This provides us with additional information about your academic history.     back

What if my IB exam is not listed?
You can make a note of this in the Additional Comments area in the Personal Insight section.     back

Which test section do I put planned IB tests in? IB exams section with scores not yet received or International External Exam - IB exams with predicted scores?
Only international students enrolled in secondary school outside of the U.S. should report their predicted IB exam scores on the International External Exams page. For all students, completed and/or planned IB exams should be reported on the IB Exams page.    back

Who should report predicted IB exam scores?
Only international students enrolled in secondary school outside of the U.S. should report their predicted IB exam scores. Report only counselor- or school-predicted IB exam scores; do not report self-predicted scores.    back

Where do I report my predicted IB exam scores?
Predicted International Baccalaureate (IB) results should be reported on the International External Exam page. Completed IB exams should be reported on the IB Exam page.    back

When do I arrange to have my AP or IB scores sent?
If you have or will have AP or IB scores, request that the official score report be sent by the testing agency to the UC campus where you plan to enroll, after you have accepted the offer of admission; unlike ACT and SAT scores, AP and IB scores are not shared with each campus to which you have applied.     back

What are the TOEFL and IELTS exams?
The TOEFL and IELTS are English proficiency exams for students whose native language is not English and who have had the majority of their education in secondary/high school and college/university in a country where English is not the native language.     back

What is the minimum accepted score on the TOEFL or IELTS?
The minimum accepted score for the TOEFL is 80 for the Internet-based test and 550 for the paper-based test. The IELTS examination is accepted with a 6.5 or better band score (academic modules). For admission selection, a UC campus may require a score higher than the minimum.     back

How should I report my exam subjects and grades?
Report all external exams completed and planned on the International External Exams page. Select the grades/marks received exactly as they appear on your certified results sheet rather than the mark assigned by your teacher at the end of the course. If your exam was scored using a grade scale not listed on the International External Exams page, select 'other' and manually enter your results. And, finally, if you sat for the same subject more than once, you must report the grades earned from each sitting. If only part of your schooling included external exams, report your school courses and grades as they will be listed on your official secondary school transcript in the Academic History section of the application.     back

I haven't taken the SAT Subject Tests. Will my application still be considered?
Yes. We do not require Subject Tests, but if you have taken them and want to report your scores we will consider them in our review of your application. Some majors at some campuses recommend specific Subject Tests.     back

If I update my test scores, will they be sent to the campuses to which I have applied?
Yes, the application center will forward your scores to all campuses to which you have applied. You still must arrange to have official scores sent by the testing agency to at least one campus.     back

Course Work CAQs


  Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

  All Transfer Applicants

  Upper Division Transfer Applicants


Can I submit my transcripts instead of entering all my coursework and grades?
No. Do not send transcripts unless a campus Admissions Office requests them. If you are admitted you will be required to submit official transcripts.     back

I took external exams (e.g., A-levels, GCSE, IGSCE, CBSE, ICE, Standard X/XII, SPM/STPM). How should I list my subjects and grades?
Report all external exams completed and planned on the International External Exams page in the Test Score section. Select the grades/marks received exactly as they appear on your certified results sheet rather than the mark assigned by your teacher at the end of the course. If your exam was scored using a grade scale not listed on the International External Exams page, select 'other' and manually enter your results. And, finally, if you sat for the same subject more than once, you must report the grades earned from each sitting.     back

If I repeated a course, should I list it twice?
Yes. List the courses you took and grades you earned for each term, even if you repeated them or plan to repeat them.     back


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

Why do you want to know about my 7th/8th grade courses?
Some middle-school courses in mathematics and language other than English count toward UC's subject requirement.     back

What if I only took or passed one semester of my 7th/8th grade courses?
Select "Less than full year" under the Term Period if you did not complete and pass the equivalent of two full semesters of the course.     back

What are 'a-g' subject areas?
We call academic subjects (history/social science, English, etc.) the 'a-g' subject areas. Each accredited California high school has a list of courses that have been certified by UC as meeting the 'a-g' subject requirements. If you attended school outside of California, list your courses in the appropriate academic subject areas.     back

How can I meet the geometry requirement?
Integrated math courses with geometry content (e.g., Math II, Math III, etc.) are acceptable substitutes for a standard course in geometry.     back

I am lacking two years of a language other than English (LOTE) but am fluent in another language. How can I show I have met the requirement?
You can meet this requirement in one of several ways, including through SAT Subject Tests. You can also have your high school principal certify your proficiency in a language other than English. Tell us how you have met this requirement in the Additional Comments section.     back

How should I enter my honors level courses?
Enter your honors level courses, as identified by your high school, by selecting "HL" as the Honors Type for the course(s).     back

What are UC-approved honors courses?
UC approves courses at all accredited California high schools as meeting the 'a-g' requirements. Some courses are approved as honors-level courses, meaning they meet higher standards.     back

Why can't I enter pluses and minuses in the grade field?
In calculating your high school GPA, we don't count pluses and minuses.     back

Should I list summer school courses as taken during the prior or upcoming school year?
Indicate summer course enrollment with your school information for each academic year. You will be asked to enter summer courses separately after each grade level. If you took college courses, enter them in the Colleges & Courses section.     back

What if I took online courses?
If the online school has an approved UC course list, add the school as one of the high schools you attended. We no longer allow principal certification of online courses.     back

What if I took college courses that were offered/taught at my high school?
If you took a course through a community college, regardless of the physical location of the course, enter the community college in your list of colleges attended while in high school.     back

Are all college courses given an honors point?
The additional honors point is awarded to college-level courses that are transferable to the University of California. High school-level courses taken at a community college do not receive the honors designation.     back

What if I took a course for just one semester?
For the off-term, enter the grade of NO (No Course).     back

What if I took a course for just one semester?
If your school''s term system is Semester (2 final grades per year), enter your summer grade in one of the grade fields and enter "NO" for the other grade field. If your school's term system is Trimester(3 final grades per year), enter your summer grade(s) in 2 of the grade fields and "NO" for the other grade field. If your school's term system is Quarter (4 final grades per year), enter your 2 summer grades received and "NO" for the other 2 grade fields.     back

I attend school outside the United States. How should I enter my academic history?
Complete the Academic History as best you can. Be sure to list all schools attended, beginning with grade nine, even though grade nine may have been completed at a junior high or middle school. Report all academic subjects completed and grades/marks earned each year exactly as they appear on your official secondary school transcript or academic record. UC has experienced international admission specialists who are knowledgeable about the different grading systems and methods of reporting coursework in different countries. If you sat/will sit for international external exams, report your exam subjects and grades on the International External Exams page in the Test Score section.
You can also contact an International Admissions Specialist at the campus you want to attend. Their contact information is included on the campus pages of the UC admissions website.     back

I'm a sophomore transfer student. Why do I need to list my high school courses and grades?
Knowing your high school record helps us determine if you're eligible for admission prior to junior standing. We accept sophomore transfer students only if they met UC admission requirements in high school or met all but the subject requirement and have taken the missing subjects in college.     back

My primary and secondary education total 13 years. How should I report my coursework?
In the United States, 12th grade is equivalent to the year of schooling before you attend university. If you attended school in a system where primary and secondary education total 13 years (Germany or Great Britain, for example), list your 13th year of coursework under 12th grade and work backward through 11th, 10th and 9th grades. It's also important to note that we often use the words 'college' and 'university' interchangeably. In the U.S., college level is the same as university level; college is not upper-level secondary school.     back

How can I tell if a California community college course meets an 'a-g' subject requirement?
Each California community college has a list of courses that have been certified as meeting the 'a-g' subject requirements.     back

I attend an Early/Middle College program/High School Completion Plus AA degree program. How do I report my college courses?
If you attend a school where you earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time, enter the high school you attend and the classes taken at the high school first. After you complete your high school information, you will be asked about colleges and college courses taken while in high school.     back

Where and when do I send my high school transcript?
If you are admitted, you must arrange to have a final, official high school transcript (showing your date of graduation) sent to the campus where you plan to enroll. Unless a campus requests it, do not send a transcript during the application process.     back


All Transfer Applicants

Do I have to report college/university coursework I completed outside the U.S.?
You must report all colleges/universities you have attended and all coursework attempted, regardless of how long you attended or the grades you earned, whether courses were completed or whether you believe the record will affect your chances for admission or yield transfer credit. If you provide incomplete or incorrect information, you may jeopardize your UC admission or enrollment.     back

How can I report my military courses?
Report military courses (not academic courses completed at a college or university) in the "Additional Comments" box - not in the "Colleges and Courses" section. Do not submit any transcripts at this time. If you are admitted and accept an offer of admission, you can then submit official military transcripts (e.g., ACE, SMAART) to the UC campus of your choice. UC may award transfer credit for some of your military courses if the content is equivalent to a course taught by the University of California.     back

Do I have to submit my military transcript?
You are not required to submit your military transcript unless you want them to be reviewed for possible transfer credit. However, if you do not submit them by the stated deadline after you have been admitted, the admission office may not be able to review them after you begin classes at the campus.     back

How do I request a military transcript?
Visit the American Council on Education (ACE) website at: acenet.edu - search for "military transcripts".     back

What if I list a course as planned and I end up not taking it?
You will be able to update your application. About five weeks after the application submission deadline, you must log in to your application and complete the transfer academic update to confirm or change your planned coursework.     back

How do I enter a course with more than 15 units?
Manually enter the course as Course Title-Part 1, Course Title-Part 2, etc. Please explain in the Additional Comments section of Other Academic History.     back

I have not participated in a transfer admission program. Will my application still be considered?
Yes. Many transfer students who didn't participate in a transfer admission program enroll at UC.     back

I have not taken the required transferable courses listed. Will my application still be considered?
If you are a sophomore transfer applicant and were eligible for admission out of high school or have satisfied the missing subjects, you do not have to complete the seven-course pattern. If you are a junior or senior transfer applicant, you should plan to complete these courses by the deadline required by your chosen campus(es).     back

What if I am using AP credit to fulfill the transferable course requirements?
Enter AP exams scores in the Test Scores section of the application. Some AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 may be used in appropriate subject areas (exception: only one of the two English courses required can be satisfied by an AP exam score). To learn which AP exams can be used to meet the 7-course pattern go to: AP Exam Chart    back

What is IGETC?
IGETC is a series of courses California community college students can take to satisfy the lower-division general education/breadth requirements at UC. It is not an admission requirement. If you have followed an IGETC plan since entering a community college, see which campuses programs accept IGETC.     back

What is the Entry-Level Writing Requirement?
All UC undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in writing. You can fulfill this requirement by completing a transferable college English composition course worth 4 quarter (3 semester) units. More     back

During the Transfer Academic Update period, my fall term grades will not be available until after the priority deadline. What do I do?
Select STLIP (still in progress) for your course grades. Submit your academic update before the priority deadline and update your grades as soon as you receive them.     back

After completing the Transfer Academic Update, what if I list a course as planned and I end up not taking it?
Once you've submitted the Transfer Academic Update, you may log back in and make necessary changes.     back

Where and when do I send my college transcript(s)?
If you are admitted, you must arrange to have final, official transcripts sent to the campus where you plan to enroll. Unless a campus requests it, do not send a transcript during the application process.     back


Upper Division Transfer Applicants

What if I don't remember my UC TAP login information?
You will need to retrieve this information from UC TAP in order to verify your identity and initiate the import into the application for admission to the University. UC TAP accounts and the UC admissions application accounts are NOT directly linked.     back

Will all my information get pulled in from the UC Transfer Admission Planner?
Even though personal and demographic information are contained in UC TAP, only the academic history (school, coursework and UC TAP/TAG information) will be available for import into the UC application.     back

I am getting a message that my coursework is not available even though I have a UC Transfer Admission Planner account. Why am I getting this message?
Make sure you are using the correct UC TAP login ID and UC TAP email.     back

I have updated some coursework in my UC Transfer Admission Planner. How do I import that new information?
UC Transfer Admission Planner data are current as of the date noted at the top of the page. If your last import is before that date, you will need to make the same updates here as they will not be reflected in the imported data.    back

My UC Transfer Admission Planner login is correct but the import isn't working. What do I do?
If the system is unable to make the match between your UC TAP account and your application, you should manually enter your information.     back

Schools Attended CAQs


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

All Transfer Applicants

Upper Division Transfer Applicants


What if I will receive/received a high school diploma and IB diploma?
Do not select Other. Select High/Secondary School Diploma from the list and check the IB Diploma checkbox under the Test Scores section, IB Exams page.     back

What if I receive a high school diploma and AP Capstone diploma?
Do not select Other. Select High/Secondary School Diploma from the list and list your AP Capstone diploma under the Awards & Honors section, Activities and Awards page.     back

I attend a British System college. How should I enter my school?
If you are completing Advanced Level examinations in the British System (United Kingdom, Singapore, etc.), indicate your last school attended as your high school of graduation, even though your school may be called a college or junior college. We often use the words 'college' and 'university' interchangeably. College level is the same as university level. College is not upper-level secondary school in the U.S.     back


Freshman and Sophomore Applicants

I entered my high school, but it does not appear in the dropdown list of schools.
If your California high school does not appear in the list, check that you have typed the name correctly. Try entering just the unique words in your school name and leaving out words such as High School, College, or Saint. If your school is not in California and does not appear in the list (or no matches appear), enter the full name of the school, the city and institution type, then click 'Add This.'     back

What is a specialized curriculum?
Specialized curriculum focuses on a particular academic or career-technical area of study. A career pathway/academy is a cohort of students within a school who typically participate for three years in a state-funded California Partnership Academy with a focus on an area of career interest. A magnet school accepts students based on their interest and proven talent in an academic area of emphasis (e.g., the arts, or science and technology) and nurtures student development in that area. If your school does not have a specialized curriculum, leave this blank. Do not select Other.     back

I am home-schooled. What should I enter for my school?
List 'Home School/Home Study' as your school name. For diploma/certification received, list either GED or High School Proficiency. If you took courses through an online provider, a correspondence school or other accredited program, list the institution's name and dates of attendance, and any certificate received. Some campuses may require additional information such as a portfolio. For specific requirements, contact the individual campus.     back

I didn't graduate from high school, and I keep getting an error message. What should I do?
Enter all the requested information and answer 'Yes' to the question asking if this is the school you graduated from. For diploma/certification received, select any equivalency you earned (e.g., GED or High School Proficiency) if applicable or "Other" and type "None". Please explain why you did not graduate from high school in the Additional Comments section of Other Academic History.    back

My school's grading system isn't listed.
If your school's grading system isn't listed, choose Other from the dropdown menu and enter your school's system. Do not select Other if the only differences are plus and minus letter grades. If your grades are from a school outside the U.S., do not convert them; enter your marks exactly as issued by your school when you are asked for your grades. If you attend school in Korea, which uses a ranking system (1-9), please report both your rank and your raw score in each course. Grades should be reported as follows: rank/raw score (e.g., 2/94). We have experienced international admission specialists who are knowledgeable about the different grading systems and methods of reporting coursework in different countries.     back

I attended a school for a year, left for a year and then returned. How should I enter the dates of attendance?
Enter the dates as if there were no gap in attendance, starting with the earliest date you attended the school and ending with the most recent.     back

What if I took online courses?
If the online provider has an approved UC course list (e.g., Laurel Springs Online, UCCP, EPGY), add the provider as one of the high schools you attended. If the online course is being certified by your high school principal and will appear on your high school transcript, you can self-enter the course as part of the curriculum taken at your high school.     back

What if I took college courses that were offered/taught at my high school?
If you took a course through a community college, regardless of the physical location of the course, enter the community college in your list of colleges attended while in high school.     back

I attend an Early/Middle College program/High School Completion Plus AA degree program. How do I report my college courses?
If you attend a school where you earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time, enter the high school you attend and the classes taken at the high school first. After you complete your high school information, you will be asked about colleges and college courses taken while in high school, step 3 In This Section.     back


All Transfer Applicants

I entered my college, but it does not appear in the dropdown list of colleges.
If your college is in California, check that you have typed the name correctly. Try entering just the unique words in your school name and leaving out words such as High School, College, or Saint. If your school is not in California and does not appear in the list (or no matches appear), enter the full name of the school, the city and institution type, then click 'Add This.'     back

I attended a college for a year, left for a year and then returned. How should I enter the dates of attendance?
Enter the dates as if there were no gap in attendance, starting with the earliest date you attended the school and ending with the most recent.     back

I am currently enrolled at two colleges. Which one should I list as my current or most recent school?
Indicate as your current college the one where you are carrying the most units.     back

How do I know if my Associate degree is for Transfer?
Check with your California community college counselor to see if your degree is an approved Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree for Transfer (i.e., AA-T, AS-T, SB 1440 degree). Select Associate's if your degree is not one of the approved degree programs or you are attending a community college outside of California.     back

My school's grading system isn't listed.
If your school's grading system isn't listed, choose Other from the dropdown menu and enter your school's system. Do not select Other if the only differences are plus and minus letter grades. If your grades are from a school outside the U.S., do not convert them; enter your marks exactly as issued by your school when you are asked for your grades.     back


Upper Division Transfer Applicants

I'm a transfer student. Why do I need to list my high school?
It helps us understand your academic history and the path you've taken. List the high school you graduate from or last attended.     back

What if my school isn't listed?
Finish typing the name of your school and click 'Add.' Answer the questions that follow.     back

What if I didn't receive a high school diploma?
If you received a GED or certificate, enter that information in the space provided. Otherwise, leave the space blank.     back

What if I don't remember my UC TAP login information?
You will need to retrieve this information from UC TAP in order to verify your identity and initiate the import into the application for admission to the University. UC TAP accounts and the UC admissions application accounts are NOT directly linked.     back

Will all my information get pulled in from the UC Transfer Admission Planner?
Even though personal and demographic information are contained in UC TAP, only the academic history (school, coursework and UC TAP/TAG information) will be available for import into the UC application.     back

I am getting a message that my coursework is not available even though I have a UC Transfer Admission Planner account. Why am I getting this message?
Make sure you are using the correct UC TAP login ID and UC TAP email.     back

I have updated some coursework in my UC Transfer Admission Planner. How do I import that new information?
UC Transfer Admission Planner data are current as of the date noted at the top of the page. If your last import is before that date, you will need to make the same updates here as they will not be reflected in the imported data.     back

My UC Transfer Admission Planner login is correct but the import isn't working. What do I do?
If the system is unable to make the match between your UC TAP account and your application, you should manually enter your information.     back

Scholarship CAQs



When will I find out if I've been granted a scholarship?
The campus will inform you after you are admitted.

Do I need to provide proof that I meet the requirements for a scholarship?
Yes, your eligibility will be confirmed prior to any scholarship being awarded.

If I apply for scholarships, do I also need to apply for financial aid?
It is strongly recommended that all U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens, and undocumented students who meet AB540 requirements apply for financial aid (including grants and loans). The deadline to apply is March 2 of the year you plan to start.

Family Information CAQs



I have one parent/legal guardian. Do I have to fill out both parent sections?
Enter only the information that is relevant to your family situation.

What do I put as the job title if my parent is deceased?
You may leave the job title and number of years blank.

I do not receive any financial support from a parent/legal guardian but I do not meet the criteria listed for independent status. How do I respond to this question?
While most students under 24 do not meet the criteria for financial independence, if this accurately describes your situation and you support yourself solely with your own resources (employment, commercial/institutional loans in your name only, financial aid and savings from earnings,) you should claim independent status. Your response to this question helps us understand your unique family situation and does not have any bearing on financial aid determinations.

Why are you asking about single parent status?
It helps us understand your unique family situation.

Why must I disclose my family's income?
Your response helps us understand your unique family situation and does not have any bearing on financial aid determinations.

How do I calculate total household income?
Estimate the total you earn each year before taxes are taken out. For parent income, that includes money earned by your parents and step-parents who contribute to your support. If you're married, include your spouse's income. Income can include wages, salary, commissions, income from self-employment; Social Security, dividends or interest, public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation, pensions or annuities, alimony or child support payments, and regular contributions from persons not living in the household. Do not include any financial aid you've received.

What if my parent is serving or served in the U.S. military?
Check the box indicating you are a dependent of a U.S. service member or veteran.

Personal Information CAQs


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