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Fall 2019 General Education Designation Changes

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 in MyCSULB 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)

 

The Foundation

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.

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

BE AWARE: 
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

 

Explorations

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

Purpose: 
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

Laboratory
Experience

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

Humanities:
Literature, Philosophy,
LOTE

C2

3

C2 courses

 

Explorations:
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

Upper Division Requirements (Categories B, C, and D)

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. 

Purpose:
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)