Picking First Year Courses

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What is your goal for the summer?

  • We can help you pick a course to fulfill a GE requirement, explore a subject that interests you or make progress toward an intended major. Start by following the steps below, then either set up an appointment or email summeredge@ucsc.edu so we can work with you one-on-one.

The Basics 

Step 1 - Picking Your 5-Credit

If You Know Your Major

If You Are Undeclared

Review your Major Requirements (watch the video):

  1. Open the Registrar Catalog, click your degree.
  2. Click Requirements and Planners at the top right.
  3. Scroll down to the Sample Frosh Planner
  4. If it is offered over summer, it could be an option.
  5. Or select a Session 2 GE requirement that will not be met through your major courses (look for these details in your planner)

Fulfill a General Education (GE) Requirement (watch the video):

  1. Pick a course using the advising course highlights.
  2. Created by advisors for Edge students, this list includes good options for students taking their first courses at UCSC. 
  3. Use this summer to explore a proposed major or interest subject - don't worry all course credits count towards graduation!

As part of Summer Edge, International students whose native language is not English can enroll in Advanced Academic English (ACEN 110A). This 5-credit course aims to help students overcome some of the linguistic difficulties involved in studying a subject in English. It can be taken as your only summer course or in addition to another 5-credit course for your major or to meet a general education (GE) requirement. Learn more.

Step 2 - Video Resources:

Step 3 - Once You Have Classes In Mind

Once you have classes in mind, you'll want to explore schedules and look for any summer-specific instructions, then you will be ready to add!

Visit Class Search to see course dates & times. You are looking for Summer Session 2 courses so be sure to select:

  • Term "2022 Summer Quarter"
  • Session “Summer Session 2 (5 Weeks)”
  • Status “All Classes” 

Class Notes

If you are interested in a class, check the "Class Notes" section of each class for any summer-specific details. Follow the directions for "UCSC Students" or "All Students." You are not considered a "Visiting Student."  

Math Placement

  • The first step is to make sure you know what the introductory math requirements are for your intended major. Not all majors or minors require math coursework
  • If you’ve successfully completed a transferable college-level pre-calculus or calculus course, or have a sufficiently high Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus test score, upload your grade or score to the summer math Google form. Even if you have submitted your scores to UCSC for the fall, they will not be processed in time for summer enrollment.
  • If you do not have a transferable college-level pre-calculus or calculus course, or a sufficiently high Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus test score, you will need to complete the Math Placement process using ALEKS PPL. Once you complete the test - wait 3-5 business days for your scores to process, then based on your placement, you will be able to add the appropriate summer course. 


Adding Additonal Classes

Next step: Explore Costs and Financial Aid

Questions? Email summeredge@ucsc.edu or book a time to talk to staff or a current UCSC student about the program.