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Pierce College Guide to UCLA College of Letters & Science Majors
Information contained in this guide was updated as of spring 2016 and obtained from: UCLA General Catalog 2015-16: UCLA Profile of Admitted Transfer Students Fall 2015: UCLA Undergraduate Admission Website: UCLA New Student & Transition Programs:
Tips from the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions Office for choosing a major:
1) Think about your educational / career goal ? Ask yourself if a specific major is really required for your educational or career goal. Look for majors that interest you and will also make you a more competitive applicant.
2) Do your research ? Do not assume that you need a specific major for your career or graduate school goals, research the requirements on the professional school admissions websites and check with potential employers.
3) Look for similar majors ? Many majors have the same major prep requirements for transfer listed on indicating that the foundation of the major is similar. For example if you have an interest in pre-Psychology, also consider Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, or Sociology.
4) Look for majors you are most competitive for ? Review the admit rate & GPA range for your major on the UCLA Profile of Admitted Transfer Students and see where you stand. Then compare the statistics for related majors to see which gives you a competitive edge.
5) Consider other ways to study what you want ? UCLA offers over 80 different minors which you can apply for after you transfer. There are also over 1,000 clubs and organizations that you can join. Other opportunities to engage in your areas of interest include internships, volunteer work, travel study, study abroad, and research with faculty even outside of your department.
6) Join the Honors Transfer Program ? As a Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) participant (through the Pierce Honors Transfer Program) you are given priority consideration for admission to the College of Letters and Sciences and also if you are not selected for admission to your first choice major, UCLA review your application for an alternate major.
Other tips for using this guide:
After reading the brief description of the major listed on this guide, click on the website link to the department for more information on the major and explore the following:
1) What coursework is required for completion of the major? Use the UCLA General Catalog to read the course descriptions to see if the topics are of interest to you.
2) What types of research opportunities are available for undergraduates? Most websites have a "research" tab that highlights opportunities for students to engage in research.
3) What are the research interests of faculty in the department? If you are thinking of graduate school in the future, developing a connection with faculty members in your major is critical for the application process. Professors usually have websites that you can find through the department.
Last update Spring 2016
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African American Studies B.A. A major or minor in this field provides a broadening of cultural experiences and perspectives for those seeking more information about African Americans and the African Diaspora. Career-wise, all students profit from African American studies courses in an era when employers and academic institutions are actively seeking those with multicultural and interdisciplinary skills and backgrounds. The major offers a streamlined opportunity to study the origins, experiences, and conditions of people of African descent. Majors take core courses in African-American Studies that address the challenges that African-Americans face in the U.S and world. To graduate with a demonstrable skill set, majors also take six courses in their area of disciplinary concentration (such as English, History, or Political Science, etc.). 2016 Admit Rate 56% GPA range 3.0-3.50
African and Middle Eastern Studies B.A.  reastudies/ The African & Middle Eastern Studies Major, part of the International & Area Studies IDP, allows students to analyze the area (or a sub region, e.g., the Middle East, North Africa, the Arab states, Sub-Saharan Africa) from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. The major seeks to ground students in broad international issues which they can then use to focus on particular concerns of that part of the world. 2016 Admit Rate 33% GPA range 3.27-3.50
American Indian Studies B.A. The American Indian Studies undergraduate degree is designed for students who wish to explore American Indian Studies from a broad viewpoint. Our program of study is housed in the College of Letters and Science with a group of related courses from various disciplines germane to American Indian studies. The major is considered a capstone major which not only requires students to engage in an internship within the American Indian community at large, but prompts students to take initiative in writing a capstone thesis. The minor exposes students to Indian-related research and literature in a number of different disciplines, such as American Indian studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and theater. 2016 Admit Rate 45% GPA range 3.25-3.63
American Literature and Culture B.A. The American Literature and Culture major is great for students with an enthusiasm for imaginative literature, a desire to become a more proficient and intelligent reader and writer, a conviction that a deeper, broader understanding of culture is important. The major aspires to nurture the kinds of thoughtfulness essential for an intelligent, diverse, and harmonious society, a society that appreciates traditions without following them blindly. The reading and the writing in the major develops the ability to think critically and creatively, and to express ideas clearly and forcefully, provides a detailed knowledge of several cultural traditions, offers exposure to many related areas of study (including history, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, sociology, art history, and religious studies), and prepares students for graduate and professional work in a wide variety of fields. 2016 Admit Rate 64% GPA range 3.22-3.56
Last update Spring 2016
Ancient Near East and Egyptology B.A. The study of the ancient Near East provides students with language training in one ancient language and basic information about the ancient Near East as a whole. There are four options for a major in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Near Eastern archaeology and cultures, and biblical studies. 2016 Admit Rate 0% GPA range not available
Anthropology B.A. Anthropology is a field that examines the human condition in the broadest possible scope. Integrating approaches that span the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities, anthropology studies human beings in all of their diversity and similarity across space and time. Students are well positioned to pursue careers in research and teaching in both university and museum settings. They also develop skills that can lead them to further postgraduate training in other social scientific fields, the humanities, and biological sciences. Training in anthropology also often provides a valuable background for professional careers in government, business, advertising, law, medicine, and various social, clinical, and health related services. 2016 Admit 57% GPA range 3.40-3.81
Anthropology B.S. The B.S. degree resembles the B.A. degree in its course requirements within the Department of Anthropology, but adds courses offered by other departments in the physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, and statistics. Blending the rich understanding of the human experience provided by a broad education in anthropology with a solid grounding in basic science, this degree is ideal for students planning to pursue careers in medicine, scientific anthropology, dentistry, public health, nursing, forensic science, and similar fields. 2016 Admit Rate 23% GPA range 3.50-3.71
Arabic B.A. The study of Arabic opens the door to the rich history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. Classical Arabic is the language of religion. Modern standard Arabic is the language of formal culture and the communication media. The Arabic dialects are the language of daily life. The major in Arabic introduces students to each of these varieties of Arabic and to their respective literatures. 2016 Admit Rate 30% GPA range 3.36-3.57
Art History B.A. Art History provides a humanistic and intellectual foundation for the historian through courses in history and theory. The curriculum attempts to help students understand the visual arts in their contexts. Emphasis is placed on the social, political, historical and religious contexts of art; visual analysis is also stressed. Art History majors are required to take courses in a variety of areas, both Western and non-Western. Majors frequently work in art-related fields or in art itself in art galleries, auction houses, art libraries and stores dealing with art works and/or supplies, art-oriented positions such as tour guides, administrative buyers and art consultants. The major provides an excellent background for students planning further education in professional or graduate schools. 2016 Admit Rate 51% GPA range 3.45-3.82
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Asian American Studies B.A. As a multi-disciplinary field, our undergraduate program examines the histories, contemporary realities, and diverse experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. The topical range of such examination includes immigration and Diaspora; community work and development; race, gender, and generational dynamics; social activism; cultural activity and production (including digital media and creative expression); political participation; and transnational encounters. Students enrolled in an organized undergraduate major other than Asian American Studies may pursue a minor in the field. 2016 Admit Rate 31% GPA range 3.30-3.74
Asian Humanities B.A. This major is designed to bring students to an advanced degree of proficiency in an East, South, or Southeast Asian language, while simultaneously providing a broad background in aspects of the humanistic study of Asia. Such training can include coursework on Asian religions or cultures, but can also include work on ancient history, or more contemporary topics. Students who complete the degree will have a compelling combination of language abilities with skills necessary to engage with various aspects of multiple Asian societies. The major is designed to ensure some degree of comparative study across Asia, which provides students a depth often not found in single-area majors. 2016 Admit Rate 65% GPA range 3.45-3.84
Asian Religions B.A. This major is designed to bring students to an advanced degree of proficiency in an East, South, or Southeast Asian language, while simultaneously providing a broad background in the study of multiple religious traditions in Asia. Students are required to study religions in at least four countries or areas across Asia. This provides them with a combination of strong language skills and the ability to analyze and interpret multiple religious traditions in a part of the world where religion still matters enormously in many facets of life. 2016 Admit Rate 17% GPA range 3.42-3.61
Asian Studies B.A.  ies/ The Asian Studies Major, part of the International & Area Studies Interdepartmental Program IDP, allows students to analyze the area (or a sub region, e.g., East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia) from an interdisciplinary and modern perspective. The major seeks to ground students in broad international issues which they can then use to focus on particular concerns of that part of the world. 2016 Admit Rate 55% GPA range 3.51-3.79
Astrophysics B.S. Astrophysics is the application of physics to the cosmos and answers questions concerning the nature, workings, origin, and evolution of the universe. Marketable skills acquired include analytical thinking, problem-solving, understanding of the physical universe, a strong foundation in mathematics, and familiarity with technical scientific equipment and computing. Careers include academic, governmental, or corporate research, engineering, teaching, hardware and software development. Majors are often accepted to medical and law schools. 2016 Admit Rate 20% GPA range 3.62-3.79 Last update Spring 2016
Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences B.S. The atmospheric and oceanic sciences present a wide variety of problems of compelling scientific interest and increasing social concern. This is exemplified by efforts to improve air quality, depredations caused by severe storms and floods, attempts to control or modify weather phenomena, problems of long range weather forecasts, climate change, and predictions, and expanding scientific frontiers into our outer atmosphere and atmospheres of other planets. The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences offers a broad curriculum in dynamic and synoptic meteorology, atmospheric physics and chemistry, and upper atmosphere and space physics. The degree qualifies students for entry-level technical positions or represents valuable background for training in other professions. 2016 Admit Rate 25% GPA range 3.55-3.74
Biochemistry B.S. Biochemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, the transformations of these substances into others by reactions, and the kinds of energy changes that accompany these reactions. The department is organized in four interrelated and overlapping sub disciplines that deal primarily with the chemistry of inorganic substances (inorganic chemistry), the chemistry of carbon compounds (organic chemistry), the chemistry of living systems (biochemistry), and the physical behavior of substances in relation to their structures and chemical properties (physical chemistry). The Biochemistry major is for students preparing for careers in biochemistry or other fields requiring extensive preparation in both chemistry and biology and satisfies many of the requirements of pre-medical and other pre-professional schools. 2016 Admit Rate 27% GPA range 3.69-3.94
Biology B.S.  The Biology major is designed for students with a broad interest in biology who desire to pursue careers in a wide range of biological and related fields. It provides excellent background preparation for postgraduate training in medicine and other health sciences, in tracks leading to academic and public service careers in biology, in biological industries, and even in nonbiological careers such as business, agriculture, and law. Emphasis is on breadth of training to expose students to all levels of modern biology. 2016 Admit Rate 20% GPA range 3.62-3.87
Biophysics B.S. This major provides the scientific training in physics plus studies in molecular biology, both necessary for intellectual integration of those two fields. Molecular biophysics is emerging as an important area of scientific research and aims at understanding the complicated behavior of microbiological and macromolecular systems. The goal of the Biophysics major is to provide students with the undergraduate background to enable them to enter graduate programs in biophysics, molecular biology, and physics. 2016 Admit Rate 38% GPA range 3.62-4.0
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Business Economic B.A. [1,2,3] The Business Economics B.A. program offers a major for students seeking a business orientation in their study of economics. It does not replicate the traditional undergraduate business school curriculum. Instead, it offers a more tightly focused curriculum that is guided by the rigorous logic and integrative perspective of economics. It is designed to prepare students for graduate education in business, economics, and law. The program requires students to include specific courses offered by the department and the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. 2016 Admit Rate 11% GPA range 3.81-4.0
Central and East European Languages and Cultures B.A. The major in Central and East European Languages and Cultures is designed to provide students with a mastery of two languages of central or eastern Europe and familiarity with the literature, as well as general background in the cultural, political, and social history of the Slavic peoples. 2016 Admit Rate 50% GPA range 3.23-3.23
Chemistry B.S. Chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, the transformations of these substances into others by reactions, and the kinds of energy changes that accompany these reactions. The department is organized in four interrelated sub disciplines that deal primarily with the chemistry of inorganic substances (inorganic chemistry), the chemistry of carbon compounds (organic chemistry), the chemistry of living systems (biochemistry), and the physical behavior of substances in relation to their structures and chemical properties (physical chemistry). There are two concentrations: chemistry and physical chemistry. 2016 Admit Rate 29% GPA range 3.63-3.93 (includes Chemistry B.S. & General Chemistry B.S.)
Chemistry, General B.S. The General Chemistry major is for students who wish to acquire considerable background in chemistry in preparation for careers outside chemistry. The major may be appropriate for some students who plan to enter professional schools, such as those of pharmacy, dentistry, or public health and who plan careers in environmental science, patent law, public health, or teaching with an emphasis on science, or other career paths. The major is usually not suitable for students interested in medical or related professional schools. 2016 Admit Rate 29% GPA range 3.63-3.93 (includes Chemistry B.S. & General Chemistry B.S.)
Chemistry / Material Science B.S. The Chemistry/Materials Science major is designed for students who are interested in chemistry with an emphasis on material properties and provides students the opportunity to gain expertise in both chemistry and the science and engineering in materials such as semiconductors, photonic materials, polymers, biomaterials, ceramics, and nano-scale structures. Students explore the reactivity of such materials in different environments and gain understanding of how chemical compositions affect properties. The major provides appropriate preparation for graduate studies in many fields emphasizing interdisciplinary research, including chemistry, engineering, and applied science. 2016 Admit Rate 22% GPA range 3.50-3.92
Last update Spring 2016
Chicana and Chicano Studies B.A. The Chicana and Chicano studies field is the systematic and interdisciplinary analysis and exploration of Mexican-origin communities in the U.S. It also examines other Latina/Latino and indigenous populations in the Americas and ways they influence Chicanas and Chicanos and their communities. The B.A. program is committed to the practice of different forms of scholarship and pedagogy and to the promotion of critical thinking about such issues as gender, sexuality, social action, language, race, ethnicity, class, assimilation/acculturation paradigms, and indigenous traditions. The curriculum aims to strike a balance among the social sciences, humanities, arts, and the professions. The major prepares students for graduate education in academic and professional fields and for a variety of positions that involve community and social service in the U.S. and abroad. 2016 Admit Rate 47% GPA range 3.18-3.46
Chinese B.A. This major is designed for students who want to focus their studies on Chinese language, literature and culture. Students are required to achieve advanced levels of proficiency in modern spoken and written Chinese, while also being exposed to pre-modern languages and/or texts. Students will also receive some degree of training in Chinese literature in addition to the comparative benefits to taking at least two upper division courses in areas of Asia other than China. Students who complete this major have substantial Chinese language skills, as well as the interpretive skills to work in various fields related to China, whether in the realms of academia, business, or language. 2016 Admit Rate 50% GPA range 3.52-3.86
Classical Civilization B.A. The civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have made important contributions to the political, social, artistic, and intellectual development of the Western world. The purpose of the Classical Civilization major is to provide a formal and balanced introduction to the historical and cultural experiences of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The program offers a broad range of courses in the fields of language, literature, history, mythology, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology. The major serves as preparation for a professional career in medicine, law, business, journalism, communications, or the arts. 2016 Admit Rate 64% GPA range 3.71-3.92
Cognitive Science B.S.  -student-services/majors-minors/cognitive-science-majorfor-transfer-students The Cognitive Science major focuses on the study of intelligent systems, both real and artificial. While including a strong foundation in the traditional areas of psychology, the major is interdisciplinary in nature and emphasizes subject matter within cognitive psychology, computer science, mathematics, and related disciplines. 2016 Admit Rate 29% GPA range 3.51-3.81
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Communication Studies B.A. [2,5] The major in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects. Employing critical and empirical approaches, the major draws its resources from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. Four areas of focus are offered: communication technology and digital systems, interpersonal communication, mass communication and media institutions, and political and legal communication. 2016 Admit Rate 11% GPA range 3.84-3.98
Comparative Literature B.A. Focusing on elements that preoccupy literary studies in general, such as genre, period, theme, language, and theory, comparative literature also extends its range to questions that concern other disciplines such as anthropology, art history, film and media studies, gender studies, history, and philosophy. Courses are designed to provide students with both a historical and theoretical understanding of literary and cultural forms, themes, and movements. Given its focus on interdisciplinary research and pedagogy, comparative literature is a natural site around which to explore the boundaries of modern language and literary studies. 2016 Admit Rate 62% GPA range 3.20-3.77
Computational and Systems Biology, B.S.  The Major is designed primarily for highly motivated students interested in interdisciplinary activities in life sciences, behavioral sciences, and the computational, control, communication and information branches of engineering and computer sciences. Primary emphasis is on integrative computational and systems biology studies. Students have several options for in-depth studies: a coherent integration of courses selected from one of five designated concentrations in Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Neurosystems, Biomedical Systems or Computers & Biosystems; or from the broader concentration areas of life sciences, behavioral sciences, engineering and applied mathematical sciences, from these areas. It is especially geared toward interdisciplinary computational, biosystems/systems biology training of research-oriented students, preparing them for graduate/postgraduate studies and research. It is also appropriate preparation for professional school studies in medicine, public health, dentistry, business, engineering and law. 2016 Admit Rate 6% GPA range 3.53-3.53
Earth and Environmental Science B.A. The Bachelor of Arts program in Earth and Environmental Science is intended to provide a broad background in Earth sciences that is especially appropriate for students intending to become K through 12 teachers in Earth, physical, or life sciences. It may also be of interest to students who plan careers in business, dentistry, environmental sciences, government, journalism, law, medicine, or public health. Those who intend to become professional geologists, geochemists, or geophysicists and/or to continue into graduate studies in Earth or space sciences are urged to pursue one of the B.S. degrees. 2016 Admit Rate 0% GPA range not available
Last update Spring 2016
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution B.S.  The major in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (EBE) studies the relationships among living beings, their patterns of behavior and the forces that influence their evolution. Students in the EBE major usually pursue graduate study in ecology, behavior, and evolution or pursue employment in areas such as environmental biology, animal behavior, conservation, teaching, museum work, and governmental positions dealing with environmental issues of wide importance and impact. This is also a popular major for Pre-Veterinary students. 2016 Admit Rate 11% GPA range 3.46-3.67
Economics B.A. [1,2,3] The Department of Economics undergraduate program is designed for students who wish to gain a thorough understanding of both empirical and theoretical approaches to economics. Emphasis is on economic principles applied to resolving interpersonal conflicts of interest and coordinating productive activity in a world of scarce resources. The undergraduate major provides analytical training in reference to socioeconomic phenomena and provides an excellent theoretical background for those pursuing graduate education in economics, law, management, public administration, journalism, social welfare, architecture and urban planning, and education. 2016 Admit Rate 15% GPA range 3.82-4.0
English B.A.  Department of English is dedicated to the study of the literatures and cultures of those parts of the world in which English is a primary language. Although committed to no single method or approach, the department requires knowledge of British, American, and Anglophone literary history and an engagement with a range of methodological approaches that foster intellectual curiosity and critical thinking and encourage its students to be not only expert readers and writers but engaged and ethical citizens. The department seeks to foster critical analysis and lucid writing and to teach students to think about how language and representation function in the world. Such skills are essential to success in a variety of professions for which the major in English can provide excellent preparation, including law, administration, business, teaching, media, and entertainment. Within the B.A. degree in English, qualified students may elect a concentration in creative writing. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature and Culture. 2016 Admit Rate 43% GPA range 3.52-3.85
Environmental Science B.S. The Environmental Science B.S. program represents strong collaboration between the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Health Sciences, and Geography. The program is designed for students who are deeply interested in the study of environmental science. There are two components to the program. The first component, the Environmental Science Major, provides students with disciplinary breadth in areas important to environmental science. The second component, a Minor in one of seven environmental science areas, provides students with focused, disciplinary depth in an area of their choosing. Both components of the program must be completed to receive the degree. 2016 Admit Rate 19% GPA range 3.53-3.78
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