Degree Self-Check Guide

Are you ready for graduation? Not sure how to check if you have satisfied your degree requirements? As a College of Biological Sciences student, you have to fulfill many requirements to earn your degree. Perform a degree self-check! Use your OASIS advising tool and the General Catalog while you read and complete each step in the self-check.

Graduation and commencement registration information can be found on the Graduation and Commencement page.

Check your Graduation Requirements

1. Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

Unless you are a freshman, you have likely already satisfied this requirement through achieving qualifying ACT/SAT, AP, IB Higher Level scores; completing a college-level course in composition prior to enrolling at UC Davis; or passing the Analytical Writing Placement Exam; or completing WLD 57 at UC Davis.

  • Use your OASIS advising tool and click on the "Academic Record" tab. Then, click on "Exams and Events." If you see "ELWR-Satisfied" under "Event," you have satisfied the ELWR!
  • View the UC Davis General Catalog page on the Entry Level Writing Requirement for more information.

2. American History and Institutions (AHI)

If you went to high school in California, you most likely satisfied this requirement with your high school history or government class.

  • Use your OASIS advising tool and click on the same tab where you checked your ELWR. Under "Event," if you see "American Hist/Inst - Satisfied" you have satisfied this requirement.
  • If you do not see that you have satisfied it, there are several ways to do so:
    • If you are a transfer student who went to high school in California, but you did not submit your high school transcript to Undergraduate Admissions, submitting your high school transcript will likely allow you to satisfy this requirement.
    • View the UC Davis General Catalog page on the American History and Institutions requirement to see the many ways to meet this requirement, including completing just one of more than 40 courses offered at UC Davis.

3. Completion of 180 total units

To graduate, you need to accumulate a minimum of 180 units.

  • You can check how many units you have accumulated to date on your OASIS advising tool. Click on the "Academic Record" tab and look for the "Academic Totals" box on the right side of the page. The "Total Units Completed" refers to the total number of units you have accumulated to date. This number needs to be at least 180 for you to graduate. 
  • Know your unit limits. There are limits on how many units of certain courses can count towards your 180. For example, only six units of Physical Education (PHE) courses can count towards your 180. You can take more PHE classes if you want to, but the excess units will not count towards your 180. You can read more about this and other unit restrictions in the UC Davis General Catalog.

4. Completion of 64 upper division units

Within your 180 total units, 64 of those units need to be upper dvision (courses numbered 100-199).

  • You can check how many upper division units you have completed in the same place on your OASIS advising tool where you view your overall units.
  • Click on the "Academic Record" tab and look for the "Academic Totals" box on the right side of the page. The "Upper Division Units Completed" refers to the total number of units you have accumulated to date. This number needs to be at least 64 in order for you to graduate.

5. College English Composition Requirement

The College of Biological Sciences requires that you satisfy the College English Composition Requirement. You can satisfy this requirement in one of two ways:

  • 1. Completing 8 units, to include 4 upper division units, in English composition courses with at least a C- or Passed grade from the following list: Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, 4, English 3, Native American Studies 5, University Writing Program 1, 18, 19, 101, 102 series, or 104 series. Receiving a 4 or 5 on either of the English AP exams will allow you to satisfy 4 lower division units of the 8 total units required.

OR

  • 2. Passing the English Composition Examination, administered by the Entry Level Writing program, upon completion of 70 units of degree credit. This examination does not yield credit.

The College English Composition Requirement also appears in the GE Chart [PDF]. IMPORTANT! Though the English Composition Requirement appears in the GE chart, the courses that you use to satisfy this requirement cannot be used anywhere else on the chart.

  • For example, if you use UWP 1 and UWP 104F for this requirement, you cannot also use them towards any other GE requirement, i.e., you may not overlap these courses as you would be able to with other courses. See the "Additional Conditions" section in the General Education section of the UC Davis General Catalog.

6. General Education (GE)

The UC Davis GE requirement consists of two parts: the Topical Breadth and the Core Literacies. To satisfy the GE, you need to have enough units in each Topical Breadth area and each Core Literacy area, as listed in the UC Davis General Catalog. You must complete:

  • 52 units of Topical Breadth courses (20 units are already fulfilled by your major coursework in Science and Engineering)
  • All Core Literacy areas, including the College English Composition Requirement, with at least the minimum number of units listed per each area

To check your GE, download the GE chart [PDF] from the BASC website and open your OASIS advising tool. On OASIS, click on the "Academic Record" tab and sort your courses by subject code. The "GE" column lists the abbreviations for the type of GE credit you may be able to receive for each of your courses.

  • Your CBS major courses fulfill your Science and Engineering Topical Breadth, Oral Skills, Quantitative Literacy, Scientific Literacy, and Visual Literacy areas. You do not need to worry about these boxes on the chart.
  • You will have to focus on fulfilling:
    • AH = Arts and Humanities Topical Breadth
    • SS = Social Sciences Topical Breadth
    • WE = Writing Experience Core Literacy
    • DD = Domestic Diversity Core Literacy
    • ACGH = American Cultures, Governance and History Core Literacy
    • WC = World Cultures Core Literacy
  • Most classes carry more than one type of GE credit. One course can satisfy one Topical Breadth area and one Core Literacy simultaneously, but, you cannot use the class for more than one Topical Breadth or more than one Core Literacy area.
    • FOR EXAMPLE, if you take HIS 17A, you will see that it offers GE credit: AH or SS Topical Breadth areas and DD, ACGH, WE Core Literacies. However, you cannot use it for all five of those areas. You will have to choose between the AH or SS Topical Breadth areas and only one of the DD, ACGH and WE Core Literacies.
  • How do you decide where to put any one class? Look at the other courses you have taken by scrolling through your record and see if any of your other courses have similar GE credit. In the previous example, if you take HIS 17A and see that you have a lot of other courses that also offer DD credit, you may consider applying HIS 17A to the WE credit instead.

Transfer Students with IGETC

If you transferred to UC Davis from a California Community College, you can satisfy the GE requirement with a completed, certified IGETC.

  • Check whether UC Davis recieved your certified IGETC. Use your OASIS advising tool and click on the "Academic Record" tab. Then, click on "Exams and Events." If you see "GE Exempted by IGETC" under "Event," UC Davis received and credited you for your IGETC!
  • If you do not see "GE Exempted by IGETC," you will need to have a completed, certified, official IGETC sent from your community college to the Biology Academic Success Center.

7. Major Requirements

Your major requirements must be satisfied with the correct coursework (all taken with letter grades), and meeting the minimum units and GPA requirements.

To check your major requirements, view your major checksheets on the BASC website under "Majors and Minors". Open the checksheet for your major and your OASIS advising tool and click on the "Academic Record" tab.

  • Select your major courses using the checkboxes on the left-hand side of the page. View the UC Davis GPA and unit calculations on the right-hand side under the "Academic Totals" box.
  • Make sure that your courses meet the major requirements.
  • View unit requirements listed on the check sheet. Be sure to note the depth subject matter units and any emphasis or restricted electives (if applicable to your major) units requirements. 
  • Calculate your GPA for the major by checking all of the courses used for your major. Your UCD GPA must be at or above a 2.000.
  • Calculate your GPA for the major depth subject matter courses by checking only the depth courses. Your UCD GPA must be at or above a 2.000.
  • All courses used for your major must be taken with a letter grade.

8. Bachelors of Arts Students

If you plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, you need to satisfy the Foreign Language and Breadth requirements. You can read more about the additional requirements in the UC Davis General Catalog.

9. Overall GPA Requirement

In order for you to graduate, your UC GPA must be at least a 2.000.

  • You can check your overall GPA on your OASIS advising tool. Click on the "Academic Record" tab and look for the "Academic Totals" box on the right side of the page. The “UC GPA” refers to your overall UC GPA. This number must be at least 2.000 for you to graduate.

If this number is NOT at 2.000, and you still have courses to complete, you can see what grades you need to get in those courses in order to graduate on OASIS.

  • Open your OASIS advising tool. Click on the “GPA Charts and Tools” tab, then on “GPA Calculator.” If you are registered in courses, enter grades for those courses and click “Calculate.” Keep putting in higher and higher grades until your UC GPA equals 2.000. If you are not registered in courses, enter the number of units that you have left to complete in the “Additional Projected Course Work” box, then repeat the same process as described above.

Finished with your degree check?

Should you have any questions or concerns after performing a self-check, contact or schedule an appointment to meet with your academic adviser.

If you do not plan to take any additional courses, and wish to graduate from UC Davis, visit our Graduation and Commencement webpage.