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Fall 2019 - Major Specific Requirements for CSULB Students- CNSM

CSULB students must meet precise major specific criteria in order to ‘declare a major.’ While freshmen are admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major specific criteria. All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units. This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Were admitted into a ‘pre-major’ and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major

Except for “Highly Impacted” majors, native CSULB students can ‘declare a major’ if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation. There are limitations on the ability to add a second major or to add/change degree objectives based on the following policies:

To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details. They are subject to change for future terms.

 

Marine Biology & Biology B.S.

(All Options Except Biology Education)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

MATH

119A or 122

Survey of Calculus I; or
Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" or better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

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Biology (Option in Biology Education B.S.)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

MATH

119A or 122

Survey of Calculus I; or Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students 

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" or better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

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 The Biological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

Microbiology B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

MATH

119A or 122

Survey of Calculus I; or Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students 

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" or better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

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Biochemistry B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

CHEM

111A and
111B or

112A and
112B

General Chemistry

Advanced General Chemistry

MATH

MATH

122 and
123 or

119A and
119B

Calculus I and
Calculus II  OR

Survey of Calculus I and
Survey of Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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 The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for more information on this major.

Chemistry B.A., B.S., & Biochemistry B.S. & Chemistry Materials Science B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Explore:

 The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for more information on this major.

 

Geology B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Number

Course Title

GEOL

102

General Geology

GEOL

104

General Laboratory

Complete three of the following four courses:

 

 

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Explore:

 The Geological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

Earth Science B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Number

Course Title

GEOL

102

General Geology

GEOL

104

General Laboratory

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Explore:

 The Geological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

Mathematics B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5 

Course Number

Course Title

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Explore:

 The Mathematics and Statistics Department for more information on this major.

Physics B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

MATH

122

Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" or better)

Course Number

Course Title

PHYS

151

Mechanics and Heat

Explore:

 The Physics and Astronomy Department for more information on this major.

Physics B.S. & Physics Materials Science B.S. 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" or better)

Course Number

Course Title

PHYS

151

Mechanics and Heat

Explore:

 The Physics and Astronomy Department for more information on this major.