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 must 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


Approved Courses

(Prerequisites are listed only for the first course in each sequence)

Biology

*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 Neurobiology and Behavior W/F, W, S
BILD 26 Human Physiology
For Science Majors:
BILD 1 The Cell
Recommended: high school chemistry
F, W, S
BILD 2 Multicellular Life
Prerequisite:  BILD 1
F, W, S
BILD 3 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology F, W, S

CHEMISTRY

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
Prerequisite: CHEM 12
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 Sequence
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
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
Recommended: College Algebra or equivalent
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
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: No 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

BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AP AND IB TESTS
AP SCORE
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 SCORE (Higher Level Exam)

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.