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R6 Campus Graduation Requirements (En 5 May 81)

R6.1 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. Courses in the Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) program and other alternatives approved by the Academic Senate as alternatives to the sequence’s third-quarter course, English 1C, may be applied toward satisfaction of the third-quarter requirement if a student’s college permits its majors to substitute such a course for 1C, and if students have first passed English 1B with a “C” or higher. The grade in the alternative course must be no lower than a “C.” Individual colleges may set a higher GPA requirement in English 1A and/or 1B as a prerequisite to take Senate-approved alternatives to English 1C.(Am 16 Nov 2004)(AM 30 Nov. 2010)(Am 23 Feb 16)

R6.1.1 Transfer students who have taken one semester of English composition at another college or university are required to take English 1B and English 1C, with the option of taking a course in the WAC program and other alternatives to English 1C approved by the Academic Senate if a student’s college permits its majors to substitute such a course for 1C.(Am 24 May 84)(Am 30 Nov. 2010)(Am 23 Feb 16)

R6.1.2 The requirement for the first two quarters of instruction (or equivalent proficiency) may be met as follows:

R6.1.2.1 (1) By achieving a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in English;

R6.1.2.2 (2) By achieving a score of 3 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in English and taking English 1A-1B for credit or by taking only English 1B for credit;

R6.1.2.3 (3) By achieving a passing score on both parts of the California State University and College English Equivalency Examination (taken prior to July 1, 1993) (Am 30 May 96)

R6.2 Natural sciences and Mathematics: five courses.

R6.2.1 One course must be in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics or Statistics.

R6.2.2 One course must be in the biological sciences, chosen from the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Botany and Plant Sciences, Entomology, Nematology, or Plant Pathology.

R6.2.3 One course must be in the physical sciences, chosen from the departments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences (excluding cultural geography courses), and Physics.

R6.2.4 The two additional courses required may be in any of the departments and programs listed in R6.2.1, R6.2.2, and R6.2.3, or in physical and/or biological science courses offered in the Department Environmental Sciences.

R6.3 Humanities: for the A.B. Degree: five courses for the B.S. Degree: three courses.

R6.3.1 One course must be in world history, taken in the Department of History.

R6.3.2 For the A.B. Degree: one course from (a); and two courses from the following: (b), (c), (d) For the B.S. Degree: one course in one of the following areas:
a) Fine arts, taken in the departments of or programs in Art, Art History, Dance, Media and Cultural Studies, Music, Theatre, or Creative Writing courses in poetry, fiction, or playwriting, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 30 May 96) (Am 31 May 01) (Am 28 May 13)
b) Literature, taken in the departments/programs of English, Comparative Literature and Foreign and Languages, Hispanic Studies, or Media and Cultural Studies, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 28 May 98) (Am 31 May 01) (Am 28 May 13)
c) Philosophy, taken in the Department of Philosophy, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 31 May 01)
d) Religious Studies, taken in the Department of Religious Studies, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 28 Jan 82)(Am 24 May 90)(Ed 30 Jun 91)(Am 21 May 92)(Am 31 May 01)

R6.3.3 The additional required coursework (one course for the A.B. Degree,
one course for the B.S. Degree) may be taken in any of the
departments or programs listed in R6.3.1 and R6.3.2, in a foreign
language at level 3 or higher, or in humanities courses offered by
the following programs:
a) Ethnic Studies
b) Comparative Ancient Civilizations
c) Creative Writing courses in journalism
d) Global Studies
e) Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
f) Latin American Studies
g) Linguistics
h) Media and Cultural Studies
i) Women's Studies
(Am 22 May 86)(Am 24 May 90)(6 Feb 92)(21 May 92)(Am 31 May 01) (Am 28 May 13)

R6.4 Social Sciences: for the A.B. Degree: four courses. for the B.S. Degree: three courses.

R6.4.1 One course must be taken in the departments of Economics or Political Science, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 31 May 01)

R6.4.2 One course must be taken in the departments of Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology, or from among courses within these disciplines as designated by the Executive Committee of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. (Am 31 May 01)

R6.4.3 The additional required coursework (two courses for the A.B.
Degree, one course for the B.S. Degree) may be taken in any of
the departments or programs identified in R6.4.1 and R6.4.2, or in
social-science courses in the following programs:
a) Comparative Ancient Civilizations
b) Ethnic Studies
c) Environmental Sciences
d) Global Studies
e) Human Development
f) Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
g) Media and Cultural Studies
h) Public Policy
i) Women's Studies
(Am 22 May 86)(6 Feb 92)(Ed 94)(Am 28 May 98)(Am 28 May 13)

R6.5 Ethnicity: one course (En 25 May 89)*

R6.5.1 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.

R6.5.2 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 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Executive Committee. (Am 22 May 03)

R6.6 Courses taken in a student's major discipline (including courses cross-listed with the major discipline) may not be applied toward satisfaction of R6.2 to R6.5 (except for History majors in connection with R6.3.1 and for Biology and Neuroscience majors in connection with R6.2.2). However, courses outside the major discipline, but required for the major, may be applied toward satisfaction of these requirements. (Am 2 Jun 83; 25 May 89) (Am 30 May 96) (Am 29 May 97)

R6.6.1 Students who elect a double major may apply courses in one of the two majors toward satisfaction of R6.2, R6.3, R6.4, or R6.5. (Am 25 May 89) (Am 13 Jun 2005)

R6.7 In R6.2, R6.3, and R6.4 any one course may be used to meet only one campus graduation requirement. (Am 25 May 89)

R6.8 In R6.2, R6.3, R6.4 and R6.5, a course is defined to be a block of instruction which carries four or more units of credit. (Am 25 May 89)

R6.9 The Committee on Educational Policy, in consultation with appropriate Academic Senate committees, departments, programs, and administrative officers, will regularly review the classifications of courses in interdisciplinary departments and programs, and will report its findings to the Academic Senate.

R6.10 Graduation requirements in R6.2, R6.3, and R6.4 will become effective July 1, 1982 for entering freshmen, and July 1, 1983 for transfer students.

R6.11 A course which is cross-listed in two or more departments or programs may be applied toward satisfaction of a campus graduation requirement in any one of these fields, irrespective of the course number under which the student formally enrolls for the course.

R6.12 To be awarded the Bachelor's Degree, a student must either (a) meet graduation requirements in the UCR catalog in effect in the year of his/her graduation from the Riverside Campus; or (b) fulfill graduation requirements in one UCR catalog applicable during any of the previous four years in which the student successfully completed at least one quarter or one semester of full-time college-level work, regardless of where matriculated. Upon applying for candidacy, the student must specify the applicable catalog. (En 5 November 87)

R6.12.1 Changes in a curriculum or prerequisite requirements both for courses and majors may not be implemented until the quarter following the publication of the change in the General Catalog unless an exception is approved at the time the change in curriculum or prerequisite requirements is adopted. (En 27 May 2014)

R6.13 (for undergraduates)


In cases of student misconduct, the student’sCollege Executive Committee may defer or withhold his or her degree for a specified period of time. The Dean of Students may recommend such an action to the College Executive Committee.(En May 24, 2011)(Am 19 May 15)


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