General Education

AIMS - Achieving Integration & Mastering Skills! Our NEW General Education Program!

Incoming Students for Fall 2016

  • If you are a incoming freshman, you will need to follow the AIMS General Education Program starting Fall 2016.
  • If you are a continuing or transfer student, you will have two general education options.

Please discuss this with your advisor.


If you are attempting to substitute a class:

  1. Download and print this Petition for Exception form.
  2. Attach all supporting information such as, class outline and syllabus, copy of transcripts & letter(s) of recommendation (if available).
  3. Review substitution with your advisor.
  4. Sign and return to Melanie Silva inside the office of General Education (AE 101)


If you are attempting to waive a Area A1 (Oral Communication):

  1. Speak with your advisor to ensure this is the correct move. 
  2. Download and print this Petition for Exception form.
  3. Fill out the form completely & state your reason for wanting to waive the requirement.
  4. Sign and return to Melanie Silva inside the office of General Education (AE 101)
  5. $10 fee paid to the Testing Center.

Area A1 Waiver exams are scheduled through the General Education office once per semester ONLY.

For all other areas (A2-A4) please contact the Testing Center at (661) 654-3373.

If you have any further questions, please email Melanie at or call the General Education office at (661) 654-3937

Contact Us

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Administration East 101
Bakersfield, Ca 93311

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Lori Paris
Faculty Director of General Education
Phone: (661) 654-6693

Melanie Silva
Administrative Support Assistant II
Phone: (661) 654-3937

General Education Homepage