Graduation Requirements

Definition:Unit requirements for all undergraduate degree programs, minors, and academic certificate programs, and representation on diplomas and transcripts.
Authority:Title V, CSU, and the President.
Scope:All CSUSM undergraduate and academic certificate programs.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:07/25/2013
Implementation Date:07/25/2013
Originally Implemented:02/08/2005
Signature Page/PDF:View Signatures for Graduation Requirements Policy


Procedure

I. UNIT REQUIREMENT

Every baccalaureate degree (i.e., Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester units. Some choices of majors will require more than 120 semester units; the descriptions of each major specify how many units are required. Regardless of the major requirements, a student must complete at least forty (40) units of upper-division coursework to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

No more than seventy (70) units may be transferred from a community college.

II. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Every baccalaureate degree must include an approved major. A major for a Bachelor of Arts degree must include at least twenty-four (24) units exclusive of units used to meet the General Education requirement and a major for a Bachelor of Science degree must include at least thirty-six (36) units exclusive of units used to meet the General Education requirement. For a Bachelor of Arts degree, at least twelve (12) units required in the major shall be upper-division courses, and for a Bachelor of Science degree, at least eighteen (18) units required for the major shall be upper-division. Most majors require more than these minima.

III. MULTIPLE MAJORS

It is possible for a student to complete more than one major within one degree (for example, a B.A.).  Each major after the first major must consist of at least 24 semester units that are not counted toward any other major’s requirements. To be recognized as graduating with multiple majors, a student must declare the additional major(s) with the appropriate discipline or program no later than the beginning of the student's final year of study.  The completion of additional majors within one degree will be noted at the time of graduation by appropriate entries on the student's transcript and on the diploma. Majors appear on the diploma in the order in which the student has designated them to be the first major, second major, etc.

It is also possible for a student to complete a major (or majors) in one degree concurrently with additional majors from a different degree (for example, a major in a B.S. concurrently with another major from a B.A.). Each major after the first major must consist of at least 24 semester units that are not counted toward any other major’s requirements. By declaring which major is the first major, second major, etc., the student also declares the order in which the degrees, and the majors leading to these degrees, appear on the diploma and transcript. Students must make this declaration no later than the beginning of the student's final year of study.

IV. MINORS

An undergraduate student may elect to complete one or more minors; this is not a degree requirement. Unless the description of the major(s) and minor contain additional stated restrictions, there is no restriction on double-counting units in the major(s) and the first minor that a student declares. After the first minor, each subsequent minor must contain twelve units beyond those used for major requirements and other minors. Students may not declare or receive a minor in the same subject or title as the major.   Minors are awarded as part of a baccalaureate degree.  The completion of a minor will be noted on the student transcript, but not on the diploma.

V. ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Cal State San Marcos grants certificates to individuals who complete certificate programs that enhance major requirements or credential programs.  A certificate is issued upon the successful completion of an academic certificate program. The university acknowledges the completion of a certificate by recording it on the student transcript, but not on the diploma.