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General Education Requirements for Transfer Students

In order to graduate, all Sixth College students must meet the requirements of the university, their major, and Sixth College.

To determine your Sixth College GE requirements, review the information below based on the articulation agreement you may have completed at your previous institution. 

With IGETC:

Full IGETC satisfies the lower-division GE requirements of Sixth College. The required upper-division GEs are Experiential Learning (formerly Practicum) and CAT 125. We encourage students to complete at least one quarter at UCSD before completing CAT 125 or Experiential Learning (formerly Practicum) unless your major department recommends an approved Experiential Learning (formerly Practicum) course in the first quarter. 

IGETC does not waive all required lower-division courses. Review major requirements with your major department advisor and university requirements with the college.

With Partial IGETC:

Partial IGETC may be applied for students missing only 1 or 2 IGETC courses. Your previous California Community College must send your IGETC certification to UCSD Admissions for consideration. Consult with Sixth College Advising to determine how to complete remaining IGETC courses at UC San Diego.

With UC or 4-Year Reciprocity:

UC Reciprocity satisfies the lower-division GE requirements of Sixth College. You must complete the upper-division GEs: Experiential Learning (formerly Practicum) and CAT 125. We encourage you to complete at least one quarter at UCSD before completing CAT 125 or Experiential Learning unless your major department recommends an approved Experiential Learning (formerly Practicum) course in your first quarter. 

Reciprocity does not waive all required lower-division courses. Review major requirements with your major department advisor and university requirements with the college.

Without IGETC, Partial IGETC, or UC Reciprocity Certification:

If you transferred from an academic institution without a certification (IGETC or UC Reciprocity), an academic advisor will review your transfer courses. They will determine on a course-by-course basis which GE requirements you have fulfilled, as well as the GE courses still needed. It is very likely that you will need to petition some of your transfer courses for GE credit.

There are three main areas you will need to satisfy in order to earn your Bachelor's degree, these include: Major Requirements, College Requirements and University Requirements.