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Regulations of the Academic Senate

Part III. Colleges, Schools, and Graduate Divisions


Title I. General Provisions

  • 600.
    1. A voting member of the Senate may be recommended for a higher degree by a Senate Division of which he or she is not a member provided that the voting member has fulfilled all the requirements of that Division.
    2. No voting member of the Senate shall be recommended for a post-baccalaureate degree by a department or program in which he or she has an appointment unless, prior to the date of final action on the member's appointment to a rank carrying the voting privilege, the dean of the member's Graduate Division shall have certified to the appropriate authority that the member has met all the requirements for that degree. Such appointments may be retroactive. In addition, degree candidates who are voting members of the Senate may not be members of committees or be in positions of administrative authority that have influence or control over the resources, funding, degree granting, and academic personnel actions of the degree granting department or program unless they are able to recuse themselves from any decisions/actions involving the said department or program. (Am 11 May 2005)

Title II. Curricula

Chapter 1. General Provisions

Article 1. Residence
  • 610. Residence in any regular term is validated by a program of courses or other exercises approved by the Faculty of a student's college or school. For undergraduates this shall be at least six units of resident courses of instruction. Graduate students validate residence with programs of instruction or research approved by the appropriate Graduate Council. [See SR 688-690.] (EC 15 Apr 74) (Am 9 Mar 83; Am 6 Mar 85)
  • 612. Except as provided in SRs 614 and 694, the minimum residence at the University of California required for a degree is three quarters (or two semesters). Each Summer Session in which a student completes a course of at least 2 units may be used in satisfaction of half a quarter's residence. A Summer Session in which a student completes at least 6 units may be used as a semester of residence. [See SR 688. For an exception to this rule see SR 690.] (Am 9 Mar 83; Am 6 Mar 85)
  • 614. With the approval of the dean of the candidate's college or school, a candidate for the Bachelor's degree who was in active service in the armed forces of the United States in the year preceding the award of the degree may be recommended for the degree after only one term of University residence in which the candidate completes at least 16 units or passes a comprehensive examination in his/her major or field of concentration.
Article 2. Credit by Examination
  • 620. Credit by examination may be earned only in accordance with general policies established by the appropriate committee on courses in each Division. The deans of the several schools and colleges shall have the power to approve or reject any application for the examination.
  • 621. Standardized Examination Credit (En 25 May 83, Am 9 Dec 2015)

    Students who enter the University with credit from any standardized examination that BOARS determines is acceptable for transfer credit may exceed by the amount of this credit:

    1. the maximum unit limitations requiring the selection of a major field of study; and
    2. the maximum unit limitation requiring graduation.
Article 3. Special Honorary Degrees for Students Enrolled in Academic Year 1941-1942
  • 625. (En 17 June 2009)
    1. Persons enrolled at a campus of the University of California during the academic year 1941-1942 who were removed or excluded under Executive Order 9066, and who were therefore unable to receive a degree from a University of California campus, are awarded an Honorary Degree of the University of California Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam (to restore justice among the groves of the academy).
    2. The Chair of the Academic Council shall present to the President a list of those persons determined to meet the requirements enumerated in paragraph (a) of this Regulation. 
  • 626. (En 17 June 2009)

    The award of any degree under this Article 3 is conditioned upon amendment or suspension of the bylaws of the Regents of the University of California to expressly permit the award of the honorary degree described in regulation 625.

Chapter 2. Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

Article 1. General Requirements

  • 630.
    1. Except as otherwise provided in this section and SR 614, 35 (or 24 semester) of the final 45 (or 30 semester) units completed by each candidate for the Bachelor's degree must be earned in residence in the college or school of the University of California in which the degree is to be taken. (Am 9 Mar 83; Am 23 May 01)
    2. When two or more campuses of the University of California have approved a joint program of study, a student enrolled in such a program may meet the Requirement stated in Paragraph A by completing the requisite number of units in courses offered at any or all of the participating campuses. The student's program of study must be approved by the Provost, Dean, or equivalent officer of the School of College in which the degree is to be awarded. (En 13 May 97; Am 10 Nov 04)
    3. A further exception to the rule stated in paragraph (A) above is made in the case of students who meet the residence requirement as provided in SR 614. (Am 10 Nov 04)
    4. Except when Divisional Regulations provide otherwise, a student in the Education Abroad Program, the UC Washington, D.C., Program, the UC Center in Sacramento Program, or the NRS California Ecology and Conservation Course, which are systemwide courses, may meet the residence requirement in accordance with the following provisions: (Am 27 May 99; Am 10 Mar 04; Am 10 Nov 04; Am 10 Apr 17)
      1. A student who completes the graduation requirements while in a systemwide course may satisfy the requirements stated in paragraph (A) in the final 45 (or 30 semester) units preceding the student's entrance into a systemwide course. (Am 9 Mar 83; Am 10 Mar 04; Am 10 Apr 17)
      2. Subject to the prior approval of the department concerned, a student who is enrolled in a systemwide course may satisfy the residence requirement by earning 35 (or 24 semester) of the final 90 (or 60 semester) units, including the final 12 (or 8 semester) units, in residence in the college or school of the University of California in which the degree is taken. (Am 7 Jun 72; Am 9 Mar 83; Am 10 Mar 04; Am 10 Apr 17)
  • 634. Minimum Standards for Graduation.

    Except as provided in Senate Regulation 782 for the grade of Passed/Not Passed, to receive a Bachelor's degree a student must obtain a grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all courses attempted in the University. (EC 3 Nov 69) (Rev 4 May 1995)

  • 636. University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (Am 19 Feb 2004; Am Jan 2008)
    1. University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement is a reading and writing proficiency requirement. Each student must be able to understand and to respond adequately to written material typical of reading assignments in freshman courses. This ability must be demonstrated in student writing that communicates effectively to University faculty.(Am 30 Nov 83; Am 23 May 96; Am 19 Feb 2004)
    2. There are three ways a student may satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement prior to enrollment at the University of California: by passing the University of California Analytical Writing Placement Examination, by attaining an acceptable score on another approved test of Writing, or by earning at least 3 semester credits or 4 quarter units of transferable college credit in English composition. (Am 19 Feb 2004; Am 30 Jan 2008)
      1. The content of the University of California Analytical Writing Placement Examination shall be approved by the University Committee on Preparatory Education, which shall also set the passing standard on the University of California Analytical Writing Placement Examination.
      2. The list of approved tests of Writing shall be determined by the University Committee on Preparatory Education, with the concurrence of the Academic Council of the Academic Senate. The acceptable scores for each test of Writing shall be determined by the University Committee on Preparatory Education. (The current list of approved tests and the corresponding acceptable scores is on the University of California, Office of The President web site.)
      3. The student must earn a letter grade of at least C in any transferable college English composition course used to satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement. (Am 6 Mar 74; Am 28 May 80; Am 26 May 82; Am 30 Nov 83; Am 4 May 86; Am 23 May 1996; 30 Jan 2008)
    3. There are two ways a student may satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement subsequent to enrollment at the University of California: by passing the University of California Analytical Writing Placement Examination, or by successfully completing a course or program of study approved for that purpose by an appropriate agency of the Academic Senate Division of the student’s campus. (Am 28 May 80; Am 26 May 82; Am 19 Feb 2004; Am 30 Jan 2008)
      1. To satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement by means of a course, the student must earn a C or above or its equivalent. A student who receives a final grade of C- or below has not fulfilled the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement and may repeat the course(s). (Am 30 Jan 2008)
      2. Any award of baccalaureate credit for University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement course(s) must be consonant with SR 761. (En 30 Nov 83; Am 19 Feb 2004; Am 30 Jan 2008)
    4. A student who has not satisfied the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement prior to enrollment at the University of California must do so as early as possible during the first year in residence. A student who has not satisfied the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement after three quarters or two semesters of enrollment will not be eligible to enroll for a fourth quarter or third semester. Exceptions to this requirement may be made by an appropriate agency of the Academic Senate Division of the student's campus. (Am 26 May 82; Am 23 May 96; Am 19 Feb 2004; Am 19 Feb 2004; Am 30 Jan 2008)
    5. Once enrolled at the University of California, a student must satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement before earning transfer credit for the purpose of satisfying any subsequent University of California writing requirements by taking courses at other institutions. (Am 30 Jan 2008)
  • 638. A knowledge of American history and of the principles of American institutions under the federal and state constitutions is required of all candidates for the degree of A.B., B.Arch., and B.S. This requirement may be met by passing an examination or examinations under the direction of the appropriate committee, or by passing any course or courses of instruction that may be accepted as satisfactory by that committee. The papers submitted in the examination shall be rated "passed" or "not passed."
  • 640. Undergraduate Honors
    1. Subject to the conditions of paragraph (B), each Division may determine the criteria for the award of undergraduate honors at graduation, as well as honors to be announced after one or more terms of residence. Honors (at graduation, as well as quarterly) shall be posted on the student's permanent record card and given appropriate public and individual notice. Departments, colleges, and schools are authorized to recommend for Honors with the Bachelor's degree those students who have satisfied the requirements for honors at graduation.
    2. The criteria both for quarterly honors and for honors at graduation must meet the following conditions:
      1. The criteria shall be consistent with the approved Divisional grading system provided for in Senate Regulation 778;
      2. The Senate committee charged with administering honors on each campus will establish minimum standards for the award of undergraduate honors and for honors at graduation;
      3. These minimum standards shall be incorporated in Divisional Regulations; and
      4. The minimum standards shall take effect only after approval by the University Committee on Educational Policy and after inclusion, with that committee's recommendations, in a Consent Calendar passed at a meeting of the Assembly of the Academic Senate. (Am 6 Jun 79; Am 5 May 88)
  • 642. The following shall apply, insofar as they are approved by the dean of the student's college or school (by the Dean of Students at Berkeley), to students who withdraw to enter the armed services of some one of the United Nations:
    1. The Bachelor's degree may be awarded to a senior who has completed half of his/her last term's work, provided the student would be eligible for consideration by the appropriate agency upon projecting that student's record at the time of leaving to the end of the term.
    2. Any such student who has completed at least half of the number of weeks of instruction in any term or Summer Session may be given a grade in any course in which that student is enrolled, based upon the work done to the date of withdrawal, and for a number of units, to the nearest half-unit, proportional to the amount of work completed. Insofar as feasible, such students shall be permitted to complete the credit for such courses by work in University Extension (class work or correspondence) or by credit by examination.
Article 2. Candidacy for a Second Bachelor's Degree
  • 650. Persons who hold a Bachelor's degree from the University of California or from another institution of approved standing, and who, because of a legitimate change of interest, desire to become candidates for a second Bachelor's degree, may be admitted to the University and enrolled as regular undergraduate students in the appropriate college or school. Such admission and enrollment are subject to the approval of the dean of the college or school concerned, and the applicant's proposed program for the degree must have received the approval of the appropriate major adviser, if any. Credit assigned for work previously completed in the University of California or in another institution may be accepted in satisfaction of the requirements for a second Bachelor's degree to such extent as may be recommended, in the case of each student, by the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled. Candidates for a second Bachelor's degree are subject to the general requirements for the Bachelor's degree and to the particular requirements of the college or school in which they are enrolled; and upon successful completion of those requirements, they will be recommended for the degree by that college or school.

Chapter 3. Requirements for Higher Degrees

Article 1. General Provisions
Regulations as to Residence and Length of Study
  • 680. Every graduate student not a candidate for a degree must be in actual attendance in at least one regularly authorized course of instruction.
  • 682. Except as provided in SR 694, no graduate student will be recommended for any degree except upon completing at least one year of residence at the University of California, devoted to such a course of study as the Graduate Council concerned regards as a proper year's work, and upon complying with such other regulations as may apply. In the case of the Master's degree, the terms and deadline for formal advancement to candidacy in anticipation of the conferring of the degree are set in the rules of the specific graduate programs; exceptions are under the purview of the local Graduate Council. [See SRs 610, 612, 690.] (Am 9 Mar 83) (Am 15 April 2015)
  • 684. Candidates for degrees may, at the discretion of the Graduate Council concerned, be given credit for residence at other universities, provided at least three quarters (or two semesters) are passed in residence at this University. (Am 9 Mar 83)
  • 686.
    1. The minimum requirement is three quarters (or two semesters) for the Master's degree, nine quarters (or six semesters) for the degree of Juris Doctor, and six quarters (or four semesters) for the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Engineering. This, however, is understood to apply only to students whose undergraduate course has been substantially equivalent to the corresponding course in the University of California; otherwise a longer period of study will usually be necessary. This may include, to the extent considered desirable by the Graduate Council concerned, when the student's preliminary training falls materially short of this standard, subjects which have as their purpose the general culture of the candidate, in addition to such courses of instruction or research as may be elected for the prosecution of the special and advanced studies leading directly to the degree. (Am 9 Mar 83)
    2. The above statement of the minimum time requirement for the Master's and the Doctor's degrees is understood to apply to students who can give substantially their whole time to study. For those who pursue their graduate studies while engaged in other occupations, a proportionately longer time will be necessary.
  • 688. A candidate for a higher degree is regarded as a student in residence in a regular term only if that candidate is actually attending authorized University exercises amounting to at least one upper division or graduate course of four units or more, or four units of upper division and/or graduate work, or, in a six-week Summer Session, to at least two units of similar work; or, in an eight-week Summer Session, to at least the equivalent of four units of work in a regular term. [See SR 690.] (Am 24 May 68)
  • 690.
    1. For a candidate for the Doctor's degree, residence during Summer Sessions may be counted only under the following conditions: (1) enrollment in two consecutive six-week Summer Sessions counts as one term of residence provided the candidate is enrolled in each session for the equivalent of at least two units of upper division and/or graduate work as given in a regular term; or (2) enrollment in an eight-week Summer Session counts as one term of residence provided the candidate is enrolled for the equivalent of at least four units of upper division and/or graduate work as given in a regular term.
    2. For a candidate for a Master's degree, Summer Sessions count for residence as in (A) above, except that the two six-week Summer Sessions need not be consecutive. (Am 24 May 68)
  • 692. (CC 15 Apr 74)
  • 694. A school, department, or group of departments which offers a program leading to a Master's degree under the jurisdiction of a Graduate Division, may, in cooperation with University Extension, provide at a center or centers other than a campus of the University, a program of graduate instruction designed to satisfy, in full or in part, the requirements for that degree. Such off-campus graduate instruction shall be authorized, on the recommendation of the school, department, or group of departments concerned, only if, in the judgment of the Graduate Council concerned, the proposed program will afford distinct advantages to society and will not be detrimental to the standards ordinarily required for the degree. Programs of off-campus graduate instruction and study are subject to the following provisions:
    1. Requirements for a professional Master's degree may be satisfied in full by off-campus graduate study unless the Graduate Council concerned determines that a substantial part of those requirements may be more effectively satisfied by resident study on a campus of the University.
    2. No more than one-half of the total unit and residence requirements for the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science may be satisfied by off-campus graduate study.
    3. Each proposed program of off-campus graduate instruction must be approved by the Graduate Council of the Division concerned, and such approval shall be granted only if the Council shall have determined that the proposed course offerings, facilities, and staff are at least equivalent to those available on the campus of the University where the program leading to the degree is ordinarily offered.
    4. Each course to be included in an off-campus graduate program, and each instructor in such a course who is not a member of the department of the University in which the corresponding course is offered, must be approved by the Graduate Council of the Division concerned, and in accordance with the usual University procedures and with such special procedures as the Council may determine. The Council shall make an annual review of all programs of off-campus graduate instruction with respect to course offerings, facilities, and staff.
    5. No student may enroll in an off-campus graduate program who has not been admitted to a Graduate Division.
  • 696. (Repealed 26 May 82)
  • 698. All courses taken by graduate students shall be reported to the Registrar for record. In case of definite courses of study the report shall state the name of the officer giving the course, its credit value in units, and the fact of its completion or non-completion. No unrecorded work shall be considered as work leading to a degree.
  • 702. Ordinarily a graduate student shall not receive credit for more than 12 units of strictly graduate or more than 16 units of upper division major courses during any one term, or credit in graduate and upper division major courses in proportion. Credit in Summer Session will be limited in proportion to the above on the basis of the length of the Summer Session relative to a regular academic term.
  • 704. The Graduate Councils are given discretion in the matter of limitations of study-lists of graduate students who are engaged in occupational activities.
  • 708. No student may become a candidate for a higher degree in any subject in which at least all the work prerequisite for major work in that subject has not been previously completed, as well as such other prerequisites as may appear necessary to the Council of the Graduate Division in which the student is enrolled.
  • 710. The final report of all degree committees shall name the degree for which a candidate may be recommended.
  • 712. Students registered in the School of Public Health (Berkeley-San Francisco) shall be subject to the rules and coordinating powers of the Graduate Council of the Berkeley Division.
Article 2. Master of Arts and Master of Science
  • 720. All candidates for the Master's degree (other than candidates for professional Master's degrees) shall receive the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science in accordance with the provisions of the program in which they are registered. (Am 8 Mar 68)
  • 722. (Rp 8 Mar 68)
  • 724. A candidate for the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science must either have obtained a Bachelor's degree from one of the academic colleges of this University, or have pursued successfully a course of study equivalent to that represented by such a degree. The application for admission to candidacy must be made through the Dean of the Graduate Division concerned, and must contain a general statement of the studies upon which candidacy is based.
  • 726. Normally the entire program for the Master's degree must be completed in residence at the University of California. See, however, SR 694. In exceptional cases, credit obtained for work indicating superior scholarship at institutions of high standard other than the University of California may be accepted in fulfillment of approximately one-fifth of the minimum unit or course requirement for the Master's degree. When such allowance is made it cannot be used to reduce the minimum requirement in strictly graduate (200) courses.
  • 728. Departments or comparable administrative units under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Divisions which have been authorized to confer the degree of Candidate in Philosophy may recommend the award of this degree upon its student's advancement to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The degree award shall specify the student's field of specialization.
Chapter 4. Diplomas and Certificates
  • 730. Except as specified in Regulations 732, 734, 735, and 736, each diploma, certificate or other formal academic testimonial proposed for regular use in the University by its agencies or officers is subject to the approval of the Assembly or its agent on recommendation of the Division concerned. (Am 24 May 68) (Am 17 June 2009)
  • 732. The Certificate of Honors at Graduation shall read as follows:

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

    [NAME OF CAMPUS]

    Certificate of Honors at Graduation

    College [or School] of [College or school name]

    By authority of the  

    Division of the Academic Senate   a graduate of the University of California, [Campus] with the degree of [Degree] has been awarded

     

     

    Dean of the College [or School] of [College or school name]

    Chancellor at  

    President of the University

    Dated at [City] , California on the [Date] day of [Month] [Year] .

    [Seal of the University]

  • 734. Certificate of Resident Study. Each college, school or graduate division of the University may issue a certificate of resident study to any foreign student under its jurisdiction provided that
    1. The student has completed at least three quarters (or two semesters) in full-time resident study with a grade-point average of at least 2.0 (2.5 in the Graduate Division). (Am 9 Mar 83)
    2. The student has conducted satisfactorily a research program of at least nine calendar months' duration.
    3. The award of the certificate is recommended by the department chair in the student's major subject.
    4. The student's studies are not covered by a diploma or other certificate.
    5. The student's visa requires leaving the United States upon completion of studies in the United States.

    The certificate shall be in the following form:

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

    CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENT STUDY

    [Student name]

    has completed studies in the field(s) of [Field of study] on the [Campus name] Campus of the University, covering a period of [Number of months] months, between the dates of [Start date] and [End date]

    [Date of certificate]

     
    Dean

     
    Department Chairman

     
    Chancellor or Provost or Director

  • 735. Certificate of Completion of Graduate Curriculum. Each graduate division may issue a certificate of completion of a graduate curriculum to a student provided that
    1. The student has completed a minimum of three quarters (or two semesters) in full-time resident study at the University of California with a grade-point average of at least 3.0. (Am 9 Mar 83)
    2. The student has during this residence taken regular upper division (100) and/or graduate (200) courses under regularly appointed faculty.
    3. The student entered the program with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, or with a higher degree.
    4. At the time of entry, the student was acceptable for admission to the Graduate Division.
    5. The student has completed a program approved by the Divisional Graduate Council and the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs in accordance with their regular reviewing procedures for approval of higher degrees.
    6. The student's studies are not covered by a diploma or other certificate. The certificate shall be in the following form:

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

    Certificate of a Graduate Curriculum in  

    By authority of the   Division of the Academic Senate

      has been awarded the Certificate of Completion of the Graduate Curriculum in [Field] upon the recommendation of the faculty of the curriculum to the Graduate Council at [Campus]

    Dated [Date of certification]

     
    Dean of the Graduate Division

    Dean of the School of  

    Chancellor at [Campus]

     
    President of the University

    (En 17 Nov 70)
  • 736. (En 17 June 2009)

    The Honorary Degree of the University of California Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam awarded pursuant to Senate Regulation 625 shall be represented by a diploma in the following form:

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

    Honoris Causa

    Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam

    By authority of the Regents and the Academic Senate of the University of California

     

    who was enrolled at the campus of the University of California in the academic year [YYYY-YYYY] and who was excluded from continuing by reason of Executive Order 9066, is awarded this honorary degree.

    s/  s/ 

    [seal of the University]

    The diploma shall be signed by the Governor of California, the President of the University, the Chair of the Board of Regents and the Chair of the Assembly.


Title III. Courses

Chapter 1. Definition of Courses

  • 739. A curricular offering is a University course of instruction only if it is approved by an agency of the Academic Senate for presentation by an officer of instruction in accordance with Regulation 750(A), and is under the jurisdiction of an academic agency approved by The Regents.

Chapter 2. Classification of Courses

  • 740. Courses are classified as follows:
    1. Lower Division courses which are open to freshmen and sophomores and are numbered 1-99 or are designated by a letter, especially if the subject is usually taught in high school. In no department is a lower division course acceptable for upper division credit.
    2. Upper division courses numbered 100-199 and ordinarily open only to students who have completed at least one lower division course in the given subject, or six quarters (or four semesters) of college work. Special study courses for undergraduates are numbered 199. [See SR 540] (Am 9 Mar 83)
    3. Graduate courses numbered 200-299, and ordinarily open only to students who have completed at least 18 (or 12 semester) upper division units basic to the subject matter of the course. Graduate courses must be approved by the Graduate Council concerned and, if appropriate, by the Divisional Committee on Courses of Instruction. (Am 9 Mar 83)
    4. Professional courses for teachers numbered 300-399, offered in Departments of Education, and in other departments and specially designed for teachers or prospective teachers.
    5. Other professional courses numbered 400-499.
    6. Individual study or research graduate courses numbered 500-599 if they may be used to satisfy minimum higher degree requirements, otherwise numbered 600-699.

    Extra Session Courses. Upon the recommendation of the department concerned, and with the approval of the appropriate Graduate Council or the appropriate Committee on Courses, laboratory, field, or other individual work supervised by the department and performed outside of a regular session may be accepted in partial satisfaction of the residence requirement for the Bachelor's degree. All such work shall be designated as upper division or graduate courses. Before the work is undertaken, each student concerned must register for the course with the approval of the appropriate Faculty or Graduate Council.

  • 742. Courses included in programs of off-campus graduate instruction under the jurisdiction of a Graduate Council {see SR 694} are designated by such special symbols as the Committee on Courses of Instruction concerned may deem appropriate.

Chapter 3. Persons in Charge of Courses

  • 750.
    1. Only regularly appointed officers of instruction holding appropriate instructional titles may have substantial responsibility for the content and conduct of courses which are approved by the Academic Senate.
    2. Professors, professors in residence, professors of clinical ____ (e.g., medicine) and adjunct professors of any rank, instructors, instructors in residence and adjunct instructors, and lecturers may give courses of any grade. Persons holding other instructional titles may teach lower division courses only, unless individually authorized to teach courses of higher grade by the appropriate Committee on Courses or Graduate Council. If a course is given in sections by several instructors, each instructor shall hold the required instructional title. (EC 15 Apr 74)
    3. Announcements of special study courses in which individual students work under the direction of various members of a department may state that presentation is by the staff, but a member of the department shall be designated as the instructor in charge.
    4. Only persons approved by the appropriate administrative officer, with the concurrence of the committee on courses concerned, may assist in instruction in courses authorized by the Academic Senate.
    5. No student may serve as a reader or assistant in a course in which the student is enrolled. (Am 16 Mar 70; Am 15 Jun 77)

Chapter 4. Credit in Courses

Article 1. General Provisions
  • 760. The value of a course in units shall be reckoned at the rate of one unit for three hours' work per week per term on the part of a student, or the equivalent.
  • 761. Remedial Courses (En 9 Mar 83)

    No student shall be given baccalaureate credit for remedial work. Workload credit — credit not applicable for graduation — must be given. (EC 23 May 96)

    1. Remedial work in mathematics is defined as work in topics from arithmetic, beginning and intermediate algebra, plane geometry, and trigonometry. Trigonometry is considered remedial if taught as a separate course or taught in combination with more elementary subjects. A pre-calculus course, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite, containing topics from advanced algebra, elementary functions (logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric), and analytic geometry, is not considered remedial. (Effective Fall 1984)
    2. Remedial work in English is defined as work primarily focused on topics in spelling, punctuation and usage, and in the basic structures of sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. Policy regarding credit for English as a Second Language will be determined by individual Divisions.(Effective Fall 1984) (Am 23 May 96)
  • 762. No student, by merely performing additional work, may receive upper division credit for a lower division course or graduate credit for an undergraduate course. Related courses may share lectures, laboratories or other common content but must have clearly differentiated and unique performance criteria, requirements, and goals. (Am 2 Dec 81)
  • 764. (Rp 21 April 2010)
  • 766. Credit for Military Summer Camps (Rp 17 Nov 70)
  • 768. Credit for Summer Practice Cruises (Rp 17 Nov 70)
Article 2. Examinations
  • 770. No student shall be excused from assigned final examinations, except as provided in SR 772(D).
  • 772.
    1. Final examinations are required in all undergraduate courses, except as provided elsewhere in this Regulation. Whenever practicable each such examination shall be written and must be completed by all participants within a previously announced time limit. Examinations in non-laboratory courses may not exceed three hours' duration.
    2. Examinations are normally not required in laboratory courses or their equivalent, as individually determined by the appropriate Committee on Courses. At its option, the department concerned may require a final examination in any laboratory course, subject to prior announcement in the schedule of classes for the term in question.
    3. With the approval of the appropriate Committee on Courses and upon recommendation of the department concerned, the final examination may be omitted in any undergraduate course or sets of courses either once or for a longer period.
    4. At the end of the term in which a student is expected to be graduated, the student's major department may examine the student in the field of the major, may excuse the student from final examinations in courses offered by the department during that term, and, with the approval of the appropriate Committee on Courses, may assign a credit value to such general examination.
Article 3. Grades
  • 778.
    1. Under the conditions stated below, each Senate Division may determine the categories of grades used in reporting student work undertaken for credit under the jurisdiction of the Division.
    2. The grading system to be used by a Division and modifications thereof must be reviewed by the University Committee on Educational Policy and be certified for consonance with the Code of the Academic Senate by the University Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction. These Committees report their findings to the Senate Assembly for information. Thereafter the proposed grading system becomes effective as provided by Divisional action unless the Assembly determines otherwise. (EC 4 Dec 75)
    3. Modifications of a Divisional grading system that are authorized by subsections (1) through (2) below shall be submitted to the University Committee on Rules and Jurisdiction for certification of consonance with the Code of the Academic Senate. If certification is received, the proposed modifications become effective as provided by Divisional action. (En 9 May 84)
      1. For Passed/Not Passed grading, determination of whether the minimum standard of performance for a grade of P shall be the grade of C or C- shall be made by the Division.
      2. For Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading, determination of whether the minimum standard of performance for a grade of S shall be the grade of B or B- shall be made by the Division.
    4. Each Divisional grading system shall be formulated in legislation for inclusion in an appendix to the Senate Manual, and shall define all symbols employed, state their grade-point value or credit value, and shall specify those grades which shall count toward the completion of degree requirements.
    5. Pending review of a proposed Divisional grading system as provided in (B) above, grades in that Division shall be assigned in accordance with SR's 780-784, subject to such variances from these regulations as have been approved by the Senate Assembly.
    6. Subject to variances authorized by the Assembly, any provision of SR 780-784 not explicitly provided for in an approved Divisional grading system remains in effect in that Division, e.g. conditions for incompletes. (En 17 Nov 70; Am 7 Jun 72)

    NOTE: A divisional grading system, when approved in accordance with SR 778, supersedes SRs 780, 782 and 784 and renders them inoperative within that Division on all topics covered in the divisional legislation. (En 24 May 78)

  • 780.
    1. Except as provided in SRs 778, 782, and 784, the work of all students in the University shall be reported in terms of six grades:
      • passing: A (excellent), B (good), C (fair), D (barely passing)
      • not passing: F (failure)
      • undetermined: Incomplete

      Grade points per unit shall be assigned by the Registrar as follows: A 4, B 3, C 2, D 1, F and Incomplete none.

    2. All grades except Incomplete are final when filed by the instructor of record in an end-of-term course report. However, the correction of a clerical or procedural error may be authorized as the Division directs. No change of grade may be made on the basis of reassessment of the quality of a student's work. No term grade except Incomplete may be revised by re-examination.
    3. Except as provided in SR 636(D), repetition of courses not authorized to be taken more than once for credit is subject to the following conditions: (Am 9 May 84)
      1. A student may repeat only those courses in which a grade of D, F, Not Passed, or Unsatisfactory was received; however, Divisions may authorize repetition of courses graded Incomplete. Courses in which a grade of D or F has been earned may not be repeated on a Passed or Not Passed basis. (Am 9 May 84)
      2. Repetition of a course more than once requires approval by the appropriate dean in all instances.
      3. Degree credit for a course will be given only once, but the grade assigned at each enrollment shall be permanently recorded.
      4. In computing the grade-point average of an undergraduate who repeats courses in which the student received a D or F, only the most recently earned grades and grade points shall be used for the first 16 units repeated. In the case of further repetitions, the grade-point average shall be based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.
    4. The grade Incomplete may be assigned when a student's work is of passing quality, but is incomplete. The student is entitled to replace this grade by a passing grade and to receive unit credit provided the student completes the work of the course in a way authorized by the Division. See Paragraph (B) above. The student shall receive appropriate grade points only if the student establishes that his/her work was incomplete for good cause. Each Division is authorized to adopt appropriate regulations for the administration of this grade.
    5. Modifications of this regulation must be approved by the Assembly. (Am 17 Nov 70)
  • 782. Under such regulations as each Division may determine, a student in good standing is authorized to undertake up to an average of one course per term on a Passed or Not Passed basis. A grade of Passed shall be awarded only for work which would otherwise receive a grade of C or better. Units thus earned shall be counted in satisfaction of degree requirements, but such courses shall be disregarded in determining a student's grade-point average. Divisions wishing to undertake more extensive grading experiments shall submit individual proposals for consideration by the Assembly. [See LR 3.67.B]
  • 784. With the approval of the Graduate Council concerned, certain work of graduate students as hereinafter specified may be reported in terms of the grades Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. No credit will be allowed for work graded Unsatisfactory.
    1. The grades Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory may be assigned provisionally in each but the last term of a graduate course extending over more than one term. In the last term, the letter grades assigned in accordance with Regulation 780(A) may replace such provisional grades.
    2. With the consent of the departments involved, individual study and research, or other individual graduate work undertaken by a graduate student may be evaluated by means of the grades Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
    3. Each Senate Division is authorized to regulate the award of credit for the work described in (B), and in (A) when all terms are not completed.

Chapter 5. University Extension Credit Courses

Article 1. Approval of Courses
  • 790.
    1. University of California Extension courses equivalent to regular session courses at Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, etc., which may have credit value shall be designated by the same numbers with the prefix "XB," "XD," "XL," "XR," XSB," "XSF," etc., respectively.
    2. University of California Extension courses not equivalent to campus courses, but which may have a credit value, shall be designated by a number with the prefix "X."
    3. University of California Extension courses of University-wide character which may have a credit value, shall be designated by a number with the prefix "XCal." A course will be so designated only if it is scheduled within a six-month period in three or more campus service areas and if it is taught in all locations by substantially the same lecturers.
  • 792. University of California Extension courses yielding credit toward an academic degree or a professional credential or certificate shall be approved according to the following procedures:
    1. All lower division, "100" series upper division, and "200" series graduate courses bearing the prefixes "X," "XB," "XD," "XL," "XR," "XSB," "XSF," etc. [see SR 790] shall be approved by the Dean of University Extension (or the Dean's authorized representative) and the department concerned, and then submitted for approval to the Committee on Courses of Instruction (or other committee having jurisdiction over the corresponding regular courses) in the Division of the Academic Senate on the campus where the courses received departmental approval. Complete approval must be received before any public announcement of such courses is made.
    2. "X300" and "X400" series courses shall be approved by the Dean of University Extension (or his authorized representative) and by the department and school (or college) concerned, in accordance with general policies established by the Committee on Courses of Instruction of the Division of the Academic Senate on the campus where the courses received departmental approval. Complete approval must be received before any public announcement of such course is made. [See SR 790] [See LR 10.65]
    3. "XCal 300" and "XCal 400" series courses shall be approved by the Dean of University Extension and then submitted for approval to the University-wide Committee on University Extension which shall act in concurrence with the department most directly concerned. [See SR 790.] Complete approval must be received before any public announcement of such courses is made.
Article 2. Persons in Charge of Courses
  • 800.
    1. All members of the University Extension staff who offer courses that are announced as yielding credit toward an academic degree or a professional credential or certificate shall be members of University departments in which instruction is offered, or in the case of lower division, "100" series upper division, and "200" series graduate courses bearing the prefixes "X," "XB," "XSF," etc., shall be endorsed by the Committee on Courses of Instruction concerned (or other committee having jurisdiction over corresponding regular courses) acting in consultation with the departments in question, and in the case of "X300" and "X400" series graduate professional courses, must be approved (1) by the department or school or college and (2) in accordance with requirements established by the Committee on Courses of Instruction of the Division of the Academic Senate on the campus where the courses received departmental approval. [See LR 10.65]
    2. All members of the University Extension teaching staff who offer courses with the prefix "XCal" shall be approved by the University-wide Committee on University Extension, acting in concurrence with the department most directly concerned.
      1. Courses in which both resident and Extension students are enrolled and in which resident students receive grade-point and degree credit are defined as concurrent courses. Concurrent courses shall be offered and supervised by appropriate University departments. Instructors in such courses shall be governed by SR 750(B). (Am 7 Mar 79)
      2. Resident students may be admitted to Extension courses only as specified in SR 812.
Article 3. Degree Credit for Courses
  • 810.
    1. In the curricula leading to the degrees of A.B. and B.S., and in postgraduate programs leading to certificates or to recommendations for teachers' credentials, all lower division and "100" series upper division courses with the credit designation "XB," "XL," "XR," "XSF," "XSB," "XD," etc., shall be accepted for unit and subject credit for all requirements of departments, schools, and colleges, as well as for general University requirements, if the corresponding regular course on the corresponding University campus is normally so accepted; lower division and "100" series upper division courses with the credit designation of only "X" shall be accepted in fulfillment of unit requirements on all campuses. (The foregoing provisions are subject to the restrictions of SR 812.) Credit for courses in the "X300" and "X400" series is acceptable toward the A.B., B.S., and postgraduate programs leading to recommendations for teachers' credentials only within the limitations prescribed by the various colleges and schools. The suitability of "X" courses for fulfilling subject requirements will be determined by the usual procedures governing evaluation of credits gained at other acceptable institutions. [See SR 790.] Except as may otherwise be provided in the Academic Regulations of the Division, grade points for courses taken in University Extension are not counted toward fulfilling requirements for the degree.
    2. Credit for University of California Extension courses including concurrent courses toward a higher degree is subject to the approval and regulations of the campus Graduate Council concerned. Credit for "X300" series courses is not acceptable toward a higher degree.
    3. All examinations for credit shall be taken at the University or under conditions approved by the department of the University concerned. (EC 15 Apr 74)
  • 811. Curricula offered by University Extension that lead to professional credentials or certificates shall be approved by the Dean of Extension and by the department or school or college concerned in accordance with general policies established by the Committee on Courses of Instruction of the Division of the Academic Senate on the campus where each of the courses will receive departmental approval. (En 8 May 85)
  • 812.
    1. Students resident at the University and students on leave of absence may enroll in the University Extension courses, with a view to gaining credit thereby, only with the consent of the dean of the appropriate college; or in the case of graduate students only with the consent of the Dean of the Graduate Division concerned.
    2. Extension students admitted to concurrent courses must satisfy requirements for enrollment in such courses, as established by each department concerned. [See SR 800(C).]
  • 814. Credit toward a degree in the University of California for an extension course or courses completed in another institution shall be given only upon the satisfactory passing at this University of an examination in the course or courses concerned, unless the other institution concerned maintains a classification of extension courses similar to that established by the University of California.