Majors and Minors

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  • Accounting

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Our accounting curriculum is designed, in part, to prepare students for careers in public accounting, including qualification to sit for the CPA examination.

  • American Indian Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Minor

    American Indian Studies (AIS) better reflects the political status of tribal nations and how they determine for themselves their own identity.

  • Anthropology

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Through an engaged and innovative curriculum that responds to state and regional needs, the anthropology program trains students in qualitative and quantitative research methods that include ethnography, participant observation, visual ethnography, social documentation, ethnomedicine, ethnobotany, and applied archaeology.

    Medical Anthropology
    Indigenous Anthropology

  • Applied Physics

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Physics is a study of matter and its interaction at the fundamental level. Physicists seek to measure, understand, model, and control the processes in the physical world around us. Physicists measure and model phenomena in the physical world, and applied physicists connect fundamental physical principles to real-world problem-solving. To this end, physicists use a variety of descriptive and quantitative techniques to represent their knowledge. Our students work in a community where collaboration, teaching, and communication of results are essential.

    Applied Physics
    Applied Electronics

  • Biological Sciences

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Biology is the study of life, from vast continental and marine ecosystems to single microscopic cells. The primary goal of the Department of Biological Sciences at Cal State San Marcos is to help students develop the theoretical, practical, and analytical tools necessary to appreciate the breadth of biology and pursue their specific research interests and career goals.

    Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Ecology
    Physiology
    General Biology

  • Biotechnology

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor

    The Biotechnology curriculum integrates both science coursework and business coursework to provide students with the flexibility to pursue positions either in the laboratory or in the management/marketing operations of the biotechnology industry. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology will be able to apply fundamental knowledge of biology, biological processes, and the scientific method to solve problems as well as integrate biological knowledge and concepts within the legal, ethical, and business perspectives of the biotechnology/life sciences industry.

  • Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. This includes everything in the universe from a simple hydrogen atom to very large replicating molecules in life processes. Chemistry majors are needed to help solve some of society's most difficult technological problems through research, development and teaching. A broad spectrum of courses are available in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and biochemistry. The B.S. in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training.

    Chemistry
    Science Education
    Biochemistry

  • Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD)

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) major focuses on the developmental processes that occur from conception through the end of adolescence. Students gain a comprehensive overview of typical and atypical development through exploration of empirically derived milestones across biological, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental domains. Course topics focus on developmental trajectories, theories, developmental research methods, ethics, and contexts of development. Throughout the curriculum, special emphasis is placed on the interaction of the individual and environment in the unfolding of development. Students acquire knowledge through exposure to relevant scientific literature, research projects, observations, and fieldwork. The curriculum provides students with a variety of tools to acquire, communicate, and disseminate information so that they may develop a lifelong pursuit of developmental inquiry. Graduates receive an excellent foundation for subsequent careers working with children and adolescents in various fields including research, education, health care, public policy and advocacy, the law, and counseling.

  • Cognitive Science

    Degrees offered:
    Minor

    Cognitive science has a variety of definitions, but one simple one is that it is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind. The field involves contributions from the disciplines of psychology, computer science, linguistics, communication, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, music, mathematics, and social science.

  • Communication & Mass Media

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, its varied forms and uses, and its multiple social, cultural, and cognitive effects. The new Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media provides students with theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding media development, production, distribution, and its multiple social, political, cultural, and cognitive effects domestically and globally.

  • Computer Science & Information Systems

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor

    Computer Science is the study of problem solving on computers. We utilize the power of computers in the problem solving process while dealing with the constraints of computers. The Computer Science degree program emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will learn algorithms, data structures, software design, concepts of programming languages, computer organization, and computer architecture. The program stresses analysis and design experiences with substantial laboratory work, including software development. The Computer Information Systems option emphasizes data processing and programming to solve business-related problems.

    Computer Science
    Computer Information Systems

  • Economics

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Economics is the social science that describes the factors that determine the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.

  • Education

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    Doctorate in Education
    Teacher Credential Programs
    Graduate Programs & Advanced Credentials
    Authorizations
    Certificate Programs

  • Environmental Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The degree provides introductory training in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, land-use planning, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental policy and law, research methods, and environmental arts and humanities.

  • Ethnic Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Minor

    The Ethnic Studies Minor at Cal State San Marcos offers students majoring in another discipline the opportunity to study critically and systematically the experiences of racial/ethnic groups that have been economically, educationally, politically, legally, and/or socially disadvantaged. It analyzes how these groups have been integrated or not into societ(ies) and how race/ethnicity has shaped identity.

  • Film Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Minor

    Film is an art form that defines our time, offering penetrating insights into human behavior, cultural and social change, and the relationship between past and present. The Minor in Film Studies enables students to examine film and film making through a series of courses covering the history, aesthetics, social and cultural impact, and criticism of the motion picture.

  • Finance

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Finance curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of:

    Financial Management
    Investment Management
    Banking

  • Fully Employed MBA (Master of Business Administration)

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) Program at Cal State San Marcos has been designed for working professionals, allowing for a balance of work, school and personal life. We are confident that our FEMBA Program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s dynamic and globally competitive marketplace.

  • Global Business Management

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The GBM program has been designed to develop professionals who need a global view on the current world environment from a business perspective.

  • Global Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Global Studies Department provides students with the opportunity to study international affairs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Whether pursuing the Major or the Minor, students can choose from an approved list of courses from Communication, Economics, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Writing, Modern Language Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women’s Studies.

  • History

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Historical study provides perspective, helping individuals to place their own lives, values, and world events in context, and to recognize the processes of change that have brought us to the present.

  • Human Development

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    Our major provides an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for understanding human development across the lifespan. More specifically, students complete courses from the allied disciplines of psychology, sociology, biology, and anthropology to gain a multi-disciplinary understanding and then integrate these perspectives in the HD designated courses.

    Counseling Services
    General
    Health Services

  • Kinesiology

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor

    Kinesiology refers to 'the study of human movement.' The B.S. in Kinesiology at Cal State San Marcos prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the areas of rehabilitation, wellness, fitness, and education.

    Applied Exercise Science
    Pre-Physical Therapy
    Health Science

  • Liberal Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    A program of study if you are seeking the best preparation for being a K-8 teacher, or because you are interested in our innovative, cutting-edge program in Border Studies.

    Border Studies Option (BRS)
    Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Option for teachers (ESM)
    Integrated Credential Program Option for teachers (ICP)

  • Literature & Writing Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Literature and Writing Studies Department is a scholarly community of students and faculty committed to innovative teaching and learning. Critical reading, writing, and thinking occur in and serve a range of communities: local, regional, global, and historical.

  • Management

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Management courses concentrate primarily on relationships among members of organizations as well as organization decision-making behavior and cultures.

  • Management Information Systems

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    MIS offers a series of courses that bridge both the technical and managerial perspectives of Information Systems. You will learn a variety of methods to efficiently and effectively manage information systems for modern organizations.

  • Marketing

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Marketing is primarily for those who want to become involved in global sales and marketing.

  • Mathematics

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Mathematics students will develop the ability to explore, conjecture, and reason, as well as solve a variety of problems. Opportunities for students with a strong background in mathematics are as diverse as they are plentiful. Medical schools, law schools, graduate schools, and employers in fields such as economics, accounting, management sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, computer science, statistics, and communication seek graduates in mathematics. Mathematics majors can pursue a career in the teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level or college level.

    Single-Subject Matter Preparation (SSMP) Program
  • Modern Language Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    In order to help the community understand the culturally diverse nature of our changing society and world, the faculty in the Department of Modern Language Studies currently offer courses in five languages: Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

  • Music

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Music major presents all aspects of music as integral parts of a complete music education; students in the Major are expected to learn the language of music through the study of theory, history, performance, composition, and technology. While doing so, they will investigate various musical cultures, create their own original music or interpretations of others’ music, communicate with an audience to present their completed work, and archive their work. Music is placed in a societal context and students will participate in their local music community.

  • Nursing

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor

    We now have six Nursing degree programs available at CSU San Marcos! Our Nursing students have the opportunity to utilize our educational facility with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

    Traditional BSN
    LVN to BSN
    RN to BSN
    RN to MSN
    Accelerated BSN
    Master of Science in Nursing

  • Operations & Supply Chain Management

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Global Supply Chain Management Option within the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department teaches students how to perform typical tasks of a supply chain manager, such as designing and managing the relationships that keep products moving on the global playing field.

  • Philosophy

    Degrees offered:
    Minor

    Students trace the emergence of Western philosophy from its origins in ancient Greece, examine the role of philosophy in shaping the modern world view, and study traditional Western and non-Western approaches to ethics. The aim of these courses is to offer an integrative approach to the study of philosophy.

  • Political Science

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Political science is the study of government, individual, and institutional behavior in the public sector; relations among nation-states and non-state actors; and theories of domestic and international politics and decision-making.

    General Concentration
    Global Concentration

  • Psychology

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    Psychology is the empirical investigation of behavior from a biological, cognitive, and/or psychosocial perspective.

  • Public Health

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares students as practitioners of public health and as leaders in public and private sector agencies and organizations. Graduates are well-prepared to succeed in positions as public health professionals in local community organizations, hospitals, health management organizations, government agencies, the military, academia, and the private sector.

  • School of Arts

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    The Mission of the School of Arts is to provide an inclusive, collaborative community where artists, scholars, and students actively engage in developing artistic practices, critical thinking, cultural intelligence, and creativity.

    Arts & Technology Option
    Music Option
    Theatre Option
    Visual Arts Option

  • Social Sciences

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The student chooses a Primary Field and two Secondary Fields. The Primary Field is chosen from seven disciplines: border studies, communication, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and women's studies. Secondary Fields are chosen from these seven disciplines and from other specified social science courses.

  • Social Work

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to develop culturally competent, ethical, and effective professionals for direct social work practice with diverse populations. The MSW program will prepare students for direct practice in a variety of settings including public, private, and nonprofit agencies and organizations, in social services, child welfare services, human services, healthcare, and mental/behavioral health.

  • Sociology

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor
    Minor

    We are among the newest sociology departments in the United States, and have shaped our curriculum to address the problems and potentials of twenty-first century social life. We help students develop strong sociological theory, research, and advocacy skills that empower them to engage and improve their spheres of social experience -- from the local to the global.

  • Specialized Accelerated MBA (Master of Business Administration)

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The unique 'stackable' program consists of three phases: the Foundation, the Core, and the Specialization, which offer three entry and exit points into and out of the program.

  • Speech-Language Pathology

    Degrees offered:
    Master
    Bachelor

    The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to train graduate students in the knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan through academic and clinical experiences.

  • Women's Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor
    Minor

    CSUSM Women’s Studies students explore profound themes in a feminist, interdisciplinary, academically rigorous program.

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing(ABSN)

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    This fast-paced, 24-month 'Additional Bachelor's Degree' program is designed for students who hold a degree in a discipline outside of Nursing and who have not completed any LVN or RN coursework. Students will complete approximately 78 semester units of study in both didactic and clinical coursework.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Justice Studies

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The Criminology and Justice Studies program in Temecula is offered by the CSUSM Sociology Department in partnership with Extended Learning. This major draws on the intellectual traditions of sociology and critical criminology to understand the social correlates of crime and justice.

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at CSUSM at Temecula will give you the skills you need to be successful in the business world and will serve to prepare you for entrance into some of the finest companies in the region and abroad.

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Health Science Option

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The B.S. in Kinesiology with an option in Health Science at Cal State San Marcos is designed for San Diego area and southwest Riverside County students interested in professional service in public health, health/fitness education and promotion, wellness coaching, health research, and community health advocacy and programming. Graduates will be skilled in promoting positive, personal behavior changes that have an impact on the health of individuals and their communities.

  • Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to train graduate students in the knowledge and skills in prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan through academic and clinical experiences.

  • Master in Health Information Management (HIM)

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The wide adoption of electronic personal medical data and health focused apps has ushered in a new era in healthcare. The data collected through these channels, as well as the incorporation and analysis of genomic data, is greatly improving the wellness, diagnosis and care management of patients in today's modern healthcare setting. The role of health information management becomes increasingly important as the industry as a whole shifts to a results-based, pay-for-performance model.

  • Master of Arts in Education, Literacy

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The MA in Education, focus on Literacy is a fully online degree program that prepares educators to teach literacy in the 21st century classroom. Based on a set of 12 guiding principles, the Literacy program prepares highly effective teachers to meet the needs of monolingual and multilingual students.

  • Master of Biotechnology; A Professional Science Masters

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    Comprising 38 units of a combination of Biotechnology and Business classes over five semesters, this program is one of the more practical and applicable biotechnology degrees available in the San Diego area.

  • Master of Cybersecurity; A Professional Science Masters

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    A National workforce trend is the demand for well-trained and educated cybersecurity professionals candidates with both technical skills and business acumen. This trend is reflected in the emergence of the Professional Science Masters degree, the fastest growing segment of science graduate education.

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Degrees offered:
    Master

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to be completed in part-time status. The mission of the graduate program in nursing at California State University San Marcos is to provide superior graduate education to qualified San Diego students, leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Our objective is to prepare San Diego area nurses in generalist and advanced practice roles for positions in the health care industry, community or public health agencies, and academia, and for continued study at the doctoral level.

  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online (RN to BSN)

    Degrees offered:
    Bachelor

    Completing your BSN online at Cal State San Marcos will empower you with the practical experience and professional background to help your patients and your community achieve the goal of optimal health. CSUSM's online RN to BSN also lets you earn your pre-nursing core credits concurrently with your nursing courses. This not only gives you nursing skills and knowledge you can apply immediately to your current nursing practice, but also allows you to graduate sooner.