College Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree

Students are responsible for seeing that all of their degree requirements are fulfilled.

These requirements are effective April 30, 2018-April 28, 2019
For older requirements, see Archived General Catalogs.
More information can be found at the Office of the University Registrar website 

University Requirements 

All undergraduate scholars must fulfill the following University of California requirements, which are necessary for all scholars regardless of college and major:


College Requirements 

Undergraduate scholars must additionally complete the following requirements in order to become eligible for candidacy for a bachelor's degree: 

  • Unit
  • Residence
  • Scholarship
  • English Composition

preliminary degree check can be used to help track your progress. You can also utilize the MyDegreeonline advising audit to review requirements. It is the responsibility of the undergraduate scholar to ensure all requirements are fulfilled. 

College Unit

  • A minimum of 180 quarter units is required for the degree. At least 54 of the 180 units must be in upper division or graduate courses except that a maximum of 9 units in professional courses (300 and 400 series) will be accepted.
  • No more than 6 units of Physical Education 1 and/or 6 and no more than 20 units of Internship 92 and 192 and courses numbered 99, 190C, 197T, and 199 may be counted toward the total of 180 units for the degree.  
  • A maximum of 12 units of Internship 92 and 192 is permitted. Credit will not be given for 192, 199 numbered courses prior to completion of 84 units.


College Residence

  • 35 of the final 45 units must be taken while an undergraduate scholar is in the college. University of California Extension courses can be used to satisfy graduation requirements only with approval of the dean.  Only grade points from University of California, Davis extension courses will count toward the student's overall UC grade point average.
  • Education Abroad Courses are not considered in residence. Please speak to the Dean’s Office if you are planning to study abroad.


College Scholarship

  • The minimum grade point average (GPA) to satisfy the scholarship requirement is 2.000 for all courses counted toward the major and for all upper division courses used to satisfy major requirements. 
  • Only grades earned in courses taken at UC Davis will be included in the grade point computations. 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a minimum of 2.000; major grade point average (GPA) is also a minimum of 2.000 - both are required in order to be eligible for graduation 
  • Major grade point average (GPA) calculation varies per program of study. Questions regarding major GPA should be directed to the department advisor. 
  • To obtain these minimum averages in the major, you may repeat courses that are graded D or F. If you have to repeat a course more than once, scholars must obtain approval from from the Dean's Office prior to enrolling. 

English Composition

This requirement may be met in one of three ways:

  •  (1) Either two courses emphasizing written expression or one course emphasizing written expression and one course emphasizing oral expression, with a grade of C- (or P) or better. The following UC Davis courses satisfy this requirement:
    •  (a) One course must be selected from English 3; University Writing Program 1, 18, 19, 101, 102 series, or 104 series (courses with primary emphasis in writing skills), and;
    •  (b) One course selected from the courses not selected above, or from Communication 1; Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, 4, or Native American Studies 5 (courses emphasizing either writing or speaking skills.)
  • (2) Advanced Placement English score of 4 of 5 PLUS any course listed in 1(a) or 1(b) above EXCEPT University Writing Program 1 or English 3                                 
  •  (3)  By successfully passing the English Composition Examination administered by the College of Letters and Science upon completion of 70 units of degree credit (the examination does not yield credit)
    • For specific examination dates, instructions, and to sign up to take an examination, see the University Writing Program-Upper Division Composition Exam Information. It is recommended that students with disabilities contact the Student Disability Center at 530-752-3184 and the Entry Level Writing Program Office 530-752-0450 at least two weeks prior to the exam date to arrange accommodations.