Prerequisite Courses

Before entering the first courses in the nursing major, students must complete the 8 prerequisite courses listed below.  A minimum of a 3.00 GPA is required in the 8 prerequisites. A minimum of a 3.00 GPA is also required in the science and math. The science and statistics courses must be complete within the last 10 years. Prerequisites may not be completed on a credit/no-credit basis and are required for the nursing major. Some of these courses may be offered by CSUB only once per year.  See the department of Nursing for details on current course policy or speak to a pre-nursing advisor.

CSUB Course Course Title/Name CSU GE-Breath Area Semester Units
BIOL 2210 Anatomy w/ lab required B2, B3 (4)

BIOL 2220 Physiology w/ lab required B2, B3 (4)

BIOL 2230 Microbiology w/ lab required B2. B3 (4)

CHEM 1000 Foundations of Chemistry B1 (B3) (3)

Chemistry may be general, inorganic, organic or integrated (with associated lab if required at the institution where the course was taken)

MATH 1209 or

PSYC 2018

Elementary Statistics or Intro to

Statistical Methods

B4-Approved B4; must be Statistics (3)

COMM 1008 Public Speaking A1-Any CSU GE Certified (3)

ENGLISH 1109 Writing and Research A2-Any CSU GE Certified (3)

PHIL 1019 or

SOC 1018

Critical Thinking A3- Any CSU GE Certified (3)

Nursing Cognate Courses

A minimum grade of a "C" is required in the cognates. Cognates may be taken before or during the BSN program. Additionally these courses may not be taken on a credit/no-credit basis as they are required for the nursing major.

CSUB Course Course Title/Name Semester Units
PSYC 1018 Explorations in Psychology (3)

SOC 1008 or ANTH 1318 Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3)

BIOL 2240 Nutrition (2)

NURS 2190 Lifespan Development (3)

BIOL 3220 Pathophysiology (4)

Articulation Chart

Have you attended a community college and think you may have completed a prerequisite? Are you planning on completing courses at another CSU, UC, or CC? 

Check out our Articulation Chart to determine which courses are accepted as Nursing Prerequisites! 

Transfer Information-ASSIST

ASSIST is an online resource that transfer students can use to review student-transfer information.   To compare how transfer credits are applied from one college/university to another, go to

Chemistry Requirement

Acceptable  Chemistry courses vary for each nursing programs. For requirements specific to CSUB Nursing, please view the  Chemistry FAQ