All students in every major must complete General Education (GE) requirements to earn a degree at UC Merced.
- See all majors and minors in the 2023-24 Catalog.
In your first year, you can take a combination of classes toward:
- 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?
For ideas, see BAC Lower Level GE Courses Fall 2023--for FALL 2023 ADMITS (updated 6/8/23)
On the Schedule of Classes (open course list) home page, use the new feature that launched 6/12/23:
- Select Fall 2023 as the term.
In the GE Requirements box, use the drop down menu to search for classes in a particular GE requirement.
Note that this will only display classes in the new GE requirements that apply to Fall 2023 (and later) admits.