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Academic Information and Regulations

Academic Information

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Open University/Special Session

The Open University program allows enrollment in regular university credit courses for those who are not currently admitted to and/or matriculated at CSULB. Enrollment is on a "space available" basis, subject to the approval of the instructor and the department chair concerned.

No more than 24 units of Special Session course credit earned through Open University or CCPE Special Sessions course offerings at CSULB in non-matriculated status may count toward any undergraduate degree requirement. Students are considered in non-matriculated status in terms prior to the term of official admission to the degree granting program and during terms of disqualification from the degree granting program. There is no limit on CCPE Special Sessions course credit, including Winter session, applicable to the degree if taken while in matriculated status in the degree program.

At the option of the appropriate college and department, up to six units of Open University Special Sessions credit may be applied to a graduate degree. By petition, this limit may be increased to nine units in some instances.

Baccalaureate Credit Based on Alternative Means of Assessment

The University grants credit toward the baccalaureate degree based on several types of assessment other than formal university courses. Students should consult the Chair or undergraduate advisor of the concerned department about applicability to individual courses or degree requirements.