There are 3 components to earning a degree at CSUSM: University Requirements, General
Education Requirements and Major and/or Minor Requirements.
Component 1: University Requirements
University Requirements at CSUSM include a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) and a
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.
Component 2: General Education Requirements
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
in our GE Worksheets, your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) and your Degree Planner (more on the ARR
and Degree Planner below).
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
Dh – United States History
Dc, Dg – U.S. Constitution/CA Government
DD – Upper-division Social Science
Area E: Lifelong Learning
Notes about your General Education Requirements:
- A grade of C- or higher is required for courses used to satisfy the A1, A2, A3 and
B4. If any general education courses are also counting towards your major and/or minor,
a grade of C or higher is required.
- 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 years
students enroll in GEL 101 in the first semester.
- There are 3 upper-division GE courses listed above (BB, CC, DD). These requirements
are not to be taken until after you have earned 60 units.
For Liberal Studies – Elementary Subject Matter (LBST-ESM) majors, all General Education
requirements and major courses must be passed with a C or higher. For Area E, LBST-ESM
majors will take PE 203.
Component 3: Major and/or Minor Requirements
Every major and minor possesses their own particular set of requirements. They are
listed in the catalog, major/minor worksheets, Academic Requirement Report and in your Degree Planner. Your Degree Planner will
let you know which classes to take and when. More on the Degree Planner later!