Major Qualification

2020-21 Academic Year

Use the Major Qualification Worksheet to plan for qualification.

To qualify to declare an Ecology & Evolution BS, Marine Biology BS, Plant Sciences BS,  or Biology BA  major students must complete the following courses, or their equivalents, with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • CHEM 1A, General Chemistry                                                        
  • CHEM 1B, General Chemistry
  • BIOL 20A, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • BIOE 20B, Development & Physiology
  • BIOE 20C, Ecology & Evolution

Additionally, students declaring Ecology & Evolution BS, Marine Biology BS or Plant Sciences BS must complete one of the following calculus courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

  • MATH 11A or Math 19A
Students with two or more grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F, or NP in the above policy courses (Math grades excluded) are NOT qualified to declare.
 
Students must pass math with a grade of C (2.0) or better, however grades in math will not be included in the calculation of the maximum number of  C-, D+, D, D-, F or NP grades for admission to the major.
 
All courses must be completed for a Letter Grade.
 
The qualification courses are only a subset of your major's introductory requirements. View complete major requirements here.

Determining qualification:

  • Students who complete all the policy courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better by their major declaration deadline (or at most one additional enrolled quarter if approved by department) are eligible to declare.
  • Students with two or more grades of C-, D+, D, D-, F, or NP in the above policy courses (Math grades excluded) are NOT qualified to declare.
  • Students with AP exam course credit for any of the qualification course(s) may petition to declare after successfully completing the remaining qualification courses.
  • Consult with an undergraduate adviser when requesting to declare after the campus declaration deadline. Students who are not able to complete the degree by their Expected Grdauation Term (see MyUCSC) must appeal to declare the major.

When to declare: 

Policy on Major Declaration Process & Deadlines: "Students must submit a petition to declare when the campus declaration deadline is imminent (i.e. in their sixth quarter, for students admitted as frosh), programs have to either allow them into the major, deny them admission, or set conditions (e.g. completion of some courses with certain grades) that will be resolved within at most one more enrolled quarter, even if they have not completed major qualification (MQ) courses."


Appeal Process:

Students who have completed the six qualification courses with grades of C (2.0) or better, but do not meet the qualification policy criteria may appeal by writing a letter to the Ecology and Evolution Curriculum Chair. For more information about the appeal process, see our Appeal Process page.