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Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students:
College of Health and Human Services

CSULB students must meet precise major specific criteria in order to ‘declare a major.’ While freshmen are admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major specific criteria. All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units. This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Were admitted into a ‘pre-major’ and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major

Except for “Highly Impacted” majors, native CSULB students can ‘declare a major’ if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation. There are limitations on the ability to add a second major or to add/change degree objectives based on the following policies:

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 Fall 2013 through Spring 2015 consideration. They are subject to change for future terms.

Major Specific Criteria for CSULB Students

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ATHLETIC TRAINING - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants must submit a separate program application to the CSULB Athletic Training Education Program by February 1 for the fall semester. See the CSULB Athletic Training Education Program web site for the separate program application. The separate program application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation; one letter must be from the athletic training setting noted below.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7

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:
    • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
    • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics
  • Minimum of 150 pre–professional athletic training hours.
    • At least 100 hours must be attained by observation in a traditional athletic training setting under the supervision of a BOC certified athletic trainer.
    • A maximum of 50 hours may be observed in an allied clinical setting, such as sports medicine clinics. Summer sports clinics, sports performance facilities, hospital facilities, or dance performance centers

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • ATEP 207 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • CHEM 100 – Chemistry and Today’s World; CHEM 111A – General Chemistry; or CHEM 140 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry
  • MATH 109 – Modeling with Algebra; MATH 113 – Precalculus Algebra; MATH 117 – Precalculus Mathematics; MATH 119A – Survey of Calculus I; or MATH 122 – Calculus I
  • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
  • PHYS 100A – General Physics

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.5

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 3.0:
    • A General Education Category B1a - Life Science course (Human Anatomy and Physiology is recommended)
    • A General Education Category B1b - Physical Science course (CHEM 100 – Chemistry in Today’s World; or PHSC 112 – Introduction to the Physical Sciences, are recommended)
    • A social science course (PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology; or PSY 241 – Psychobiology, are recommended)
    • A statistics course (PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics, is recommended)
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • CD 261 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • CD 271 – Phonetics

Explore the Communicative Disorders Department for more information on this major.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

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:
    • SOC 100 – Introductory Sociology
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • POSC 100 – Introduction to American Government
    • PHIL 170 – Critical Thinking
    • CRJU 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice in Society
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • CRJU 110 – Introduction to Justice Research, Writing and Reasoning

Explore the Criminal Justice Department for more information on this major.

DIETETICS AND FOOD ADMINISTRATION (Option in Nutrition and Dietetics)

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

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:
    • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
    • CHEM 111A – General Chemistry
    • MATH 113 – Precalculus Algebra
    • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • MICR 200 – General Microbiology for Health Professionals
  • STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life; or BIOL 260 – Biostatistics; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (Option in Child Development and Family Studies)

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:
    • ANTH 120 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; or a Global Issues course
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • CDFS 111 – Preschool Child
    • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • CDFS 211 – Guiding Young Children

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (Option in Family Life 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:
    • ANTH 120 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; or a Global Issues course
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • CDFS 111 – Preschool Child
  • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (Option in Consumer Affairs)

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:
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology; or SOC 100 – Introductory Sociology
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics; or ECON 100 – Principles of Macroeconomics
    • C/LA 250 – Elementary Statistics; or SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics; or STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life; or PSY 210--Introductory Statistics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • CAFF 223 –Personal and Family Financial Management

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (Option in Fashion Merchandising)

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 100 – Chemistry and Today’s World; or CHEM 111A – General Chemistry
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (Option in Textiles and Clothing)

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 100 – Chemistry and Today’s World; or CHEM 111A – General Chemistry
    • HIST 131 – Early Western Civilization; or AH 111A – Foundation of Art History
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.6

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • BIOL 200 – General Biology; or BIOL 205 – Human Biology
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
    • SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics; or equivalent; or STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • ACCT 201 – Elementary Financial Accounting
  • IS 233 – Introduction to Computer Systems and Applications

Explore the Health Care Administration Department for more information on this major.

HEALTH SCIENCE (Option in Community Health Education)

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.4

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • BIOL 205 – Human Biology
    • SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics; or STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
    • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Explore the Health Science Department for more information on this major.

HEALTH SCIENCE (Option in School Health Education)

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.4

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • BIOL 205 – Human Biology
    • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics; or STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Explore the Health Science Department for more information on this major.

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

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:
    • ACCT 201 – Elementary Financial Accounting
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
    • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for more information on this major.

KINESIOLOGY (Option in Adapted Physical Education – Teacher 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:
    • PSY 100 – General Psychology
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):  

  • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
  • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

KINESIOLOGY (Option in K–12 Physical Education – Teacher 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:
    • PSY 100 – General Psychology
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
  • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

KINESIOLOGY (Option in Exercise Science)

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

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:
    • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy
    • MATH 113 – Precalculus Algebra; or higher
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • CHEM 111A – General Chemistry; or PHYS 100A--General Physics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

KINESIOLOGY (Option in Fitness)

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

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
  • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

KINESIOLOGY (Option in Sport Psychology and Leadership)

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:
    • BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
    • Three 1–unit KIN activity courses
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 207 – Human Physiology
  • NUTR 132 – Introductory Nutrition

Explore the Kinesiology Department for more information on this major.

NURSING BSN BASIC - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants must submit a separate program application to the School of Nursing. In reviewing applications, a personal profile is developed for each applicant based on GPA in pre–requisite courses and the General Assessment Test. The largest weight in the profile is derived from the pre–requisite science courses GPA, with typical courses being 3.25 or higher and no grades below “C.” Applicants with the highest profile scores are selected for admission. The number of applicants who can be admitted is limited by space availability. It is anticipated that about 72 students will be admitted each fall and spring from hundreds of applications.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy)
    • Human Physiology Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (BIOL 207 – Human Physiology)
    • Microbiology Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (MICR 200 – General Microbiology for Health Professionals)
    • Integrated Chemistry Lecture and Lab – 5 semester units minimum (CHEM 140 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry)
    • STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
  • Applicants must complete a General Assessment Test given by the School of Nursing.

Explore the Nursing Department for more information on this major.

NURSING REGISTERED NURSES (RN to BSN program) - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants must submit a separate program application to the School of Nursing.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (BIOL 208 – Human Anatomy)
    • Human Physiology Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (BIOL 207 – Human Physiology)
    • Microbiology Lecture and Lab – 4 semester units minimum (MICR 200 – General Microbiology for Health Professionals)
    • Integrated Chemistry Lecture and Lab – 5 semester units minimum (CHEM 140 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry)
    • STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
  • Accredited Associate Degree in Nursing and RN License

Explore the Nursing Department for more information on this major.

RECREATION AND LEISURE STUDIES AND RECREATION THERAPY

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:
    • General Education Category D – Social Science and Citizenship (minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • REC 141 – Introduction to Leisure Services
  • REC 225 – Programming Recreation Activities

Explore the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department for more information on this major.

SOCIAL WORK - Highly Impacted Major

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants must submit a separate program application to the School of Social Work by March 1st for the upcoming fall semester. The application includes statements of biographical and educational background and a description of community and/or social work experience. In addition, each applicant must submit two letters of reference, one academic and one professional. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on review of the entire application packet. Download the BASW Information Booklet for detailed admissions information.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

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

  • Major preparation courses:
    • Human Biology course (BIOL 205 – Human Biology recommended)
    • PSY 100 – Introductory Psychology
    • HDEV 250 – Elementary Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences; or STAT 108 – Statistics for Everyday Life; or PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics; or SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics; or another course in statistics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics if Statistics course taken above is not GE approved

Explore the Social Work Department for more information on this major.