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Undergraduate Requirements

General Education Requirements

The State of California requires completion of a 48 unit General Education Breadth program which includes a minimum of 9 upper division GE semester units taken no sooner than the term in which the student achieves upper division status (60+ units).

First Year Seminar

Students entering CSUMB as Freshman or Lower Division Transfer Students with fewer than 15 units are required to complete FYS. This course will also meet one of the lower division A-E GE requirements.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies (ES) is a CSUMB requirement that is met by successfully completing an ES-tagged GE or Major course at either the lower or upper division level.

American Institutions

The CSU requires each student receiving a baccalaureate degree to be knowledgeable about the Constitution of the United States, American history, and state and local government. Courses fulfilling the US History portion of this requirement also satisfy the Area D GE requirement; courses fulfilling the Civics portion of this requirement also satisfy the Area D GE requirement.

World Culture/Language

World Culture/Language is a CSUMB requirement that has a different focus, depending on the major program of study. For Liberal Studies majors and for majors that lead to a BS degree, students must successfully complete an approved World Culture/Language course. For majors that lead to a BA degree, students must demonstrate second language proficiency through the 201 level.

Upper Division Service Learning

Upper Division Service Learning is a CSUMB requirement that is met by successfully completing a 300- or 400-level, S-tagged GE or Major course. All Upper Division Service Learning courses require students to complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service. All Upper Division Service Learning courses teach to learning outcomes related to: Self and Social Awareness; Service and Social Responsibility; and, Action for Systemic Change. Students should consult an advisor for more information.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

The CSU requires every student to demonstrate competence in writing skills at the upper division level to qualify for the baccalaureate degree. Many courses on campus satisfy the GWAR. Students should consult with their academic advisor, as GWAR-approved courses will also satisfy major and/or general education requirements.

Major Requirements

The State of California requires students to complete a minimum of 24 units in their major program of study (36 units for a BS). These units are earned through successful completion of required courses, outcomes, and experiences. Students should reference the University Catalog to identify specific program requirements.

Major Learning Outcomes

All CSUMB major degree programs have a set of learning outcomes that students must satisfy through aligned courses or alternate assessments, as designed by the program. The University Catalog lists the MLOs for each degree program.

Concentrations

Many degree programs require students to select a particular area of study within the major in order to attain greater depth of knowledge and understanding. The University Catalog will indicate the options available to students.

Minors

CSUMB offers more than 35 different minor programs, providing an excellent opportunity for students to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities outside of their major area of focus.

Free Electives

The State of California requires a minimum of 120 semester units to be eligible for a baccalaureate degree. Students who complete general education and major requirements in fewer than 120 semester units are able to select additional courses as needed to meet the state requirement.