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Transferring to UC San Diego

UC San Diego has a variety of tools to help make the transition from community college seamless.  For example, students in the surrounding San Diego area may be eligible to enroll in UniversityLink for guaranteed admission to UC San Diego! There are resources that you may find helpful as you prepare to continue your education at one of the best public institutions in the nation!

In addition to meeting and talking with your community college counselor, visit the UC Transfer Admissions Planner. The University of California system has developed an online tool designed to help prospective UC students who are transferring from California community colleges track and plan their coursework. This planner helps to ensure that from the very beginning of your college career, you are working towards meeting the minimum requirements to transfer to a UC.

To get a head start with your Sociology major, try to complete your lower division requirements at your community college.  Use assist.org, the office source for articulation and student transfer information, to see if SOCI 1, SOCI 2, or SOCI 60 have an articulation agreement with your college.


Transferring Credit

Transfer students may have courses that are deemed transferable from another UC campus, four-year or two-year institution, or California Community College.

Any UC-transferable Community College Sociology courses that are not articulated on assist.org will automatically be accepted toward your lower division elective requirement.

It is not uncommon for transfer students to have only partially completed the lower division requirements. 


Summer Courses

You can also get a head start by taking Summer classes at UCSD! See our Sociology Summer Session page for further information.


Special Academic Programs

Our department has a variety of academic programs that students can participate in to petition/ have count towards their major requirements. This includes Study Abroad Programs, Internship opportunities, and Research Opportunities. See our Special Academic Programs Page for further information and application timelines.

As a transfer student you will want to plan ahead to see what you may be interested in participating in since your time at UCSD is more restricted than a 4 year student. When in doubt ask an advisor for assistance. 

Lower Division Coursework

Overview of Lower Division Coursework: 

There are four lower division requirements for the major which are:

  • SOCI 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 2: The Study of Society
    SOCI 60: The Practice of Social Research
  • Sociology Lower Division Elective 

For the SOCI LD elective requirement, UCSD offers SOCI 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 70 during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters (courses subject to availability and are not offered all at one time, refer to our Annual Schedule for current offerings)

We will also accept any UC transferable Sociology course (outside of courses articulated as SOCI 1, 2, and 60) to fulfill the Sociology lower division elective requirement

Please check assist.org to find out if you have taken the appropriate transfer courses at you community college

A 2.0 GPA is required in the major and students must earn a C- or better in each course to be used for the sociology major. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Sociology 199 which can only be taken P/NP. Only one such special studies course may be applied toward the major.

Upper Division Coursework & Concentrations in the Major

Overview of Upper Division Coursework/ Concentrations:

An overview of our Upper Division (UD) requirements can be located on our program information page. Students may choose to major in either General Sociology or one of our seven concentrations. Both options require the same amount of coursework. Courses for each concentration are listed in our degree tracking sheet.

A 2.0 GPA is required in the major and students must earn a C- or better in each course to be used for the sociology major. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Sociology 199 which can only be taken P/NP. Only one such special studies course may be applied toward the major.

Course Recommendations for Fall

Now that I have been accepted as a UCSD Transfer Student, what should I enroll in for Fall?

It is recommended that you enroll in 3 courses (12 units) to 4 courses (16 units) during your first quarter. You will need a minimum of 12 units in order to be a full-time student. 

Carefully review the “Transfer Courses” section of your academic history to avoid taking coursework for which you already have credit as UC San Diego does not award duplicate credit. If you have questions on whether you have completed a course, please reach out to Sociology Advising via New Triton Advising in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC). 

What you take in your first quarter at UCSD will depend on what you have completed in Community College or at another 4 year institution. We recommend one of the following options for Fall. 

Course recommendations for Fall:

Option #1-  If you have not taken SOCI 60* at your college, then we recommend enrolling in:

  • SOCI 60: Introduction to Research Methods (see note below regarding SOCI 60) 
    • (You will need to enroll in SOCI 100 in a following quarter if this option is relevant to you)
  • One to two Sociology upper-division electives (SOCI 111-199)
    • If you are panning on completing 3 courses (12 units), then choose one UD Elective; if you plan to take 4 courses (16 units) then take two Sociology UD electives
    • Students who have a concentration can choose to take UD Concentration Electives 
  • A College requirement (see your UCSD college for recommendations)

Option #2- If you have taken SOCI 60* at your college, then we recommend enrolling in one of the following plans. 

  • SOCI 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • One to two Sociology upper-division electives (SOCI 111-199)
    • If you are panning on completing 3 courses (12 units), then choose one UD Elective; if you plan to take 4 courses (16 units) then take two Sociology UD electives
    • Students who have a concentration can choose to take UD Concentration Electives 
  • A College requirement (see your UCSD college for recommendations)
or
  • Two to three upper-division electives (SOCI 111-199)
    • (If you choose to do two upper-division courses for Fall you will need to plan to take SOCI 100 in a following quarter)
    • Students who have a concentration can choose to take UD Concentration Electives 
  • And College requirement (see your college for recommendations)

Students will make good academic progress towards completing the Sociology major whether they choose to take SOCI 100 in Fall or in a following quarter.

*Note regarding SOCI 60:

  • Please check www.assist.org to find out if you have taken the appropriate transfer course to fulfill SOCI 60 at UCSD
  • If you've taken an equivalent of SOCI 60 at your community college and believe it should apply towards the major requirements, but do not see it listed on your degree audit?
    • Please reach out to our advisors via New Triton Advising in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC), they'll be able to advise you further and make any necessary adjustments
  • Unsure if you've completed SOCI 60 or another lower division requirement?
    • Please reach out to our advisors via New Triton Advising in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)
    • Please note that transcripts must be received and processed by UCSD Admissions and uploaded to your UCSD transcripts in order for Advisors to make specific recommendations

Unsure of which path to choose between for option #2?

The best choice for you will vary, as it will depend on course availabilities and your interests.

SOCI 100: Classical Sociological Theory, is a core Upper Division course that provides students with a background in classical social theory, and to show its relevance to contemporary sociology. As such, it is a great course to have completed as you continue in your upper-division electives. However, due to the nature of the course, students may find it to be a challenging one to take in their first quarter at UCSD, and would prefer to instead take two upper-division elective courses as they get used to the quarter system.

Alternatively, the course time for SOCI 100 may not work with their planned schedule for other courses, or they may not be able to enroll in SOCI 100 due the course filling up, and as a result can instead take two Sociology upper-division electives.

Example 1st year and 2 Year Plans

Accessing 2 Year Plans:


All UC San Diego two and four year degree plans can be found online at: http://plans.ucsd.edu.

These plans are to be used for a guidline only. The plans reflect the option to take 12 units per  Students who are interested in pursing 16 units a quarter can add additional Upper division elective courses, or Upper division Concentration Courses.

Example 1st year transfer plans:

Please see below for example plans of what Sociology courses you can expect to take in your first year as a transfer student. Please note that these plans do not include what you might need for your College or other University requirements, only for your Sociology major. These plans are to be used for a guidline only. The plans reflect the option to take between 12- 16 units per quarter, you minimally must enroll in 12 units per quarter to be full time student status.


Students Majoring in General Sociology


If a student has not completed an equivalent of SOCI 60:

  • It is recommended to enroll in the following for your first year-
    • FALL- SOCI 60 & one to two SOCI UD Electives
    • WINTER- SOCI 100 & one to two SOCI UD Electives
    • SPRING- SOCI METHOD & one to two SOCI UD Electives

If a student has completed an equivalent of SOCI 60:

  • It is recommended to enroll in the following for your first year-
    • FALL- SOCI 100 & one to two SOCI UD Elective
      • or Two to three SOCI UD Electives
    • WINTER- SOCI METHOD & one to two SOCI UD Electives
    • SPRING- SOCI UD Elective & one to two SOCI UD Electives

Students Majoring in a Sociology Concentration


If a student has not completed an equivalent of SOCI 60:

  • It is recommended to enroll in the following for your first year-
    • FALL- SOCI 60, SOCI UD Concentration Electives, SOCI UD Elective
    • WINTER- SOCI 100, SOCI UD Concentration Electives, SOCI UD Elective
    • SPRING- SOCI METHOD, SOCI UD Concentration Electives, SOCI UD Elective

If a student has completed an equivalent of SOCI 60:

  • It is recommended to enroll in the following for your first year-
    • FALL- SOCI 100 & SOCI UD Concentration Elective, SOCI UD Elective
      • or Two SOCI UD Concentration Electives & SOCI UD Elective
    • WINTER- SOCI METHOD, SOCI UD Concentration Electives, SOCI UD Elective
    • SPRING- SOCI UD Elective & one to two SOCI UD Concentration Electives

Getting Ready for Fall Enrollment

Getting Ready for Enrollment

The following steps will help you get ready for enrollment in Fall:

  1. View our Annual Schedule for an overview of our course listings for the year. Choose courses based on our recommendations above. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes to see specific course times for Fall and to initially plan your Fall schedule. Download our Sociology degree tracking sheet to keep track of your major progress.
    • Learn How to use the Schedule of classes with the following tutorial.
    • When reviewing what courses you want to take it's helpful to have our annual schedule open, as well as the Schedule of classes, and our degree tracking sheet.
    • Keep in mind that only the Sociology courses listed on our Annual Schedule and the Schedule of classes are available for a certain quarter or year. Offering vary year to year.

  2. For FA20 specifically, course's instruction type will either be online/ remote, in person, or hybrid (the course will be mixture of remote/ in person). Our Annual Schedule will reflect the instruction type. Please review the following FAQ on FA20 instruction to learn more about the changes to instruction for Fall.

  3. Watch the online WebReg tutorial. You will use WebReg to add, plan, and enroll in courses at UCSD.
    • We commend planning courses that you would like to take and adding them to your enrollment cart prior to your enrollment time for Fall, this way you are ready once your enrollment time begins. When your enrollment time begins you will be able to enroll for Fall classes. 

  4. Learn about how to view and access your Degree Audit. This is an extremly helpful tool to know as it will reflect requirments that you need to take accross your Major(s), Minor(s), College, and for University requirments. 

  5. Learn about UCSD's Two Pass enrollment system (For your first Fall you will not be using the two- pass enrollment system, but starting Winter Quarter this will be how you enroll in courses): Two Pass Enrollment System Information (ERC Resource)

  6. Advising will likely be quite different from what you might be used to, view the following resources for an introduction to UCSD advising: 
  7. Review resources to help you improve academic achievement, make connections on campus, and succeed as a student at UC San Diego.

Section and Enrollment Information (Lower Division & SOCI 100)

Section and Enrollment Information:

For our lower division courses (SOCI 1, 2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, & 70) and theory course (SOCI 100):
  • You will register for the one-hour weekly discussion section and not the lecture in these courses. Registering for the discussion section will automatically register you in the lecture.
  • We will release a limited amount of seats in each discussion section and select Upper Division Electives just prior to transfer student enrollment

Additional Campus Resources

See these additional resources for UCSD transfer students: