Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Before applying for the Traditional BSN Program, students must complete the 8 prerequisite courses listed below. 

  • A minimum of a 3.20 GPA is required in all 8 prerequisites. 
  • A minimum of a 3.20 GPA is required in the science and statistics courses. 

The science and statistics courses must be completed within the last 10 years.  Prerequisite courses may not be completed on a credit/no-credit basis and are required for the nursing major. 









BIOL 2210 Human Anatomy w/ lab required B2, B3 (4)

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

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

CHEM 1000 or CHEM 1003

Foundations of Chemistry B1 (B3) (3 / 4)


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 or
SOC 2208 


B4-Approved B4; must be Statistics (3)

COMM 1008 or THTR 1009

Public Speaking A1-Any CSU GE Certified (3)

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

PHIL 1019 or PHIL 2019 or
SOC 1018

Critical Thinking A3- Any CSU GE Certified (3)

Cognate Courses

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







PSYC 1018 Explorations in Psychology (3)

BIOL 2240 Nutrition (2)

NURS 2190 Lifespan Development (3)

BIOL 3220 Pathophysiology (4)


Pathophysiology taken outside of CSUB will need to be evaluated by the Department of Nursing, please provide a course syllabus to for review.

General Education Requirement Courses

General Requirement courses may be taken before or during the BSN program.

For more information, please review the Pre-Health Advising & Admissions Policies or speak to the Pre-Licensure Nursing Academic Advisor.

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 program. For requirements specific to CSUB Nursing, please view the Chemistry FAQ.