Major & Pre-Major Information
Our requirements worksheets provide a checklist of the requirements for each major, minor, and certificate based on catalog year. Please be sure to select the catalog year that you fully declared your major. If you are unsure of when you declared, you can view your catalog term in the "Current Academic Objective" box on your Academic Requirements Report on MyCSULB. For example, if your catalog term says Spring 2019, then you are on the 2018-2019 catalog.
All pre-majors must complete specific courses and meet specific GPAs to declare their major. These are called Major Specific Requirements (MSR). These courses will be priority for your first and second year at CSULB.
- Once you meet the MSR (including GPA(s)), Enrollment Services will declare you into the major.
- This process typically takes about one month after the semester ends, so please be patient.
- All students must be fully declared in a major before they reach 60 units. If you reach 60 units and you have not declared a major, the university will place a no major hold on your account until you have declared a major. If you do not meet the MSR for your current major, you would need to explore other majors.
- We encourage you to declare as soon as possible. Some students can declare into their major after their first year. When you declare will be based on when you finish your MSR.
- As a pre-major, you will be limited in the number of major courses you can enroll in. Most majors require you to be fully declared into the major before you can access the courses.
- Your priority courses should be MSR. If you run out of MSR courses, you can fill in your schedule with General Education courses, including the upper-division GE requirements.
- You can find major courses that are open to pre-majors, by checking the “Prerequisite” column on our major requirements worksheets. Look for “open to pre-majors" in the prerequisites. If the prerequisite column does not say “open to pre-majors", then you cannot enroll in the course until you are declared.
- If you are in progress with your final MSR, you are still in pre-major status when you register for next semester. We encourage you to enroll in major courses open to pre-majors, remaining GE courses, and electives if you need them. Once you are fully declared at the end of the semester, you can swap into courses that are only open to declared students.
Many first time, first year students are pre-majors. Pre-major status simply means you are not fully declared to your major yet. To become fully declared to your major, you will be required to complete Major Specific Requirements (MSRs). All majors require MSRs and it’s important to remember that you MUST complete ALL MSRs by the time you have earned 60 units. If you are a pre-major, your goal should be to complete your MSRs by the Fall or Spring of your second year. Additionally, to change major or pre-major, students must be on track to complete all MSRs by the time they earn 60 units.
Please note that some majors require MSRs to be taken in a specific order. For example, Kinesiology arranges MSRs into first year and second year milestones. In CHHS, Kinesiology and Nursing have milestones in addition to MSR.
Please see Kinesiology First and Second Year worksheets below; these will help you identify the order you will need to complete your MSR. Note that MSRs are unique from year-to-year.
The following worksheets are for the 2021-2022 academic year:
- Pre-Kinesiology, Option in Exercise Science
- Pre-Kinesiology, Option in Fitness
- Pre-Kinesiology, Option in Physical Education and Teacher Education
- Pre-Kinesiology, Option in Sports Psychology and Leadership
60 Units and the No Major Hold
If you are still in pre-major status once you have earned 60 units, the university will place a No Major Declaration hold on your record, which will impede future course enrollment. See additional information here Declare a Major (Pre-Majors/Undeclared) | California State University, Long Beach (csulb.edu).