This Tutorial is designed to ensure you have and understand the courses/requirements needed to earn your bachelor's degree from CSUSM, as well as the tools needed to identify and self-enroll in your first semester courses. Please complete this Tutorial so you are ready to self-enroll in your classes.
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There are 3 components to earning a degree at CSUSM: University Requirements, General Education Requirements and Major and/or Minor Requirements.
Diversity & Equity Requirement:
Students must satisfy two Diversity and Equity requirements by taking two courses certified for Diversity and Equity in the United States (DEu) and Diversity and Equity in Global Contexts (DEg). Diversity and Equity certified courses can double-count with other general education, major, minor and/or elective courses.
Minimum Grade Point Average:
Grades for major and/or minor coursework must be a “C” or higher.
Students at CSUSM must maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA (“C” average).
Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA may result in academic probation or disqualification, even after your first semester!
The minimum number of overall units required to graduate at CSUSM is 120 units. After you have completed all of your general education and major requirements, you may still need additional electives to reach 120 units.
General Education requirements are referred to as Areas A through E. You must complete all subsections of these areas prior to graduation. You can review your GE Requirements on our GE Worksheets, your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) and your Degree Planner.
Area A: Basic Skills
A1 – Oral Communication
A2 – Written Communication
A3 – Critical Thinking
Area B: Math & Science
B1 – Physical Science
B2 – Biological Science
B3 – Science Lab
B4 – Mathematics
BB – Upper-division Mathematics or Science
Area C: Arts & Humanities
C1 – Fine Arts
C2 – Humanities
C3 – Language other than English
CC – Upper-division Arts or Humanities
Area D: Social Sciences
D7 – Interdisciplinary Social Science (only transfer students need to take D7)
Dh – United States History
Dc, Dg – U.S. Constitution/CA Government
DD – Upper-division Social Science
Area E: Lifelong Learning
For Area E, the majority of first year students take GEL 101, a course designed to assist in your transition to university life. We strongly recommend that first year students enroll in GEL 101 in the first semester. Liberal Studies majors should take PE 203 for Area E.
Area F: Ethnic Studies
Only first-time freshmen are required to take an Area F course.
Notes about your General Education Requirements:
Setting a Pace That's Right for You
It's important you consider the other factors of your life when selecting your unit load. Different students require different paces, depending on outside obligations. Be sure to set a pace that works best for you.
(entering as a first-year student)
|Units Per Year||Units Per Semester|
|4 year pace||30||15|
|5 year pace||24||12|
|6 year pace||20||10|
(entering as an upper-division transfer student)
|Units Per Year||Units Per Semester|
|2 year pace for ADT students||30||15|
|2 year pace for non-ADT||30||15|
Graduate in four years (120 units total). 30 units per year, 15 units per semester.
Enrolling in Classes:
Enrollment videos are based on the Full Site view in the Student Center. If you are on a mobile device using the modernized view, you will need to select the Full Site view: Visiting the Student Center in Full Site View (PDF)
The videos below will walk you through the process for enrolling in your first semester classes.
Accessing Your ARR (PDF)
Degree Planner Features (PDF)
It is possible that your transfer credit may not yet be posted to your records. Transcripts are entered and posted in priority order based on when you submitted your intent to enroll and when your transcripts were received. It can take up to three weeks for transcripts to be processed.
On rare occasions, students have taken coursework outside of the California Community College system that may meet major specific requirements. If your transfer credit is up-to-date and you have taken courses at another institution that you believe satisfies a major or minor requirement, please submit a Major Course Approval Request.
Your waitlist position number is displayed in the message. Check My Class Schedule to monitor waitlist position and enrollment status. More info: Waitlisting a Class
Each class will provide information regarding the mode of instruction or class format. Please visit our page with information on instruction modes and class formats for the Spring 2022 semester.
Helpful Hint: Keep in mind, your first goal is to enroll in the Spring 2022 classes suggested by your Degree Planner. Flexibility is key! Not all courses will be offered in your preferred instruction mode.
To enroll in CHEM 150 and 150L there must be a seat available in each of the 3 components of the class: Lecture, Activity, and Lab (CHEM 150 L). If one or more of these components are full, you will not be able to enroll. Waitlists are being managed by the CHEM Department. But first do your best to enroll in open sections of the Lecture, Activity and Lab.
To be placed on the waitlist for this course please email Ann Dickinson: email@example.com
Asynchronous classes do not have specific meeting times. They will show at the bottom of your weekly schedule but not on a specific time in your weekly calendar.
Ways to Virtually Connect With Us:
Beginning December 13, 2021, we are offering the following advising services for new students who have completed the Enrollment Tutorial:
Message the Virtual Front Desk on Microsoft Teams, a public channel to ask general questions and to receive additional enrollment support throughout the day. Please do not share confidential information. Until further notice, in person appointments are not being scheduled.
An Academic Advisor will answer your question as soon as possible via email.
Virtual Drop-in Advising
Fifteen-minute virtual Drop-in Advising for incoming Spring 2022 new students will begin December 14, 2021.
In order to limit student wait times, please only sign in for drop-ins after you have either completed this entire Enrollment Tutorial.
|Tuesday, December 14:||9-11:30am & 1:30-3:30pm|
|Wednesday, December 15:||9-11:30am & 1:30-3:30pm|
|Thursday, December 16:||9-11:30am & 1:30-3:30pm|
|Friday, December 17:||9-11:30am|
Thirty-minute Virtual Advising Appointments via Microsoft Teams will be limited because we are also offering Virtual Drop-in Advising. If you are unable to schedule an appointment, visit us during Virtual Drop-ins. Until further notice, in person appointments are not being scheduled.
Student to student support for basic questions and help with advising/enrollment tools.
Congratulations, you have almost completed the Enrollment Tutorial! The last step is to submit the acknowledgment form below letting us know that you have reviewed all topics in this tutorial and watched all the videos.