WHY DO YOU NEED SPARK?
The GE Spark Seminar (SPRK 001, 4 units) is a great choice for your first semester.
SPRK 001 is part of the General Education (GE) requirements and must be completed with a C- or higher by the end of your second semester at UC Merced.
WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE SPARK?
Take SPRK 001 as soon as possible. For most majors, SPRK 001 was included in your course recommendations for the first semester.
All first years must pass one Spark Seminar with a C- or higher by the end of your second semester at UC Merced.
If you do not get a seat in SPRK 001 in your first semester, you MUST take SPRK 001 in your second semester.
SPRK 001 is not taught in summer.
There are no transferable equivalents from any other college. You must take SPRK 001 at UC Merced.
WHAT IS SPARK?
Spark Seminars are small classes with unique topics and are open only to first years.
Professors who teach Spark Seminars are committed to helping first years make a successful academic transition to UC Merced.
See the list of Spark Seminars with descriptions of each section here.
Check open seats in each Spark Seminar section in the Schedule of Classes (open course list).