Congratulations on your acceptance to California State University, Bakersfield. We are excited about having you as a member of our student body. As a student at CSUB you will have a special opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve. You can be assured that we are eager to assist you in every way throughout your years at CSUB.

In order to best prepare you to make the transition into CSUB university life, the University has planned academic advising and registration programs which will allow you to meet with advisors to choose your classes and complete the enrollment process. In order to prepare for attendance at one of these sessions, it is very important that you read the "Orientation" information that follows on this web site. It will also be very important that you review the section on "English Placement Test-Entry Level Mathematics Test" requirements to determine if you are exempt from them, or must take them.

If you have questions about the advising and registration program, or about any other program of services at the University, please go to the web site for that program, or call the appropriate office. We look forward to seeing you at CSUB!!!!


*(Graduate students should contact the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at 661-664-2231, or the graduate program department directly.)

It is important that you read and understand the following, prior to attending one of the Advising-Registration programs.


This orientation information is presented in an attempt to provide students new to CSUB with general information that is both important and in some cases, necessary, for a successful transition to the University.


A wide range of services are offered to assist students in enrolling, and then in being successful in the pursuit of educational goals. They include:

Information about these services is available by contacting the office directly

ACADEMIC SCHOOLS, and departments

The largest school is that of Humanities and Social Sciences. It includes programs in Art, Music and Theater; in Communications, English, History, Modern Languages and Literature, and Philosophy and Religious Studies; in Anthropology and Sociology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Social Work; and in Liberal Studies, which prepares students for elementary teaching and is the largest program in the University.

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering offers programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Physics, Mathematics and Nursing. Currently a pre-Engineering curriculum is available prior to a planned undergraduate degree to begin in the mid-2000's.

The School of Business and Public Administration offers programs in Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, General Business, Public Administration, and a new program called Sports Management.

The School of Education offers undergraduate programs in Child Development, which also prepares students for elementary teaching, and in Physical Education and Kinesiology, as well as in a wide range of graduate special educational credential areas.

Academic Offerings at CSUB

Undergraduate Degrees
Applied Economics
Art - Education, History or Studio
Business Administration
Child Development
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Environmental Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Hazardous Materials
International Relations
Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems
Natural Science
Physical Education
Political Science
Public Administration
Religious Studies
Sports Management
Special Major
Theater Performance

Graduate Studies
Health Care Management


Business Administration

Career Development
Counseling Psychology

Early Childhood Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Pupil Personnel Services Reading/Literacy
Special Education




Interdisciplinary Studies


Nurse Practitioner
School Nurse

Community College Teaching

Public Administration

Social Work



Pre-Professional Areas
  Pre-Allied Health
  Pre-Physical Therapy
  Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  Applied Ethics   Management Information Systems
  Applied Statistics   Marketing
  Asian Studies   Organization Studies
  Black Studies   Public Administration
  Business Administration   Social Gerontology
  Chicano Studies   Speech and Theatre
  Child Development   Sports Management
  French   Women's Studies
  Latin-American Studies  


Academic advising of students is very important at CSUB, and a faculty advisor is assigned to each student. It is expected that students will meet with their advisor each term during their first year of enrollment, and as needed thereafter. Students should go to the advising session with a tentative schedule prepared, having reviewed both their requirements for graduation (in the catalog or department handout) and the class schedule for the next term. While the University wants to assist students in meeting graduation requirements, it is ultimately the student who has the responsibility for fulfilling the graduation requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor during the advising period in the middle of each term, and to pre-register for classes for the next term. This assures students of getting the desired courses at the times preferred.


It is important that each student purchase a University catalog from the bookstore. In addition to indicating the requirements for graduation, both in General Education and Majors and Minors, the catalog gives course descriptions (including pre-requisites), the academic calendar, lists of faculty, descriptions of campus services and University policies and procedures. Should a student ever attend another institution, it can be very helpful to have a CSUB catalog in order to be able to show the content of courses completed.

All students will be subject to the graduation requirements that can vary depending upon when the student began their collegiate career, and how their attendance was pursued. These graduation requirements are indicated in the various CSUB catalogs that have been published since the University opened in 1970.Current catalogs are available in the Bookstore; catalogs for earlier years are available in the library and Dean's offices.

FRESHMEN with no college work completed, TRANSFERS from another CSU campus or a California (only) community college who have not attended classes for one year (two semesters or three quarters), or TRANSFERS from a University of California, private or out-of-state institution, may choose: 1) the catalog of requirements in effect when you enter CSUB, or 2) the catalog of requirements in effect when you complete graduation requirements.

TRANSFERS who have been in continuous attendance at a CSU campus or a California community college (meaning enrolling in-not necessarily completing-- at least one unit of credit or more each year) since their collegiate study began may also choose to complete the catalog requirements in effect when they began their collegiate study. For students who have been going to college, somewhat continuously, but also part-time, this may be to their advantage, as University requirements tend to become greater over time.

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS For most students, the General Education requirements will make up about 45% of their overall graduation requirements. Students transferring from another CSU campus or a California community college should request that the general education requirements completed there be "certified" as completed. Colleges may not do this automatically when they send a transcript. This certification insures that when general education requirements have been completed at these institutions, students will not have to complete CSUB requirements in those areas.

The major field of study requirements may range from 55 to 75 quarter units depending upon the major. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees (those in the Natural Sciences, Business, etc.) require a minimum of eleven courses, and many require as many as 15 courses. The B.S. degree has no minor required, although the student may choose to take extra courses and complete an optional minor. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees (those in the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, etc.) require a Major with a minimum of seven courses, and often as many as nine or more courses, and a Minor, which is usually four courses.

Students may have some electives, and this varies by the major; some majors allow for electives and some allow for none due to the requirements in that field. Often students transferring from community colleges, or those who have attended multiple institutions, do not have any electives available to them as they have already taken work that is used as electives.


While students are often concerned about what year in school they are (i.e. freshman, sophomore, etc.), it is really the requirements that remain to be completed for the degree that is the important question. CSUB places students at the following class levels: Freshman--0 to 44 quarter units; Sophomore--45 to 89 quarter units; Junior--90 to 134 quarter units; and Senior--135 quarter units plus.

Students transferring to CSUB often wonder how their semester units of credit transfer to the quarter system. Basically it is a one semester to one and one-half quarter unit ratio; that is, one semester unit transfers as one and one-half quarter unit. So, a student with sixty semester units coming in will have ninety quarter units of CSUB credit (1 to 1 1/2 ratio). Many Universities will require about 124 semester units of credit for graduation (the equivalent of four years of full-time study), and those on the quarter system will often require about 186 quarter units of credit for graduation (which is again about four years of full time study), or the one to one and one-half ratio of 124 to 186 units- both the equivalent of four years of full time study.


1-99 - Pre-College (do not count toward graduation requirements)
100 - Freshman
200 - Sophomore
300-400 - Junior-Senior
500 - Senior-Graduate
600 - Graduate Only


Each transfer student will receive an "evaluation of transfer credit" approximately one month after being admitted to CSUB. Transfer students who do not receive this evaluation should call the Admissions Office at 661-664-3036 to inquire about their status. This evaluation is very important to have available when meeting with a faculty member for advising and course selection.
The evaluation will indicate the CSUB catalog of graduation requirements that the evaluation of credits is based upon (this is located in the upper right hand corner). In that same area is the term that the student is admitted for, the degree objective, class level and who evaluated the transfer credits.
In the center of the evaluation are listed all of the general education requirement areas, and on the right side is indicated whether the area is unsatisfied, or the transfer course that satisfied that area requirement. This is where it may be indicated that "certified course work" from another CSU campus or California community college has satisfied the requirement.
Following the general education area are the specific CSU and/or CSUB requirements, and whether they have been met or not.
At the bottom of the evaluation form is a summary of units completed at other institution(s) attended.
While these evaluations are normally complete and accurate, students are encouraged to double-check to insure that their courses have been given proper transfer credit; if there are any questions, students should consult with the evaluator indicated on their form.


The schedule of classes comes out in mid-term, for the next term, just prior to the academic advising period. Courses are listed by department, and include the Course Request Number (CRN), course department, number, section (of multiple sections of the same course), title, units of credit, time block offered, days and times of meeting, and location. The most important variable here is the CRN as this is the number that must be entered into the telephone registration system, and naturally if a wrong number is entered, then the student is enrolled in the wrong class. Another variable that sometimes causes students new to CSUB problems, is that the class meets on all days and times from the line that the course title is shown on down to the next course title. These multiple lines of class meeting times and days is due most often to a change in class meeting location for one day and another, and for the lab sessions being scheduled on a different day. Students should refer to the time block example that is published in each class schedule, to see how the times of classes are organized and what alpha letters are assigned to each time block. These alpha letters are indicated for each course in the schedule of classes.


CSUB allows students to add classes for one week, during the first week of classes. Courses may also be dropped during that first week, without any approvals, by going to the Admissions and Records Office. During the second and third weeks of each quarter, the instructor's signature is required, in order to drop a class. During the fourth through the seventh week of each quarter, courses may be dropped ONLY FOR SERIOUS AND COMPLELLING REASONS; the Instructor's and Department Chair's or Dean's signature is required. While students may feel that poor grades is a serious and compelling reason, CSUB does not agree; serious and compelling reasons could include change of job, family crisis or other serious matter that precludes continued attendance. After the seventh week of a quarter, there are NO DROPS!!! Students with serious and compelling situations during this time should discuss their situation with their instructor, and consider taking an "incomplete" (I) grade. Students may withdraw from all classes at any time, with a scale of reduced fee refunds.


CSUB operates on a plus and minus grading system. For example there are B+, B and B- grades, and the same for all grade levels. It has not affected the overall grading averages of the University; students naturally like the pluses and don't like the minuses.

	A   . . .	4.0	C   . . .	2.0

	A-  . . .	3.7	C-  . . .	1.7

	B+  . . .	3.3	D+  . . .	1.3

	B   . . .	3.0	D   . . .	1.0

	B-  . . .	2.7	D-  . . .	0.7

	C+  . . .	2.3	F   . . .	0.0

	W   . . ..	(Withdrawal)                      I   . . ..	(Incomplete)

	U   . . ..	(Unauthorized Withdrawal)	    CR/NC   . . ..(Credit/No Credit)

The University also utilizes the W grade when a student withdraws after the first week of classes; the "I" grade when a student has an incomplete agreement with an Instructor; the CR/NR grade when either credit is given or not given for a lower division class that does not meet general education requirements; and the "U" grade when a student leaves a class without withdrawing (counts the same as an "F" in computing grade point averages).


The usual full time program of studies at CSUB is 15 to 18 quarter units of credit each term. The maximum normal program is 19 quarter units. A student must have a 2.5 Grade Point Average in order to be able to petition to take an overload (more than 19 units). A student with a 3.3 G.P.A. may take as many units as they desire, although more than twenty should be carefully considered.
Twelve quarter units are required in order to be considered full-time for: 1) financial aid programs, 2) Veteran's benefits, 3) participation in intercollegiate athletics, and 4) other full time student status, for such requirements as coverage on parents' health insurance, etc.


CSUB operates on the year-around quarter system, with the following general schedules by month:

Fall   usually begins in mid to late September, and runs through early December, with no classes during the month of December
Winter   begins just after the first of January, and runs through mid-March, with a one week break
Spring   begins late March, and runs through mid-June, with a one week break
Summer   begins in mid-June and runs through late August

The academic calendar in shown in the Schedule of Classes for each quarter, and in the University catalog. Important dates, including advising and pre-registration dates, examination periods and holidays when classes are not held, are indicated.


The University expects that all students will do their own academic work for their respective classes. The University will impose serious sanctions, up to and including expulsion, for students who are found to be "dishonest" in their academic work. The following situations are examples of which all students should be especially careful:

DO NOT "CHEAT" OR USE UNAUTHORIZED ASSISTANCE TO COMPLETE ASSIGNED WORK! Make sure that you use only authorized assistance that has been approved by the instructor. All instructors expect quizzes and examinations (including take-home examinations) to be completed individually. On the other hand, students are allowed, and sometimes encouraged, to work together on course assignments, laboratory exercises, or final projects. Unless the instructor specifically authorizes a "group-authored" paper, each student is expected to turn in his/her own final paper. It is extremely important that final papers based upon these group activities demonstrate clearly that the authorship of the paper is each individual student's work. If there is any question regarding these practices for a course, students must get clarification directly from the instructor of the course.

DO NOT PLAGIARIZE! Plagiarism involves two separate, but related, actions:

  1. Using someone else's words, including sequences of terms and sentences, as your own work. Students need to be aware that it is still plagiarism if you change a few words around, or add a few words of your own. In all cases, it is expected that students will give appropriate credit to the original author either by footnoting or use of appropriate citation. In addition, when students copy directly from another source, quotation marks are placed around the "quoted" material.
  2. Using someone else's ideas or concepts, even if the words used to describe those ideas are your own. Students need to be aware that it is still plagiarism if they use ideas "borrowed" from another source, so it is expected that students will give appropriate credit to the original source either by footnoting or use of appropriate citation.

DO NOT USE THE SAME PAPER (OR PARTS OF PAPERS) IN MORE THAN ONE CLASS, unless you have formal approval of the instructors for all courses involved. The reason for this policy is that every course is supposed to involve new learning (knowledge and/or skills) for the credit given. To utilize the learning (papers) in one course to meet the learning requirements in another course doesn't allow for "new learning" to occur.


The University is a community of scholars, where new, sometimes "radical" or "revolutionary," ideas and thinking are expressed and encouraged by both faculty and students. As part of this open communication environment, the University has certain expectations of all its members.

EVERY PERSON IN THE CLASSROOM IS ENCOURAGED TO HAVE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR IDEAS, INTERPRETATIONS, PERCEPTIONS, BELIEFS, VALUES, AND FEELINGS. This "openness" is based upon the understanding that in a community of scholars there will be considerable diversity in response to many of the topics and issues being presented in the university setting. Because of this diversity, students will be confronted with ideas, interpretations, perceptions, beliefs, values, and/or feelings never before experienced and/or contrary of one's own perspective. It is this diversity that represents the essence of a university.

EVERY PERSON'S BEHAVIOR MUST BE CONDUCIVE TO ALLOW LEARNING BY ALL PERSONS AT ALL TIMES. This means that every student needs to show consideration for everybody else in the classroom so that all parties will have equal opportunity to learn in a supportive, nonthreatening environment. Behaviors such as talking out, shouting, cursing, threatening, becoming rowdy and/or belligerent; belittling the instructor and/or other students, making excessive noise, and otherwise trying to disrupt the learning will NOT be tolerated, and students who engage in such behavior can face serious sanctions, including expulsion from the university.

IN ADDITION, ALL PERSONS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCEPT AND RESPECT THE DIVERSITY AMONG STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF THAT EXISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY. This means that every student needs to show consideration for the diversity of others in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, national origin, socio-economic condition, religion, disability, and/or sexual preference. All persons at the university have the same basic rights and privileges of being an accepted member of the university community, and the university will protect those rights and privileges at all costs. Any prejudicial behavior directed toward persons with these diversity characteristics will NOT be tolerated, and students who engage in any behavior that harms, threatens, embarrasses, and/or demeans others who are "different" will face serious sanctions, including expulsion from the university.


When do I pay for classes?

A bill will be mailed to you at the close of the registration period (see dates in Class Schedule).

The due dates and payment instructions will be on the bill.

Your registration is not complete and classes will not be held for you if payment is not received in the Accounting Office by the due date.

Don't get dropped from your classes- Please carefully read the following:

You need to return the bottom portion of your registration bill even if the balance shows a credit or zero balance due.

Although you may have completed your Financial Aid package, and your fees will be paid by either Grants, Loans, Scholarships (athletic or other), Veterans, Fee waivers or State Rehabilitation, you still need to notify the University of your intention to attend by returning the detachable bottom stub of your registration bill by the required due date.

If your Grant, Loan, Scholarship or Waiver does not cover your entire balance due, you need to enclose payment for the difference.

The full payment or balance due for your fees may be paid with a check, money order or credit card.


General Information about the Advising-Registration Program

  1. Must I attend the Advising-Registration Program?
    This program provides you with the opportunity to meet with an advisor, choose your classes and register for preferred courses at desired times.
  2. When can I attend the Program?
    You are encouraged to attend on the earliest possible date following your admission. By attending on the earliest possible date, you will be more assured of getting your desired courses. YOU MUST HAVE TAKEN THE EPT-ELM (IF REQUIRED), OR BE EXEMPT FROM IT PRIOR TO ATTENDING. IT IS MANDATORY!
  3. Is there a fee for the Program?
    The program is a self-supporting service of the University. A fee is assessed to provide for the costs (Fall quarter-in advance with the sign-up form; Winter/Spring-at the door on the program date).
  4. What activities occur during the Program?
    Check-in: you will receive a welcome packet which contains the schedule and other materials relevant to academic advisement and registration.
    Opening Session: a welcome to the University and discussion of the program.
    Meeting with the Dean: An opportunity to meet with your school dean and review requirements related to your major. Academic Advising: You will meet with your academic advisor and select your courses. Registration: You will receive instructions about how to register for courses, and how to pay your fees.
  5. How do I sign up for a Advising and Registration Program?
    1. For the Fall quarter, prepare a check or money order, payable to "CSUB New Student Program" for the program fee, and return the sign-up form and check or money order to:
      New Student Program
      Cal State University Bakersfield
      9001 Stockdale Highway
      Bakersfield, CA. 93311-1099
    2. For Winter or Spring quarters, call the Dean's office for your major to tell them which program you will attend.
    3. If you have questions, please call 664-3388

General Advising Information
The Advising-Registration Program for new for new students includes the opportunity to meet with advisors to choose courses. Every student is assigned to a well-prepared faculty advisor in the student's area of interest. After the initial advising session, students are required to meet with their advisor each subsequent quarter. Advising during the pre-registration period reserves space in the next quarter's requested courses and allows registration and fee payment to be done by mail.

You can expect your advisor

Before your meeting with your advisor you should

All new students should plan to attend the earliest possible Advising-Registration program and meet with a faculty advisor.

Undecided about a Major?
Freshman and sophomore students are able to indicate an "Undeclared" major while they take courses in a variety of areas. Prior to deciding upon a major field of study, students may receive assistance in determining appropriate career goals through the services offered by the Career Planning and Placement Center, Counseling Center and the Advising and Information Center.

If you have academic questions, please call, e-mail or fax:
E-Mail Fax:
Dean, School of Business
 & Public Administration
664-2157 kcarpenter@csub.edu  664-2207
Dean, School of Education 664-2219 mgandarilla@csub.edu 664-2016
Dean, School of Humanities
 & Social Sciences
664-2221 llowrimore@csub.edu 664-2132
Dean, School of Natural Sciences
 Math & Engineering
664-3450 sjohnson@csub.edu 665-6959
Dean, Undergraduate Studies 664-3420 ldirske@csub.edu 665-6911
Director, Liberal Studies 664-3337 vkohli@csub.edu 665-6100
Director, Advising Center 664-3061 dcisneros@csub.edu 665-6950

Enrollment Instructions for New Students

Sign up for an early Advising-Registration date!

As the University grows and as new students are admitted to CSUB, classes begin to fill up earlier through the pre-registration process. Attendance at an early program will give you priority in registering for classes and you will have the opportunity to pay your fees by mail.


Transfer Day - April 5, 2003

Freshman Day - April 26, 2003

All admitted freshman and transfers may enroll on any one of these dates:
May 10, 2003, July 12, 2003, August 2, 2003, September 5, 2003


October 16, 2003 and January 2, 2004


March 26, 2004

After you have been admitted to CSUB...
You are ready to start the enrollment process.

  1. Read the explanation of EPT-ELM and determine if you are exempt from, or if you must take the exams. If they are required, sign up to take them on the earliest possible date. THIS IS IMPORTANT! On the web, to get to the Testing information for CSUB, click on Students on the main menu bar of the Home page, (http://www.csub.edu), scroll down to Services for Students and click Testing Center. To go directly to Testing, in the Address Bar, type in: http://www.csub.edu/UnivServices/Testing/.
  2. Attend one of the Advising-Registration days as early as possible after you are admitted. Students admitted for the fall term (only), must return the sign-up form (and fee) indicating the date you will attend.
    Like most students, you are probably concerned about developing your academic program and schedule of courses. Participation in the program allows you to meet with an advisor, prepare your class schedule, and pre-register for your courses. The earlier date you attend, the more assured you will be of getting your desired classes through the pre-registration.
  3. Purchase a University catalog in person or by mail at University Bookstore.