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Natural Science Requirement


Five courses to include:

  • Biology - 1 course
  • Chemistry - 1 course
  • Physics - 1 course
  • Natural Science - 2 additional courses from the approved list below

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 Majors that Do Not Require Biology:
BILD 7 The Beginning of Life
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 20 Human Genetics in Modern Society F, S
BILD 22 Human Nutrition W
BILD 26 Human Physiology
BILD 30 Biology of Plagues: Past & Present S
BILD 32 Biology of Cancer F
BILD 42 Our Sustainable Future S
For Majors that Require Biology:
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 Majors that Do Not Require Chemistry:
CHEM 11 The Periodic Table
(No credit after CHEM 4; May be taken after CHEM 6A)
W, S
CHEM 12 Molecules and Reactions
(Prerequisite: CHEM 11 or knowledge of high school chemistry
CHEM 13

Chemistry of Life
(No official prerequisites; Prior completion of CHEM 12 recommended)

CHEM 15 Chemistry of the Universe
For Science Majors (with insufficient preparation):
CHEM 4

Chemical Thinking - prep for CHEM 6A, no credit after CHEM 11

Restricted to first-year and sophomore enrollment
(Recommended concurrent enrollment in MATH 3C, 4C, 10A, or higher)

F
For Majors that Require Chemistry:
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 Majors that Do Not Require Physics:
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)
F
PHYS 11 Survey of Physics
(Prerequisite: MATH 10A or 20A and concurrent enrollment in MATH 10B or 20B)
PHYS 12 Energy and the Environment S
PHYS 13 Life in the Universe S
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 Some Engineering Majors (check with department), Physical Science Majors, 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*
ESYS 10 Introduction to Environmental Systems  S
SIO 1 The Planets W
SIO 3 Life in the Oceans W
SIO 10 The Earth S
SIO 12 History of the Earth and Evolution F
SIO 15 Natural Disasters F
SIO 16 Geology of the National Parks
SIO 20 The Atmosphere W
SIO 25 Climate Change and Society W
SIO 30 The Oceans F
SIO 35 Water S
SIO 40 Life and Climate on Earth F
SIO 50 Introduction to Physical Geology F, S
SIO 60 Experiences in Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences  S

Labs: labs are not 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

Philosophy
Course No. Course Title Quarter(s) Offered*
PHIL 12 Scientific Reasoning F, W

 

AB/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
Chemistry
(8 units)
Exempt CHEM 4
Enroll in: CHEM 6A
Exempt CHEM 4
Enroll in: CHEM 6A or 6AH
Exempt CHEM 6A,6B,6C
Enroll in: CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH (for credit), 40A

Environmental Science
(4 units)

Elective credit only Exempt ESYS 10 Exempt ESYS 10
**Physics 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
Physics 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
Physics 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
IB Tests
Exam 5 6 7
Biology
(8 units)
Exempt BILD 10 Exempt BILD 1, 2 and 3 Exempt BILD 1, 2 and 3
Chemistry 
(8 units)
Exempt CHEM 6A
Enroll in: CHEM 6B, 6AH, or 12
Exempt CHEM 6A & 6C
Enroll in: CHEM 6B or 6AH
Exempt CHEM 6A, 6B, & 6C
Enroll in: CHEM 6AH, 6BH, 6CH or 40A
Physics
(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.