Course Plan Instructions for Students Applying to Campuswide Honors

*If you are currently a Campuswide Honors student, got to for course plan instructions.

Here are some helpful hints on how to create your course plan:

The General Catalogue

The General Catalogue is your best friend. It lists all the requirements you need to fulfill to graduate and gives a description of all the classes. Some courses indicate (with a F, W, S, Summer designation) when they are usually offered. Also, always use the catalogue for the year you were admitted because the university can only hold you to those specific requirements.


There are several levels of requirements for graduation.

1 – UCI General Education requirements
2 – Your school requirements
3 – Your major requirements

**In addition, there are requirements for the completion of Campuswide Honors, which can be found under EITHER Admission Requirements for Current UCI Students OR Admission Requirements for Incoming Transfer Students.

Starting your Course Plan

Here are some helpful hints on how to create your course plan:

1 – Access your General Catalogue for the year you were admitted at; look up and make a list of all General Education (GE) requirements.

2 – Add all school and major requirements that pertain to the degree(s) you have chosen to complete.
HINT – Some schools have developed Degree Checklists for their individual majors that should prove useful when drawing up your plan. Also, look to see if there is a suggested plan in the General Catalogue for your major. This is often a good starting point.

3 – Add all honors courses that you plan to take to the list (for applicants only—it is ok to list each of these courses as “Honors Course” and research as “Honors Research”). Don’t forget that Campuswide Honors Courses fulfill many General Education requirements!
All Honors students admitted by application are required to complete 3-6 Honors classes at UCI in addition to 2 quarters of research, culminating in an honors thesis. If admitted, students should plan to start their honors courses within one quarter of being admitted to the program, and take one honors course per quarter until they are finished with their required honors classes. This course plan is tentative. Your Honors curriculum requirements will be determined by the admissions committee. Most Honors students compete honors research during their final year at UCI.
Applications that are missing Honors classes and research will not be considered by the admissions committee.

4 – Begin to outline/layout your academic plan, using the suggested format that follows:
Name:  _________________________
Major(s):  _________________________
Minor(s), Concentration(s), Specialization(s), etc.:  _________________________
Anticipated Date of Graduation:  _________________________

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer (Optional)
2019-2020 Classes Classes Classes Classes
2020-2021 Classes Classes Classes Classes

And so on, until you have your plan laid out through to graduation. Be sure to include all of the classes you’ve already completed at UCI!

Click here to download the Applicant Course Plan Worksheet.

REMEMBER – Some majors (Biological Sciences or Engineering, for instance) are very structured, and this process of creating an academic plan should be relatively easy. For some others (such as Political Science), there is less structure, more choices, and some uncertainty as to when the courses you would like to take will be offered. In this case, try to keep an even course load, and distribute your requirements over the quarters and years, using titles like “upper-division Political Science” when you are not sure. As you progress, you can start filling in the details and making adjustments. Also, some majors can tell you in Spring (such as Political Science) what classes they will be offering the following year.

5 – Make sure you think about your goals and the other things you would like to accomplish (such as complete a second major, a minor/specialization, an internship, or study abroad) while an undergraduate student at UCI. Remember to keep in mind those special interests you want to continue developing and any others you want to begin to pursue (playing the flute, singing in the University Chorus, learning to sail, becoming computer literate, or learning another language, to name just a few).

6 – Fill in the outline/grid with a plan that makes sense to you. Remember to check for and include any course prerequisites.

Applicant Course Plan Tips

  • Be sure to list your first Campuswide Honors course within one quarter of being admitted to the program.
  • Be sure to list 3-6 Campuswide Honors classes in your course plan, with one each quarter until you anticipate being done with honors requirements. (Honors courses in the majors are separate from, and do not count as Campuswide Honors classes. Please note that Campuswide Honors Courses are not available in Summer Session.)
  • Be sure to list at least two quarters of research. (Many students do their research in their final year at UCI, although some start earlier.)

Applications that are missing Honors classes and research will not be considered by the admissions committee.