Graduation Requirements

To qualify for a bachelor’s degree, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Earn a minimum of 180 credits, each with a grade of D minus or better (or Pass)
  • Satisfy the university requirements in American history and institutions and in Entry Level Writing (English composition)
  • Meet the UCSC residence requirement
  • Satisfy each of the campus general education requirements with a course grade of Pass, C (2.0 grade point average), or better
  • Satisfy requirements of your UCSC college
  • Complete an approved major program, including its comprehensive requirement, with grades of Pass, C (2.0 GPA), or better in all courses satisfying major requirements. Some majors require grades higher than C to qualify to declare the major. In some majors, courses graded Pass may not be used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all letter-graded courses taken at UCSC and other University of California campuses
  • Have no more than 25 percent of your UCSC credits graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. This includes any credits completed in the Education Abroad Program or at another UC campus in an intercampus exchange program. Departments may require that some or all courses used to satisfy the major must be taken for a letter grade.

UC Santa Cruz students are responsible for selecting courses necessary to fulfill graduation requirements and prepare for advanced study or a career. It is essential that you consult regularly with academic advisers about course selection.

Transfer students may be able to use some of the courses they completed at other schools to help meet the 180-credit requirement. (Semester-system credits can be multiplied by 1.5 to derive equivalent quarter-system credit.) The Office of Admissions determines which courses are transferable.