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Fall 2020 Transfer Major Specific Requirements - CNSM

These criteria will be used for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Transfer admission consideration only. 
Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions eligibility for details.  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.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered   "local"  based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE:  For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) recipients: The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum is used in lieu of the major specific degree requirements. We strongly encourage students to complete both the recommended and required courses as CSULB remains highly competitive in our admissions process. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied in the ranking of applicants. Please see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for a complete list of requirements and additional information on how the ADT will be used in the competitive ranking process.

 

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,122

Survey of Calculus I;
Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
Additional Recommended Courses for Transfer Applicants Only

Additional Recommended Preparation Courses for Transfer Applicants Only (Grade of "C" of better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

BIO

212

Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology

BIO

213

Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (General Biology sequence)

CHEM 220A Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 223A Organic Chemistry  Laboratory I
CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry  Laboratory II

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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,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 Recommended Courses for Transfer Applicants Only

Additional Recommended Preparation Courses for Transfer Applicants Only (Grade of "C" of better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

BIO

212

Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology

BIO

213

Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (General Biology sequence)

CHEM 220A Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 223A Organic Chemisty    Laboratory I
CHEM 220B Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 223B Organic Chemistry  Laboratory II

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 The Biological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

Biochemstry 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

111A

General Chemistry

CHEM

111B

General Chemistry

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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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,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 Recommended Courses for Transfer Applicants Only

Additional Recommended Preparation Courses for Transfer Applicants Only (Grade of "C" of better)

Course Number

Course Title

BIO

211

Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

BIO

212

Introduction to Cell & Molecular Biology

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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

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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. (All Options)

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)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

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

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 Recommended Courses for Transfer Applicants Only

Additional Recommended Preparation Courses for Transfer Applicants Only (Grade of "C" of better)

Course Number

Course Title

MATH

123

Calculus II

PHYS

151

Mechanics and Heat

PHYS

152

Electricity and Magnetism

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 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 Recommended Courses for Transfer Applicants Only

Additional Recommended Preparation Courses for Transfer Applicants Only (Grade of "C" of better)

Course Number

Course Title

PHYS

151

Mechanics and Heat

PHYS

152

Electricity and Magnetism

Explore:

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