Fall 2019 General Education

In 2018, CSULB aligned our GE requirements with Executive Order 1100 from the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Beginning Fall 2019, CSULB will be realigning its GE Category designations with the rest of the CSU so as to facilitate a smooth transition for incoming transfer students. The below table outlines all of the designation changes as well as the changes introduced with Executive Order 1100.

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LD = Lower Division (100 and 200 level courses); UD = Upper Division (300 and 400 level courses)  Students under earlier G.E. plans or who need help with the above chart should contact their College Advising Center or the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.

Students who began continuous enrollment in Fall 2018 or later at a California Community College or other California State University must follow this pattern.

The following is an overview of the General Education requirements beginning with the Fall 2019 catalog. Click the link in the "List of Approved Courses" column to see current lists of all courses approved for that requirement. Refer to the online schedule of classes to see which specific sections of courses are being offered for a specific term. You can also run your Academic Requirements Report to see your current status in completing General Education requirements.

  • The Foundation (A1, A2, A3 and B4 Courses)
  • Explorations (B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3 and E - Lower Division Courses)
  • Upper Division Requirements (B, C, and D)

These courses will provide you with the basic essential skills of a college-educated person including written communication and oral communication in the English language, critical thinking, and mathematics/quantitative reasoning.

In these courses, you will develop and improve fundamental academic skills that are critical to success in college.

All GE Foundation Courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better within the first 30 CSULB baccalaureate units.

The Foundation
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
Oral Communication in English A1 3 A1 courses
Written Communication in English A2 3 A2 courses
Critical Thinking A3 3 A3 courses
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning B4 3 B4 courses


These courses will provide you with opportunities to explore human knowledge in a variety of disciplines.

You will be able to select courses from all across the university, so the topics you can explore are nearly unlimited. You will also refine the skills you developed in the Foundation courses, and you will be expected to practice additional skills like ethical reasoning, solving complex problems, creativity, respect for different points of view, and understanding your part in a democratic society and global community.

Natural Sciences (Area B)
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
Physical Sciences* B1 3 B1 courses
Life Sciences* B2 3 B2 courses
B3 1 B3 courses

*In this category either Life or Physical Sciences must include a lab component.

Arts and Humanities (Area C)
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
Arts, Cinema, Dance, Design, Film, Music, Theatre C1 3 C1 courses
Literature, Philosophy,
C2 3 C2 courses  
C1 Arts or C2 Humanities
C3 3 C3 courses


Social Science (Area D)
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
U.S. History D1 3 D1 courses
Constitution and American Ideals D2 3 D2 courses
Social Sciences and Citizenship D3 3 D3 Courses


Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
Lifelong Learning and Self Development E 3 E Lower Division courses

The Upper Division Requirements represent the culmination of the GE experience and are designed to reinforce knowledge and skills acquired from many areas. Students are required to take 3 Upper Division units in Category B, 3 Upper Division units in Category C, 3 Upper Division units in Category D. 

All Upper Division Requirement courses must reinforce advanced college skills, including writing, synthesis and application of knowledge, analysis, critique, and research.

Upper Division Requirements
Area of Study GE Category Units Required List of Approved Courses
Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning B 3 Upper Division B Courses (300-400)
Art or Humanities C 3 Upper Division C Courses (300-400)
Social Sciences D 3 Upper Division D Courses (300-400)