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Graduation Requirements for Second Bachelor's Degree

Definition: This policy establishes the requirements that a student who already holds a bachelor's degree must satisfy in order to receive a second bachelor's degree.
Authority: Title 5 Sections 40402.1, 4043, 4045, 40405.1, 40405.2, 40405.4 and 40508; Education Code Section 66055.8; and CSU Executive Order 1065.
Scope: Undergraduate students repeating CSUSM courses at CSUSM.
Responsible Division: Academic Affairs
Approval Date: 04/19/2012
Originally Implemented: 08/22/2011
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A student who holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education--or has completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority--is exempt from all general education requirements (including U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement).


In order to receive a second bachelor’s degree, a student must complete the following:
  1. a minimum of thirty (30) units in residence at CSU San Marcos beyond the first bachelor’s degree;
  2. the major requirements for the second degree (units from the first degree may be counted, but a minimum of twenty-four (24) upper-division units in residence in the major for the second bachelor’s degree must be earned subsequent to earning the first bachelor’s degree); and
  3. all other CSU San Marcos graduation requirements other than general education and U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement, in effect at the time of catalog selection.


Second bachelor’s candidates returning for a degree in Nursing are exempt from any other CSU San Marcos requirements that are not specifically required for the Nursing major.


Second bachelor’s degree candidates are required to achieve a 2.0 grade point average each semester to maintain good academic standing.