UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

General Subject Area Requirements

The following General Education subject area descriptions and course lists are applicable to students in the College of Letters and Science and the College of Engineering.  To find out the specific number of courses required from each area for a particular college and degree objective, please see the appropriate college's section under "Colleges and Departments":

Note: Additional courses may have been approved to fulfill various General Education Area Requirements after the cut-off date for publication in this catalog. For up-to-date information, students in the College of Letters and Science should refer to the Letters and Science Academic Requirements (LASAR) brochure (available in the UCSB Bookstore), and students in the College of Engineering should refer to the College of Engineering General Engineering Academic (GEAR) Requirements brochure.

AREA A
English Reading and Composition
Objective: To help students develop a facility in English composition.

Two courses are required. Writing 2, 2E, or 2LK, and one of the following: Writing 50, 50E, 50LK, 109AA-ZZ, or English 10, 10EM, 10LC.

Students must complete Writing 2, 2E, or 2LK by the end of their sixth quarter at UCSB. Further registration will be blocked for students who do not comply. The following courses cannot be dropped after the fifth day of instruction: Writing 2, 2LK, 50, 50LK. In addition, students cannot enroll in and receive credit for these courses (or their equivalents taken at another institution) until they have fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

AREA B
Foreign Language
(College of Letters and Science only)

Objective: To help students gain a familiarity with a foreign language.
The foreign language requirement may be satisfied in one of the following four ways:

  1. By completing foreign language level 3 (third quarter) at UCSB or its equivalent at another college or university. Students fulfilling Area B with this method will require 184 overall units to fulfill degree requirements.
  2. By achieving a score of 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a foreign language, or by earning a score of 5 or higher on a higher level International Baccalaureate Exam in a foreign language, or by earning one of the following minimum scores on the Foreign Language SAT II: Chinese with Listening—570; French/French with Listening—590; German/German with Listening—570; Modern Hebrew—500; Italian—570; Japanese with Listening—570; Korean with Listening —550; Latin—580; Spanish/Spanish with Listening—570.
  3. By completing the third year of one language in high school with a grade-point average for third-year language of at least C.
  4. By passing a UCSB foreign language placement examination at the appropriate level.


AREA C
Science, Mathematics, and Technology (College of Letters and Science only)
Objective: To provide an understanding of the methods and applications of science and mathematics, and the fundamental laws that govern the biological and physical worlds.


AREA D
Social Science
Objective: To provide an understanding of what determines or influences the behavior and beliefs of individuals and groups.


AREA E
Culture and Thought

Objective: To provide a perspective on world cultures through the study of human history and thought.


AREA F
Arts
Objective: To develop an appreciation of the arts through historical study, analysis of master works, and aesthetically creative activity.


AREA G
Literature
Objective: To develop an appreciation of literature through historical study, analysis of master works, and aesthetically creative activity.


AREA H
Foreign Language (College of Engineering only)
Objective: To help students gain a familiarity with a foreign language.


Courses applicable to these requirements are listed below: