What are the GE requirements for CSUF?

For Catalog Years 2017 and earlier. If you have questions about your Catalog Year, please see the Understanding Your Catalog Year guide.

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)