Baccalaureate Degree Information
- Baccalaureate Degree: Defined
- Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
- Catalog Rights for Graduation
- General Education-Breadth Requirements
- Major: Defined
- Option: Defined
- Free Electives
- Minor: Defined
- Certificate Program: Defined
- U.S History and Government Code Requirement
- University Writing Skills Requirement
- Transfer Requirements
- Multiple Majors
- Apply for Graduation
- Academic Honors
- Graduate Credit
- Errata (Note: Please see Errata page for corrections to this content.)
A baccalaureate degree, often called a bachelor's degree, is the academic title that the university confers upon you after you have successfully completed a minimum number of college credit units (180 quarter units at Cal State East Bay), including certain specified patterns of coursework (for example, General Education, a major) and a minimum number of advanced units (60 upper division) with a grade point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 point scale), and various other requirements specified in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Some students in higher unit majors will complete more than the minimum 180 units for their degree. Cal State East Bay offers three baccalaureate degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The degree awarded appears on your diploma and permanent record.
In the past, many students were able to attend school full-time (three quarters or two semesters) and earned 15-16 units a term. Now, since students have commitments other than college, they take fewer units and occasionally do not attend every quarter. Consequently they take longer to complete their degrees.
Cal State East Bay operates on a year-round, four-quarter system. Hence, by taking a full academic load of 15-16 units per quarter, four quarters a year, you could even graduate in three years. (You can complete a maximum of 105 units at a community college and transfer them to a CSU campus.)
Information concerning the graduation rates of students enrolling at Cal State East Bay may be obtained from Enrollment Management Systems, 3rd Floor, Student Services and Administration Building (Tel. 510-885-3483). It is also available online at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/ira/.
There are three major parts of your baccalaureate degree and seven basic requirements defined in the California Code. Most of your courses will fall into one of the three major parts of the degree: (1) the General Education (G.E.) requirements for basic skills and breadth, (2) the major for depth in one field, and (3) free electives which you can use to shape your education in directions you choose. Each of these will be described in later sections.
These are the seven basic requirements for your B.A. or B.S. degree defined in the Code:
- Complete a 72 quarter-unit program of General Education-Breadth requirements including 12 upper-division (3000 or higher) units in G.E. Areas B6, C4, D4 (details to follow).
- Complete one of the majors described in this catalog.
- Complete the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement through coursework or exams (details to follow). You must also complete one course for the Cultural Groups/Women requirement.
- Satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement by passing two freshman-level English composition courses (ENGL 1001 and 1002) and the upper division University Writing Skills Requirement (details to follow).
- Complete a minimum of 45 quarter units in residence enrolled as an admitted student at Cal State East Bay. Up to 36 units taken through Open University and Special Session may be counted for residence. Units in residence must include at least 36 upper division units, 18 units in your major, and 12 units of G.E. (Units you earn at other institutions, and units you earn through Credit-by-Examination are not residence units.)
- Complete at least 180 quarter units for your B.A. degree, 186 quarter units for your B.F.A. degree, or 180-188 quarter units for your B.S. degree. At least 60 of these units must be in upper division courses (courses numbered 3000 and above). No more than 60 units can be graded in the Credit/No Credit pattern (CR/NC or A/B/C/NC). No more than 36 units can be in Continuing Education, Open University, or correspondence credit, and no more than 45 units can be earned credit-by-examination (excepting Advanced Placement).
- Attain a grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all units you attempt at Cal State East Bay, all the units you attempt including transfer units, and all units you attempt in the major regardless of the department in which they are taught.
To meet the seven requirements listed in the previous section, you must follow the specifics listed in this catalog. As long as you maintain attendance by enrolling in at least two quarters each calendar year, your degree requirements will remain those in this catalog. However, you may elect to meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time you graduate. These principles are called your "catalog rights."
If you are absent due to an approved Educational Leave or to attend another accredited institution of higher education, you will not lose your catalog rights as long as you are not away for over two years.
If you are a transfer student who attended another CSU campus and/or California community college, you have Cal State East Bay catalog rights from the time you began at the other institution if you have maintained attendance as noted above.
Your catalog rights for your major (and minor if you pursue one) are governed by the catalog in effect at the time you declare your major (or minor). Cal State East Bay publishes an annual online Catalog, but only published a printed Catalog every other year with the last edition printed for the 2010-2012 years. If you enter in the second year of the printed catalog, you should check the online catalog for that year to see if there are any changes affecting your major and/or minor graduation requirements. You will not lose your catalog rights for G.E. and other graduation requirements by declaring or changing your major, if you maintain attendance.
If you do break attendance by not enrolling in two quarters in a calendar year, your graduation requirements will be governed by the catalog in effect at the time you reenter.
The principle of catalog rights refers to degree requirements, not policies, fees, services, and other matters which, when they change, apply to all students. For that reason, you should check the latest online catalog.
The Cal State East Bay General Education (G.E.) Program is designed so that, taken with the major depth program and electives, it will assure that graduates have made measurable progress toward becoming truly educated persons for a diverse society. Particularly, the purpose of the General Education Program is to provide means whereby graduates:
- achieve the ability to think clearly and logically, to find information and examine it critically, to communicate orally and in writing, and to reason quantitatively;
- acquire appreciable knowledge about their own bodies and minds, about how human society has developed and how it now functions, about the physical world in which they live, about the other forms of life with which they share that world, and about the cultural endeavors and legacies of their civilizations;
- come to an understanding and appreciation of the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in human inquiries;
- come to understand and appreciate the contributions to knowledge and civilization that members of diverse cultural groups and women have made.
The General Education Program is planned and organized to enable students to acquire abilities, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation as interrelated elements, not as isolated fragments.
The California State University G.E. program requires at least 72 quarter units distributed over six areas and governed by three general requirements. Transfer students must earn 60 units in lower-division courses that meet the requirements of the CSU or IGETC transfer plan. Twelve units of upper-division G.E. will be completed at CSUEB. The lists of courses meeting the requirements change from quarter to quarter and are not included in this catalog because they rapidly become outdated. The list of courses currently meeting each requirement appears in the online Class Schedule each quarter or at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/ge.
Before progressing very far into your G.E. and other degree requirements, be certain you have developed the entry-level learning skills in English composition and mathematics necessary for collegiate success. You must take the EPT/ELM tests before your first enrollment (if not exempt by the other test scores listed in the Registration chapter). If your skills are such that you can begin taking college-level English composition math or statistics immediately, do so at your earliest opportunity, as a freshman if at all possible. (Many majors, including Business Administration and the sciences, require much more math or statistics than the single G.E. course.)
If your skills are not at the collegiate level, you must enroll in the appropriate remedial course(s) (again, described in the Registration chapter) in your first quarter and complete all remedial courses you need as soon as possible, as a freshman if at all possible. Students who fail the same remedial course twice, fail to enroll continuously in remediation as long as it is required, and/or who fail to complete remediation in six quarters will not be allowed to continue.
You will not be allowed to register once you have earned 90 units if your first freshman English composition course (ENGL 1001 or equivalent for G.E. Area A2) and your quantitative reasoning course (G.E. Area B4) have not been passed. Cal State East Bay requires that your freshman English composition course be passed before you attempt the Writing Skills Test in your first quarter in junior status (90 or more quarter units).
A word is necessary about the relationship of G.E. to your major. Normally no course in your major department, as designated by course prefix (for example, ANTH, ENGL, GEOL, MUS) can be applied to G.E., even if not applied to your major requirements. For Business Administration majors, courses with the prefixes ACCT, ENTR, FIN, ITM, MGMT, and MKTG will not count for G.E.; and THEA and DANC courses cannot be used by Theatre Arts majors. The only exceptions to this rule are in Area A, in Area B4, in Area C for a MLL course in another language from those in the major, in Area G4, and one course in a thematic freshman learning community (B1-3, C1-3, or D1-3).
On the other hand, courses required for your major, but offered by other departments (for example, MATH for Geology majors, MLL for English majors), can be applied to G.E.
This is why it is important to know your major before you get too far into the G.E. program. Most majors specify certain G.E. courses for their students. If you take a course other than the one specified, you will have to take the required course anyway. Also, if you don't know your major, you could take a course that subsequently ends up in your major and lose it for G.E. credit.
You can view and print the General Education Requirements for Native or Transfer students, as well as Graduation Checklists, respectively, by clicking the appropriate pdf link below.
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Narrative Description of G.E. Requirements
LOWER DIVISION G.E. REQUIREMENTS (60 Units)
Area A: Communication in the English Language (12 units)
You must complete this area of the G.E. Requirements in your freshman year unless a year or more of remediation is required. You must enroll in sections of Area A1 and A2 courses which are linked to the freshman thematic learning community you select in Area B, Area C, or Area D. You must also enroll in an activity class each of the first two quarters of the learning community (see Area G, G.E. Electives).
A1 Oral Communication (4 units)
Students who have completed general education requirements should be grounded in the rhetorical principles that govern public presentations. These principles are fundamental to sound reasoning and clear expression. The principles foster open-mindedness and information competence combined with critical thinking and analytical skills, and an awareness of, and ability to adapt to audience, context, and purpose.
Criteria: A course meeting the Oral Communication requirement is based upon communication theory presented through lecture, discussion, and reading. It must provide several opportunities for a planned sequence of speaking and listening experiences in at least two of the following modes: (a) small-group (problem-solving) discussion, (b) interpersonal communication, (c) expository discourse presented extemporaneously, (d) argumentative and persuasive discourse presented extemporaneously. The course must provide you with constructive criticism of both substance and form of communication and must reflect awareness of the cognitive and emotional conditions dealt with by people who communicate with others. You will complete at least five oral assignments demonstrating increasing skill in oral communication.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your A1 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies in speaking and listening.
Speaking: (1) know how to choose and narrow a topic appropriately for a specific audience and occasion; (2) communicate the thesis/specific purpose in a manner appropriate for the audience and the occasion; (3) provide appropriate supporting material based on the audience and occasion and using appropriate technology (PowerPoint, demonstration, etc.) to present the material to the audience: (4) present logically sound, non-fallacious arguments; (5) recognize and address audience viewpoints appropriately; (6) present ideas organized in a fashion appropriate to topic, audience, occasion, and purpose; (7) use language, vocal variety, and physical behaviors that are appropriate to the audience, occasion and purpose and maintain interest and support the verbal message.
Listening: (1) recognize that listening is an interaction among the speaker, message, and audience; (2) understand the public or private context in which the interaction occurs; (3) engage with the ideas, the supporting details, and the relationships among ideas; (4) attend to messages with an open mind; (5) question speakers and messages; (6) evaluate messages using criteria appropriate to the context.
A2 Written Communication (4 units)
A course satisfying Area A2 must be passed with a grade of "A," "B," "C," or "CR."
Students who have completed general education requirements should be grounded in the rhetorical principles that govern reading and writing. These principles are fundamental to logical thinking and clear expression. For reading, they presume open-mindedness combined with critical thinking and analytical skills; and for writing, they presume an awareness of audience, context, and purpose.
Criteria: A course meeting the freshman composition requirement assumes that you should, at the time of entry, be able to write brief essays showing adequacy in (a) selection of a controlling idea appropriate to the given writing task, (b) coherent development of that idea to a reasoned conclusion, (c) use of sentences that demonstrate some structural variety and contain language appropriate to the audience and purposes, and (d) control of conventions of standard written English (relative freedom from errors such as fragments, run-together sentences, faulty agreement, and improper pronoun reference) and of mechanics (capitalization, spelling, and punctuation). The work of the freshman English course is to strengthen these skills by extensive practice in the writing of expository essays suitable for college-level credit. If you are not exempt from the EPT and do not score 147 or higher on the test, you must pass one or more remedial English courses before enrolling in the A2 course (see Registration chapter). G.E. Area A2 must be completed by the time you reach 90 quarter units or future registration will be blocked.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your A2 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) read for the meaning of a text by determining its purpose, intended audience, and significance; (2) understand the historical context of the text; (3) engage with and offer thoughtful responses to ideas in the text; (4) question authors and texts; (5) evaluate the text according to criteria appropriate to the context; (6) realize that writing is a recursive process involving prewriting and revision; (7) compose an essay with a clear thesis and evidence to support the thesis; (8) understand the role of logically sequenced and fully developed paragraphs; (9) develop and have confidence in one's own ideas; (10) demonstrate awareness of other points of view and how to address them; (11) incorporate research into an essay, including summarizing, paraphrasing, and properly quoting and citing material from other sources; (12) know the ethics of academic writing and of accuracy in the use of evidence; (13) organize an essay in light of audience expectations; (14) present material logically and without fallacies; (15) present material in language appropriate for the context, usually in standard written English that is grammatically and syntactically correct; (16) be familiar with strategies for timed writing.
A3 Critical Thinking (4 units)
Students who have completed critical thinking requirements will develop clarity and rigor in reasoning and its presentation, and the ability to understand, represent, and evaluate the presentations of reasoning made by others.
Criteria: A course meeting the critical thinking G.E. requirement focuses primarily on: (a) identifying, analyzing, evaluating, and presenting arguments, (b) learning elementary inductive and deductive reasoning, and (c) recognizing formal and informal fallacies. You will complete a minimum of six assignments demonstrating critical thinking in a variety of contexts. At least four of these assignments must be written. A critical thinking textbook or its equivalent is required in all courses meeting this requirement.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your A3 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) use the rules and strategies of deductive, inductive, and natural language reasoning; (2) apply the rules and strategies for testing validity; (3) evaluate statistical reasoning; (4) recognize fallacies of reasoning; (5) present orally and in writing well reasoned cases both to support a proposition and to refute another's claim.
Area B: Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning (16 units)
Students who have completed natural science and quantitative reasoning requirements will gain basic knowledge and learn key principles in the life and physical sciences, recognize the vital role experiments play in adding to scientific knowledge, and understand modern methods and tools used in scientific inquiry.
Criteria: G.E. courses in the physical and life sciences teach the methodologies of science, including systematic observation and experimentation. The laboratory course required in this General Education Area provides first-hand experience in making observations in the natural world or laboratory, the techniques and procedures of making those observations, and techniques and procedures for organizing and analyzing observations. In addition to a working knowledge of the methods of science, you will acquire an understanding of the fundamental principles of particular disciplines.
B1-3, 5 (12 units)
You must select one course in physical science and one in life science, courses from three different disciplines, and at least one of the courses must have a laboratory. You may select a freshman learning community or complete your science requirements in your second year. Sophomore courses assume a higher level of basic skills (completion of Area A and B4 requirements).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your B1-3 requirements, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate broad science content knowledge in the physical and life sciences; (2) demonstrate the application of quantitative skills to science problems; (3) demonstrate a general understanding of the nature of science, the methods applied in scientific investigations, and the value of those methods in developing a rigorous understanding of the physical and living world; (4) identify the difference between science and other fields of knowledge; (5) distinguish science from pseudoscience.
B4 One Course in Quantitative Reasoning (4 units)
A course satisfying Area B4 must be passed with a grade of "A," "B," "C," or "CR."
Criteria: G.E. courses in quantitative reasoning teach you skills and concepts that build on what you have previously mastered in intermediate algebra. Courses that satisfy Area B4 foster the development and use of formal skills and concepts appropriate to the specific course. They emphasize problem solving, reasoning skills, and the communication of mathematical or statistical ideas. If you are not exempt from the ELM requirement and do not score 50 or higher on the test, you must pass one or more remedial Mathematics courses before enrolling in the B4 course (see Registration chapter).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your B4 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies.
Quantitative Literacy: (1) know formal mathematical concepts and formulae; (2) find sources for key mathematical ideas.
Numeracy Skills (Reasoning): (1) manipulate and use theories; (2) graphically display and interpret quantitative results; (3) perform basic arithmetic skills.
Problem Solving (Thinking): (1) identify and analyze real or potential problems; (2) apply appropriate quantitative theories; (3) evaluate appropriate quantitative measures; (4) explain or discuss results in quantitative terms.
You must complete your quantitative reasoning G.E. requirement in your freshman year unless three quarters of remediation are needed. In any case, G.E. Area B4 must be completed by the time you reach 90 quarter units or future registration will be blocked.
Area C: Humanities (12 units)
C1-3 (12 units)
You must select one course in the Fine Arts and one in Letters (see below) and courses from three different disciplines. You may select a freshman learning community or complete your Humanities requirements in your second year. Sophomore courses assume a higher level of basic skills (completion of Area A requirements). No Cal State East Bay course used to meet the U.S. history and government code requirement may be applied to Area C. Language courses taken to clear Area C1, Fine Arts, may not be taken credit-by-exam.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your C1-3 requirements, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate through oral and written works how foundational works in the humanities illuminate enduring human concerns and the intellectual and cultural traditions within which these concerns arise, including both classical and contemporary artists and theorists; (2) demonstrate a developing understanding of how historical and cultural contexts, individual works, and the development of humanities over time, interact; (3) demonstrate ability to critically employ concepts, theories, and methods of analysis used in the humanities to interpret and evaluate enduring human concerns; (4) critically reflect on the formation of human goals and values, and articulate an understanding of the creativity reflected in works of the humanities that influenced the formation of those values.
C1 Fine Arts (4 units)
Criteria: Courses meeting this requirement have as their major component the integration of evaluative and descriptive aspects of the history, theory, aesthetics, and criticism of different works, forms, styles, and schools of art.
C2 Letters (4 units)
Criteria: Courses in this area examine significant written and oral texts of the creative intellect. The major goals are: (a) to teach the critical examination of ideas and theories through the use of historical, linguistic, literary, philosophical, and rhetorical approaches and methods; and (b) to encourage understanding of enduring human concerns and the intellectual and cultural traditions within which they arise.
C3 An Additional Humanities Course in either Fine Arts or Letters
Area D: Social Sciences (12 units)
Students who have completed social science requirements will become acquainted with basic principles, methodologies, theoretical problems, and applications in those sciences whose field of study is human behavior in its social environment. No Cal State East Bay course used to meet the U.S. history and government code requirement may be applied to Area D.
D1-3 Basic Requirements (12 units)
You must select three courses in the social sciences from three different disciplines. You may select a freshman learning community or complete your social sciences requirements in your second year. Sophomore courses assume a higher level of basic skills (completion of Area A and B4 requirements).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your D1-3 requirements, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate, orally and in writing, recognition of the application of disciplinary concepts derived from at least three social or behavioral sciences in the study of human behavior, individually and in society; (2) demonstrate, orally and in writing, recognition of the inquiry methods used by at least one of the social or behavioral science disciplines; (3) demonstrate, orally and in writing, the ability to describe how human diversity and the diversity of human societies influence our understanding of human behavior, individually and in societies, both local and global; (4) demonstrate, orally and in writing, some knowledge of the political, social, and/or economic institutions of a country other than the United States; (5) demonstrate, orally and in writing, the ability to describe major positions and contrasting arguments made on one or more significant contemporary issue area confronting U.S. society as applied to human behavior.
Criteria: Courses fulfilling the Basic Social Science requirements present the fundamental principles and methods of inquiry that are grounded in social science disciplines.
Area F: Performing Arts and Activities (4 units)
Criteria: Courses in this area provide an opportunity to develop an appreciation of the visual and performing arts and activities through direct experience. Students are guided by participation toward an understanding of the techniques, processes, and possibilities inherent in such aspects of culture as art, theatre, music, creative writing, and sport. Courses in this area enhance student development through accomplishment. At least 40% of the class time in these courses must be activity or performance.
Area G: Electives (4 units)
G1-2-3 Activity Courses Accompanying Freshman Learning Communities (2 units)
This is a one-unit and two .5-unit activity courses (two hours of class) which accompany the freshman learning communities (Areas B1-3, C1-3, D1-3).
Criteria: They integrate the thematic and Area A course content, build learning communities, and integrate academic skill development and support services. They also include the development and honing of particular skills (e.g., writing, speaking, calculating, and reasoning) at various levels depending on the individual student's proficiency.
G4 Information Literacy (2 units)
Criteria: Courses fulfilling this G.E. requirement develop information processing and technical competencies. The former include the ability to recognize a need; find resources; access, evaluate, and organize information; understand ethical, social and legal dimensions; and communicate information. The latter include the ability to select and use the appropriate technology.
UPPER DIVISION G.E. REQUIREMENTS (12 units)
To be eligible to begin taking upper division G.E. courses, you must have completed 90 quarter (60 semester) units, your lower division G.E. requirements, including critical thinking (Area A3), ENGL 1002, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. You may complete Areas B6, C4, and D4 in your junior or senior year.
The 12-unit upper division General Education program of Cal State East Bay serves a variety of purposes. It enables students to study subjects outside their majors at a more advanced level than in lower division G.E. courses by building on the skills developed in earlier classes in English composition, oral communication, critical thinking, and information literacy. The upper division Science course (Area B6) focuses on scientific inquiry and stresses numeracy, quantitative analysis, information literacy, and critical thinking skills. The upper division Humanities course (Area C4) focuses on history, literature, and philosophy, and stresses advanced writing, speaking, and reasoning skills. The Social Sciences course (Area D4) focuses on the application of the methodologies and research findings of the social sciences to significant contemporary problems, and stresses advanced writing and information literacy skills.
Upper division G.E. courses also give students the opportunity to explore new subjects unrelated to their majors, or to complement their majors with supportive courses in departments outside their major department. Students may ask their major advisors for a list of courses that relate to, and support study in their major field.
Area B6: Upper Division Science (4 units)
A 4-unit upper division course in the sciences (life or physical science) that includes numeracy, quantitative analysis, information literacy, and critical thinking skills. Students must complete their lower division B1-5 requirements prior to taking their B6 course.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your B6 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate advanced and/or focused science content knowledge in a specific scientific field using appropriate vocabulary and referencing appropriate concepts (such as models, uncertainties, hypotheses, theories, and technologies); (2) apply advanced quantitative skills (such as statistics, algebraic solutions, interpretation of graphical data) to scientific problems; (3) demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and the experimental and empirical methodologies utilized in science to investigate a scientific question or issue; (4) critically analyze scientific claims and data; (5) apply science content knowledge to contemporary scientific issues (e.g., global warming) and technologies (e.g., cloning), where appropriate.
Area C4: Upper Division Humanities (4 units)
A 4-unit upper division course in the humanities (history, literature, philosophy) that includes a significant writing component and emphasizes advanced communication and critical thinking skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your C4 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to, apply the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in human inquiries; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the cultural endeavors and legacies of human civilization; (3) be able to discuss and deliberate about opposing viewpoints in an insightful and logical manner; be able to present an opposing side fairly and to criticize the argument rather than attacking the person; (4) demonstrate a developing intellectual curiosity and a habit of lifelong learning through choice of research topics, the number and quality of questions asked in class, the application of course concepts or themes to lived experiences or world events, or through other similar means; (5) demonstrate the potential for participating in, and contributing to, a democratic society as an informed, engaged, and reflective citizen.
Area D4: Upper Division Social Sciences (4 units)
A 4-unit upper division course applying the research findings of the social sciences to significant contemporary problems and emphasizing advanced writing and information literacy skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your D4 requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) demonstrate an understanding of and ability to accurately apply disciplinary concepts of the social or behavioral sciences to the study of human behavior, individually and in society; (2) demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to, effectively conduct or plan research using an inquiry method of the social or behavioral sciences; (3) explain in writing, using examples, how human diversity and the diversity of human societies influence our understanding of individual and collective human behavior; (4) develop advanced skills in oral and written argument in the social or behavioral sciences.
GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
These are to be satisfied simultaneously with the lower and upper division Area requirements described above.
- A total of 72 quarter units of coursework are required to meet the General Education-Breadth Requirements. Normally, no course taken in the major department, as designated by course prefix, may be applied to the 72-unit G.E. program. Exceptions are: (1) in Areas A, B4, and G4 and one course in one thematic learning community (B1-3, C1-3, D1-3), unless certified by California community colleges and/or other CSU campuses; (2) Modern Language majors may use courses in another language; (3) a course required for the major, but not offered by the major department, may be applied to G.E. No course taken to satisfy the U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government requirement may be applied to G.E. unless certified by California community colleges or other CSU campuses. No cooperative education courses may be applied to G.E.
- Must complete ENGL 1002 (College Writing II) or transfer equivalent before attaining 90 quarter units.
- Complete U.S. History, U.S. Constitution and California State and local government requirement through coursework or exams (details to follow).
- A minimum of 12 quarter units of the General Education-Breadth Requirements must be taken in residence at Cal State East Bay. (You are in residence if admitted to and regularly enrolled in the university).
- A minimum of 12 quarter units of upper division (3000 and above) coursework applicable to the General Education-Breadth Requirements must be taken after you attain upper division status (90 or more quarter units). You cannot use community college courses to satisfy this requirement. You must take these 12 units in Areas B6, C4, and D4. No course taken in the major department, as designated by course prefix, may be applied to the upper division G.E. requirement.
- A minimum of 3 quarter units of coursework must recognize the contributions to American civilization and knowledge that members of various cultural groups and women have made. The purpose of this requirement is to provide you with an introduction to the research, literature, and methodologies of the disciplines of ethnic studies and gender/women's studies from historical, cultural, social, and economic perspectives. Courses are taught by faculty committed to the four competencies listed below and are designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the contributions to U.S. society made by cultural groups [African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(a) Americans, Native Americans] women, and gays/lesbians (hereafter referred to as "groups").
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of your Cultural Groups/Women requirement, you should have developed the following competencies: (1) knowledge of, and respect for, one or more of the groups and their contributions to U.S. society, including, but not limited to, three or more of the following aspects-historical, linguistic, cultural, economic, political, literary; (2) ability to analyze critically the relationships between the groups and the dominant society, between the groups themselves, and between members of the same group; (3) working knowledge of the groups' histories and contemporary experiences as subjects (as opposed to objects or victims) and of their voices and expressions, including, but not limited to, oral traditions, writings, and art forms; (4) comprehension of the origins and functions of discrimination, exploitation, and oppression of the groups, both historically and in the present, and ability to identify various patterns of discrimination.
Under Chancellor's Executive Order No. 1033, up to 60 quarter (40 semester) units of the CSU General Education-Breadth Requirements may be certified by California Community Colleges and other CSU campuses. Certification is not automatic for the A.A. in University Studies programs. You should note that even though your certification from a California Community College (CSU G.E. pattern for CSU Intersegmental General Education Transfer Education Transfer Curriculum-IGETC) or another CSU campus may show more than the maximum number of certifiable units, you must still complete a minimum of 12 upper division residence G.E. units at Cal State East Bay.
For example, if your catalog rights for graduation are governed by this catalog, you must complete the following:
- Area B6, an upper division Science (life or physical science) course of at least 4 units selected from the Area B6 list;
- Area C4, an upper division Humanities course of at least 4 units selected from the Area C4 literature/history/philosophy list;
- Area D4, an upper division Social Science course of at least 4 units selected from the Area D4 list;
- Lifelong Understanding G.E. requirement may be satisfied with a certified Lifelong Understanding transfer course from a California Community College. If you do not transfer with this requirement fulfilled, you may satisfy it with a lower- or upper-division course selected from the Area F list, Performing Arts/Activities, or by a transfer course(s) that meets the CSUEB criteria.
- The Cultural Groups/Women General requirement may be satisfied simultaneously with one of the above lower or upper division Area G.E. requirements, or as a separate course selected from Cal State East Bay's Cultural Groups/Women list. This requirement can also be satisfied by a lower division G.E. transfer course that meets the CSUEB criteria; and
- The second composition requirement for transfer students, is satisfied with ENGL 1002 (College Writing II), or an equivalent transfer course. If the course you are using to clear Area A3, Critical Thinking, is on the IGETC Critical Thinking list, this same course can be used to clear your second composition requirement.
If your catalog rights for graduation fall under an earlier catalog, see the General Education web page (www.csueastbay.edu/ge/transfer.htm) to identify requirements for that catalog.
You must complete at least 45 quarter (30 semester) units of G.E. including G.E. Areas A (Communication in the English Language) and B4 (Quantitative Reasoning) before transferring as a junior.
A major is a specified pattern of courses in a particular discipline or group of disciplines. (A list of Cal State East Bay undergraduate majors appears on the Undergraduate Majors and Options page of this catalog.) It complements G.E. by allowing you to specialize in one area, to study it in more depth than the one or two courses taken for G.E. in other disciplines. A few majors (such as Music and Spanish) are self-contained in the major department and have no courses that can double-count in G.E. Most majors, however, require some coursework in other departments and these courses, if applicable to G.E., can be double-counted. You can design an Interdisciplinary Studies Major with faculty advice and administrative support (see the Interdisciplinary Studies Major chapter of this catalog).
A major is not the same as a career, though some majors are more closely allied to specific careers than others. There are people in most careers from a wide variety of majors. Cal State East Bay majors are described in the Undergraduate section of this catalog, and career options are listed for each of them.
A B.S. degree major often requires more units than a B.A. degree major. A B.F.A. degree major requires more units than most B.S. or B.A. degree majors because it is so specialized.
You may declare your major either on your application when you apply to Cal State East Bay or after you enroll by filling out a "Change of Major" form available in the Student Enrollment and Information Center, 1st Floor, Student Services and Administration Building, or in the Student Services Center at the Concord Campus.
You may complete more than one major with permission. All majors earned will appear on the same diploma.
An option is a prescribed pathway through a major which allows for emphasis on a particular segment of the discipline (for example, the Journalism Option in the Communication Major and the Dance Option in the Theatre Arts Major). Not all majors have formal options. Some majors with formal options require you to select an option (e.g., Business Administration) whereas others do not (e.g., Political Science). In some majors, different options have different unit values.
An option can appear on your diploma if you request it when filing for graduation. If you wish to complete more than one option and have the additional option(s) recorded, each must differ by at least three courses and nine units from any other option you complete.
Most students have some units not prescribed by G.E., the major, or other graduation requirements. These range from one or two courses in a few very large, occupationally oriented majors to a dozen or more courses in some humanities and social science majors.
Free electives are courses you are free to select to complete your minimum unit requirements for the degree. Some students complete free electives with whatever looks interesting when they have free hours in their schedules, but most students have a purpose in mind. This could be taking more courses in the major to prepare for graduate school or employment, taking a minor or certificate program (defined below) to complement the major (e.g., an English major taking a Marketing minor), or simply following a special interest (e.g., dance or photography). No student is required to do any of these things, but it is important that you understand your options.
A minor is a coherent program in some field or group of related fields other than your major. Minors range in size from 24-48 quarter units, at least 12 of which must be upper division. No student is required to have a minor, so it will not appear on your record or diploma unless you request it. The minimum grade point average for a minor is 2.00, so you must take at least one course on the A-F grading pattern. At least 50% of a minor or 12 units, whichever is less, must be taken at Cal State East Bay if you want the minor recognized on your diploma and/or permanent record.
Courses in a minor may be double-counted in G.E. However, at least 18 quarter units of a minor must not be double-counted in the discipline of the major for Cal State East Bay to recognize the minor.
If you wish to complete a minor, fill out a "Change of Major, Minor, Option" form available online at the Student Records Forms website.
You cannot get a minor in the same department as your major unless the disciplines are distinct (e.g., French and Spanish, Art History and Studio Art). A minor is recognized only when a baccalaureate degree is awarded.
A certificate program is a coherent set of academic courses, considerably narrower in scope and objectives than a degree or major, for which you can receive a certificate upon its successful completion. Most certificate programs are oriented toward occupations and/or career skills. A certificate program must contain at least 12 units of courses numbered 3000 and above and a minimum of 20 total units (unless the certificate consists solely of 5000-and 6000-level courses in which case only 15 units are required). Each certificate program must contain a required core of at least three courses and 12 units. You can design a special certificate with faculty advice. See "Special Certificates" in the Interdisciplinary Studies Major chapter of this catalog.
Some certificate programs have admission requirements. Refer to the catalog description of the specific certificate program for more information. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each undergraduate and 5000-level course and a "B" or better in each graduate course (6000-level) applied to the program. Only one course below the 6000-level may be taken "CR/NC" and no graduate course may be taken "CR/NC" in a certificate program unless that is the only grading pattern for the course. You must take at least 75% of the courses and all 5000- and 6000-level courses at Cal State East Bay. (For certificate programs, Cal State East Bay courses may be taken through Continuing and International Education or as a regularly admitted and enrolled student.) You may not receive a certificate if you have already received a major, option, or minor with the same title.
No student is required to complete a certificate program. Completion of a certificate program is recognized by the awarding of a certificate. There is no notation about the program on either a diploma or permanent record. (The courses will, of course, be on your permanent record.) You may pursue a certificate program before, during, or after your baccalaureate degree. Unlike a minor, a certificate is not part of a degree.
CSU graduates are expected to have knowledge of: significant events in U.S. history; the role of major ethnic and social groups in these events; the political, economic, social, and geographic context of these events; the U.S. Constitution, U.S. political institutions and processes; the rights and obligations of U.S. citizens; the California Constitution; federal-state relations; and California state and local government, and political processes.
You can demonstrate your competence in these fields by either: (a) passing one of three CLEP tests offered each quarter by the Testing Office, and passing a Category II (ASSIST US-3) course, or (b) passing two courses (one course from each of the following two categories) which cover all three topics:
- First Category (ASSIST US-1 and/or ASSIST US-2): ES 1201 Ethnicity in American History I; HIST 1101 History of the U.S. to 1877; POSC 1201 American Political Institutions; HIST 3400 America to 1900; HIST 3540 The Making of the U.S. Constitution; POSC 3441 American Constitutional Law; POSC 3442 American Constitutional Law: Rights.
- Second Category (ASSIST US-3): ES 1202 Ethnicity in American History II; HIST 1102 History of the U.S. since 1877; POSC 1202 Public Policy/California Politics; HIST 3500 History of California; POSC 3120 State and Local Politics and Government; POSC 3150 Politics of California.
Be aware that receiving credit for any courses applicable to this requirement through a national test such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, or at an out-of-state institution will not satisfy the California state and local government part of this requirement. You will still be required to complete a Category II course (ASSIST US-3) in the second category above.
In addition to the lower-division General Education requirements in writing, the California State University system requires all students to demonstrate writing competency at the university level in order to receive a baccalaureate or master's degree. This requirement was implemented system-wide in 1977. You must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) in order to receive a degree from CSUEB unless you are exempt by one of the following criteria:
- Graduation from any one of the CSU campuses, unless noted on your transcript that your UWSR was not satisfied.
- Completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement at any one of the CSU campuses. Cal State East Bay will accept certification of completion if the entire requirement, as specified by that CSU campus, was satisfied and you were a matriculated student on that campus at the time.
- Earned a minimum score of 4.5 on the writing portion of the GMAT.
- Earned a minimum score of 4.5 on the writing portion of the GRE.
- Earned a minimum score of 53 on the writing portion of the CBEST.
As soon as you have completed 90 quarter units, you will be required to begin steps to satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement. DO NOT try to satisfy this requirement before completing 90 units or the UWSR will not be met. Complete ENGL 1001 and 1002, which are graduation degree requirements, before attempting to satisfy the UWSR.
To satisfy the requirement at CSUEB, you may do one of the following:
- Option One: Register for and pass the Writing Skills Test (WST). See WST (Option One) below.
- Option Two: Enroll in and pass a first-tier writing course (ENGL 3000 or 3001) and possibly a second-tier course, as well. See Course (Option Two) below.
WST (Option One): The Writing Skills Test consists of an analytic essay that requires you to demonstrate that you can think and write critically. You must pass the WST and satisfy the UWSR with a score of Clear Competence (8) to meet the requirement. If you fail the WST, you have only one opportunity to take it again. If you fail it again, your highest score of the two will determine your placement in courses. If your score is Limited Competence (6), you will be required to take the course option (see below). If your score is Developing Competence (7), you need only take a second-tier course to satisfy the UWSR (see below).
Course (Option Two): English 3000 and 3001 are the first-tier courses, designed to help students meet the University Writing Skills Requirement. Students who have taken the Writing Skills Test (WST) and have received Limited Competence (6) must take this course and perhaps a second-tier course as well. Students who choose to meet this requirement through class work do not ever have to take the WST although you may take it at any time, for a total of two attempts, even when enrolled in a writing skills course. Generally speaking, ENGL 3000 is intended for native speakers of English, while ENGL 3001 is intended for non-native speakers. Based on end-of-course portfolio evaluation scores, at the end of the first-tier course you will be directed as to your next step, which will involve one of the following: You may be found to have met the UWSR requirement altogether, you may be directed to enroll in a second-tier course, or you may be directed to repeat first tier.
Three second-tier courses are currently offered: ENGL 3003, SCI 3010, and MKTG 3495. If you passed one of these courses prior to fall 2000, it may not meet the UWSR. For more information on these courses, contact the individual department.
If you have taken the first-tier course three times consecutively and have not passed and have a letter of good faith effort from your most recent first-tier instructor, you may apply to the Associate Vice President, Academic Programs and Graduate Studies, for a waiver of the UWSR. If a waiver is granted, your permanent record will note that you were allowed to graduate without having satisfied the UWSR. If you do not satisfy the requirement and do not have a waiver approved, you will not be allowed to graduate. Contact the Office of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies for information on this waiver (510.885.3718).
If you receive a grade of "D+" or "D" in a second-tier writing course (taken Fall Quarter, 2000 or later), you may appeal to the Associate Vice President, Academic Programs and Graduate Studies, for a waiver of the UWSR. If a waiver is granted, your permanent record will note that you were allowed to graduate without having satisfied the UWSR. If you do not satisfy the requirement and do not have a waiver approved, you will not be allowed to graduate. Contact the Office of Academic Programs and Graduate Studies for information on this waiver (510.885.3718).
If you have a verified disability and would like to request accommodations to assist you in satisfying this requirement, contact the Accessibility Services in the Library Complex 2440 or call 510.885.3868 (phone/TTY).
For more information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website or call 510.885.3661
In general, degree requirements are the same, but special provisions safeguard the programs taken by students at California community colleges and other CSU campuses. If you are a transfer student, the following provisions apply.
- If you complete G.E. courses approved for transfer to the CSU and they are certified by your California Community College and/or CSU campus (or another campus accepts them and certifies them), Cal State East Bay will accept them to meet the requirements for which they are certified.
According to the Code, CSU cannot accept more than 58 quarter units or 39 semester units. In practice, Cal State East Bay accepts 60 quarter (40 semester) units because our three-course, upper division G.E. program is 12 quarter units. 60 plus 12 totals the 72 units required for G.E.
- If you complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and it is certified complete by your community college, you have satisfied the entire 60-unit lower division G.E. program and have only the three courses, 12-unit, upper division G.E. program to complete. (The IGETC is an all-or-nothing proposition; there is no partial certification as in #1 above.)
- If you complete any part or all of the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement at a California community college or other CSU campus and it is certified, Cal State East Bay will accept that certification for completion for all, or part of, the requirement. Contact either the History department or the Political Science department if you have any questions about this requirement
- If you successfully completed a course at another university or college that is not certified for the CSU G.E. program, but you believe it meets the criteria listed earlier for a specific requirement, you may request an "exception" on your degree audit. If you believe you have a petitionable course, discuss it with your advisor, with a G.E. advisor in the Academic Advising and Career Education Office, or the G.E. Office. If (s)he agrees, the advisor will submit the exception request for review. After action on your request for an exception, an e-mail to your Horizon account will notify you of the decision.
Likewise, if you believe you have a petitionable course for the U.S. history and government requirement, you may request an exception. In this case, go to either the History department or the Political Science department, whichever is appropriate to the course, and review the issue with the department Chair. (Both departments are in Meiklejohn Hall.) If the Chair agrees, (s)he will approve the exception and note it on your degree audit.
- Cal State East Bay has articulation agreements for all of our majors with all community colleges in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and with several others from which we receive sizable numbers of students. You may view them online at: http://www.assist.org. If you followed one of these major articulation agreements and completed all equivalent lower division work at the community college, your major department will consider your lower division major complete.
If you did not follow an articulation agreement, your major department will evaluate your transfer courses individually for equivalence.
- The graduation writing proficiency requirement (called the University Writing Skills Requirement at Cal State East Bay) is mandatory on all CSU campuses. Cal State East Bay will accept certification of the graduation writing proficiency requirement from any CSU campus. However, we must have written documentation that the entire requirement was satisfied at the other campus where you were enrolled as a matriculated student. ("Matriculation" means regularly enrolled after being admitted to a university.) You cannot, for example, take a writing proficiency test at another campus to meet the UWSR at Cal State East Bay while you are matriculated at CSUEB.
Although you can complete a sizable portion of your graduation requirements at other colleges and universities, do not forget the residence requirements previously listed. They must be satisfied while matriculated and enrolled at Cal State East Bay.
You can pursue two or more majors simultaneously with permission, making sure they differ from each other by a minimum of 18 units.
The disadvantage of completing multiple majors while working on the same degree is that you have to delay graduation until you complete all requirements of all the majors. However, you are checked for completion of the G.E. requirements only once (and the only department excluded from G.E. is your first major, not any additional ones).
In the case of multiple degrees, it is possible for you to pursue additional degrees simultaneously or consecutively. If you complete a second baccalaureate simultaneously with your first baccalaureate, you will not need to take additional residency or General Education units beyond those required for the degree you indicate as your primary baccalaureate.
If you return to complete a second bachelor's after graduating with your first bachelor's from a CSU campus, you are not required to complete any additional GE or Code courses. The 12 units of GE in residence are automatically waived for you if your first bachelor's was from a CSU campus. You are still held to the University Writing Skills Requirement if you did not satisfy it with your first degree.
If you enroll at CSUEB to complete a second bachelor's after graduating with your first bachelor's from a non-CSU institution, you will have your GE and Code courses evaluated under the appropriate GE catalog and CSUEB GE pattern. In this situation, the 12 units of GE in residence are a requirement for your second baccalaureate. You will be held to the University Writing Skills Requirement.
You cannot get two degrees in the same field. For example, a B.A. with a major in Geology and a B.S. with a major in Geology, or a B.S. with a major in Business Administration (Option in Accounting) and a B.S. with a major in Business Administration (Option in Marketing) are not allowed. (Note: Although you cannot receive two B.S. degrees in Business Administration, you can receive a single B.S. degree in Business Administration with two options.)
Any options and minors completed within your degree will also be recorded on your diploma and permanent record if you request them.
Note: Students are advised to review completion of general education requirements and to consult with their major and minor departments before filing for graduation.
Apply for graduation one term in advance of the intended term of graduation. Students must apply prior to the end of the Late Add period. Deadlines to file are listed in the online class schedule each term and the Important Dates page on the University website under "Current Students". Log into MyCSUEB on the university website (https://my.csueastbay.edu) and click on "Apply for Graduation." Students will be prompted to select the term for which they wish to graduate. A confirmation page will appear. Students should print this page and give a copy to the major/minor department. Students are responsible for contacting their academic major department and informing them of their intent to graduate. Students must allow enough notice so that their department will have sufficient time to generate a major checklist sheet indicating whether the student has satisfied all academic requirements of the major. The major and minor checks are due to Enrollment Management by the end of the fifth week of the quarter preceding the student’s final quarter.
The graduation filing fee will be charged to their account after a student files. Students may pay their fee:
- Online at MyCSUEB (https://my.csueastbay.edu)
- In person at the Cashiers' Office in the Student Services Building on the Hayward Hills campus
- In person in the Academic Services Office on the Concord Campus
The fee covers the cost of the graduation check, the diploma, and participation in the annual commencement ceremony (but not cap and gown rental/purchase, which is handled separately by the Bookstore). The fee is non-refundable, but if the student does not graduate when they intended, the fee will be transferred to the subsequent quarter, if they choose to update their quarter of graduation.
When students file for graduation, they may obtain a new registration priority. To register as a graduating senior, students must have earned 150 units or more and have filed for graduation by the time registration appointments are assigned. A student's graduation quarter can be moved by request a maximum of three consecutive terms, after which time they must re-file and pay again. This should be done well in advance of the opening of registration for a given quarter, and no later than the end of the Late Add period of the quarter originally intended to be the student's final quarter. Changes in the information on the diploma (change of name, address to be sent, deletion of an incomplete minor) must be submitted no later than the end of the Late Add period of the intended quarter of graduation.
After students file for graduation, their major department completes an official "Major Check" form showing all requirements completed for the major and those remaining to be completed for the major. (If students are an Interdisciplinary Studies Major, a Major Check is not needed.) The department must submit the form to Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs no later than the fifth week of the quarter preceding the student's final quarter if they are to graduate on time. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their academic department by the end of the fifth week of classes of their next to last quarter to be certain this has been done.
If students are completing a minor and want it recorded, be certain to request that a "Minor Check" form be submitted by the department offering the minor to Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs no later than the end of the fifth week of classes of the student's second to last term.
If students are completing a Single or Multiple Subject Matter Preparation Program for entry into a teaching credential program, be certain that the appropriate check sheet is submitted by the department or program committee offering the program to the Credential Student Service Center in the College of Education and Allied Studies.
If students file any waiver or substitution petitions for major, G.E., or other graduation requirements, they must be certain the substitution petition reaches Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at least four weeks before the end of their final quarter.
Once students have completed all degree requirements and Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs can verify their completion, their diploma will be ordered. The final graduation evaluation process typically takes up to three months following the posting of grades from the student's last quarter of attendance. The student's diploma will be mailed to their address of record with the university 4-6 weeks after the degree has been awarded.
A diploma is an official document containing the embossed seal of Cal State East Bay, the student's name, the degree conferred and date, major(s) completed in the degree conferred, any options or minors completed and requested, type of honors if any, and the signatures of state and university officials. It is not reproducible or available in multiple copies. Students can obtain multiple copies of their record by ordering transcripts which also show degrees, majors, options, minors, and honors, as well as other information. If students need proof of completion of their degree before receiving their diploma, they may order transcripts from Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs. Should a student change their name, they may request that a new diploma be issued with their new name if they: (1) return the originally issued diploma to Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs, (2) provide legal documents confirming your legal name change, and (3) pay the fee for a new diploma.
Once the student's degree is posted to their permanent record, their diploma and transcript cannot be altered by adding additional options and/or minors, nor by grade changes, withdrawals, and/or grade forgiveness. The university protects the integrity of its transcripts and will not rewrite history unless it has made a mistake.
In the undergraduate Grading and Academic Standards chapter, the Dean's and Honors Lists (the annual academic honors recognition) were discussed. Cal State East Bay also recognizes undergraduate students at graduation for consistently high scholarship through their entire academic careers, which includes coursework they may have transferred in from other institutions. If you graduate from Cal State East Bay during any quarter covered by this catalog, you will qualify for Graduation with Honors if your academic record meets the following criteria.
- To qualify for any category of honors, you must have a minimum cumulative and Cal State East Bay grade point average of 3.65, and
- You must have completed at least 60 quarter units of coursework in residence (as defined in the university catalog) at Cal State East Bay.
- You will qualify for one of these categories of honors at graduation on the basis of the following grade point average in all college work: 3.85-4.00 summa cum laude (highest honors); 3.75-3.84 magna cum laude (high honors); 3.65-3.74 cum laude (honors)
The GPA is officially calculated at the time you have completed your graduation requirements. Therefore, graduation with honors is governed by the catalog in effect at the time of your graduation. The honors designation will be noted on your diploma and official transcript. The conditions noted above apply equally to second-baccalaureate degree candidates. Post-baccalaureate and graduate students are not eligible for university honors.
Undergraduate students may apply graduate courses taken during their final quarter of undergraduate attendance to a Cal State East Bay master's degree program. Students can take up to 13 units of courses during their final undergraduate quarter (no earlier) and apply them to their master's degree if they:
- have at least a 2.00 grade point average at Cal State East Bay;
- do not need the units or grade points to complete their baccalaureate degree;
- do not need the units for residence credit in their master's degree; and
- obtain prior permission from the department Chair of the graduate program in which they wish to apply the units.
While an undergraduate, you should obtain and complete a "Petition for Graduate Credit" form, and obtain the signed approval of the graduate department Chair to apply the courses to your master's degree. The form should be filed with Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs.
You cannot be matriculated in a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree program at the same time, so the units earned in your last undergraduate quarter that are applied to your master's degree are not residence credit in your graduate degree. Most Cal State East Bay master's degrees require 45 units, 32 of which must be in residence. If you take the maximum 13 units for your graduate degree in your last undergraduate quarter, you will have used-up your non-residence degree credit and cannot use any transfer, Continuing Education, or Open University units for your master's degree.
If you start working on a basic Teaching Credential (5000-level courses in Teacher Education) before completing your baccalaureate, and are not already in the Fast-Track Teacher Preparation Program, you may have the units certified for application to your post-baccalaureate requirements. To qualify, the units must be in excess of the units needed for your bachelor's degree or any requirement of that degree. You should submit a written request to Enrollment Management. The request should cite all the courses to be certified for this type of post-baccalaureate credit and should be submitted after completing your baccalaureate degree.