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NR3 Degree Requirements

NR3.1 General Requirements

NR3.1.1 A minimum of 180 units is required for graduation. No more than 6 units of Physical Education activity may be counted toward the requirement. No 400 series course and not more than three 300 series courses may be counted toward the requirement. No more than 84 units in any one discipline in which a degree is offered may be applied toward the 180 unit degree requirement. A student is not normally expected to take more than 180 units to attain the Bachelor's Degree. After having credit for 216 units, he will not be permitted to continue, except in cases, approved by the Dean, in which specific academic or professional reasons are involved. (Am 24 Feb 77)(Am 25 Jan 79)

NR3.1.2 A grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the University of California is required for graduation.

NR3.1.3 Concurrent enrollment in any course offered by University Extension or at any other institution is permitted only with prior approval of the Dean of the college.

NR3.1.4 Thirty-five of the final 45 units completed by each student prior to receiving the Baccalaureate Degree must be earned in residence. The minimum residence at the University of California required for a degree is three quarters. One of these may be completed in the summer session on the Riverside campus provided the student carries at least 8 units in a six-week summer session or 12 in an eight-week summer session, unless a reduced load is approved by the Dean of the college. Courses completed in University Extension are not considered work in residence.

NR3.1.5 Each student must declare candidacy for the Bachelor's Degree with the Dean's office at the beginning of the senior year and again at the beginning of the final quarter.

NR3.1.6 Honors with the Bachelor's Degree are awarded to students who complete with distinction the work of the junior and senior years. Policies are determined by the college committee on honors and scholarships.

NR3.2 Subject Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

NR3.2.1 English Composition: Students must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Composition by completing a one-year sequence of college-level instruction in English Composition with no grade lower than C. UCR's sequence is ENGL 001A, ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C. (ENGL 01HC or ENGL 01SC may be substituted for ENGL 001C, but only one of these courses can be taken for credit). Transfer students who have credit for one semester of English Composition from another institution are required to take two additional quarters, i.e., ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C. Students have the option of using high school advanced placement with a score of 3 in English Composition to satisfy ENGL 001A; they must complete ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C. Students who have high school advanced placement with a score of 4 or 5 in English Composition have satisfied ENGL 001A, ENGL 001B; they must complete ENGL 001C. (Am 13 Jun 2005)

NR3.2.2 Foreign Language: 16 units. This requirement may be fulfilled in one language by completing course 4 with a minimum grade of C or demonstrating equivalent proficiency; or by completing course 2 with a minimum grade of C in each of the two languages; or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency (level 2) in each of two languages. (American Sign Language may also be used to satisfy this requirement.) (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 5 Feb 98)

NR3.2.3 Humanities: 20 units in Humanities as described in R6.3 for the A. B. Degree. No course used to satisfy the English Composition requirement will apply toward Humanities credit. No more than two courses in performance may be counted in this 20 unit requirement. Foreign language at level 4 or above may be counted toward fulfillment of 4 units in this requirement. The college Executive Committee will determine which additional courses (courses from departments or programs cited in UCR campus regulation R6.3.3) will apply to the requirement and the Dean's office will implement this policy. (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 12 Nov 92)(Am9 Feb 95)(Am 30 May 96)

NR3.2.4 Social Sciences: 16 units in Social Sciences as described in R6.4 for the A. B. Degree. The college Executive Committee will determine which additional courses (courses from departments or programs cited in UCR campus regulation R6.4.3) will apply to the requirement and the Dean's office will implement this policy (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 9 Feb 95)(Am30 May 96)

NR3.2.5 Natural Sciences: 20 units in Natural Sciences and Mathematics as described in R6.2 for the A. B. Degree. No more than 4 units may be counted in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, or Statistics. No course in cultural geography maybe used The biological sciences course must have a laboratory component. The college Executive Committee will determine which courses may be used in satisfaction of the Natural Sciences requirement (courses from departments or programs cited in UCR Campus regulation R6.2.1., R6.2.2, and R6.2.3) and the Dean's office will implement this policy. (Am 28 Jan 82) (Am 9 Feb 96) (Am 30 May 96)

NR3.2.6 Ethnicity: One four-unit course dealing with general concepts and issues in the study of race and ethnicity in California and the United States. Courses that satisfy this requirement must concentrate on one or more of four principal minority groups (African-American, Asian-American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American). These courses must be comparative in nature, analyzing the minority group experience within the present and historical context of other racial and ethnic groups, such as European- American minorities. The courses are to be offered by or cross-listed with the Program in Ethnic Studies. (En 12 Nov 92)

NR3.2.6.1 Regardless of the student's college and major, the course may be counted toward the Humanities or the Social Sciences graduation requirements, depending upon the course's content as evaluated by the Committee on Educational Policy. (En 12 Nov 92)

NR3.3 Subject Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

NR3.3.1 English Composition: Students must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Composition by completing a one-year sequence of college-level instruction in English Composition with no grade lower than C. UCR's sequence is ENGL 001A, ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C. (ENGL 01HC or ENGL 01SC may be substituted for ENGL 001C, but only one of these courses can be taken for credit). Transfer students who have credit for one semester of English Composition from another institution are required to take two additional quarters, i.e., ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C.   Students have the option of using high school advanced placement with a score of 3 in English Composition to satisfy ENGL 001A; they must complete ENGL 001B and ENGL 001C. Students who have high school advanced placement with a score of 4 or 5 in English Composition have satisfied ENGL 001A and ENGL 001B; they must complete ENGL 001C. (Am 13 Jun 2005)

NR3.3.2 Humanities: 12 units in Humanities as described in R6.3 for the B. S. Degree. No course used to satisfy the English Composition requirement will apply toward Humanities credit. No more than one* course in performance may be counted in this 12 unit requirement. Foreign language at level 3 or above may be counted toward fulfillment of 4 units in this requirement. The college Executive Committee will determine which additional courses (courses from departments or programs cited in UCR campus regulation R6.3.3) will apply to the requirement and the Dean's office will implement this policy (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 11 Nov 93)(Ed 10 Feb 94)(Am 9 Feb 95) (Am 30 May 96)

*NR3.2.3 -- A course is defined here as a block of instruction which carries credit of 4 or more units.

NR3.3.3 Social Sciences: 12 units in Social Sciences as described in R6.4 for the B.S. Degree. The college Executive Committee will determine which additional courses (courses from departments or programs cited in UCR campus regulation R6.4.3) will apply to the requirement and the Dean's office will implement this policy (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 9 Feb 95)(Am 30 May 96)

NR3.3.4 Additional substantive courses in the major or fields related to the major: 16 units to be specified by the major department. (Am 28 Jan 82)

NR3.3.5 Natural Sciences: 20 units in Natural Sciences and Mathematics as described in R6.2 for the B. S. Degree. No more than 4 unites may be counted in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, or Statistics. No course in cultural geography may be used. The biological sciences course must have a laboratory component. The college Executive Committee will determine which courses may be used in satisfaction of the Natural Sciences requirement (courses from departments of programs cited in UCR Campus regulation R6.2.1 and R6.2.3) and the Dean's office will implement this policy (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 9 Feb 95) (Am 30 May 96)

NR3.4 Academic Minors (En 7 Nov 91)

NR3.4.1 A disciplinary minor is a set of courses focused on an academic discipline proposed by a department or program and approved by the Executive Committee, the Faculty, the Educational Policy Committee and the Academic Senate.

NR3.4.2 An interdisciplinary minor is a set of courses focused on an interdisciplinary thematic area, proposed by more than one department or program and approved by the Executive Committee, the Faculty, the Educational Policy Committee and the Academic Senate. Each interdisciplinary minor is to be supervised by a representative committee of at least three Faculty members, one designated as Chair.

NR3.4.3 A minor shall consist of not fewer than 20 nor more than 28 units of organized upper division courses. No more than 4 (four) units of 190-199 courses may be used in fulfilling the upper division unit for a minor. Of the specified upper division units, a minimum of 16 must be unique to the minor and may not be used to satisfy major requirements. *NR3.3.2 -- A course is defined here as a block of instruction which carries credit of 4 or more units. (Am 18 Nov 03)

NR3.4.4 The department, program, or interdisciplinary committee offering the minor is responsible for student and administrative issues pertaining to the minor.

NR3.4.5 Students must file a declaration of a minor at least two quarters before graduation and must be in good academic standing at the time of filing. The declaration of a minor requires the signature of the Professional Academic Advisor that handles the minor and the signature(s) of the Associate Dean(s) of the college(s) of both the major and the minor. The minor coursework (including all prerequisites for upper division courses in the minor) must be completed within the overall 216 unit maximum for the Bachelor’s degree. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the minor. If the student declares a minor and for any reason fails to complete the minor, the designation of the minor must be removed from the transcript before the student can graduate. (Am 29 Nov. 2011)

NR3.4.6 A grade point average of at least 2.0 in upper division courses in the field of the minor is a graduation requirement. When all other requirements for graduation have been met, the student will be graduated without the minor if the minimum GPA in the minor field has not been met.

NR3.4.7 A student must be able to complete both the major and the minor requirements without exceeding the 216 unit college maximum.

NR3.5 Life Sciences Core curriculum (En 30 May 96)

NR3.5.1 All students who are life sciences majors (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience) will complete a uniform core curriculum prior to advancing to upper division courses not in the core except as provided in NR3.5.7 and NR3.5.8. Specific courses which satisfy the core will be determined by the college Executive Committee. (En 30 May 96)(Am 4 Nov 99)(Am 20 Feb 07)

NR3.5.2 Biology: 12 units including laboratory. The Biology component of the core will consist of a one year introductory biology course sequences. (En 30 May 96)(Am 20 Feb 07)

NR3.5.3 Chemistry: 27 units including laboratory. The Chemistry component of the core will consist of a one-year course sequence in general Chemistry (at least 12 units including laboratory) and a one-year course sequence in organic chemistry (at least 12 units including laboratory). (En 30 May 96)(Am 20 Feb 07)

NR3.5.4 Mathematics: 8 units. The Mathematics component of the course will consist of two courses in calculus. (En 30 May 96)

NR3.5.5 Physics: 15 units. The Physics component of the core will consist of a oneyear general physics course sequence, including laboratory. (En 30 May 96)

NR3.5.6 Statistics: 2 units. The Statistics component of this core will consist of at least one course in Statistics. (En 30 May 96)

NR3.5.7 Biochemistry: 4 units. The Biochemistry component of the core will consist of at least one course in elementary or introductory biochemistry. This course may be taken concurrently with other upper division life sciences courses as long as they do not have Biochemistry as a prerequisite. (En 30 May 96)

NR3.5.8 While the intention is that students will complete all of the core courses before proceeding to upper division courses in their major, a student may begin upper division course while the core is still in progress. Up to 12 units of upper division life sciences courses not being used to satisfy the core may be taken prior to completion of the core; permission of an advisory is required to take upper division units in excess of these 12 units. (En 30 May 96)


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