About the Catalog

2011-12 General Catalog

UCSC General Catalog Updates 2011-12

The online catalog contains comprehensive information about UC Santa Cruz, including both undergraduate and graduate academic programs and courses, degrees and graduation requirements, a list of teaching staff, campus life, and other information.

To find descriptions of each course offered at UCSC, go to the Programs and Courses section. The introduction to Programs and Courses offers information on how to interpret course descriptions.

The UCSC General Catalog Online 2010-12 reflects the content of the printed catalog, which is printed every other year. Changes that occur after the catalog's last printing have been updated on this web site as follows:

Programs and Courses

  • Program statements. Clean copies of program statements with changes from the 2010-11 General Catalog appear in their finalized version without additions and deletions highlighted. Program statements with no changes for 2011-12 are also provided.

  • Courses. All active courses for the academic year 2011-12.

  • Faculty. Faculty listings by department for the academic year 2011-12.

All Other Sections of the Catalog

All other sections of the catalog are presented regardless whether they underwent revision. Administration and staff departments whose text underwent revision are presented in final, revised form with changes incorporated. They include:
  • Fields of Study

  • Undergraduate Admission and Financial Information

  • Expenses and Financial Resources

  • Planning Your Academic Program

  • Undergraduate Academic Requirements

  • Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements

  • The Colleges

  • Teaching and Administrative Staff

  • Appendix A

Fees and admissions requirements are kept as current as possible and may be updated at any time.

Quarterly updates to catalog information are also reflected in the Schedule of Classes.

The catalog constitutes the campus’s document of record. While every effort is made to ensure the correctness and timeliness of information contained in this catalog, changes are likely to occur after publication. On an ongoing basis, the university is examining ways to bring the greatest possible efficiency to the delivery of its programs and curricula.

This process may result in changes in services, teaching and administrative staff, and curricula and courses that could not be reflected in this catalog, which was prepared well in advance of the 2011–12 academic years. Updates to catalog information are available in the quarterly Schedule of Classes. (Additional web sites are referenced throughout this catalog. However, they are maintained by individual units and may not reflect approved general information, curricula, or course information.) In addition, several publications are available that include detailed information about specific subjects such as graduate programs, housing, and financial aid. Each college issues a handbook.

It is the responsibility of the individual student to become familiar with the announcements and regulations of the university that are printed in this catalog and other campus publications. The catalog is the document of record for undergraduate major requirements. It is updated annually.

More detailed information on particular subjects is available from appropriate campus units. Most office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. during the academic year; most offices close from noon to 1 p.m. and on weekends and holidays.

Campus information:
University of California, Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064-1077
(831) 459-0111 (directory assistance)
Web: www.ucsc.edu

Revised: 8/13/12