Course Load Limits

In general, a standard course load is 15 units of course work per semester. L&S requires all students to take 13 units minimum each semester, except in cases where the dean has approved a course load with fewer units.  Be aware of Deadlines Dates for Class Schedule Changes that apply only to regular fall and spring semesters.

Reduced Course Load

Under certain circumstances, you can obtain approval for a class schedule of fewer than 13 units by written petition. Petitions for a lowered course load must be submitted by the middle of the fourth week of the semester to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, either in 206 Evans Hall or 156 Dwinelle.
For circumstances not listed below, individual requests for reduced class schedules are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have a medical, personal, or family problem that might affect your ability to complete a full semester load, meet a College Adviser as soon as possible to discuss the best course of action.

Paid Employment (minimum 15 hours/week, number of units required prorated to hours worked)
Disabled Students Program Recommendation (units as recommended by DSP).
  • Submit DSP recommendation letter.
Parenthood (minimum course load – two courses totaling six units).
  • Visit 206 Evans Hall or 156 Dwinelle.
Graduating Senior (minimum one course, or number of units required to graduate).
  • Visit 206 Evans Hall or 156 Dwinelle to confirm degree candidacy and process request.
Major Honors Program (minimum course load - two courses totaling six units).
  • Submit departmental verification of major honors status.

Requesting Approval to Enroll in More Than 20.5 Units

  • Undeclared students – meet a College Adviser to request an approval for additional units beginning the third week of instruction.  (Note: In most cases, approvals are granted only for those students whose record demonstrates a history of strong academic performance with full course loads.)
  • Declared students – meet your undergraduate major adviser (UMA).