194 Research Group And 199 Research Seminar Course Credit Policy

Updated 7/03/18 Consult with your HSSEAS Academic Counselor if you have any questions regarding 194/199 credit

All engineering 194s and 199s are initially approved for excess units.

Units earned in all 194 and 199 courses are “excess units.” This means the course will not satisfy any degree requirements and the grade assigned for the course will not be averaged into the major field grade point average. The grade, however, will be averaged into the overall university grade point average. Students may petition petition in 6426 Boelter Hall to have their 194 or 199 units considered for inclusion in major field.  If the petition is approved, the course will be applied to the major field subject to the major specific conditions below. For information on enrolling in an engineering 199 log on to myucla http://my.ucla.edu/ and click on “contract courses” and follow the instructions. For information on enrolling in an engineering 194 (and other courses in general), refer to: http://my.ucla.edu/

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering majors, following the 2006- Current catalogs (Aerospace Engineering curriculum includes two aerospace electives (8.0 units):

Students may petition at 6426 BH to use 4.0 units of an MECH&AE 194 or 199 as an Aerospace Elective.  However, the 2006- current catalogs requires 2 AE electives (8.0 units), therefore it is highly unlikely that the department would approve a MECH&AE 194/ or 199 to satisfy one of two electives required. Students may petition to have one MECH&AE 199 (4.0 unit) to count as an “extra” major field course.  This means the course would get averaged into your major field gpa, however the course would NOT satisfy an elective course for degree requirements.

Bioengineering majors, following all catalog years.

Bioengineering students may petition for up to 8.0 units of BIOENGR 194 and/or 199 to satisfy up to two major field electives.

Chemical Engineering majors, following all catalog years.

Chemical engineering students cannot normally use CH ENGR 194 or 199 for major field credit. Students with special circumstances who want to use these courses for major field credit may file a petition at 6426 BH for consideration.

  1. The total units any student can obtain through 199s is 4 units per quarter and 8 units total for major field credit.
  2. Students may petition at 6426 BH to use 4.0 units of a Ch Engr 194 or 199 as a Ch Engr Elective.  However, the Ch Engr curricula requires at most two Ch Engr electives (8.0 units), therefore it is highly unlikely that the department would approve a Ch Engr 194 or 199 to satisfy a required elective course.
  3. Students may petition to have a Ch Engr 199 course count as “extra” major field course. This means the course would get averaged into your major field GPA, however the course would NOT satisfy an elective course for degree requirements.

Civil Engineering majors, following all catalog years.

Civil Engineering students may petition at 6426BH for C&EE 194 or 199 courses for major field elective credit consideration only after coordinating with and receiving approval of the instructor offering the course.  A letter from the instructor should be included with the petition, and should explain which major track/area (e.g. Structures) might be satisfied by 194 or 199 course.

Additional C&EE department credit requirements/limitations on 194s/199s are as follows:

  1. C&EE 194/199 courses may not be applied toward the major design project course requirement.
  2. Not more than 4 units of C&EE 194/199 may be applied toward the major field electives requirement.
  3. Students may petition to have additional 4 units of C&EE 194 or 199 to count as “extra” major field course (i.e. getting averaged into major field GPA but does not satisfy an elective course for degree requirements).
  4. C&EE 194 or 199 derived from student club projects such as steel bridge and concrete canoe can only be petitioned for “extra” major field course.
  5. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required at the time of all petition submissions.

Computer Science and Computer Science and Engineering majors (all catalog years):

Computer Science and Computer Science and Engineering students are allowed to petition ONE 4 unit COM SCI 199 or COM SCI 194 to apply as a major field elective via petition at 6426 Boelter Hall.  Petitions and Reports will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Vice Chair to determine if eligible for Elective Credit.  Approval is NOT guaranteed and it is not recommended that this be your final elective in your final quarter.  Please note that petitions will only be reviewed after final report has been submitted.  Report should be detailed and formatted like a formal research paper.  In additional to receiving guidance on how to write a research paper from your supervising faculty, please discuss your intent to petition for elective credit so that together, you can make sure that the research you are doing is the equivalent effort and learning experience of a regular 4 unit course.

NOTE: Petitions for a 2nd Elective or more than 4 units (up to 8 units) of COM SCI 194 or COM SCI 199 to satisfy a second major field elective credit, are rarely approved.  Per the Computer Science Department, for further consideration to have your research satisfy a 2nd Elective will require additional materials for review. (CLICK HERE for details).  Enrollment in additional COM SCI 194 or 199s will normally count as excess units.

Computer Engineering majors (all catalog years):

Students may petition at 6426BH to use 4 units of COM SCI or EC ENGR 194 or 199 as ONE computer science or electrical and computer engineering elective after final report has been submitted.  Petition and 199 report will be reviewed by Vice Chair to determine if eligible for Elective Credit.

Electrical Engineering majors

Electrical Engineering majors, following the 2006-2013 catalog years. All options of Electrical Engineering (electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer engineering). Upon approval by the undergraduate vice-chair, students may use one EL ENGR 194 or one EL ENGR 199 (minimum 2 units and maximum 4 units) to satisfy degree requirements. The EC ENGR 194  or 199  units used in this way are only allowed to replace the laboratory course requirement within the student’s selected pathway.  The theme of the 194  or 199 work must be related to the student’s pathway. Additional EC ENGR 194s and EC ENGR 199s will not satisfy any other degree requirement. Enrollment in additional EC ENGR 194s or 199s will count as excess units.  Students may petition to have one ECE 194 or 199 counted as an “extra” major field course.  If the petition is approved the course will not satisfy degree requirements, but the grade from the “extra” major field course will get averaged into the major field GPA. Electrical Engineering majors, following the 2014-2019 catalog years. Students may petition to have one EC ENGR 199 (4.0 unit) to count as an “extra” major field course.  This means the course would get averaged into your major field gpa, however the course would NOT satisfy an elective course for degree requirements.

Materials Engineering majors, following all catalog years.

Materials Engineering students who want to have a MAT SCI 194 or 199 (2 unit maximum) considered for major field lab credit must file a petition at 6426BH for consideration.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering majors, following the 2006- Current catalogs (Mechanical Engineering curriculum includes two mechanical electives (8.0 units):

Students may petition at 6426 BH to use 4.0 units of an MECH&AE 194 or 199 as a Mechanical Elective.  However, the 2006- current catalogs requires 2 MECH electives (8.0 units), therefore it is highly unlikely that the department would approve a MECH&AE 194/ or 199 to satisfy one of two electives required. Students may petition to have one MECH&AE 199 (4.0 unit) to count as an “extra” major field course.  This means the course would get averaged into your major field gpa, however the course would NOT satisfy an elective course for degree requirements.