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General Education (GE) classes

All students in every major must complete General Education (GE) requirements to earn a degree at UC Merced.


In your first year, you can take a combination of classes toward:

  • GE
  • Your intended major(s)
  • Your intended minor(s)
    • A minor is not required but could be a great complement to your major!
  • Electives (courses taken for personal interest) that:
    • May not fill a specific requirement
    • Count toward the 120 total units required for graduation


The GE requirements have changed for Fall 2023 (and later) admits.

  • To review the new GE requirements, see the 2023-24 Catalog.
    • Select General Education in the left column.


Looking for a lower level GE class as you build your Fall 2023 class schedule?