Graduation Requirements

Important Note Regarding GE Advising:

This listing is merely a summary of required units in the various GE areas and does not replace meetings you should have with undergraduate advisors regarding GE.  Your advisors will help you select courses each semester and develop a long-term academic plan that meets your unique needs.


Each student must complete 51 units of coursework from 5 different areas in order to satisfy the GE requirement for a Bachelor's degree.  These units must be distributed as follows:

Area A: Basic Skills (9 units)

  • A1: Oral Communication
  • A2: Written Communication
  • A3: Critical Thinking

Area B: Mathematics and Natural Sciences (12 units)

  • B1: Physical Science
  • B2: Life Science
  • B3: Laboratory
  • B4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  • BB: Upper Division Science and/or Mathematics

Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 units)

  • C1: Arts
  • C2: Humanities
  • C3: Arts and/or Humanities
  • CC: Upper Division Arts or Humanities

Area D: Social Sciences (15 units)

  • Dh: US History
  • Dc: US Constitution
  • Dg: US Government
  • D7: Interdisciplinary Social Science
  • D: Discipline Specific or Second Interdisciplinary Social Science
  • DD: Upper Division Social Science

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Information Literacy (3 units)

For more information on courses that satisfy these requirements, consult the University Catalog.

Other Degree Requirements

 Advanced Placement Courses:

Students who have earned AP credit for courses taken in high school may apply them to courses at the university.  Consult the AP Credit policy and/or consult an Advisor  for more information.

Assistance with Planning Coursework:

  • Visit the graduation requirements webpage for current information.
  • Roadmaps is a tool designed to help students plan their course of study during their first two years of university education.  This tool, specific to majors, helps students to create a plan for completion of the lower division GE requirements and preparation for their intended major.

  • Academic Advisors are also available to help you plan your coursework.