CSULB's core academic purpose is to graduate students with highly valued degrees. Graduation rates for CSULB students have increased dramatically in recent years and the length of time it takes students to complete degrees has decreased. The availability of needed courses and a much richer support by academic advisors and learning communities greatly improved graduation rates. These improvements were key to the naming of CSULB as one of "America's Best Colleges and Universities" by U.S. News and World Report and "No. 3 best value public college in the nation" by America's Best Value Colleges.
Students ask many of the following questions. Successful students know the answers to these frequently asked questions. Please read them carefully. Knowing these answers can help you avoid pitfalls during your first semesters on campus. For further information, see this section of the Catalog or contact the Academic Advising Center at (562) 985-4837.
1. How can I tell what requirements I still need to meet before I graduate? Use MyCSULB to check your Degree Progress Report. The default report will only list requirements that have not been satisfied. In addition, icons next to each requirement reflects the status of that requirement. You can bring a printout of the Degree Progress Report to your major advisor or the Academic Advising Center for assistance.
2. Can my General Education (GE) Courses be used for GE and for my major ("double counted")? A course that is not offered by the department of your major may be counted both toward GE and toward the requirements for your major if it appears on the current list of G.E. courses. Courses in your major department may not be used to satisfy GE requirements except for some specific categories. (Exceptions are listed with the GE requirements in the Schedule of Classes along with a list of the approved GE courses.) Remember, you can only earn unit credit once for a course.
3. How many units will transfer from a California Community College to CSULB? All bachelor's level courses transfer, but only 70 units of transferable course work will apply to your bachelor's degree. Additional transferable course work will receive subject credit only.
4. I transferred from a California Community College. Do I have to take any General Education courses? If you have received General Education certification, you are required to complete an additional nine (9) units of upper-division GE courses. If you have not been certified as having met the transfer pattern, you must meet the CSULB General Education requirements.
5. What does General Education (GE) Certification mean? There are three GE certification processes. Two may be completed at the California Community College (CCC). They are either (1) the California State University (CSU) Transfer Pattern or (2) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). The third certification process may be completed at another CSU. In all cases, GE certification means that you have completed your lower-division GE at a CCC or at another CSU. GE certification must be clearly indicated on your official CCC or CSU transcript.
6. Does having an A.A. degree from a California Community College mean I am GE Certified? Usually not. The minimum requirements for most A.A. degrees do not include the lower-division GE pattern required by CSULB. CSULB also requires an additional nine (9) units of upper-division GE courses.
7. What is partial General Education (GE) Certification? Partial Certification means that transfer students have completed subject and unit requirements in some GE categories, but not others.