Transfer Major Preparation

Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is strongly recommended for all students transferring from a California Community College (CC). IGETC Certification must be sent to UC San Diego Admissions to receive credit for completion. Additionally we strongly advise students complete as many of the lower-division major courses as possible before entering UCSD. Preparing well for the major helps students move efficiently towards graduation. Missing a majority of the lower-division major courses could result in prolonging graduation and negatively affecting time-to-degree. 

Official Transcripts and IGETC Certification should be sent to:

UC San Diego – Office of Admissions
Attn: Transcripts
9500 Gilman Drive #0021
La Jolla, CA 90293-0021

If you are a transfer student looking to complete coursework to apply towards your major, you can search for equivalent courses at your university.

Transfers attending California Community College institutions can visit assist.org to find courses that:

  • Are transferable to UC San Diego
  • Meet lower-division BSPH Major, College GE, and University Requirements

NOTE: All courses taken at a community college are articulated as lower division courses


Please see below for recommended transfer major preparation for each of the seven degrees within Public Health.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
    • Option 2: Two of the following: BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30 (complete BILD 3 @ UCSD after transferring)
  • Quantitative Methods:
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60
    • Option 3: COGS 14B
    • Option 4: HDS 60

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, GLBH 20, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Biostatistics

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
  • Formal Skills and Quantitative Methods:
    • MATH 11, MATH 20A, MATH 20B

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Computer Programming:
    • One of the following: CSE 6, CSE 6R, CSE 8A, CSE 8B, CSE 11, CSE 180, CSE 180R, ECE 15
  • Formal Skills and Quantitative Methods:
    • MATH 18, MATH 20C
  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, GLBH 20, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Climate and Environmental Sciences

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
  • Chemistry:
    • CHEM 6A, CHEM 6B, CHEM 6C
  • Formal Skills and Quantitative Methods:
    • MATH 10A/10B, MATH 10B/20B, MATH 11

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Community Health Sciences

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
    • Option 2: Two of the following: BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30 (complete BILD 3 @ UCSD after transferring)
  • Quantitative Methods:
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60
    • Option 3: COGS 14B
    • Option 4: HDS 60

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, GLBH 20, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Epidemiology

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
  • Quantitative Methods:
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60
    • Option 3: COGS 14B
    • Option 4: HDS 60

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, GLBH 20, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Health Policy and Management Sciences

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • Option 1: BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
    • Option 2: Two of the following: BILD 10, BILD 12/COGS 17, BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, BILD 30 (complete BILD 3 @ UCSD after transferring)
  • Quantitative Methods:
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60
    • Option 3: COGS 14B
    • Option 4: HDS 60

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring 

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BSPH with Concentration in Medicine Sciences

REQUIRED Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Biology:
    • BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 (must complete entire sequence @ CC for BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3 credit @ UCSD, no credit is awarded for partial completion of sequence)
  • Chemistry:
    • CHEM 6A, CHEM 6B, CHEM 6C, CHEM 7L
  • Quantitative Methods:
    • Option 1: MATH 11
    • Option 2: PSYC 60
    • Option 3: COGS 14B
    • Option 4: HDS 60 

Additional Strongly Recommended Courses to Complete Prior to Transferring:

  • Natural Science:
    • MATH 10A/20A, MATH 10B/20B
      • For Tracks: PRE-MED, PRE-DENTAL, PRE-PHARM, PRE-OPTOMETRY, PRE-NUTRITION
    • BILD 20, BILD 22, BILD 26, Anatomy w/ Lab, Microbiology w/ Lab
      • For Tracks: PRE-DENTAL, PRE-PHARM, PRE-OPTOMETRY, PRE-PA, PRE-NURSING, PRE-PT/OT, PRE-NUTRITION 
    • CHEM 40A, CHEM 40B, CHEM 40C, CHEM 43A
      • For Tracks: PRE-MED, PRE-DENTAL, PRE-PHARM, PRE-OPTOMETRY, PRE-PA, PRE-NURSING, PRE-NUTRITION
    • PHYS 1A, PHYS 1AL, PHYS 1B, PHYS 1BL, PHYS 1C, PHYS 1CL
      • For Tracks: PRE-MED, PRE-DENTAL, PRE-PHARM, PRE-PA, PRE-PT/OT 

Students who have completed a LD Anatomy w/ Lab and/or Microbiology w/ Lab at a Community College or another University may petition to use the course(s) towards their natural science area (must be UC transferable and be listed for units on academic history).

  • Social and Behavioral Science Electives:
    • Two of the following: ANTH 1, ANTH 2, ANTH 23, CGS 2B, COGS 14A/PSYC 70/SOCI 60, COMM 10, ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 3, ENVR 30, ESYS 10, GLBH 20, HDS 1, HILD 30, LTCS 50, POLI 10/10D, POLI 11/11D, POLI 30/30D, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 4, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 2, SOCI 10, SOCI 30, SOCI 40, SOCI 70, USP 2

Note:

  • FMPH 40 and FMPH 50 must be completed at UC San Diego after transferring
  • For PRE-MED Track: Most medical schools prefer that all pre-med courses are taken at a 4-year university after transferring from a CC. This means you should not take any remaining pre-med courses at a CC after transferring. 

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