Undeclared student advising

What classes should I take now?

We suggest the following courses:

Freshmen

Students who need remediation should take

  • FYS
  • Appropriate remediation course
  • GE course, if possible
  • Foreign language course, if possible

Students who do not need remediation should take:

  • FYS
  • A1 Written Communication course
  • Foreign language course or
  • B4 Math course
  • Another GE course

Transfer students

If you transfer from a community college or another university, specific requirements depend on your status when you enter CSUMB.

Transfer students with fully certified GE breadth requirements

If you transfer from another California institution with fully certified GE Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), you automatically satisfy Lower Division GE Requirements. You still need to satisfy the nine units of Upper Division GE, inclusive of American Institutions (D4) and GWAR (A4), the CSUMB Language Proficiency Requirement, all major requirements and the minimum semester credit requirements. No more than 39 semester credits of GE credit certified by other institutions will be applied to the GE requirements at CSUMB.

Transfer students without fully certified GE breadth requirements

If you enter CSUMB without having fully certified all GE Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), you must complete all unmet GE Breadth Requirements through the corresponding CSUMB GE courses, with no less than nine semester credits at the upper-division level after achieving upper-division status. CSUMB Admissions certifies which GE area(s) you have met. You also need to satisfy the CSUMB Language Proficiency Requirement, all major requirements and the minimum semester credit requirements.

How to choose a major

Choosing a major can be tremendously exciting. At the same time, it can be a little overwhelming.

We help students choose a major by leading students through a series of tasks.

Focus

This FREE online assessment provides advice on which majors and careers fit best with your personality, interests, skills, and values. After you have completed the assessment, schedule an appointment with one of our counselors to go over your results. Take the assessment now - you'll be one step closer to deciding on a major.

One-one-one coaching

Have an in-depth discussion with an advisor about your career and educational goals. Call 831-582-3845 or click the Advising Appointments link on your Dashboard to schedule an appointment.

Know your options

Understand which majors are available, what classes are required, and what careers they prepare you for. Review our Majors & Programs to jump-start your research.

Access our Major Pathways to get an idea of what courses you would need to take to complete an academic program of your choose.

We also suggest that you take an active approach in participating in our service learning programs, connecting with mentors, faculty, staff, peers, and community partners to help you find the path that is right for you.

Here are some suggestions to get you started on your decision-making process:

Elements of the decision making process

Self-knowledge

Begin to assess your personal interests, abilities and values.

Educational knowledge

Seek information about CSUMB's academic programs and curricula.

Occupational knowledge

Examine and explore the range of occupational opportunities.

Decision-making knowledge

Integrate self-knowledge with educational and occupational information.