University Requirements

Entry-Level Writing Requirement
May be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • By earning a score of 680 or higher on the new SAT Reasoning Exam or on the old SAT II Writing Test.
  • By earning a score of 30 or higher on the Combined English Writing
  • By earning a score of 3, 4, or 5 on either College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English.
  • By earning a score of 5 or above on the International Baccalaureate’s High Level English A Examination or a score of 6 or higher on the Standard Level English A Examination.
  • Enter the University with credentials showing the completion of an acceptable 3-semester or 4-quarter unit college-level course in English composition with a grade of C or better.
  • Write a passing essay on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

If the requirement is still not satisfied, you must enroll in Workload 57 during the first quarter of enrollment or as soon thereafter as space is available. Workload 57 counts as 4.5 workload units toward minimum progress but carries no units toward graduation. To satisfy the requirement, you must earn a course grade of C or greater Workload 57. You must satisfy the Entry-Level Requirement by the end of your third quarter.

American History and Institutions Requirement

May be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • Complete one high school unit in American history, or 1/2 high school unit in American history and 1/2 high school unit in civics or American government, with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Present evidence that the requirement has been accepted as satisfied at another UC campus or at another college whose credits are acceptable for transfer to UC Davis.
  • Successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination in American History.
  • Complete an acceptable UC Davis course as described in the General Catalog on page 90.

General Education Requirement (GE)

The General Education (GE) requirement promotes the intellectual growth of all undergraduates by ensuring that they acquire a breadth of knowledge that will enlarge their perspectives beyond the focus of a major and serve them well as participants in a knowledge-based society. It seeks to stimulate continued intellectual growth by providing students with knowledge not only of the content but also of the methodologies of different academic disciplines. It involves students in the learning process by its expectation of considerable writing and class participation. It encourages students to consider the relationships between disciplines.

Detailed information on the General Education Requirement can be found at Office of the Registrar.

What is the minimum progress requirement?

The quantitative standards, referred to as minimum progress requirements, define scholarship in terms of the number of units that you must satisfactorily complete. It is expected that a student will earn the 180-unit minimum degree requirement within 12 quarters (four years). This means students are expected to complete, on average, 15 units per quarter.

Detailed information on the minimum progress requirement can be found at Office of the Registrar.

College Requirements

Residence Requirement  
Registration in the University of California 3 quarters
Units while in residence at UC Davis 35 of final 45 units
Scholarship Requirement  
For all UC Davis course work 2.000
For all Engineering course work 2.000
Unit Requirement  
Biochemical Engineering 182 units minimum
Chemical Engineering 184 units minimum
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science 192 units minimum

 Upper-division English Composition Requirement

May be satisfied in one of two ways: After completion of 70 units, passing the Upper-Division English Composition Exam. The no-fee exam, administered by the College of L & S, is typically offered mid-October, late January and late April. See for exam registration and dates.
After completion of 90 units, completing one of the following courses with a grade of C- or better: UWP 102E, 102F, 104A, 104E, or 104T.