Academic Forms and Policies

Enrolling in 20 Units or more per quarter

Enrolling in more than 20 units requires a cumulative and quarterly GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Permission is required from the PharmSci Student Affairs office and is normally allowed only in special circumstances by students who have demonstrated that they can handle the rigorous course load.

CLICK HERE to request permission from the Student Affairs office.

The Registrar’s office initially restricts the amount of units an undergraduate student can enroll into 18 units. The PharmSci department is not authorized to lift the 18-unit cap. The Registrar will lift the 18-unit cap to 20 units at the beginning of the second enrollment period. This second enrollment date is when you will be authorized to enroll in more than 20-units if approved. Check the Registrar’s Calendar for specific dates when this happens.


CLICK HERE to submit requests/changes to your DegreeWorks profile. Examples of requests include adding a community college course to your General Education, updating Language Other Than English, your IGETC Certification, etc.


Enrollment Policies

Pass/No Pass Grading Option

PharmSci majors may not take any required courses for P/NP credit.

Course exceptions: PHRMSCI 1, BIO SCI 100, and PHRMSCI 172 can be taken P/NP.

If you would like to take a GE course P/NP we encourage you to meet with an academic counselor to discuss this further. Students may count a total of 12 units of courses designated P/NP toward their graduation requirements.

**For Spring 2020 Only: Major and change of major (COM) course requirements completed in Spring 2020 may be taken as P/NP.  However, we advise students to start with a letter grade and only change to P/NP if necessary.  Note that graduate programs may still require a letter grades, so contact any programs you are interested in to confirm before making any changes.

Enrolling in less than 12 units a quarter

Students who wish to take fewer than 12 units must apply for Part-Time Study

Part-Time study is approved only for students who are enrolled in their last quarter before graduation, and approved for students under specific university guidelines. Housing and financial aid may also be impacted and students should consult with those offices. Students that are having trouble enrolling in 12 units should consult with their academic advisor for suggestions. A number of workload credit options are available for students to meet their unit minimums.

Enrollment Exceptions

An Enrollment Exception request must be submitted through Student Access when trying to add, drop, or change the grading option for variable unit courses after the Week 2 deadline. The PharmSci department strictly upholds all drop, add, and change of grade deadlines and exceptions are only approved under extenuating circumstances with adequate documentation.

Enrollment Restrictions and WebReg

There are many reasons why you may not be able to enroll:

  1. You have not completed the prerequisites for the course, or WebReg is unable to recognize that you meet the prerequisites—this is common if the prerequisite was taken at another institution.
  2. You do not satisfy one of the restrictions placed on the course. Major and school restrictions are common. Please check the “Comments” section in WebSOC for details.
  3. The course is full or it conflicts with another course you are already enrolled in.
  4. Look for an alternate time or add yourself to the waitlist. You may also be exceeding the approved number of units (the Registrar’s office initially restricts the amount of units an undergraduate student can enroll into at 18 units but lifts this unit cap to 20 units sometime after second enrollment)

Still having trouble with enrolling? Contact the department or school that offers the course for assistance.

Students who take courses at community colleges over summer will not be able to register for the next course in the series until official transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s office.

Retaking Courses

UCI’s policy for repeating courses is limited to 4 four-unit courses or 16 units of which a grade of “C-” or below was earned. After the 16 units, any repeated courses will be averaged with the original grade receive in that course. Please refer to the UCI General Catalogue for more information.

Dropping a Course

Students may drop lecture and discussion sections up until the end of the 2nd week of classes. For labs, the deadline is the day before the 1st day of instruction.

Students who wish to drop a course after the week 2 deadline must receive approval from an Advisor and provide adequate documentation due to extenuating circumstances. Note, if a course is dropped after the 6th week, a “W” (withdrawal) notation will be indicated on the transcript.


PharmSci majors can pursue any minor offered at UCI, except for BioSci. Explore minors and requirements at  You may send an email request to to have any minor added to your DegreeWorks to help you view course requirements. To officially earn a minor, you must list it on your application for graduation and obtain a minimum GPA average of a least a C (2.0) in all courses for the minor. Minors are listed on a student’s transcript but not on the baccalaureate diploma. No more than 2 courses applied to a minor may be taken P/NP. 

In order to gain priority registration to take courses for minors in the School of Business (Management, Accounting, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship), you must apply on their website. Note, you do not need to apply in order to pursue the minor (only to have priority course registration).

Transfer Course Policies

Students may transfer up to 70 units total. The lower division major requirement courses can be taken at California Community Colleges and must articulate with the agreements. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher to count towards the major requirements.

Please see for specific colleges and course articulations.

If you would like to petition a course taken at another institution to count towards a PharmSci requirement, please email the syllabus to:

Students may not take a lower division requirement at UCI and repeat the course off campus.

Keep in mind, students who are taking courses at community colleges over summer will not be able to register for the next course in the series until official transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar’s office.

AP/IB credit

Students cannot earn units or grade credits at UCI from courses that have already been satisfied by AP/IB credit. Students that enroll in courses at UCI that have already been exempt by AP/IB credit will have those courses specially coded on their transcript without unit or grade credit.

For more information regarding academic policies, please refer to the Academic Regulations and Procedures on the UCI General Catalogue.

Probation Policies

Academic Probation

Students are subject to Academic Probation for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Having below a 2.0 GPA at the end of any quarter
  2. Having below a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Receiving a grade of “D+” or below in a specific lower and/or upper division major requirement course

Students will be notified of their probation status via email by the 1st week of each quarter. Students on Academic Probation that received below a “C-” will be dropped from the next course in the series if they are willing to sign the departmental academic contract and continue in the major. Major requirement courses will most likely be retaken during the summer sessions. Students do have the option to change their major if they are not willing to sign the contract. Once students change their major, they are not allowed back into the PharmSci department.

Students on Academic Probation are required to meet with an academic advisor and complete the following tasks:

  1. Sign quarterly academic contract which consists of course enrollments, attend counseling, tutoring, etc.
  2. Complete self-assessment
  3. 7-day schedule

Follow-up appointments are scheduled with an Advisor throughout the quarter.



A student whose grade point average falls below a 1.5 for any quarter, or who after two consecutive quarters on probation has not achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or a satisfactory rate of progress, is subject to disqualification. PharmSci students subject to disqualification will meet with the Student Affairs Director to discuss consequences.