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Major Specific Admission Requirements for Transfer:
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions for eligibility and application details. To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details. These criteria will be used for Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 admission consideration. Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered "local" based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE: For Fall term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Spring term. For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Transfer AA/AS degree recipients: The Transfer AA/AS degree curriculum is used in lieu of the specific course requirements listed, as well as any additional recommended preparation. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied to the major specific minimum GPA and to any GPA used in the ranking of applicants. See Transfer AA/AS degree for additional requirements.

Major Specific Criteria

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MARINE BIOLOGY AND BIOLOGY B.S.(All Options Except Biology Education)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I; or MATH 122 Calculus I
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity and BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (General Biology sequence)

Explore the Biological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

BIOLOGY (Option In Biology Education B.S.)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I; or MATH 122 Calculus I
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity and BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (General Biology sequence)

Explore the Biological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

MICROBIOLOGY B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry
    • MATH 119A Survey of Calculus I; or MATH 122 Calculus I
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity and BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

Explore the Biological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

CHEMISTRY B.A., CHEMISTRY B.S., AND BIOCHEMISTRY B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry
    • MATH 122 Calculus I
    • MATH 123 Calculus II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for more information on this major.

GEOLOGY B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • GEOL 102 General Geology
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory
    • Complete three of the following four courses:
      • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
      • CHEM 111B General Chemistry
      • MATH 122 Calculus I
      • MATH 123 Calculus II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Geological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

EARTH SCIENCE B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • GEOL 102 General Geology
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry
    • MATH 122 Calculus I
    • MATH 123 Calculus II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Geological Sciences Department for more information on this major.

MATHEMATICS B.S. (All Options)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • MATH 122 Calculus I
    • MATH 123 – Calculus II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Mathematics and Statistics Department for more information on this major.

PHYSICS B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • MATH 122 – Calculus I
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • MATH 123 Calculus II
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism

Explore the Physics and Astronomy Department for more information on this major.

PHYSICS B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • MATH 122 – Calculus I
    • MATH 123 – Calculus II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism

Explore the Physics and Astronomy Department for more information on this major.