What are the GE requirements for CSUF?

GE aREAS

Students must take at least 51 units of GE courses, which are divided into six areas:

  • A. Core Competencies (9 units)
  • B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
  • C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
  • D. Social Sciences (15 units)
  • E. Lifelong Learning and Self Development (3 units)
  • Z. Cultural Diversity (1 course, which can also fulfill a requirement in category C.3, D.5 or E above)

 

As you choose courses in these areas, note that:

  • 9 units must be upper division courses (300-400 level courses)
  • 9 units must be taken in residence (taken at CSUF)
  • No more than 9 units or 3 courses can come from a single department. Exception: any units or courses used to meet Area A, Core Competencies are not counted toward this limit.
  • A course can count toward one area only. Exception: courses meeting Area Z, Cultural Diversity.
  • Courses from a student's major department cannot count toward GE (there are some exceptions to this policy. Please speak to your adviser about this.)

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

  • All courses applied to GE requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grade option may only be used if that is the only option available
  • A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required for A.1 (Oral Communication), A.2 (Written Communication), A.3 (Critical Thinking) and B.4 (Mathematics).

GE CATEGORIES

A. Core Competencies (9 units)

  • A.1. Oral Communications (3 units)
  • A.2. Written Communications (3 units)
  • A.3. Critical Thinking (3 units)

 

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)

  • B.1. Physical Science (3 units)
  • B.2. Life Science (3 units)
  • B.3. Laboratory Experience (1 course, number of units varies)
  • B.4. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (3 units)
  • B.5. Implications and Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (0-3 units)

 

C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)

  • C.1. Introduction to Art (3 units)
  • C.2. Introduction to Humanities (3 units)
  • C.3. Explorations of Arts and Humanities (3 units)
  • C.4. Origins of World Civilization (3 units)

 

D. Social Sciences (15 units)

  • D.1. Introduction to Social Sciences (3 units)
  • D.2. World Civilizations and Cultures (3 units)
  • D.3. American History, Institutions and Values (3 units)
  • D.4. American Government (3 units)
  • D.5. Explorations in Social Sciences (3 units)

 

E. Lifelong Learning and Self Development (3 units)

Z. Cultural Diversity (1 course, which can also fulfill a requirement in category C.3, D.5 or E above)