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First Semester: GE Spark Seminar

Why 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) requirement. and must be completed by the end of your second semester at UC Merced.


When should you take Spark?

Take it as soon as possible.  For most majors, the Spark Seminar was included in your course recommendations for the first semester. 

All first year students 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 Spark Seminar in your first semester, you MUST take SPRK 1 in your second semester.

Spark Seminars are not taught in summer.

There are no transferable equivalents from any other college.  You must take the Spark Seminar at UC Merced.


What is Spark?

Spark Seminars are small classes with unique topics and are open only to first year students.  Professors who teach Spark Seminars are committed to helping first year students 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.