Graduation Requirements

All College of Biological Sciences students need to fulfill the following requirements to be awarded a degree in their major. For more information, please refer to the CBS undergraduate requirements.  

University Requirements

  • Entry Level Writing Requirement
    (Usually completed at your transfer school by completing a university-level composition course or by a satisfactory score on an AP exam).
  • American History and Institutions Requirement
    Undergraduate Admissions needs your high school transcripts to determine satisfaction of this requirement; you can also satisfy this requirement by taking a course that fulfills it at UC Davis.
  • UC GPA 2.0 or greater
  • Residency Requirement
    Need to attend UCD for 35 of your last 45 units and for at least 3 quarters.
  • General Education version 3 (GE3) or certified completed IGETC Requirement
    Please verify, during winter quarter, that the Biology Academic Success Center has received a certified copy of your IGETC.
  • Complete 180 units
    Includes transferred courses up to a certain limit (semester units being equivalent to 105 quarter units max). Do not exceed 225 quarter units.

Please note: There are unit limits on many non-course or non-standard activities.
Physical activity courses (PHE 1 and 6), Passed/Not Passed graded units, research units, internship units and other non-standard courses.

College Requirements

  • Complete at least 64 upper division units in your 180 total units.
  • Complete the English Composition requirement. The English Composition requirement may be satisfied 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 (UWP) 1, 18 or 19
      • You will also need to complete one upper division course from University Writing Program (UWP) University Writing Program (UWP) 101, 102, or 104 series course. These courses do not have a community college equivalent.
    1. 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. Students interested in entering the health science field should check with the Health Sciences Advising Office or the Biology Academic Success Center before choosing this option.
  • Major applicable courses must be letter-graded. All courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is only offered on a Passed/Not Passed basis.
  • Bachelor of Arts students have additional requirements in foreign language and breadth courses; please consult with an advisor in the Biology Academic Success Center for more details.

Major Requirements

  • Successfully complete all courses required for your major available on the major’s website and in the UC Davis General Catalog.
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 GPA in all your major's required courses.
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 GPA in all your major's depth subject matter courses.

Reminder: Complete all courses in the major for a letter grade unless the course is offered only on a Passed/Not Passed basis.