University of California, Riverside

BCOE Student Affairs

Maximum Units

Maximum Units Per Quarter

For Students in Good Standing

For students in good standing, enrollment is allowed in a maximum of 18 units without the need for advisor's permission. Enrolling in 19 or 20 units is possible if: your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above; or, if your cumulative GPA is below 3.0 and you have an approved petition. Enrollment in more than 20 units always requires a petition.

For Students in Academic Difficulty

For students in academic difficulty, enrollment is limited to three courses. To take more than three courses, permission from your academic advisor is necessary. Petitions can be submitted either online or on paper. Visit our petitions page for more information.

Units Towards Overall Degree

The Office of Student Academic Affairs is required to more closely monitor, and, in some cases restrict, the number of total units that each student is allowed to complete. The allowable amount of units varies by major. The breakdown for the 2009-2010 catalog year follows:

MajorMinimum UnitsMaximum Units (120%)
Bioengineering 190 228
Business Informatics 185 222
Chemical Engineering  
Biochemical Engineering Option 194 233
Bioengineering Option 200 240
Chemical Engineering Option 188 230
Nanotechnology Option 187 234
Computer Engineering 185 222
Computer Science 183 220
Electrical Engineering 188 226
Environmental Engineering 194 233
Materials Science & Engineering 180 216
Mechanical Engineering 186 223

If you are able to complete your degree program with any additional coursework within the 120% unit count, there will be no restriction on your program. If, however, you are going to exceed the 120%, you will be required to petition the Office of Student Academic Affairs for permission to proceed with your plans. Factors taken into consideration will include the total number of units completed, introductory coursework in the enhancement program or field, and the reason as to why the degree objective is necessary to complete the academic program.

For Double Majors

For double majors, the limit will be based upon the minimum units required for the first major, with the addition of an extra 40 units. That total is then capped at 120%. For example, a double major beginning in CS would have a limit of (180 + 40) * 1.2 = 264.

If you have any questions, consult your advisor.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
A159 Bourns Hall A

Tel: (951) 827-3647
Fax: (951) 827-2822