Pre-Major Students

Becoming a Pre-HBS Major

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Freshmen:
Incoming first year students can select pre-HBS major status at time of application to UCLA or during New Student Sessions. After that, students would need to complete Soc Gen 5 or Cluster M71A or Cluster M72A first before they can be declared as pre-HBS.

In order to be admitted to the HBS major, students would need to apply in early spring of their sophomore year. Please note that all students (regardless of whether they are pre-HBS nbor not) are welcome to apply. Admission to the major is also not guaranteed. Please also note that applicants from non-pre-HBS students and pre-HBS students are considered on an equal basis.

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Transfers:
Prospective transfer students can select the HBS major at the time of application to UCLA. If admitted to UCLA, students will automatically be declared into the pre-HBS (BA or BS) major, depending on the degree program applied to. They will then be declared into the HBS major after new student sessions.

Incoming transfer students who would like to “switch into” the HBS major would need to apply to the major at the beginning of the Fall quarter of their first year at UCLA.

Contact:
To switch to pre-HBS, please send your inquiries to isgacademics@g.ucla.edu.

 

 

Pre- HBS major Requirements

B.A. HBS Pre- Major
#1: Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or Cluster M72A
#2: Anthropology 1
#3: 4 social theory courses (click here to see list of approved social theory classes for pre-HBS, BA)
#4: Chemistry 14A or Chemistry 14AE
#5: Life Sciences 7A, 7B, AND 7C
#6: Statistics 10 or 13

 

B.S. HBS Pre-Major
#1: Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or Cluster M72A
#2: Anthropology 1
#3: Two social theory courses (click here to see list of approved social theory classes for pre-HBS, BS)
#4: Chemistry Series
– Chemistry 14A or 14AE, 14B or 14BE, 14BL, 14C, and 14D; OR
– Chemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, and 30B
#5: Life Science 7A, 7B, 7C, AND 23L
#6: Math Series
– Math 3A, 3B, and 3C; or
– Math 31A or 31AL, 31B, and 32A; or LS 30A and 30B;
#7: Statistics
– Stats 10 or Stats 13 (for students taking the Math 3 or Math 31 series);
– Stats 13 or LS 40 (for students taking the LS 30 Series)
#8: Physics Series
– Physics 5A, 5B, and 5C; or
– Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, and 4BL

 

Becoming an HBS major

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Freshmen
Admission to HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. is by application and competitive. Students apply during Weeks 1-2 of their sophomore spring quarter.

Our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S programs are designed for students whose interests are diverse with coursework predominantly within the Humanities and Social Sciences or within Life Sciences respectively.

You may apply for either HBS B.A. or HBS B.S., but not both.
• HBS B.A. applicants must complete all pre-major courses by the end of spring quarter of their 2nd year, with a cumulative pre-major GPA of 2.90 or better.
• HBS B.S. applicants must complete at least 13 of their pre-major courses (including Soc Gen 5 or Cluster M71A or Cluster M72A) by the end of spring quarter or their 2nd year, with a cumulative pre-major GPA of 2.50 or better. Those admitted to the HBS, B.S. must complete any remaining pre-major courses before graduation.
• Please note that if you are not able to take Soc Gen 5 or any of the clusters by the application time, you can explain your circumstances in your application.

All applications are decided by an admissions committee of the Institute for Society and Genetics faculty. Applications submitted during spring quarter of sophomore year will be decided by about mid to late Spring. All decisions of ISG admissions committee are final. There is no appeal or re-application.

Demand for admission to both our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. programs is very strong. Admission is based substantially on your progress getting through the pre-major coursework, on your grades, extracurricular activities, and personal statements. Completion of course requirements or high GPA alone does not guarantee admission into the major.

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Transfers
To gain a seat in our major program, transfer students should indicate HBS B.A. or HBS B.S. as their major degree preference when they apply for admission to UCLA through the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions process. On acceptance to UCLA, transfer students admitted to the HBS B.A. or HBS B.S. programs will have “pre-major” status; after meeting with our Student Affairs Officer during New Student Orientation, you will be switched into “major” standing with no additional application required.

For transfer students admitted to UCLA and want to switch into our HBS programs:
• HBS, B.A.: Transfer students may apply to switch to our BA program beginning of the Fall quarter of the year they begin, and no later.
• HBS, B.S.: Only transfer students who were directly admitted to a life science major may apply to switch into our B.S. program beginning of the Fall quarter of the year they begin, and no later. No applications from non-life science majors will be accepted to our B.S. program.

Caution: Transfer Admission to our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. programs is likely to be extremely competitive. You may view the profile of admitted transfer students by major here. Acceptance rate for transfer students into our major programs is therefore low, and is likely to remain low in the next application cycle.

 

Academic Advising

Students who wish to schedule an appointment with ISG Academic Advisor, Frenz Cabison, can use the following link: calendly.com/isg_frenz.

For any HBS-related questions: please email isgacademics@g.ucla.edu.
For questions related to University & College requirements: please contact your full-time counselor found below

College Academic Counseling (CAC)
A-316 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-3382
https://caac.ucla.edu/contact-us/

Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
1209 Campbell Hall, (310) 825-1481
https://www.aap.ucla.edu/units/aap-college-counseling/

College Honors
A-311 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-1553
http://www.honors.ucla.edu/about/services-office-hours/

Athletics
JD Morgan Center, (310) 825-8699
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