Natural Science Requirement


Five courses in physical and biological sciences, to include:

  • 1 course in Biology
  • 1 course in Chemistry
  • 1 course in Physics
  • 2 courses from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Environmental Sciences

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics majors are advised to take this requirement for a Letter Grade (unless not required by major).

Arts, Humanities, and Social Science majors may take the requirement Pass/Not Pass.

Approved Courses

Biology
Course No. Course Title Quarter(s) Offered*
For Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Majors:
BILD 7 The Beginning of Life S
BILD 10 Fundamental Concepts of Modern Biology
(No credit after BILD 1)
F
BILD 12/COGS 17 Neruobiology and Behavior W/F, W, S
BILD 26 Human Physiology
For Science Majors:
BILD 1 The Cell
(High school chemistry recommended)
F, W, S
BILD 2 Multicellular Life
(Prerequisite: BILD 1)
F, W, S
BILD 3 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology F, W, S
Chemistry
Course No. Course Title Quarter(s) Offered*
For Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Majors:
CHEM 11 The Periodic Table
(No credit after CHEM 4; May be taken after CHEM 6A)
F
CHEM 12 Molecules and Reactions
(Prerequisite: CHEM 11 or knowledge of high school chemistry
W
CHEM 13 Chemistry of Life S
CHEM 15 Chemistry of the Universe
Prep For Science Majors (with insufficient preparation):
CHEM 4 Basic Chemistry - prep for CHEM 6A, lab included, no credit after CHEM 11
(Recommended concurrent enrollment in MATH 3C, 4C, 10A, or higher)
F
For Science Majors:
CHEM 6A General Chemistry
(Prerequisite: Proficiency in high school chemistry. Concurrent or prior enrollment in MATH 10A or 20A or higher level calculus)
F, W, S
CHEM 6B General Chemistry
(Prerequisite: CHEM 6A and completion of MATH 20A or 10A required for enrollment)
F, W, S
CHEM 6C General Chemistry
(Prerequisite: CHEM 6B)
F, W, S
CHEM 6AH Honors General Chemistry
(Prerequisite: Proficiency in high school chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Concurrent enrollment in MATH 20A or higher level calculus
F
CHEM 6BH Honors General Chemistry W
CHEM 6CH Honors General Chemistry S
Physics
Course No. Course Title Quarter(s) Offered*
For Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Majors:
PHYS 5 Stars and Black Holes F
PHYS 7 Galaxies and Cosmology W
PHYS 8 Physics of Everyday Life
PHYS 9 The Solar System
PHYS 10 Concepts in Physics
(College Algebra or equivalent recommended)
S
PHYS 11 Survey of Physics
(Prerequisite: MATH 10A or 20A and concurrent enrollment in MATH 10B or 20B)
F
PHYS 12 Energy and the Environment
PHYS 13 Life in the Universe F
Acceptable for Biology Majors:

(Course and lab must be taken concurrently)

PHYS 1A
PHYS 1AL
Mechanics (3 Units)
Mechanics Lab (2 Units)
(Prerequisite: Math 10A or 20A and concurrent enrollment in Math 10B or 20B
F, W, S
PHYS 1B
PHYS 1BL
Electricity and Magnetism (3 Units)
Electricity and Magnetism Lab (2 Units)
F, W, S
PHYS 1C
PHYS 1CL
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics (3 Units)
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics Lab (2 Units)
F, W, S
For Engineering, Physical Science, and recommended for Molecular Biology Majors:
PHYS 2A Physics - Mechanics
Prerequisite: Math 20A and concurrent enrollment in Math 20B
F, W, S
PHYS 2B Physics - Electricity and Magnetism F, W, S
PHYS 2C Physics - Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, Optics F, W, S
PHYS 2D Physics - Relativity and Quantum Physics F, W, S
For Physics Majors (and students with a strong interest in physics):
PHYS 4A Physics for Physics Majors - Mechanics
Prerequisite: Math 20A and concurrent enrollment in Math 20B
W
PHYS 4B Mechanics, Fluids, Waves & Heat S
PHYS 4C Electricity and Magnetism F
PHYS 4D Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity W
PHYS 4E Quantum Physics S
Environmental Sciences
Course No. Course Title Quarter(s) Offered*
For Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Majors:
SIO 10 The Earth S
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution F
SIO 15 Natural Disasters F
SIO 20 The Atmosphere W
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society W
SIO 30 The Oceans F

Labs: labs are required for General Education requirements for Revelle College, but they may be required by the department or your major. Check UCSD General Catalog for majors requiring specific labs.

* Course offerings are subject to change

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Sciences AP and IB Tests

AP Tests
Exam 3 4 5
Biology
(8 units)
Exempt BILD 10 (may enroll in BILD 1,2,3 for credit) Exempt BILD 1, 2 & 3 Exempt BILD 1, 2 & 3
CHEM
(8 units)
Exempt CHEM 4 or 11
Enroll in: CHEM 6A, 6AH, or 12
Exempt CHEM 4 or 11
Enroll in: CHEM 6A, 6AH or 12
Exempt CHEM 6A,6B,6C or 11
Enroll in: CHEM 6AH (for credit), 40A
**PHYS 1 or 2
(8 units)
Exempt PHYS 10
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A, 4A or 11
Exempt PHYS 10
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A, 4A or 11
Exempt PHYS 10
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A, 4A or 11
PHYS C-Mech.
(4 units)
Exempt PHYS 1A
Enroll in: PHYS 1B, 2A or 4A
Exempt PHYS 1A or 2A
Enroll in: PHYS 1B, 2B or 4B
Exempt PHYS 1A or 2A
Enroll in: PHYS 1B, 2B or 4B
PHYS C- E&M
(4 units)
Exempt PHYS 1B
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A or 4A
Exempt PHYS 1B or 2B
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A or 4A
Exempt PHYS 1B or 2B
Enroll in: PHYS 1A, 2A or 4A
Environmental Sciences
(4 units)
Exempt SIO 10 Exempt SIO 10
IB Tests
Exam 5 6 7
Biology
(8 units)
Exempt BILD 10 Exempt BILD 1, 2 and 3 Exempt BILD 1, 2 and 3
CHEM
(8 units)
Exempt CHEM 6A
Enroll in: CHEM 6B, 6AH, or 12
Exempt CHEM 6A & 6C
Enroll in: CHEM 6B, 6AH, or 12
Exempt CHEM 6A, 6B, & 6C
Enroll in: CHEM 6AH or 40A
PHYS
(8 units)
Exempt PHYS 10 or 11 Exempt PHYS 1A & 1B Exempt PHYS 2A & 2B

** AP PHYS 1 or 2 - Previously PHYS B (PHYS B no longer offered after May 2014)

Note: AP Physics credit allows for a maximum of 8 units from the 16 possible units.