C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
The University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic programs. The degree programs are administered by school deans and housed in four schools: the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (DDH B102, 664-2221), the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SCI 102, 664-3450), the School of Business and Public Administration (BDC A, 664-2157), and the School of Education (EDUC 124, 664-2219). The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research (DDH D100, 664-2231) provides overall coordination for graduate programs. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (EDUC 242, 664-3420) assists the school deans with undergraduate programs. The Dean of the Extended University (BDC C, 664-2441), in cooperation with the deans of the four schools, administers off-campus degree programs, certificate programs offered through the Extended University, Open University, and special sessions. Individuals with questions about specific degree programs or academic policies can contact the above offices.
The following sections are organized to provide essential information about academic programs and policies.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS
Academic Integrity - The principles of truth and integrity are recognized as fundamental to a community of teachers and scholars. The University expects that both faculty and students will honor these principles and in so doing will protect the integrity of all academic work and student grades. Students are expected to do all work assigned to them without unauthorized assistance and without giving unauthorized assistance. Faculty have the responsibility of exercising care in the planning and supervision of academic work so that honest effort will be encouraged and positively reinforced.
There are certain forms of conduct that violate the university’s policy of academic integrity. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (CHEATING) is a broad category of actions that use fraud and deception to improve a grade or obtain course credit. Academic dishonesty (cheating) is not limited to examination situations alone, but arises whenever students attempt to gain an unearned academic advantage. PLAGIARISM is a specific form of academic dishonesty (cheating) which consists of the misuse of published or unpublished works of another by claiming them as one’s own. Plagiarism may consist of handing in someone else’s work, copying or purchasing a composition, using ideas, paragraphs, sentences, phrases or words written by another, or using data and/or statistics compiled by another without giving appropriate citation. Another example of academic dishonesty (cheating) is the SUBMISSION OF THE SAME, or essentially the same, PAPER or other assignment for credit in two different courses without receiving prior approval.
When a faculty member discovers a violation of the university’s policy of academic integrity, the faculty member is required to notify the university’s Coordinator of Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs of the alleged violation, including the name(s) of the student(s) suspected, the class in which the alleged violation occurred, the circumstances of the alleged violation, and the evidence (including witnesses) supporting the allegation. The faculty member shall also formally notify the student(s) suspected of violating the university’s policy of academic integrity, the department chair, and the school dean. The Coordinator for Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs shall conduct an investigation, confer with the faculty member, student(s), and any witnesses identified, and review all evidence submitted by the faculty member and student(s). Normally, the Coordinator for Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs shall make a settlement agreement with the student for his/her first violation of academic integrity with the following sanctions:
• final course grade of “F”
• one-year “academic probation” requiring a meeting with the Coordinator of Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs prior to registration for each subsequent academic term of the probationary year.
The settlement agreement for the first offense shall not be placed in the student’s permanent file.
If a second violation of academic integrity occurs, the student shall be suspended from CSUB for a minimum of one year. A third violation shall result in expulsion from the CSU for life. All suspensions and expulsions shall become a part of the student’s permanent record.
Under the Student Discipline Procedures, a student may appeal any sanction employed by the University regarding an allegation of violating the university’s policy of academic integrity. The initiation of the grievance must occur within fifteen (15) school days after notification by the Coordinator of Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs. Copies of these procedures are available in the offices of the school deans. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies serves as Coordinator of Student Discipline and Judicial Affairs, and his/her office coordinates all arrangements for the appeals.
Academic Freedom - Freedom to pursue truth and to achieve personal and intellectual development is essential to CSUB’s community of scholars. The University is firmly committed to such freedom for both students and faculty.
For the achievement of academic freedom, a necessary condition for such pursuit is an acceptance of the spirit of inquiry and appreciation for diverse ideas, viewpoints, cultures, and life-styles. Acceptance must be present both in the classroom and in other areas of the campus. The achievement of academic freedom, however, must occur within a respect for law and the protection of the opinions and dignity of others.
Classroom Conduct - The classroom is essential for the achievement of academic freedom, the pursuit of truth, and the development of students. Because of its importance, students as they enter the classroom must exhibit respect for the views of others, the professionalism of the instructor, and the goals of academic freedom.
Faculty are obligated to recognize and respect student diversity and opinion. Yet they have a fundamental responsibility to uphold the integrity of the learning environment. When confronted by unreasonable disruption of the classroom, faculty are expected to initiate actions to correct such conditions. Such actions can result in disciplinary action ranging from removal from the classroom to suspension from the campus.
Student Opinionnaire on Courses and Instruction (SOCI) - Students in each regular class offered at the University are asked to fill out questionnaires which report their assessment of the course content and the instruction in that class. These Student Opinionnaires on Courses and Instruction (SOCI) are used both by individual faculty members and the university administration in a continuing effort to insure that the instructional program at CSUB is as effective as possible.
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS
The academic plan of the university not only provides for a wide range of degree programs but also for a variety of educational opportunities and services suited to the individual needs of the student.
Orientation - New students to the campus are encouraged to participate in the university’s orientation program. CSUB like every educational institution has its rules, regulations, special options, and eccentric arrangements. New students need to make themselves aware of these. Orientation also introduces students to the university’s academic programs.
The orientation program operates throughout the year. For the fall quarter, there are several day-long sessions during the summer prior to the start of classes. For winter and spring quarters, orientation for the upcoming quarter occurs during the sixth week and again on the day before the quarter begins. All students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.
To gain specific information about the orientation options, students can call the Orientation Office (664-3388) or the Academic Advising and Information Center (664-3061).
Academic Advising - The university prides itself on its advising system. The faculty are trained to provide accurate information and empathetic advice. Every student is assigned to a faculty advisor in the student’s area of interest. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors every quarter; lower division students are required to do so before they can register for classes. Advising is particularly important prior to telephone or online registration. This period, normally the sixth and seventh week of the quarter, allows students to reserve a place for themselves in the next quarter’s classes. Students who utilize the telephone or online registration process are then able to register.
The Director of the Academic Advising and Information Center (CAF 105, 664-3061) assigns each freshman to a General Studies Fellow who serves as the faculty advisor until the student accumulates at least 45 units and formally declares a major. The Fellow is readily available to provide assistance.
After students officially accumulate at least 45 units and declares a major, they then receive academic advising from their academic department. Normally the department chair assigns new majors to the department faculty. Any upper division student who does not have an advisor need only request one from the appropriate department chair.
The Academic Advising and Information Center is also available to provide academic advising. Throughout the day the center has professional staff ready to answer questions about the university’s programs. Its hours are 8:30am-7:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am-4:30pm on Friday.
Our advising system is designed to insure all students obtain the information they need to meet their educational objectives. If a student finds that the system is not working, however, he or she can receive emergency assistance in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Telephone Registration - The university utilizes a system of telephone registration to permit students to plan their upcoming quarter’s academic program. Telephone registration occurs during the seventh and eighth week of the quarter. Students meet with their academic advisor and select the courses to be taken the next quarter. The selections are made official through a telephone registration call. Students are given a special time to telephone and register for the next quarter. Specific instructions are found in the quarterly class schedule.
Online Registration & Student Information - Registering for courses and viewing student information may be performed online. To access student information online the student must have an internet connection available. Login to student information at http://www.csub.edu.
Online student information offers the following options:
• Registering for classes
• Dropping and Adding classes
• Verifying current and past quarter schedules
• Checking availability of courses
2. Student Records
• Accessing unofficial transcripts
• Viewing quarter-by-quarter grades
• Reviewing account history, charges, and payments
• Checking current address and biographical information on file
Upon logging into Student Information Online, the student will be prompted for his/her user name and PIN. The user name is the student’s social security number and the PIN is the student’s date of birth entered as mm/dd/yy.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
All undergraduate degree programs at the University are structured to provide sufficient breadth and depth to prepare students to function as useful and responsible citizens. To accomplish this goal, the University requires that programs leading to both undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, have three components: a) broad exposure to a variety of fields of knowledge (general education); b) study of one or more fields in depth (major or major/minor combination); and c) courses chosen to fit the background and preferences of the individual student (electives). Requirements for each major field, for each minor field, and for the general education program are found in the appropriate sections elsewhere in this catalog.
Bachelor of Arts degree programs have a broad focus and prepare students for immediate employment or graduate study in a variety of professions or disciplines, respectively. The major and the minor, often complementing each other, constitute areas of study within the degree program. The Bachelor of Science degree programs have a narrower focus than the Bachelor of Arts programs, and, while requiring the same breadth in general education, are usually directed toward immediate employment or graduate study in a specific professional field or discipline, respectively. These programs, therefore, require no minor field, but do require a larger number of units in the major field to permit greater depth of study in a single field or professional area.
When both degree programs are offered within the same field, the Bachelor of Arts program will maintain a broader focus, will require a minor field of study, and will prepare students for advanced study in a variety of disciplines and professions often including teaching. The Bachelor of Science program in the same field, because it is more narrowly focused on study leading to employment or toward further study in a single field, will require no minor, but will achieve more depth in the single field often through more emphasis on applications, practical field experiences, and use of the specialized techniques peculiar to the field.
Bachelor of Arts Degree – One of the two types of undergraduate degrees offered at the university is a Bachelor of Arts degree. A complete list of the BA degrees is found on pages 81-84. The minimum requirements are as follows:
General Education: 72 quarter units
Minimum Major, including
Senior Seminar: 36 quarter units
One of the following
three alternatives: 20 quarter units
a. A minor of 20 quarter units designed by another discipline, 10-15 of which must be upper division, and taken outside the major department.
b. An interdisciplinary concentration or minor in one of the specially developed areas such as Black Studies or Chicano Studies (see page 110).
c. A special minor consisting of 20 or more units, 15 of which must be upper division, taken outside the major discipline, and drawn from two or more departments. A proposal listing the courses and the rationale for their selection must be submitted to the department office no later than the beginning of the student’s senior year. The proposed special minor must be approved by the advisor, the department chair, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Electives: 52 quarter units
Total units required
for graduation: 180 quarter units
Students who pursue a double major do not have to complete a minor, an interdisciplinary concentration or minor, or a special minor.
In addition to the university-wide requirements, each school or department may impose additional requirements for its particular majors. These are listed under each discipline area.
Bachelor of Science Degree - The second type of undergraduate degree offered at the university is the Bachelor of Science degree. A complete list of the BS degrees is found on pages 81-84. The minimum requirements are as follows:
General Education: 72 quarter units
Minimum major, including
Senior Seminar: 55 quarter units
Electives: 53 quarter units
Total units required
for graduation: 180 quarter units
In addition to the university-wide major requirements, each school or department may impose additional requirements for its particular majors. These are listed under each discipline area.
Senior Seminar - As part of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree the student completes a senior seminar, normally numbered 490. The senior seminar is designed as a culminating activity for the student’s major field of study. The seminar’s particular focus, approach, unit value, and content vary from discipline to discipline. Descriptions of the discipline senior seminars are found under the program requirements.
Double Majors - Any student completing the requirements for two majors in disciplines generating Bachelor of Arts degrees or in two majors generating Bachelor of Science degrees must request approval for a diploma recognizing a double major. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs acts on these requests.
Any student completing work for two majors, one of which generates a Bachelor of Arts and the other a Bachelor of Science, must request approval for a diploma recognizing a double major, with the baccalaureate degree designation determined according to the student’s choice. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs acts on these requests.
Students graduating with a double major are required to complete all components of each major, including the Senior Seminar. Although double-counting of courses from one major to the other is possible, the student must accumulate a minimum number of unduplicated units in each major. For the BA major, the minimum is 36 quarter units; for the BS major, it is 55 quarter units. The student completing a double major does not need to complete a minor.
Minors - The university offers a wide array of minors (see pages 81-84). There are three different types of minors-a traditional minor containing four courses from a single discipline, a special minor, and an interdisciplinary minor.
Students whether pursuing either a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree are able to complete one or more minors and have them displayed on their diploma and transcript. To do so, students should contact the academic department or faculty coordinator responsible for the minor. The department or faculty coordinator approves the four-course minor and at the time of graduation certifies completion of the minor to the Evaluation Office.
The four courses used in a minor cannot be drawn from those used to satisfy the major requirements. However, in the case of majors requiring extensive lower division cognates (e.g., Business Administration), students can count as one of the four required in the minor. Alternatively, two lower division cognate courses can be used in lieu of one of the required upper division courses.
Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees and Program Alternatives - California State University, Bakersfield, offers baccalaureate and master’s degree programs as indicated below, together with concentrations and minors in disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas. Requirements for these as well as other minors are listed in the appropriate school and/or department sections of the catalog or, in the case of some interdisciplinary programs, under “Inter-School Programs”.
Special Major - The University also offers a baccalaureate degree with a Special Major. This permits a student to propose a program of correlated studies in two or more fields. This alternative aims at the student who wants to pursue a field of study not covered by one of the University’s departments. Forestry or Political Philosophy are two examples of Special Majors previously completed at CSUB. A student who transfers with a large number of upper division units in a degree program not offered at the University can find this alternative particularly useful. Students seeking information on the Special Major can contact the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
A student wanting to develop a Special Major first approaches a faculty member with preparation in the proposed field of study and requests he/she serve as the academic advisor. The advisor, upon agreeing to serve, will require that a second or additional advisor be secured for the other fields to be subsumed in the Special Major.
The student and advisor(s) then develop and agree upon a program of study. The program must contain a minimum of 55 quarter units, 35 of which must be upper division. The courses must be distributed appropriately among the different fields of study. The form to be completed for the Special Major is available in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
The program is then reviewed for approval by the dean or deans of the school(s) involved. If the program receives their approval, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs then reviews it and makes a final determination. The approved program becomes part of the student’s academic file.
Second Baccalaureate Degree - The University does not encourage students to seek a second bachelor’s degree. A student who has the ability and the interest will normally be better advised to satisfy the prerequisites to a second field and seek the master’s degree. Exceptions may be made under the following guidelines:
1. A student may not be granted two baccalaureate degrees at the time of meeting the requirements for graduation from the University.
2. A student desiring a second baccalaureate degree should have the written approval of the department chair of the major in which he seeks the second degree.
3. To earn a second baccalaureate degree:
a. the student should meet the current general education requirements of CSUB;
b. the student should meet the concentration requirements for the second degree, including the major and the minor, if applicable;
c. units taken for the first baccalaureate degree may be counted, but the student must take an additional 36 units of work.
Program Emphases - Within the degree programs and concentrations offered by the Schools of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Business and Public Administration, there are the following program emphases:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Within the Computer Science program (BS in Computer Science), the student may emphasize:
• Computer Science Track
• Computer Information Systems Track
Business and Public Administration
Within the concentration in Finance (BS in Business Administration), the student may emphasize:
• General Finance
• Financial Economics
• Financial Planning
Within the concentration in Management (BS in Business Administration), the student may emphasize:
• General Management
• Human Resources Management
• Small Business Management
Within the concentration in Marketing (BS in Business Administration), the student may emphasize:
• Consumer Marketing and Advertising Strategy
• General Marketing
The University offers several certificate programs. A student might pursue one of these to achieve a variety of purposes-career advancement, professional growth and development, in-service training, and vocational or occupational training. The certificate programs currently offered are as follows:
Business and Public Administration
• Certificate in Public Administration
• Certificate in Adapted Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
• Certificate in Chicano Studies
• Certificate in Children’s Literature
• Certificates in Communications (three Options)
• Certificate in Environmental Resource Management
• Certificate in Writing
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
• Certificate in Hydrogeology
• Post baccalaureate and post-masters School Nursing Certificate
• Post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
A student interested in a program listed above should read the relevant section of the General Catalog and consult the department offering the certificate.
The Extended University - Offers a variety of specially designed Certificate Programs that lead to new employment opportunities. The curricula are designed for individuals who participate in an organized and integrated program of study but who are not regularly registered students. These programs were designed and taught by professionals in the field. Certificate programs currently offered by the Extended University include:
• Attorney Assistant
• Classroom Management
• Customer Relationship Management
• Drug and Alcohol Studies
• Environmental Management
• Grant Writing and Administration
• Human Resource Management
• Safety Management
• Workers’ Compensation Law
For additional information regarding these or other new certificate programs telephone (661) 664-2427.
The academic programs of the University provide appropriate preparation for graduate work in a variety of fields. Students who have reached tentative decisions as to institutions in which they may want to undertake graduate work should consult the catalogs of those graduate schools as they plan their undergraduate program.
Designated officials at CSUB will provide students with guidance in the selection of programs designed to prepare them for subsequent study in professional schools oriented toward careers in such fields as business administration, theology, forestry, and college teaching. Help with decisions concerning professional study is available through the Counseling Center (Health Center, 664-3366) and the individual schools.
Pre-Engineering - Although the University does not offer a degree in engineering, students can complete at this campus a substantial portion of required lower division courses for engineering programs elsewhere. Students at California State University, Bakersfield enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts general education in small classes while preparing for more specialized study at other institutions.
Students who have completed the core mathematics and science sequences have been readily accepted by other universities, public and private, both within and outside of California. Formal arrangements for preferential admission to several other universities in the CSU system have been completed, and this program is currently being expanded. At present CSUB has a formal articulation agreement with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Most engineering programs are highly structured and very demanding, and careful selection of courses for transfer programs is strongly urged. Students interested in the pre-engineering program are advised to consult with the pre-engineering advisor of the Department of Physics and Geology (SCI 273, 664-3027) for information and assistance in planning course work.
Special Consideration for Transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - For many Kern County residents, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers the most attractive engineering program. CSUB has reached an agreement with Cal Poly whereby CSUB students who complete the specified transfer program are given “special consideration” for admission. While there is no formal guarantee, completion of the following courses provides the student with a strong chance of admission.
Basic course requirements:
• CHEM 211, 212 General Chemistry
• COMM 108 Strategies of Public Communication
• CMPS 221 Programming Fundamentals
• ENGL 110 Writing and Research
• ENGL 101 Introduction to Literature: Text and Contexts (Transfer students to the University of California should take course)
• ENGR 207 Electric Circuits
• ENGR 240 Statics
• ENGR 160/161 Intro to Engineering
• MATH 201, 202/222, 203, 204 Calculus I, II, III, IV
• MATH 302 Ordinary Differential Equations
• PHYS 221, 222, 223 Calculus-based Physics
Joint Engineering Program - Pre-engineering students interested in computer or electrical engineering can complete all of the required general education courses, all prerequisite courses, and all engineering courses through the third year of a four-year engineering program at either the California State University, Bakersfield or CSUB-Antelope Valley campuses. This is a specifically designed, seamless, program offered as a joint effort by California State University, Bakersfield, California State University, Fresno, and California State University, Northridge. Students who satisfy the three-year curriculum requirements can go directly to either California State University, Fresno or the California State University, Northridge campus to complete their fourth-year studies and obtain their engineering degree.
The third-year engineering courses (and lower-division courses not offered locally) will be provided to the California State University, Bakersfield and CSUB-AV campuses using distance-learning technology by the engineering colleges at California State University, Fresno and California State University, Northridge. Upper-division general education courses will be provided by California State University, Bakersfield. The regularly scheduled engineering classes, given by California State University, Fresno and California State University, Northridge will be transmitted to TV studio classrooms at California State University, Bakersfield and CSUB-AV. Students at the latter campuses will receive direct instruction and be able to communicate with the instructors in real time.
Students selecting this program will enroll at California State University, Fresno or California State University, Northridge. Once a major is selected, the program sequence could include courses from all three of the participating institutions. For course offerings consult the Schedule of Classes.
Pre-Law - Law schools are concerned about the general quality of an applicant’s undergraduate education rather than about his/her having taken specific courses. Students can major in any discipline they desire, but must maintain a high GPA and develop good composition and problem solving skills. Advice on preparation for law school is available to CSUB students from the pre-law advisor in the Political Science Department (BDC A, 664-2353).
The University offers three pre-law concentrations, located within the Philosophy, the Economics, and the Political Science programs. The concentrations provide the appropriate broad preparation desired by law schools. Students wishing to prepare for law school may complete one of these majors with the pre-law concentration. Students should read the relevant section of this catalog (pages 187, 245, and 256) for information on specific requirements.
Pre-Medical - The University offers course work to meet the requirements of medical and other professional schools in the health sciences, including dentistry, physical therapy, clinical laboratory sciences, optometry, physician’s assistant, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Although the professional schools do not always require a bachelor’s degree, they generally encourage basic preparation and a broad general education leading to that degree before specialization. Most students obtain a science degree, but other majors are also accepted provided required courses have been taken. Typically, mathematics and computers (one year), physics (one year), chemistry (two years), and biology (two years) are required. Courses recommended to satisfy these requirements include:
• Biology: 201, 202, 203, 304, 305;
• Chemistry: 211, 212, 213, 331, 332, and 333 or 340
• Mathematics: 191,192 or 201, 202
• Physics: 221, 222, 223 or 201, 202, 203
Since the admissions requirements vary between programs and institutions, interested students should acquire a list of specific requirements from professional schools of their choice. Sources of information include the Career Planning and Placement Office, the Walter Stiern Library, and the internet. Students are urged to consult with appropriate faculty advisors as soon as possible to plan course selections. These advisors and further information can be located through the Department of Biology (SCI I Room 227, 661-664-3089), Chemistry (SCI II Room 273, 661-664-3027), or the Office of the Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SCI I Room 104, 661-664-3450).
ALTERNATIVES TO CLASSROOM STRUCTURE
The University provides a variety of alternatives to the traditional classroom. These alternatives serve a number of purposes. Some allow students to accelerate their progress toward a baccalaureate degree. Other alternatives may permit the student to earn baccalaureate credit for experience or study completed prior to matriculation at CSUB. Several permit the student to earn academic credit for career-related employment or community service.
Currently, the University offers the following alternatives: (1) credit for courses by challenge examination; (2) credit for prior experiential learning; (3) credit for the passage of externally developed tests; (4) career related internships; (5) the Human Corps Program; and (6) several kinds of independent study. Each of these alternatives is described below. Students are urged to explore with their advisors the different programs.
Credit for Courses by Challenge Examination - Currently enrolled students who, through formal study or informal learning, have thorough knowledge of the facts, ideas, and concepts of a CSUB course may request the opportunity to challenge that course. If they pass a faculty developed examination, they can earn credit for that course.
A student interested in challenging a CSUB course first contacts the chair of the department that offers the course to determine whether it is eligible for challenge. If the course is eligible, the student then discusses the challenge with a faculty member who teaches the course. That faculty member then may develop an appropriate challenge examination. The student is required to pay a $2.00 fee, payable to the CSUB Accounting Office, for each challenge examination; the student submits the receipt to the department prior to taking the examination.
There are several restrictions on Credit by Examination:
a. Credit shall not be awarded when degree credit has already been granted through regular course work, credit by evaluation, credit through externally developed diagnostic tests, or other instructional processes, such as correspondence;
b. Credit shall not be awarded when credit has already been granted at a level more advanced than that represented by the examination;
c. Credit earned through credit by examination shall not count as resident credit and shall be awarded only on a credit, no-credit basis;
d. Application of the credit by examination units to major or minor requirements shall be determined by the department responsible for the student’s degree program; and
e. A student may earn no more than 20 quarter units through Credit by Examination.
Credit for Prior Experiential Learning - The University may grant academic credit to currently enrolled students for their prior learning, knowledge, or skills acquired through work, volunteer, or other experience. Students who believe they have had such prior experience may petition for credit by consulting with the relevant school dean or department chair. Each department decides whether it awards Experiential Prior Learning Credit. Not every CSUB department participates in this program.
The amount of credit for experiential learning is determined only after self and faculty assessment of the scope and quality of the learning. Evaluation of experiential learning takes varied forms including written examinations, portfolios, personal interviews, and demonstrations. Frequently, complementary academic study will be required prior to the awarding of credit.
There are several restrictions on Experiential Prior Learning Credit.
a. Experiential Prior Learning Credit is awarded only on a credit, no-credit basis and does not count as resident credit;
b. The amount of credit may not exceed 20 quarter units;
c. Only undergraduates are eligible to receive Experiential Prior Learning Credit, and the credit may not count for post-baccalaureate credit;
d. Students are ineligible for credit until they have completed 30 quarter units in residence.
Students interested in pursuing this option should consult with the appropriate school dean or department. Forms are available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Credit for Passage of Externally Developed Tests - The University awards credit for the successful passage of certain externally developed tests described below. By taking advantage of these tests, students may speed their progress through the university and receive credit for the college level knowledge they have acquired prior to formal matriculation. Students may earn up to a maximum of 45 quarter units through such tests.
There are several restrictions on receiving Credit for Passage of Externally Developed Tests.
a. Credit shall not be awarded when equivalent credit has been granted for regular course work, credit by evaluation, or other instructional processes, such as correspondence;
b. Credit shall not be awarded when credit has been granted at a level more advanced than that represented by the examination in question;
c. Credit shall not be awarded for passage of different tests that assessed the same knowledge; and
d. Credit earned through passage of diagnostic tests may apply to major and minor requirements only with the approval of the department responsible for the degree and to general education requirements only with the approval of the General Education Advisory Committee.
Advanced Placement Program - The University grants credit toward the undergraduate degree for the successful passage of the examinations of the Advanced Placement Program (AP). Students who present scores of 3, 4, or 5 on one or more AP examinations will be awarded university credit as recommended by the College Board. Students who have taken AP examinations should request that the scores be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Students will receive credit for CSUB coursework most nearly equivalent to the material covered in the AP examination. The courses credited will be displayed on the Transfer Evaluation. Questions about credit should be directed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma - CSUB recognizes the high scholastic quality of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. High school students holding the IB diploma (not certificate) are eligible for admission and will receive 5 quarter units of General Education credit for each higher level examination passed with a minimum score of 4.0. Application of credit to a major or minor is at department discretion.
Applicants who plan to enroll at CSUB should submit a copy of their official IB transcript to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. The courses credited will be displayed on the Transfer Evaluation. Questions about credit should be directed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
College Level Examination Program - The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables students who have reached the university level of education outside the classroom and before matriculation to demonstrate their knowledge and to earn baccalaureate credit. Students interested in CLEP should contact the Testing Office (664-3373).
There are four CLEP General Examinations for which credit is awarded: Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. They provide a comprehensive measure of undergraduate achievement in these basic areas of the liberal arts. Students who successfully pass one or more of these examinations earn credit that applies to CSUB’s General Education Program. The application of the Credit is displayed on the Transfer Evaluation.
There are also approximately thirty Subject Examinations. These differ from the General Examinations in that they are more closely tied to course content and are intended to cover material that is typical of university courses in these subjects. Before taking a Subject Examination, students should consult with the relevant department. If the department approves, the students may earn credit for specific university courses by passing a Subject Examination.
A student who has taken CLEP examinations should request that scores be sent to Office of Admissions.
Career Related Internships - The University desires to assist its students to reach their career goals. All campus departments are aware of their students’ career concerns. The campus has several all-university programs as well as department programs to facilitate students’ efforts. Each department decides whether the course credit from internships satisfies major requirements.
Cooperative Education - Cooperative Education is a type of educational experience that integrates a students’ university academic study with related work experience in business, government, or nonprofit agency. Students participate in part-time employment with concurrent attendance or alternate periods of attendance with periods of employment.
Students enrolled in any discipline, who are in good academic standing, are eligible to apply. Academic credit is awarded through enrollment in either General Studies or departmental Cooperative Education courses. Credit is awarded on a credit, no-credit basis.
Students interested in this program should contact the Cooperative Education Office (AE 131, 664-2411).
Departmental Internships - Many departments, as well as the Division of Undergraduate Studies and interdisciplinary programs, offer students an opportunity to earn academic credit while they gain experience in their chosen career fields. Departmental internships normally do not involve payment to the student.
Students interested in this option should contact the appropriate department or Undergraduate Studies.
Human Corps Program - The Human Corps Program provides students an opportunity to receive university credit for volunteer community service experience. Qualified students volunteer for nonprofit, governmental, educational or community based service organizations. Placements are designed to provide direct experience with people or project planning, while improving the quality of life in the community.
To receive university credit, students enroll in the General Studies course, HCOR 396, or a departmental Human Corps course, and must complete at least 30 hours of service per quarter. One unit may be earned each quarter, and no more than 12 units may be counted toward the baccalaureate degree, by Human Corps program participants.
The Human Corps Office (AE 131, 664-3359) coordinates placements and will provide further information on this program.
Independent Study - A major goal of the University is the inculcation in its students of a commitment to continuing self-education. If the University is successful in this objective, many of its students will reach a point during their undergraduate or graduate years at which they will have the competence and discipline necessary to carry out independent projects.
Undergraduate or graduate students may enroll in independent study courses for 1 to 5 units of credit. Students may apply a maximum of 20 quarter units of independent study credit toward their undergraduate degree but no more than 10 toward their major. Graduate degree requirements vary by program. The department responsible for the degree determines the application of the independent study units toward specific requirements.
Students wishing to engage in independent study must file a petition. This petition, available in the school deans’ office, requires the signatures of the supervising faculty member, the department chair and the school dean. After securing the required signatures, the student follows the registration procedures required for traditional courses.
The University offers several different types of independent study courses. The following list is not exhaustive. Students should explore with their advisor the alternatives offered by their department.
Individual Study - The individualized study course, normally numbered 499, 599 or 699, allows the student to explore in-depth a topic of interest to the student or to engage in an original research project selected by the student. The student must identify a faculty member willing to supervise the course. The University strongly recommends that students wishing to enroll in an independent study course have earned at least a 3.00 GPA and have completed 15 or more units in residence.
Tutoring - Students recruited by faculty for tutoring may receive one to five units per quarter of independent study units.
Cooperative Research - Faculty involved in research projects may engage students with their research. Students so engaged may earn 1 to 5 units per quarter.
Directed Research - Certain departments either require or assist students to engage in research projects selected and/or approved by department faculty. Students so engaged may earn 1 to 5 units per quarter.
Individual Course - When a student requires a regular course for graduation or other special purposes and the course is unavailable, the department may allow a student to enroll in that course as an independent study. A faculty member must agree to conduct this course. Students will earn the same number of units as the regular course.
OFF-CAMPUS STUDY ALTERNATIVES
Instructional Television - CSUB televises a variety of university courses from the campus to nearby locations and surrounding communities. Some courses are available for home viewing via cable; others require attendance at specific sites. All courses are televised live at the time of instruction at CSUB and students must watch at the designated time. The region serviced by the program broadcast varies from course to course. The general area is from Porterville on the north to Frazier Park on the south using wireless transmission and five cable systems. There are no additional fees charged for participation in courses delivered through the ITV Network. For information concerning registration procedures, fees, and the current schedule of classes call (661) 664-2448 or log on to our web site at www.csub.edu/itv.
Young Scholar Program - High school juniors and seniors are able to take college classes before they graduate from high school through CSUB’s Young Scholar Program. Classes are offered that are transferable to all CSU campuses, the UC system, and most private universities. Many courses are offered at each high school via cable. Other courses can be taken at home and some courses require students to come to the CSUB campus. If all courses are taken in the sequence, a student could complete their freshman year of college before they graduate from high school. The tuition fee is only $2.00 per course and textbooks must be purchased from the Runner Bookstore. Entrance requirements are a 2.99 grade point average, participation in the college-prep track, and permission from a counselor. Transcripts are required. For more information call (661) 664-2448 or visit our web site at www.csub.edu/itv.
Antelope Valley College - In cooperation with Antelope Valley College (AVC), CSUB operates the Antelope Valley Education Center on the AVC campus. For more detailed information on the offerings provided at the AVC campus, please refer to page 96.
National Student Exchange - CSUB is one of over 100 state colleges and universities within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands that participate in the National Student Exchange program. Students may spend a year or part of a year at one of these institutions and return to CSUB to complete their undergraduate education. This program provides the student with new academic and social experiences through a simplified admissions process and assurance of full academic credit at CSUB during the term of exchange at a minimal cost to the student.
To qualify for participation in the National Student Exchange program the applicant should:
a. be a full-time student at CSUB (at least 12 units);
b. be a sophomore or junior during the term of exchange; and
c. have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
Tuition assessed is the instate (resident) tuition at either CSUB or the host campus, depending upon the exchange plan of the member college or university. Participants must also pay for room and board, books, transportation, and personal expenses at the host school. Students are encouraged to consult with the Financial Aids Office early in the National Student Exchange application process to determine financial needs for the exchange period.
Catalogs, detailed information, and applications are available from the National Student Exchange Coordinator in the Records Office (664-2123).
International Students and Programs - The International Students and Programs (MB2 211, 664-2014) provides a host of services for our international students from abroad, including:
a. Responses to inquiries from all prospective international students.
b. Close contact with international student applications.
c. Academic and cultural orientation for new international students.
d. Pre-departure orientation for students returning home at the end of their studies.
e. Workshops to provide updated information on immigration matters, academic policy and protocol, cultural and social adjustment to life in the US, resume and job interview preparation, etc.
f. General assistance to international students with academic, immigration, and personal concerns.
g. Initial academic advising of lower division international students.
h. Advises/assists the International Student Club to plan campus events and social activities.
All international students should contact the office for International Students and Programs upon their arrival at CSUB.
Student Exchange Programs - CSUB offers various opportunities to study in other countries. These are coordinated through the International Students and Programs.
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) - This program is based on balanced one-to-one exchanges between CSUB students (home institution) and those in other countries (host institutions). Most forms of financial aid can be applied toward participation in ISEP. Students must have a 2.75 GPA to apply to ISEP. In addition, if students intend to study at an ISEP institution and pursue their coursework in a foreign language, they must have a 3.0 GPA in the language. Through ISEP, CSUB students enroll directly in ISEP institutions and apply credit earned toward their CSUB degrees. Contact ISEP Coordinator in the International Students and Programs office (MB2 211, (661) 664-2014).
Universite d’Orleans - Orleans, France - This program is based on balanced one-to-one exchanges of CSUB and Universite d’Orleans students. Student pays CSUB tuition and fees before departure to host institution. Room and board is arranged through the Universite d’Orleans. Students must have a 2.75 GPA to apply to the Universite d’Orleans. In addition, they must have the equivalent of two years of university French and a 3.0 GPA in the language. Through participation in study at the Universite d’Orleans, CSUB students enroll directly in the host institution and are integrated with native students. Most majors at CSUB are offered by the Universite d’Orleans. Contact Dr. Joanne Schmidt, (DDH B117, 664-2317).
MICEFA (Mission interuniversitaire de coordination des echanges franco-americains Paris - lle de France) - This program is a Franco-American exchange based on balanced one-to-one exchanges of CSU students (home institution) and those of MICEFA (host institutions are Universites de Paris III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII). Students must have a 2.75 GPA to apply to MICEFA. In addition, they must have the equivalent of two years of university French and a 3.0 GPA in the language. Most forms of financial aid can be applied toward participation in MICEFA. Students enroll directly in courses at host institutions. Most majors at CSUB are offered on the various campuses of the Universite de Paris. Contact Dr. Joanne Schmidt, (DDH B117, 664-2317).
The California State University International Programs - Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of the California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
University of Western Sydney
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
Victoria University of Technology
The universities of the Province of Quebec including:
Université de Montréal
Université du Quebec system
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark’s International Study Program (the international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
Institut des Etudes Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers,
Universités de Paris III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII
Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations Université Evry
Universität Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg
Tel Aviv University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of Haifa
CSU Study Center (Florence)
Universitá degli Studi di Firenze
La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Waseda University (Tokyo)
Yonsei University (Seoul)
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
Lincoln University (Christchurch)
Massey University (Palmerston North)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Granada
National Taiwan University (Taipei)
National Tsing Hua University
University of Wales, Swansea
University of Zimbabwe (Harare)
International Programs pays all tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to the same extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, living expenses, and home campus fees. Participants remain eligible to receive any form of financial aid (except work-study) for which they can individually qualify.
To qualify for admission to the International Programs, students must have upper division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in France, Germany, and Mexico. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.
Additional information and application materials may be obtained on campus or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us online at http://www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE POLICIES and
Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree - To qualify for a bachelor’s degree, a student must satisfy the specific requirements in the following areas:
Units - A minimum of 180 quarter units is required, including at least 60 upper division.
Note: Students who began their university curriculum in the fall of 1979 or thereafter will be limited to 8 units of credit in Physical Education 150 or equivalent activities courses which may be applied toward graduation.
Residence - A student must complete a minimum of 45 quarter units in resident study at CSUB. Thirty-six of these units shall be earned in upper division courses, and 18 upper division units shall be in the major.
Scholarship - Each student must complete, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or better: (1) all acceptable university units attempted, (2) all units counted toward satisfaction of the major; (3) all units counted toward satisfaction of the minor requirements; and (4) all units attempted at this university, except that only courses in which a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) is assigned are used in computing the grade point average. Students must clear grades of “I” and “SP” before they can graduate.
Determination of Applicable Graduation Requirements - Students may elect to meet the graduation requirements in effect at any one of the three times indicated below.
1. During the term in which graduation requirements are completed.
2. During the term they entered CSUB.
3. During the term they began university work, provided they have been in attendance in regular sessions and in the same general curriculum in any state college or California community college. “Attendance” means enrollment in at least one semester or two quarters each calendar year. Summer sessions do not count toward continuous enrollment. Absence due to an approved educational leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher learning is not considered an interruption in enrollment, if the absence does not exceed two years.
Continuous Enrollment and Graduation Requirements - To maintain rights to a set of graduation requirements a student must remain in continuous enrollment or attendance. This means that the student must enroll during two quarters or one semester of each calendar year at CSUB, another CSU campus, or a California community college. Absence due to an approved educational leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher learning shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, if the absence does not exceed two years.
Determination of Applicable CSUB Catalog for Major and Minor Requirements - The University allows the students three (3) options in selecting their major and minor requirements. Students may choose to satisfy major and minor requirements:
1. From the Catalog in effect when they began continuous enrollment in the university;
2. From the Catalog in effect at the time they formally declare a major or minor; or
3. From the Catalog in effect at the time they graduate from CSUB.
Students who select option 3 would not be held to new General Education or other graduation requirements.
Students must declare a major by the time they complete ninety (90) quarter units of coursework and they must declare the Catalog under which they intend to graduate when they file for graduation.
Currency of Courses Used to Meet Major and Minor Requirements - CSUB students pursuing an undergraduate degree are to satisfy major and minor requirements, including all required cognates and prerequisite courses, within ten (10) years of the date of the award of the undergraduate degree.
Exceptions to the policy may be granted if a student can demonstrate currency in the relevant course or courses to the satisfaction of the department or program committee. Students should consult their academic advisor about how to demonstrate currency.
The dean responsible for the degree program is to approve all exceptions.
GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
General Education Program
I. Purpose of General Education
The goals of general education are accomplished jointly through the General Education Program, major and minor programs, and other graduation requirements. The goals include the following:
1. develop and reinforce basic skills such as writing, speaking, and listening in the English language, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning;
2. provide students with a breadth of exposure to mathematics, life and physical sciences, arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences;
3. provide students with an in-depth exposure to themes of importance in the modern world;
4. assist students in the process of becoming well-informed and responsible citizens;
5. increase students’ understanding of human diversity and their tolerance for differences of opinion and culture;
6. give students an international and multicultural perspective on issues and problems confronting human society; and
7. facilitate the process of ethical development.
II. Curriculum and Implementation
Students must accumulate a minimum of 72 quarter units to complete CSUB’s General Education Program.
The program consists of two parts. The first part is comprised of introductory, lower-division courses that expose students to the breadth of the core disciplines. These courses are grouped in four broad subject areas (Areas A-D). Typically 60 quarter units earned in Areas A-D courses are required to satisfy this part of CSUB’s General Education Program. However, CSUB accepts certification of the CSU general education requirements and completion through the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). The overall unit requirements may also be reduced through the passage of externally developed standardized examinations and through the passage of CSUB waiver or challenge examinations.
The second part consists of a minimum of 12 quarter units in upper division (300 and 400 level) courses grouped in three thematic areas (Themes 1-3). This requirement must be completed in residence and after the student achieves upper-division status. These courses are designed to give students a more in-depth exposure to topics not fully covered in introductory, lower division courses. Instructors in all courses will incorporate materials related to the dimensions of human diversity, whenever appropriate and to the extent possible.
Part 1: Lower Division Component
Areas A-D Requirements
These lower division courses are designed to be introductory in nature and will expose students to the richness and breadth of disciplines. They are grouped in the following four areas:
A. Communication in the English Language
B. Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences
C. Arts and Humanities
D. Social and Behavioral Sciences
The lists of approved courses are published in the quarterly Class Schedule and can also be secured in the Undergraduate Studies Office, Academic Advising Center, relevant departments and school dean’s offices.
Area A: Communication in the English Language
Thirteen to seventeen (13-17) quarter units in Communication in the English Language.
A1. One course in speaking and listening
A2. One course in writing and reading (must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher
A3. One course in writing-intensive critical thinking and logical reasoning
Area B: Mathematics Life and Physical Sciences
Thirteen to seventeen (13-17) quarter units in Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences.
B1. One lecture course in life sciences
B2. One lecture course in physical science
B3. One related science laboratory
B4. One course in mathematics (must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher
Area C: Arts and Humanities
Thirteen to seventeen (13-17) quarter units in the Arts and Humanities. One course from three of the following subareas:
C1. Art or Performing Arts (Music or Theatre)
C2. Modern Languages and Literatures (103 level or above fluency courses),
C5. Philosophy/Religious Studies
Area D: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Thirteen to seventeen (13-17) quarter units in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. One course from three of the following subareas:
D3. Political Science
Part 2: Upper Division Component
Students must complete in residence a minimum of 12 quarter units from coursework approved for upper division general education credit. Students can enroll in this coursework only after they have achieved upper division status and have completed the lower division requirements in Area A (Communication in the English Language).
Thematic Course Requirements - The upper division component of the General Education Program normally consists of three courses, one from each of the following themes:
1. Natural Sciences and Technology
2. Arts and Humanities
3. Social and Behavioral Sciences
Each thematic course has a lower division prerequisite. One of the three courses may be taken as an optional credit, no-credit. Each course has a significant writing assignment in addition to classroom examinations.
Students may satisfy two of these thematic requirements by taking an interdisciplinary course (minimum of eight quarter units) taught by faculty representing two of the thematic areas.
Theme courses cannot be used to satisfy lower division Area requirements or the Equity Requirement.
Approved courses are listed in the quarterly Class Schedule, and the lists are also available in the Academic Information and Advising Center, Undergraduate Studies Office, and relevant school dean and department offices.
Theme 1: Natural Sciences and Technology
Courses offered under this theme will provide students with an analysis and understanding of contemporary issues involving technology and physical and biological sciences. Within this context, courses will focus on issues regarding the impact of human activities on natural resources and the resulting global implications.
Theme 2: Arts and Humanities
Courses offered under this theme will enable students to gain knowledge of linguistics, literature, history, philosophy, religion, and/or the artistic expression of ideas. Artists and humanists use different methods to convey perspectives on the human condition to express ideas and beauty. These courses will assist students in exploring these methods and their results and in connecting them with their respective academic disciplines.
Theme 3: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Courses offered under this theme will focus on human, social, economic, and political behavior and institutions and their historical backgrounds. These courses will enable students to gain knowledge of contemporary social and behavioral issues as well as individual initiatives and public policies which address those issues.
Policies for General Education Program
1. Students must complete the four areas and three themes and accumulate as many additional units as are needed to reach a total of 72 units.
2. Students must complete three approved upper division theme courses in residence at CSUB. These are required of all students intending to graduate from CSUB, regardless of community college certification or the courses completed at other institutions. These courses cannot be completed and counted toward this requirement until the student has achieved upper division status. These courses cannot be double-counted toward lower division area requirements or the equity requirement.
3. Lower division general education and upper division theme courses may be double-counted for the major, minor, cognate, foundation or American Institutions requirements.
4. Waiver Exams: Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 may be satisfied by a test designed specifically for that goal . Exams for Area A2, A3, and B4 are available through the Testing Office. The Undergraduate Studies Office (EDUC 242) schedules the exam for Area A1 once each quarter. Exams cost $10.00 each.
5. Students earning degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Nursing, and Physics have the Theme 1 requirement waived by their senior seminar.
6. The US Constitution/CA State and Local Government course fulfills the requirement for Area D3. Political Science.
7. Students with a verified learning disability who are registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) may be eligible to petition for a course substitution for a General Education requirement. Information regarding course substitutions can be obtained from the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
Transfer Students and CSUB GE Program
1. The University accepts full certification (57 quarter units) of lower division requirements or partial certification of one or more of the areas of the CSU general education program. Only California community colleges, CSU campuses, and other institutions that have negotiated agreements with the CSU can provide certification.
2. Transfer students are responsible for requesting certification of general education from their previous institution. The certifications are sent to CSUB’s Office of Admissions
3. The University also accepts the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) as satisfying its lower division requirements.
4. In unusual circumstances, transfer students may petition for exemption from specific general education requirements. Students wanting relief from a general education requirement must contact Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
5. Some upper division students who have broken continuous enrollment and subsequently returned to the University experience a serious hardship with the new general education program. These students have an opportunity to appeal to the Academic Petitions Committee for relief. These appeals should be initiated with Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Foreign Language Proficiency - Students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. They can do so in one of the following ways:
1. Meeting the CSU admissions requirement for first time freshmen which requires completion of two years of high school coursework in the same language (for international students this is demonstrated by a high school diploma or equivalent in an non-English language);
2. Passing a CSUB administered foreign language waiver exam; or
3. Passing a CSUB Foreign Language course at the 101 or higher level.
Basic Skills Sequencing Policy - Because the basic skills (writing, reading, speaking, logical and mathematical reasoning) are so fundamental to the educational process and to living an informed life, students must demonstrate that they have acquired these skills to a sufficient degree. This they may do either by means of passing challenge examinations or, in what is assumed to be the normal case, by means of taking and passing a course or courses specifically designed to increase our students’ basic skills.
The University requires students to demonstrate basic skills competency in a timely manner.
1. Students who begin their CSUB studies with less than 30 baccalaureate credit quarter units are required to:
a. Complete Area A2 within the first 45 baccalaureate credit quarter units at CSUB;
b. Complete Areas A1 and A3 within the first 60 baccalaureate credit quarter units at CSUB;
c. Complete Area B4 within the first 75 baccalaureate credit quarter units at CSUB.
2. Students transferring with 30 or more baccalaureate credit quarter units are required to:
a. Complete Areas A1, A2, and A3 within the first 45 baccalaureate credit quarter units at CSUB;
b. Complete Area B4 within the first 60 baccalaureate credit quarter units at CSUB.
Students who do not complete the Basic Skills within the allotted period are not permitted to enroll for subsequent quarters unless they enroll in courses that, if passed, would complete the relevant Area requirements.
American Institutions Requirement - The California Education Code requires that each student qualifying for graduation with a bachelor’s degree shall demonstrate competence in the areas of United States history and national, state and local government, including the rights and obligations of citizens.
Satisfaction of this requirement shall be met by no less than one course in United States History and one course in United States government or by examinations administered respectively by the History (FT 304E, 664-3079) and Political Science Departments (BDC A248, 664-214). The course in United States Government must focus on both the United State Constitution and the state and local government of California. Students who have completed their US Government course at a non-California institution will not have satisfied the state and local government requirement and will be required to take an additional course or pass the waiver examination.
Courses that satisfy the United States history requirement include:
• HIST 231 Survey of US History to 1865
• HIST 232 Survey of US History Since 1865
• HIST 370 Early California
• HIST 371 Modern California
• HIST 445 The American West
Courses that satisfy the United States and state and local government requirement include:
• PLSI 101 American Government Politics
• INST 275 Administrative Processes in Government
General Studies Orientation Requirement - All new lower division students with fewer than 21 quarter units must take and successfully complete with a credit (CR) grade the one-unit General Studies Orientation course, General Studies 160. This course must be taken within the first 30 quarter units completed at CSUB.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) - In May 1976, the CSU Board of Trustees established a system-wide policy that all degree candidates (bachelor’s and master’s) must demonstrate writing competence as part of their graduation requirement. Students must be upper-division or graduates before they demonstrate their competence.
Students have two options for meeting this requirement: (1) achieve 65% or higher on a university-wide proficiency examination (2) receive a grade of “credit” or of “C” or better in any of the following courses: Engl/Comm 304; Comm 306 or 311; Engl 305, 310, or 311; Hist 300; Adm 510.
The university-wide competence examination, open to all students who have earned at least 90 quarter units of undergraduate college credit and have completed English 110 (the Basic Subjects requirement in English) with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher, is given at least three times a year.
Information concerning dates and registration for the examination can be obtained from the Testing Office (Health Center, 664-3373). Eligible students may attempt the exam as often as necessary.
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individual arrangements and accommodations for testing and course work will be made for handicapped students to meet the GWAR. These arrangements will be made in such a manner as to assure that the English competence of handicapped students be tested and not the limitations imposed by their disabilities.
Examination results will be mailed to each registrant who completes the examination. Results will be sent to the addresses registrants provide on the day of the examination.
Brochures with more information on the GWAR are available in the Testing Center, the Department of English, and in all deans’ offices.
Gender, Race and Ethnicity Requirement - As part of its effort to assist its graduates to become well educated and to engage effectively in the contemporary society, the University requires all students to complete a course focusing on gender, race, and ethnicity prior to graduation.
Equity requirement courses cannot satisfy either Area or Theme requirements.
The list of approved courses is published in the quarterly Class Schedule. It is also available in the Academic Information and Advising Center, the Undergraduate Studies Office, and relevant school dean and department offices. CSUB accepts equivalent and similar courses offered at other institutions of higher education.
Students with questions about this requirement should discuss them with their advisor or the Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Physical Education Credit - Students who began their college curriculum in the fall of 1979 or thereafter will be limited to 8 units of credit in Physical Education 150 or equivalent activities courses which may be applied toward graduation.
GRADUATION PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES
Application for Graduation - Candidates for baccalaureate degrees to be awarded at the end of a regular term must file applications with the Evaluations Office (SA 104, 664-2258) no later than the end of the second week of instruction of the quarter in which they expect to complete all graduation requirements. Applications for degrees to be awarded at the end of a summer session should be completed and filed with the Evaluations Office before the end of the previous spring quarter. No application will be accepted for summer session degrees after the end of the first week of instruction of the regular summer session.
All students are urged to apply for graduation at least one full quarter before they plan to graduate, because a reply to the application may take six to eight weeks. They may thus be notified prior to the registration period for their last quarter of any deficiencies in graduation requirements.
Graduation Dates - There are four graduation dates each year. They coincide with the last day of the final examination period in the fall, winter, and spring terms and with the last day of the final examination period for the second summer session.
Commencement - Commencement ceremonies are held in June of each year. Undergraduates who complete their degree requirements during the Fall, Winter or Spring Quarters prior to June or the Summer Session immediately following the June Commencement are eligible to participate in the formal ceremonies.
Provisional Post-Baccalaureate Credit - Courses taken by a student that are not needed to fulfill degree requirements, can be recorded as provisional post-baccalaureate credit. The student’s request for this credit is part of the Application for Baccalaureate Degree. The courses for which the student is requesting post-baccalaureate credit must have been taken in the final quarter prior to the date of graduation (Summer term does not count). Liberal Studies majors may request provisional post-baccalaureate credit for teaching credential courses taken within three quarters of the date of graduation (Summer term counts only if teaching credential courses are completed). The student’s request for provisional post-baccalaureate credit may not be made retroactively. Units for any one course must be applied either wholly to the baccalaureate degree or wholly to provisional post-baccalaureate credit and may not be divided.
Graduation with Honors - An undergraduate student must have completed at least 60 letter-graded units of resident credit at CSUB to be eligible for graduation with honors. Honors are awarded if the student’s overall grade point average (GPA) and CSUB grade point average both reach the following standard:
GPA 3.3-3.59......... cum laude
GPA 3.6-3.89......... magna cum laude
GPA 3.9-4.0........... summa cum laude
EVALUATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER CREDIT
After a person has been accepted for admission as an undergraduate, the Evaluations Office of Admissions and Records (SA 104, 664-2258) will evaluate any previous college work and issue an evaluation of transfer credit to the student and to the student’s major department. The evaluation remains valid as long as the student matriculates at the date specified and remains in continuous enrollment ( see page 69). These evaluations are conditional and are subject to revision during the first quarter that the student is in attendance; therefore, transfer students should discuss their evaluation in detail with their academic advisors to insure that all credit earned has been granted and that no error has been made.
Credit from a Four-Year College or University - The University will accept for full transfer credit any baccalaureate-oriented courses taken at a four-year accredited college or university.
Credit from a Community College - The University will accept for full transfer credit all course work taken at a California community college which has been indicated by that college as designed or appropriate for baccalaureate credit. Community college credit is allowed to a maximum of 105 quarter (70 semester) units. Courses taken at a community college by a student who has already completed 105 units of community college work may be used to fulfill course requirements but do not carry unit credit towards total units required for the degree. No upper division credit may be allowed for courses from a community college.
California Articulation Number (CAN) System - CSUB participates in the CAN System. This system uses a common number to identify some of the transferable, lower division, introductory courses commonly taught within each academic discipline on California college campuses. The system assures students that CAN courses on one participating campus will be accepted “in lieu of” the comparable CAN courses on another participating campus. For example: CAN Economics 2 on one campus will be accepted for CAN Economics 2 on another participating campus. Each campus, however, retains its own course numbering system.
In this catalog, the CAN designator is found at the end of the course description of each approved CAN course (e.g. CAN ANTH 2, CAN ECON 2, etc.).
For additional information contact the Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Certification of General Education - Community colleges may certify through established procedures that a student has completed the California State University’s lower division general education requirements in one or more areas. Courses and examinations used to certify units must be baccalaureate level and have been completed at the certifying institution. However, any participating institution may report completion of courses or examinations taken at other participating institutions provided that all such courses and examinations would be certified by the institution offering them. Such courses and examinations shall be deemed to have been certified. The student should request the college to send the certification to the Evaluations Office of Admissions and Records at CSUB.
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) - CSUB participates fully in the IGETC system. Students who have completed an IGETC program at a community college or other participating institution should ask the last institution attended to submit an IGETC completion form to the Evaluations Office of Admissions and Records at CSUB.
Credit from Non-Accredited Colleges - Credits earned in non-accredited colleges may be accepted upon review and recommendation by respective faculty for each course and approval by the appropriate dean(s).
Credit for Extension, Correspondence, and DANTES Work - The University will accept for credit towards a baccalaureate degree, on the basis of evaluation of courses submitted on official transcripts, no more than 36 quarter units of credit earned through extension, correspondence, and/or DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) courses.
Credit for Military Service - Students with active military service of one year or more will receive 9 quarter units of lower division elective credit and additional units for specified service training and courses. A copy of service separation papers (service form DD-214) should be submitted to the Admissions Office during the admissions process.
Credit for Peace Corps Service - Students with Peace Corps service of one year or more will receive 9 quarter units of lower division elective credit and additional units for training courses completed at an accredited college. Written certification by recognized authorities of service and training should be filed with the Admissions Office during the admissions process.
Subsequent Enrollment at Other Institutions - Students enrolled at the University who wish to receive transfer credit for courses offered at other institutions should obtain prior approval of these courses from the appropriate department chair, school dean and Dean of Undergraduate Studies before enrolling in such courses.
ACADEMIC PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES
Dean’s List - A full-time, undergraduate student, carrying at least eight units of letter-graded work, who earns a GPA of 3.25 or above in an academic quarter will be placed on the Dean’s List.
Course Overload - A student is normally permitted to enroll in a maximum of 19 units. A student with a CSUB grade point average 2.5 or above may request permission to carry more than 19 units per quarter by petition to the appropriate dean. A full-time student with a CSUB grade point average of 3.3 or better may carry extra courses without petition. Loads in excess of 19 units are not permitted for first-quarter CSUB students.
Declaration of Major by Undergraduates - Students may declare a major or degree objective at any time after admission to CSUB. Normally the declaration of major is made at the time of application to the university. Students are required to declare after the completion of 90 units.
Students who want to declare or change their major complete a Declaration of Major form and submit it to the Records Office (SA 103, 664-2147).
Simultaneous Enrollment at CSUB and a Second Institution - A student at CSUB who desires to enroll for concurrent work at another institution or in this university’s extension program may file a request with the Director of Admissions and Records (SA 107, 664-2160). No student will be permitted to receive credit toward graduation for a combination of courses taken at CSUB and elsewhere which total more than would have been approved in any one quarter under the University’s overload policy. A student desiring to combine CSUB and other work to a total that would require approval of a petition if all the work were taken at this university should submit a petition for overload prior to the time for such enrollment.
Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent enrollment in regular CSUB courses by nonmatriculated students is on a space available basis through Open University with the Division of Extended Studies. Courses carry extension credit and are limited to 36 quarter units toward a baccalaureate and 13 quarter units toward the master’s degree.
Class Schedule - An official class schedule prepared each term by the University includes the registration schedule, procedure for registration, fees, classes offered by days/hours, and other pertinent registration information. The schedule is available in advance of registration each term, and copies may be purchased from the Runner Bookstore.
Class Meetings - Classes will meet at the time and place indicated in the published Class Schedule except when a change is made to increase educational effectiveness or in response to the unavailability of the normal room or the regular instructor of the class. Except in cases of emergency, any changes will be announced prior to class meetings. Information on any rescheduled class session can be secured from the office of the appropriate School dean.
Class Attendance - Class attendance is expected of all students enrolled at the University. The instructor in each course sets the standard expected of students in this regard. When students are absent from classes, it is their responsibility to inform instructors of the reason for the absence and to arrange to make up missed class work and assignments. If a student is to be absent for the remainder of a term, withdrawal from the course or from the University should be initiated by the student in the Office of Admissions and Records (see WITHDRAWAL FROM UNIVERSITY). Where such absence or withdrawal is caused by illness, the student must report to the Health Service upon return to the University. Students are not automatically dropped from classes due to nonattendance.
Course Numbering System
1- 99 Courses which carry no-credit toward a degree or a credential.
100-199 Lower division courses designed as freshman level, but also open to other students.
200-299 Lower division courses designed as sophomore level, but also open to other students.
300-399 Upper division courses of junior and senior level; may be opened to lower division students under special circumstances with prior approval.
400-499 Upper division courses of junior and senior level, not open to lower division students, which may give post-baccalaureate or graduate credit.
500-599 Graduate courses open to seniors, credential candidates, and post-baccalaureate students.
600-699 Courses designed primarily for graduate students (may be restricted to graduate students).
700-799 Continuous enrollment courses designed for those students who have completed all requirements for the Master’s Degree except the thesis, project or examination, and who are not enrolled in any other course. These are offered in each Master’s program.
800-899 Courses graded in Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) designed for re-licensure requirements; not applicable to a degree.
900-999 Courses designed for professional groups seeking vocational improvement or career development. Credit for these courses would not apply to degrees or credentials.
Grading System Grade Points Per
Grade Symbol Explanation Quarter Unit
A............................. Excellent........................... 4.0
B+ ..................................................................... 3.3
B ............................... Good............................. 3.0
B -.................................................................... 2.7
C ............................. Average ........................ 2.0
D.............................. Passing......................... 1.0
F............................... Failing........................... 0
W ........................... Withdraw ....................... 0
I............................. Incomplete ...................... 0
CR............................. Credit.......................... 0
NC .......................... No-Credit...................... 0
RD....................... Report Delayed................ 0
AU ............................. Audit ........................... 0
SP.................. Satisfactory Progress........... 0
U.................. Unauthorized Incomplete......... 0
Grade point averages are computed by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of units attempted. Only units and grade points earned by a student while enrolled at CSUB are used to compute resident grade point averages.
W (Withdraw) - This symbol indicates that the student was formally permitted to drop the course after the third full week of classes. A course with a “W” grade is not counted as work attempted. It carries no connotation of quality of student’s performance and is not used in calculating grade point average or progress points. Withdrawals after the third week of classes and prior to the last three weeks of classes are permissible only for serious and compelling reasons. Permission to withdraw during this period is granted only with the approval of the instructor and the department chairman or school dean. All requests for permission to withdraw during this period and all approvals must be made in writing on prescribed forms which state the reasons for the withdrawal. Withdrawals are not permitted during the final three weeks of instruction except in cases such as accident or serious illness, where the cause of withdrawal is clearly beyond the student’s control and the assignment of an “Incomplete” is not practical. Ordinarily, withdrawals in this time period involve total withdrawal from the campus. They must be endorsed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
I (Incomplete) - This symbol indicates that the student, who had been doing satisfactory work in the course, was formally given approval by the instructor for additional time to complete the requirements of the course because of unforeseen circumstances at the end of the term. It is the responsibility of the student to bring pertinent information to the instructor and to reach agreement on the means by which the remaining course requirements will be satisfied. The instructor will submit an “Incomplete” notice and the symbol “I” will be entered on the student’s permanent record. A final grade is assigned upon completion and evaluation of the work agreed upon. Each incomplete grade must be replaced by the end of the subsequent term unless the instructor has set an earlier date or submits an Extension of Incomplete form setting a later date and stating the reasons for extending the time. An extension is to be no more than one year from the end of the term in which the Incomplete was incurred.
Students may not remove an “Incomplete” by re-enrolling in the course. An “Incomplete” remaining on the student’s permanent university record or on transcripts from other institutions after the expiration of the time limit for removal will automatically become an “F” or an “NC” and be counted as such in determining grade point averages and progress points. If a student subsequently completes a course which is recorded as “Incomplete” on a transcript from another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to submit a corrected official transcript and to make the request for credit from the Office of Admissions. “Incompletes” earned in summer session must be completed in the next quarter of resident study.
SP (Satisfactory Progress) - The “SP” symbol is used in connection with courses, such as the master’s thesis and certain individual study courses, which may be designed to extend beyond one academic term. The symbol indicates that work in progress has been evaluated as satisfactory to date but that the assignment of a precise grade must await the completion of additional course work. Cumulative enrollment in units attempted may not exceed the total number applicable to the student’s educational objective. Work is to be completed within a stipulated time period. This may not exceed one year except for graduate degree theses’ for which the time may be up to two years but may not exceed the overall time limit for completion of all master’s degree requirements. Any extension of time limit must receive prior authorization by the appropriate school dean.
U (Unauthorized Incomplete) - The symbol “U” indicates that an enrolled student did not formally withdraw from the course and failed to complete course requirements. It is used when, in the judgment of the instructor, completed assignments or course activities or both were insufficient to make normal evaluation of academic performance possible. For purposes of grade point average and progress point computation this symbol is equivalent to an “F.”
CR, NC (Credit, No-Credit) - These symbols are used in courses where letter grades are not deemed appropriate.
A student desiring to enroll in a course on an optional credit, no-credit basis must obtain from the Records Office (SA 103, 664-3036) the appropriate form, which requires the advisor’s signature and, if a student is requesting permission to take more than one course in a single term on an optional credit, no-credit basis, the signature of the appropriate school dean.
Students may change their enrollment among credit, no-credit grading and letter grading up to census date which is the 15th instructional day. A grade of “CR” is awarded for work of “C” or better; the grade “NC” is awarded for the grade of “C-” or below.
Courses taken on an optional credit, no-credit basis may not be counted toward major or minor, concentration, or cognate requirements for graduation.
Credit, no-credit registration is also used for all students enrolled in most courses numbered 0-99, not counting toward graduation, and in some special courses such as Music 423, Individual Instruction, where letter grades are not deemed appropriate.
Ten units of credit, no-credit course work can be used in meeting the general education requirements. Up to a maximum of 45 units of credit, no-credit course work completed at CSUB may be counted toward a baccalaureate.
AU (Audit) - Admitted students may file a request with the Office of Admissions and Records (SA103, 664-3036) to audit a course. An auditor does not receive baccalaureate credit for the audited course. Auditors pay the same registration fees as other students and may not change their registration to obtain credit after the last day to add a course. Likewise, students registered for credit may not change to audit status after the last day to add a class. Auditors are not permitted to take examinations in the course. A grade of “AU” for an audited course is posted on a student’s permanent record if, in the judgment of the instructor, the student has attended enough class meetings to receive a grade of “AU”; otherwise, a “W” is recorded.
Grade Change Policy - A change in letter grade can be approved by the department chair only in the case of a declared clerical error. The definition of clerical error is an error made by the instructor or by an assistant in grade estimating or posting. Under no circumstances, except for completion of work when “I” was issued or through the Student Academic Grievance Procedures, may a grade change be made as the result of work completed or presented following the close of a grading period.
Instructor Initiated Drop Policy - If a class is full and has a waiting list, the instructors of such classes have the right to request that students be administratively dropped from the class by the end of the second week of the term if:
1. The student has not attended for three consecutive class sessions during the first two weeks of the term; or
2. The student does not contact the instructor to arrange alternate plans.
Students will not be automatically dropped from classes, due to nonattendance. Students not attending a class are responsible for completing the appropriate forms to drop/withdraw from the class and submitting them to the Records Office.
Repeating Courses - CSUB does not limit the number of times a course can be retaken. However, only the units from the first enrollment count toward the total required for the degree. Certain course (e.g., music groups) do permit the units from each enrollment to count toward the degree. Normally, when any course is repeated at CSUB, all grades are considered in computing grade point averages. The exception to this practice is explained below in Academic Renewal.
Retroactive Withdrawal - After the date upon which grades are due at the Records Office, any request for a retroactive withdrawal will be treated as a change of grade. The following additional conditions shall apply. An assigned grade may be changed to a “W” only if:
1. the request would have been approved if it had been filed during the term;
2. there is verification that the student was unable to file the request in a timely manner because of serious illness or absence from campus beyond the student’s control; and
3. no more than 12 months has elapsed since the end of the term in which the course was taken.
All requests for retroactive withdrawal require the approval of the instructor, the department chair, and the School dean. Because this type of withdrawal is an exceptional occurrence, the student’s documentation of eligibility will be carefully scrutinized before approval is granted.
Removal of Previous Terms - In exceptional circumstances, an undergraduate student may be granted permission to have up to one year of undergraduate coursework, taken at least five years earlier, disregarded from all considerations associated with requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree. This policy does not apply to graduate students.
To qualify for academic renewal through removal of previous terms, an undergraduate student must demonstrate by his/her academic performance after returning to CSUB that the coursework to be removed is not reflective of his/her ability. Academic renewal is only used to assist a student to graduate (i.e., to reach a cumulative 2.00 GPA). For information, contact the office of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Replacement of a Grade through Repetition - Students do have the right to replace grades of “C-” or below by repeating the course at CSUB and filing a Repetition of a Course Petition. All grades will remain on the transcript but only the new grade will be used in computing the GPA. The petition is available in the Records Office. It can be filed at any time and does not require any approvals. Students have the right to replace the grades from 20 units of coursework. The coursework for which students want to replace grades may have been taken at CSUB or some other institution. Courses must be at the same level, have similar titles, and over essentially the same subject matter content. This policy does not apply to graduate students.
SCHOLARSHIP STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES
Students’ academic standing is determined by the quality of their performance and progress toward their objective. Academic status is determined by a progress point scale based on the grade point computation for letter grades, augmented by the assignment of two progress points per unit for the CR grade (see page 76).
Good Standing - Good standing indicates that a student is eligible to continue in attendance and is not under academic disqualification or disciplinary suspension from the University.
Probation of Undergraduate Students - Undergraduate students are subject to academic probation if in any quarter their cumulative grade point average in all college work attempted or in their CSUB cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on probation are eligible to continue attendance at the University. Undergraduate students go off academic probation when their cumulative grade point average in all University work attempted and their CSUB cumulative grade point average are 2.0 or higher.
A student may be placed on administrative-academic probation by the appropriate dean upon the recommendation of the student’s advisor, for the following reasons:
1. Withdrawal from all or a substantial number of courses in two successive or any three quarters.
2. Repeated failure to progress toward the stated degree objective or other program objective.
3. Failure to comply, after due notice, with an academic requirement or regulation which is routine for all students or defined group of students.
Students on probation are eligible to continue attendance at the University. Students may be removed from administrative-academic probation by the appropriate dean upon the recommendation of their advisor.
Academic Dismissal of Undergraduate Students - Undergraduate students on academic probation are subject to academic dismissal when:
1. As a freshman (fewer then 45 quarter hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.50 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at the campus where enrolled.
2. As a sophomore (45-89 quarter hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.70 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at the campus where enrolled.
3. As a junior (90-134 quarter hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.85 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at the campus where enrolled.
4. As a senior (135 quarter or more hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.95 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at the campus where enrolled.
Students are subject to administrative-academic dismissal by the appropriate School dean if:
1. The conditions for removal of administrative-academic probation are not met within the period specified.
2. They become subject to academic probation while on administrative-academic probation.
3. They become subject to administrative-academic probation for the same or similar reasons more than once.
A student who is subject to academic or administrative dismissal may request through the appropriate dean waiver of dismissal if there are extraordinary extenuating circumstances.
Readmission of Dismissed Undergraduate Students - Students dismissed for academic reasons will ordinarily be considered for readmission only when they have satisfied one of the following conditions:
1. If the students were in the lower division (completed fewer than 90 quarter units), took college work elsewhere, or in CSUB summer session or extension and
a. brought their total college work completed to 90 or more quarter units with an overall grade point average of “C” or better, with recent work clearly indicating capability of performing college work with above average achievement, or
b. earned college credits elsewhere, or in CSUB summer session or extension, attaining at least a “B” average in not less than 15 quarter units.
2. If the students were in the upper division (completed 90 quarter units or more), and
a. earned college credit elsewhere, or in CSUB summer session or extension, attaining at least a “B” average in not less than 9 quarter units, or
b. remained absent from the university for at least one year, during which time they should have sought to remedy the conditions that may have contributed to their scholastic difficulty.
Students who have satisfied these conditions will be considered for readmission only after filing a regular application for re-entry and furnishing transcripts of all college work taken since disqualification. Readmission is not automatic. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Those students accepted for readmission will re-enter on academic probation.
Students dismissed for academic-administrative reasons who apply for readmission will have their applications considered by the Academic Petitions Committee. Students interested in having the Committee consider their request should contact the office of Undergraduate Studies (EDUC 242, 664-3420).
Freshman.................. 44-1/2 or fewer quarter units
Sophomore................ 45 to 89-1/2 quarter units
Junior........................ 90 to 134-1/2 quarter units
Senior....................... 135 or more quarter units
Post-Baccalaureate.... Possesses acceptable baccalaureate or advanced degree; not admitted to a graduate degree curriculum.
Graduate................... Approved candidate for master’s degree or admitted to a graduate degree curriculum.
Quarter Unit - One (1) quarter unit of credit normally represents no less than one hour of class work and two or more hours of outside study per week for one quarter. One (1) semester unit of credit is equivalent to one and one-half (1 1/2) quarter units. Conversely, One (1) quarter unit of credit is equivalent to 2/3 semester unit.
Final............. Met all admission requirements
Probational.... Admitted with scholastic deficiency
Conditional.... Permitted to register pending official verification of final admission status
Extension...... Permitted to register for extension course work only
Summer........ Permitted to register for summer session course work only
Unclassified... Holds an acceptable baccalaureate degree or has completed equivalent academic preparation, or admitted by “Special Action”
Classified...... Admitted for the purpose of enrolling in a particular post-baccalaureate credential or certificate program, subject to prerequisites
Conditional.... Admitted to an authorized graduate degree curriculum, but has deficiencies in prerequisite preparation which must be removed
Classified...... Admitted to an authorized graduate degree curriculum and has met all conditions of classification
Continuing..... Student enrolled in regular programs in last quarter, or a student resuming studies after an absence of no more than two consecutive quarters
Former.......... Returning student who has not registered in three previous consecutive terms
New.............. Student who is registering in a regular term for the first time
1. For fee purposes, students registering for more than 6 quarter units of credit
2. For certification under the Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 (Public Law 89-358), undergraduate students registering for 12 quarter units or more of credit
2. For all other purposes, undergraduate students registering for 12 quarter units or more of credit
Students registering for less than 12 quarter units of credit, except as noted above.