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205. General Education Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

To be recommended for the degree of Bachelor of Science, a student in the College of Engineering must satisfy the following requirements.

  1. Area A: English Reading and Composition

    Two courses must be completed in this area and taken for letter grades. Writing 2 or 2E, and Writing 50, 50E, 107T or 109ST are required. (Am 9 Mar 06; Am 26 Jan 12)
  2. Areas D, E, F, and G: Social Sciences (Area D), Culture and Thought (Area E), Arts (Area F), and Literature (Area G)

    A minimum of six courses must be completed in these General Subject Areas. Students must follow the pattern of distribution shown below.
    1. Area D: a minimum of two courses must be completed in this area.
    2. Area E: a minimum of two courses must be completed in this area.
    3. Area F: a minimum of one course must be completed in this area.
    4. Area G: a minimum of one course must be completed in this area.
  3. In the process of fulfilling the General Subject Area Requirements, students must fulfill the following Special Subject Area Requirements:

    1. Writing Requirement: At least four courses, each of which requires the writing of one or more papers totaling at least 1,800 words. In addition to those indicated courses, Engineering 101 and Engineering 103 may be used toward satisfaction of the writing requirements, although they will not satisfy the General Education Requirement. Once a student has matriculated at UCSB, the writing requirement may be met only with designated UCSB courses.
      Computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science students for whom Engineering 101 is required MAY use it toward fulfillment of the writing requirement.
    2. One course that satisfies the Ethnicity Requirement. Courses satisfying this requirement may also be used in satisfaction of the University American History and Institutions Requirement if so designated.
    3. One course that satisfies the European Traditions requirement or World Cultures requirement.
  4. General provisions relating to these General Education Requirements:

    1. A course listed in more than one General Subject Area can be applied to only one area.
    2. Some courses taken to satisfy the General Subject Area Requirements may also be applied simultaneously to the American History and Institutions Requirement, the Writing Requirement, the Ethnicity Requirement, the European Traditions Requirement, or the World Cultures Requirement (Am 19 Nov 09)

(Am 7 Jun 18, Eff 23 Sept 18)