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What happens if I only need 1 preparatory course to finish before transferring?

Dannysan34Dannysan34 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in UC Transfers
The program that I am in (specifically University Link) does not say that I need to finish the preparatory courses for my specific major, but should I finish them all before I transfer? What if I finish all the preparatory courses for my specific major, would that mean less classes and less days to graduate?

Here is where I got all my preparatory courses from: ASSIST Report: GMCC 12-13 UCSD Articulation Agreement by Major.

I made out my plan of my classes and I'm only missing one more preparatory course that can be transferrable to UCSD, would that mean that that one class I'll have to do over at UCSD?

Thank you very much
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Replies to: What happens if I only need 1 preparatory course to finish before transferring?

  • Shannon13Shannon13 Registered User Posts: 553 Member
    If it is required by the department to graduate, then yes you will need to take it.
  • Dannysan34Dannysan34 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    @Shannon13 but it will not affect my transfer, but affect my graduation process?
  • mermakermermaker Registered User Posts: 949 Member
    No, it won't. Unless they specifically specified that you need all your prerequisites or that you need to take that class. I would take it just so you can move smoothly onto your upper-division courses once you transfer. If you have the chance to take it, then take it. If you don't take it, you'll have to take it at UCSD. Might as well get it out of the way now.
  • Dannysan34Dannysan34 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member

    Thank you for the clear answer! :)
  • dilapidatedminddilapidatedmind Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    Mermaker already answered the question, but just a little clarification. When you graduate depends on how you plan your coursework. The more prerequisites you finish, the less you have to take to graduate within a certain amount of time. If you max out every quarter and take as many units as possible you may graduate in a year and half. If you take the minimum 12 units per quarter it may be 3 years; it's entirely your choice. At a UC your schedule isn't predetermined for you, you create it, just like in community college. If you transfer in missing one prerequisite you can compensate by taking more units that quarter to get back on the same pace as if you transferred with it. Vice versa, if you wanted to slow down that pace if you completed all your prerequisites right away.
  • HopingToXferHopingToXfer Registered User Posts: 678 Member
    @dilapidatedmind Is it true that UCs kick you out after a certain amount of time? Some people say after transferring and going to a UC for two years, you would have to petition for more quarters. I was wondering about UCLA.
  • dilapidatedminddilapidatedmind Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    As far as I know there's no set time limit for staying at any of the UCs, but rather there's a set unit limit that you can't go over and continue to enroll in classes, at UCLA it's 216 quarter units. Effectively, without some sort of approval, you're forced to drop out (stop enrolling in classes) when you reach 216 or what ever the set max is for the other UCs. That combined with the fact that, unless you petition for part-time, you have to be enrolled full-time for the year (not per quarter just the year), which is considered 36 quarter units/year can somewhat roughly be considered a "time limit." So from those two actual constraints your "time limit" assuming you never enroll part-time depends on how many units you transfer over with.

    At UCLA, if you transfer over with the minimum 90 quarter units you'd have 3.5 years (10.5 quarters) enrolled at the minimum 36 units/year until you reach 216. If you transfer with the maximum 105 quarter units, you'd have 3.08 years (9.25 quarters) until you reach the 216 max. That being said you can't really enroll in a "half quarter" or "eight-hundreths quarter" so that time limit isn't wholly practical. That example was for UCLA, but most of the UC's have that same or a very close max and as far as I know full-time status is 36 units/year at all the UCs on the quarter system. So it should be close to the same for all UCs. Bear in mind though, as long as you make what the UC's determine as sufficient progress toward graduation most of the UC's won't force you to drop out and you can petition to stay longer. Berkeley may be an exception because I've heard that they're pretty strict with maximum units designation, although there's a very slight leniency for double majors.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,372 Senior Member
    Is it true that UCs kick you out after a certain amount of time?

    It depends on the campus, and even the division.

    For example, at Berkeley, the College of Letters and Science has this rule:
    Office of Undergraduate Advising: Unit Ceiling
    But the College of Engineering has a four semester limit after transfer, regardless of units, although an additional semester may be petitioned for.

    The reason for these limits is that enrollment in UC is subsidized for most students (in-state tuition discount), so they do not want any given student to take up more space than needed (i.e. to ensure that there is space for other students to attend).
  • aaaa993aaaa993 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    CSU is thinking about about implementing a fee for students who stay too long (earn too many credits). Here is an article in the LA Times:

    Cal State to consider new student fees - latimes.com

    I know it's not the UC system but it shows that schools, especially ones on a tight budget like those in California, do not like students staying longer than they have to.
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