The University Catalog is revised and updated annually. Within the catalog are policies, major requirements, and course descriptions - all of which may affect graduation requirements. However, students’ individual graduation requirements are not subject to these annual updates; in fact, students who remain continuously enrolled maintain rights to a particular set of graduation requirements, which is referred to as catalog rights.
This group of pages is intended to provide additional detail regarding catalog rights, including how to maintain them, eligibility to elect new requirements, etc.
There are three groups of graduation requirements to complete an undergraduate degree program. Each of these, as described above, are subject to change from catalog year to catalog year (and term to term).
Per California state education code, and CSUSM policy, students are eligible to elect the graduation requirements (General Education, University, Major/Minor) in effect:
*Eligibilty based on the timeframes above applies to all 3 types of graduation requirements; the catalog terms elected for each do not have to be the same.
In addition, students are eligible to elect the graduation requirements for the major or minor in effect:
As long as a student maintains continuous attendance at CSU San Marcos, or a combination of CSU campuses and California Community Colleges, his/her catalog rights are protected, and thus his/her catalog term(s) for the graduation requirements listed above, are protected.
Note: at CSUSM, students are automatically assigned the graduation requirements in effect upon admission to the university. A student must request to elect different catalog rights (according to the eligibility described above) in order to be subject to different graduation requirements.
Continuing students who are eligible to elect the catalog rights in effect for one of the 3 types of graduation requirements described here, may use the Election of Catalog Rights form.