Fall 2021 Major-Specific Degree Requirements for CSULB Students - COB

CSULB students must meet precise major-specific degree criteria in order to ‘declare a major.’ While first-year students 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 degree 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 degree 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.


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

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (Grade C or better required)

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

Business (All Majors and Options)
Major Preparation Courses Course Number Course Title
ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 115 Calculus for Business or higher (equivalent to MATH 122 - Calculus I or Math 119A Survey of Calculus  I)
ACCT 201 Elementary Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
BLAW 220 Introduction to Law and Business Transactions

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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