Program Overview

The Certificate of Achievement in California State University General Education (CSU GE), will be awarded upon completion of the CSU GE requirements as outlined below. Students must complete a minimum of 39 units, which are distributed among five areas. CSU GE requirements are designed to be taken with a major area of concentration and elective courses in preparation for transfer to a California State University.

This certificate recognizes the completion of lower-division general education requirements for the CSU. For many majors, students are encouraged to complete the CSU GE pattern; however, it is not required for admission to the CSU. An official petition must be filed with the Admission and Records Office prior to the graduation deadlines as stated in the Academic Calendar.

Program Requirements

Major: Core and Selective Requirements Please refer to the Certificate of Achievement General Requirements section of the catalog for additional certificate major requirements that MUST be met. Selective Courses, complete a minimum of 39 units of coursework to meet the California State University General Education requirements as listed below: Complete 9 units from GE Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking
One course required from each subsection. Units
A1: Oral Communication 3 units
A2: Written Communication 3 units
A3: Critical Thinking 3 units
Complete a minimum of 9 units from GE Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning*
Select one course from Physical Science, Life Science, and Math Concepts. Units
B1: Physical Science* 3 units
B2: Life Science* 3 units
B3*: Lab (the course selected to meet either B1 or B2 must be a lab course or have a lab component to meet the B3 requirement)
B4: Math Concept 3 units
*the course selected to meet either B1 or B2 must be a lab course or have a lab component to meet the B3 requirement
Complete 9 units from GE Area C: Arts and Humanities as shown below**
Chose at least one course from the Arts and at least one course from the Humanities** Units
C1: Arts** 3 units
C2: Humanities** 3 units
C1 or C2:** 3 units
**Courses must be from at least two disciplines.
Complete 9 units from GE Area D: Social Sciences
Courses selected must be from at least two disciplines: Units
Area D (courses selected must be from at least two disciplines) 9 units
CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals (The California State University, before awarding a degree, requires students to complete courses or examinations that address: the historical development of American institutions and ideals Area US-1; and the Constitution of the United States and the operation of representative democratic government under that Constitution Area US-2; and the process of California state and local government Area US-3. Courses approved in two US areas may be used to satisfy both areas.
Complete 3 units from GE Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self Development***
See note below: Units
Areas E1/E2*** 3 units
***Note: maximum of 2 units from E2.
Total Required Units: 39