Prospective Transfer Students
General Transfer Information:
Thank you for your interest in Data Science at UC San Diego! Prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to review the Admissions Transfer webpage for all information about transferring to UC San Diego. Prospective transfer students should meet with their community college advisor to discuss transfer preparation programs such as IGETC and UniversityLink.
Course Transfer Information:
Currently, there are no articulation agreements in place for Lower Division Data Science courses to transfer from local California Community Colleges. If you are coming from a California Community College, visit ASSIST.org to find out how other Data Science major requirements might transfer to UC San Diego. Such major requirements include Lower Division Mathematics courses, and Lower Division Natural Science Subject Domain courses in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. More information about the Data Science major curriculum is available through the Academic Catalog.
If you are coming from a 4-year, private, or out-of-state institution, you will need to submit a petition for course equivalency once you submit your SIR to UC San Diego.
We will be releasing our upper division DSC courses for the first time during the Academic Year of 2019-2020. Therefore, transfer applications will not be accepted until the Fall 2019 application period for admission into the Fall 2020 term. The first entering cohort of transfer students entering UC San Diego as Data Science majors is expected for Fall 2020.
Please be advised that the Data Science major is a “Capped Major.” Generally, we do not advise transfer students who have matriculated as a different major to attempt to switch into the Data Science major through the Capped Major Application process. This is due to the additional screening process that would add to transfer students’ time to graduation, without a guarantee of acceptance into the major.
Transfer students who have matriculated as another major but are interested in applying into the Data Science major through the Capped Major Application are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with the Data Science Undergraduate Advisor to discuss their interest and create a sample long term plan. More information on the Capped Major application process is available on our Capped Major Application information page.
Transfer Major Preparation courses will not be required for transfer students who are applying for the Fall 2020 term. Therefore, students are strongly recommended to review assist.org to find a complete listing of courses that are transferable to the Data Science major.
Transfer Major Preparation Coursework
Data Science is a Capped Major. Therefore, students planning to transfer must complete the minimum major preparation coursework to be considered for admission into the major. Beginning in the Fall of 2021, applicants for Data Science will be screened for the number of preparatory coursework completed, the grades earned in that coursework and the cumulative GPA.
Visit assist.org to find a complete listing of major preparation and transferable courses at your college. Please note that the courses listed in assist.org are for preparation for your major. The courses used in the screening requirements for admission into the Data Science major are the courses listed below:
- MATH 18 – Linear Algebra
- MATH 20A – Calculus I – for Science and Engineering
- MATH 20B – Calculus II – for Science and Engineering
- MATH 20C – Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering
- Minimum of one programming course in Java, C, C++, or Python. For colleges with ASSIST articulation agreements, the minimum will be CSE 8A, CSE 8B, or CSE 11.
Additionally, please review the transfer criteria for Capped Majors below.
Transfer Criteria for Capped Majors:
- Students must have ALL Transfer Major Preparation courses completed to be eligible to be accepted into a Capped Major as a transfer. See the section above for Transfer Major Preparation courses.
- Please note, the admissions office is unable to evaluate the transferability of courses prior to the admissions process. Therefore, a student may believe they met all screening course requirements, but if such courses are not deemed transferable when their application is reviewed, one of the following will occur:
- If they have not listed an alternative major, they will not be accepted to UC San Diego
- If they have listed an alternative major, they will be considered for that major.
Students are strongly encouraged to list an uncapped major as an alternative major