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General Education (GE) classes

NOTE:  The 2024-25 Catalog for Fall 2024 admits will be available the week of April 1-5, 2024.

Check the 2024-25 Catalog (see the Catalog home page at this link) in April for information about GE and major requirements for Fall 2024 admits.

The 2024-25 Catalog will also include a 4-year plan in each major for Fall 2024 admits.



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 2024 class schedule?

  • For ideas, see BAC Lower Level GE Courses Fall 2024  (updated 3/5/24)

  • On the Schedule of Classes (open course list) home page, use this new feature:

    • Select Fall 2024 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.