Set Yourself Apart from Others

Jump-start your university career, expand your academic skills in preparation for postsecondary studies, or earn credit toward a degree. University Credit Courses (UCC) provide you with the potential to complete general education requirements, while familiarizing yourself with the expectations and teaching style of University-level courses in the United States and strengthening your college applications. UCR University Extension offers courses in a variety of subjects with credits that can potentially transfer to accredited institutions nationwide including all University of California and California State University institutions.*

With the UCC Program, you'll study in small to medium sized classes with frequent interaction between instructors and peers in a convenient, online environment that will fit your schedule. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll earn full UCR course credit on an official UCR University Extension transcript. UCC Program courses are backed by the same UC Gold Standard of academic quality that you'll find in all UCR campus classes.*

*Always check with your receiving institution to determine transferability, as exclusions may apply. Applicability for subject credit is typically determined by a student's major department and by other institutions upon consideration of the full course syllabus. Enrollment in UCR Extension University Credit Courses does not constitute admissions into a UCR degree program. Matriculated UCR students and UCR accepted students are not eligible to take UCC courses.

Course Offerings

Introduction to United States History (HIST XR17A)

An introduction to the major themes and issues in the history of the United States from colonialization to the middle of the nineteenth century.

Introduction to United States History (HIST XR17B)

An introduction to the major themes and issues in the history of the United States from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present.

World History: the Long Twentieth Century (HIST XR20)

A critical analysis of global historical changes in the twentieth century, and how they shape the world we live in today. Students explore popular revolutions, World Wars and the Cold War, social & cultural change, capitalism, imperialism & decolonization; environmental crises; technological innovation and other contemporary global developments.

Ethics and the Meaning of Life (PHIL XR003)

Approaches one of the basic questions of value: how should one live? Covers classical and contemporary discussions of issues such as the human good, human virtue, the role of pleasure and happiness, egoism and altruism, duty, the relativity and objectivity of value, the meaning of life, death, autonomy, integrity, and conscience.

Introduction to Critical Thinking (PHIL XR007)

A practical examination of reasoning and argument topically illustrated.

The Origins (PHYS XR037)

Explores the most fundamental questions in cosmology, physics, and chemical sciences through their origins. Topics include the origin of the Universe, origin of matter, first generation of stars and galaxies, origin of chemical elements, chemistry of life, and astrobiology.

Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON XR002)

An introduction to the study of the economic system from a macro, or aggregate, perspective. Includes analysis of business cycles, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, and the impact of government policies on the level of economic activity.

Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON XR003)

An introduction to the study of the economic system from the micro, or individual decision-maker's, perspective. Includes the study of opportunity cost, markets, consumption, production and competition.