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.

Any UC-transferable community college sociology courses 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. 

You can also get a head start by taking Summer classes at UCSD! See our courses and Scheduling page for further information: https://sociology.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/courses.html

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 Tentative 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.

Overview of Upper Division Coursework/ Concentrations:

An overview of our Upper Division 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 located here: https://sociology.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/info-major-minor.html#The-Sociology-Major.

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.

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

It is strongly recommended that you enroll in a maximum of 3 courses (12 units) during your first quarter.

If you haven't taken SOCI 60* at your community college, then we recommend enrolling in:

  • SOCI 60: Introduction to Research Methods (see note below regarding SOCI 60)
  • One upper-division elective (SOCI 111- 199 are our upper division electives; it is your choice to pick a SOCI UD elective course that you are interested in from the courses we have available for Fall)  
  • A College requirement (see your college for recommendations)

If you have taken SOCI 60* at your community college, then we recommend enrolling in:

  • Two upper-division electives (SOCI 111-199; it is your choice to pick a SOCI UD elective course that you are interested in from the courses we have available for Fall); or an upper-division elective (SOCI 111-199) and SOCI 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • A College requirement (see your college for recommendations)

*Note reagrding 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 equivilant of SOCI 60 at your comminity college and believe it should apply towards the major requirments, but do not see it listed on your degree audit, please reach out to our advisors via "Online Advising" at the New Student Site, they'll be able to advise you further and make any necessary adjustments
  • Unsure if you've completed SOCI 60 or another lower division requirment? Please reach out to our advisors via "Online Advising" at the "New Student Site." 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 reccomendations

Getting Ready for Enrollment: 

View our Tentative Annual Schedule for an overview of our course listings for the year. Choose courses based on our reccomendations above. Please refer to the Fall Schedule of Classes to see specific course times and to initially plan your Fall schedule.

Watch the online WebReg tutorial. You will use WebReg to add planned courses to your enrollment cart, register for classes during August for fall quarter, and throughout your time at UCSD.

You can also view an overview of UCSD's reccomendations on how to "Plan Your First Quarter Schedule" for new Transfer students here: https://students.ucsd.edu/sponsor/new-students/plan-schedule-transfer.html

Section and Enrollment Information:

For our lower division (SOCI 1-87) 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