Undergraduate Academic Guide: Free Electives

Class of 2012 and later

A Free Elective is defined as any graded course offered by any academic unit of the university (including research institutes such as the Robotics Institute and the Software Engineering Institute. In addition, you may use up to 9 units taken as Pass/Fail toward Free Elective credit. A total of at least 57 units of Free Electives must be taken.

Substitutions of courses from other high-quality universities may be accepted through submission of the Transfer Credit Request form on the CIT web page.

Up to 9 units of ROTC and Physical Education courses or other courses taken as Pass/Fail may also be used toward meeting the total units requirement.

The large number of units without categorical constraints provides the student, in consultation with their Faculty Advisor or Mentor, with the flexibility to design a rich educational program.

Class of 2011 and earlier

A Free Elective is defined as any graded course offered by any academic unit of the university (including research institutes such as the Robotics Institute and the Software Engineering Institute. A total of at least 51 units of Free Electives must be taken.

Substitutions of courses from other high-quality universities may be accepted through submission of the Transfer Credit Request form on the CIT web page.

The large number of units without categorical constraints provides the student, in consultation with their Faculty Advisor or Mentor, with the flexibility to design a rich educational program.