Students in the CaSB Major have the option of designing a Customized Concentration. This is ideal for students who wish to explore interests in CaSB outside of the five existing Concentrations. Students must submit a proposal with a written statement in order to pursue a Customized Concentration. All proposals are reviewed and must be approved by the CaSB Chair.

Guidelines for Creating a Customized Concentration

1. Courses must be approved beforehand by the Interdepartmental Chair. NO EXCEPTIONS. Approval is based upon a written statement, submitted by the student to the Interdepartmental Chair at the time of application to the Major, explaining the relevance and coherence of the courses selected to the student’s overall CaSB program.

With appropriate justification, approved Customized Concentrations can be revised by petition. The same prior-approval rules apply to the revised program.

2. A Customized Concentration should consist of 5 courses for a minimum of 20 units. The course selection should be coherent and well-justified.

3. All courses in the Concentration must be upper division (100-199). Graduate (200) level courses may be approved. No lower division courses (1-99).

4. No 199 research courses are permissible in the Customized Concentration.

5. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a C or better in each course to have it apply towards Major requirements.

Applying for a Customized Concentration

To apply for a Customized Concentration, students should submit a typed proposal to casb@lifesci.ucla.edu. All documents in the proposal should be submitted in WORD or PDF format. The proposal should contain:

1. A completed Customized Concentration Proposal Cover Sheet.

2. A typed statement (approx. 1-2 pages) explaining:

  • your reasoning for pursuing a Customized Concentration and how your proposed curriculum aligns with your future goals.
  • what you expect to learn from each course and how it is relevant to your degree.
  • how your selected courses fit together to form a coherent program of study.

3. The course description for each course included in your proposal. Course descriptions can be found on the Registrar’s site.

Effective Fall 2019 and forward, Customized Concentration proposals will be collected and reviewed twice per quarter and once during Summer Session along with petitions. The deadlines to submit proposals are:

  • Friday Week 2 of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, as well as Friday Week 2 of Summer Session A
  • Friday Week 8 of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters

Please allow 7-10 business days after each deadline for faculty review. Students who do not turn in proposals by these deadlines may have to wait for the next review period. Students can begin submitting proposals as early as 2 weeks before each deadline.

If a student is approved for a Customized Concentration, they will be expected to complete the approved courses. Any changes to the approved Concentration must be approved by the CaSB Chair.

Please note, for students who are pursuing a Customized Concentration, the courses will not be automatically applied to your Degree Audit Report (DAR). Students should email the Departmental Counselor after each quarter in which they take a Customized Concentration course. The Departmental Counselor will review the student’s record to ensure that grades of C or better were earned. The Departmental Counselor will then update the DAR and apply the coursework to the student’s Major requirements.