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Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students:
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

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

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

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

  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

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: 2.5

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

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat

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

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat

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