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Academic Residence Requirement

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Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must be registered in the University for at least three terms to fulfill the University’s academic residence requirement. A term is a regular quarter, including summer session, in which a student completes six or more units of resident (on-campus) courses. Each UC summer session in which a student completes at least two units but fewer than six is the equivalent of half a term’s residence. In this context, summer session refers to the entire summer session period of twelve weeks and not to an individual summer mini-session.

At least 35 of the final 45 units must be taken in the college or school in which the degree is to be awarded. Courses taken in UC Extension do not satisfy residence requirements.

College of Letters and Science Residence Requirement

Students in the College of Letters and Science must complete at least 27 upper-division units, of which at least 20 must be in the upper-division major, while in residence in the college. In the case of double majors, at least 20 upper-division units must be completed in each major while in residence in the College of Letters and Science. Students who are pursuing an academic minor must complete at least 12 units of the upper-division minor in residence at UCSB. Courses used in satisfaction of residence in one major may not be applied to residence in another major or minor. Courses taken in University Extension and those completed in the University’s Education Abroad Program do not apply to the residence requirement.

Credit earned at other institutions does not apply to academic residence. This includes coursework students complete at another campus of the University of California, even while simultaneously enrolled at UCSB. In addition, credit earned at UCSB through the intersegmental cross-enrollment option will not apply to academic residence requirements.

College of Engineering Residence Requirement

Students in the College of Engineering must complete at least 27 upper-division units, of which at least 20 must be in the upper-division major, while in residence in the college. In the case of double majors, at least 20 upper-division units must be completed in each major (i.e., not double counted) while in residence in the College of Engineering. Courses used in satisfaction of residence in one major may not be applied to residence in another major. Courses taken in University Extension and those completed in the university’s Education Abroad Program do not apply to the residence requirement.

College of Creative Studies Residence Requirement

Students in the College of Creative Studies must be enrolled with the College for a minimum of 6 quarters. Quarters spent in University Extension and those completed in the University's Education Abroad Program do not apply to the residence requirement. Summer quarters do not apply to the residence requirement. Up to one quarter of residency may be waived in certain circumstances, and require approval of the student's faculty adviser and the dean of the College.

Education Abroad (EAP), UC Washington, D.C. (UCDC), and, UC Center in Sacramento (UCSAC) Program Participants

With one modification, students who participate in the University of California Education Abroad program or UCDC program or UCSAC program, are responsible for all academic residence requirements as explained above. For students who participate in EAP, UCDC, or UCSAC as seniors, the rule requiring 35 of the final 45 units in the college or school in which the degree is to be awarded is modified to 35 of the final 90 units. Students must secure prior approval to use this modification and may graduate without returning to UCSB provided that they have satisfied all degree requirements by the end of their year abroad. Those who have any remaining degree requirements must return to UCSB to complete a minimum of 12 units on campus while fulfilling final degree requirements.