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Can one go into a good college like UCSD or UCLA without taking calculus or psychics?

I found out too late on what I wanted to be but I want to get into UCLA or UCSD. Is there a way where I can get into the school and learn about engineering there? #engineering #college-major #college-admissions #ucla #ucsd

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Peter’s Answer

Jed:


If it is your intention to enter engineering and attend a prestigious university such as UC San Diego (my Alma Mater) or UCLA (or Berkeley, Stanford, USC, etc.), it would be very tough for you to gain admittance without having taken 2-3 science courses during high school, particularly physics (Note the correct spelling). Calculus would also be good to have under your belt while in high school, although not mandatory. I am surprised your high school counselor did not tell you this earlier in your high school career. If it is at all possible DO take a physics course.


Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant, P.E.

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Larry’s Answer

Hi Jed,

Not all hope is lost!

Though Peter's answer is correct, you can still go to community college (and do physics in Community College), and transfer to UCLA, or any other prestigious Schools that you want.
(You will need to work hard now in High School to have that College mindset).

Transferring over from a California Community College is more cost effective, less competitive, you are going to take LITERALLY the same courses that you would in the UC System.
https://www.careerprofiles.info/community-colleges-vs-universities.html

Make sure that you use https://Assist.org with your Local Community College to figure out what credits transfer with your desired Degree with UCLA.

Your first two years are General Education, (Then you Transfer to UCLA, or some other Prestigious college) and the last two Years are your Core classes (Engineering).
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