ACADEMIC SKILLS AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Students should consult an advisor upon entry to the university and every semester thereafter. For information on G.E. and other University undergraduate degree requirements (GWAR, units, academic status), students need to contact the University Advisement Center (UAC) in WH A220 or phone (310) 243-3538. Students with declared majors and minors also need to consult the appropriate department(s).
Academic Skills Requirements for Undergraduate Students
EPT/ELM Requirements for Freshmen and Transfer Students (effective Fall 1998)
Executive Order 665 requires new, non-exempt, admitted freshmen and transfer students entering Fall 1998 and after to take the EPT/ELM examinations before registering for classes.
* Note that upper division transfer students who have articulated credits for GE English and GE Math do not have to take the EPT/ELM placement examinations.
English Placement Test (EPT) Course Placement
Exemptions: SAT Critical Reading 500, ACT English 22, AP English 3, or EAP Exempted
T = 120 - 140 - ENG 88 and then ENG 99
T = 141 - 146 - ENG 99
T = 147 & up -- ENG 110
ELM Scores for Mathematics
Exemptions: SAT Math 550, ACT Math 23, AP 3, or EAP Exempted
March 2002 & after
0 - 40 MAT 3
42 - 48 MAT 9
50 & up G.E. level
If test results indicate that developmental courses in Mathematics and/or English are needed, the student will be held to the Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP).
- Take the course(s) at CSU, Dominguez Hills or submit verification of current enrollment of an equivalent course at another accredited institution, and
- Take the course(s) beginning the first semester of enrollment and each semester thereafter until all remediation courses are passed;
*If all developmental courses are not passed within two semesters, students may not be able to register or continue attending classes at CSU, Dominguez Hills.
Completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR):
All students subject to degree requirements in the 1979-80 and subsequent catalogs must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation.
Students should satisfy the GWAR by the time they complete 72 units. The GWAR can be met through one of the following options:
- The Graduate Writing Examinations (GWE), a voluntary test for which a fee is charged, is available several times per academic year. Students must earn a score of 8 or higher (on a 12 points scale) to pass the GWE. Students are allowed to take the GWE two times. Students who have not received an 8 or higher after taking the test twice must take a certifying course. Information, test dates, and registration procedures are available in the Testing Office, WH A210 or phone 310-243-3909, or visit www.csudh.edu/testing/GWE/Default.shtml.
- Undergraduates must earn a "C" grade or higher in Advanced Composition (3 units) ENG 350 and pass the Composition Cooperative exam administered at the end of the course. Note that a grade of “B” or higher is required for graduate degrees.
- Undergraduates must earn a "CR" grade in the two Writing Adjunct courses, IDS 397 and IDS 398 (two units each) and pass the Composition Cooperative exam administered at the end of IDS 398.
General Education Requirements for Undergraduate Students
General Education Program
Students must follow the appropriate General Education (G.E.) pattern.
Students who have maintained continuous attendance at any combination of CSU, UC, or California community college under an earlier catalog may elect to complete the G.E. pattern in effect at the time of:
- entrance into CSUDH;
- graduation or;
- entrance into a California community college or state university.
**Contact an advisor in the University Advisement Center for further information.
The General Education program is divided into the following areas and includes 52-62 total semester units:
Area A - Basic Skills (12-14 units)
**all courses in this area require a grade of "C" or higher
Area B - Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning (10-12 units)
**math courses in this area require a grade of “C” or higher
Area C - Humanities (9 units)
Area D - Social Sciences (12 units)
Area E - The Whole Person (3 units)
Area F - Integrative Studies (9 units)
Area G - Cultural Pluralism (0–3 units)
** Students must take nine units of G.E. courses in residence at CSUDH
A. Basic Skills (12 units)
Area A courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
1. Composition (6)
2. Logic/Critical Reasoning (3)
PHI 120 or
3. Oral Communication (3)
4. General Education Skills Courses -optional
B. Area of the Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning (10-12 units)
Math must be passed with a “C” grade or higher. Select one course from each category:
1. Physical Sciences (3)
2. Life Science (3)
3. Science Laboratory (1)
Note: Students who are majoring or minoring in one of the Natural Sciences may substitute more advanced science courses to meet General Education science requirements. These students should see a faculty advisor.
4. Quantitative Reasoning (3 – 5)
A grade of “C” or higher is required.
C. Area of the Humanities (9 units)
Select one course from each category. In categories 2 and 3, select courses from different departments.
1. HUM 200 (3)
2. Arts Courses - select one course (3)
3. Letters Courses - select one course (3)
D. Area of the Social Sciences (12 units)
Select one course from each group. In categories 1 and 2, select courses from different departments.
1. Perspectives on Individuals, Groups and Society (3)
2. Global and Historical Perspectives (3)
3. Perspectives on U.S. History (3)
4. Perspectives on U.S. and California Government (3)
Note: Students who satisfy category 3 and 4 requirements by non-credit exams will need to complete 9 units in Area D. Select three courses in categories 1 and 2 from 3 different departments.
E. The Whole Person (3 units)
Select one course:
F. Integrative Studies (9 units)
Students must complete 3 courses (9 units) in this area, with one course in each category (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). Courses in this category are to be taken after 60 semester units and all lower division General Education courses have been completed.
1. Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3)
2. Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences (3)
3. Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences (3)
4. Integrative Studies (3)
Students may select a course from this category to satisfy one or more of the upper division G.E. requirements, categories 1-3 above. Enroll in the section that is listed under the preferred requirement for a given semester. Only one requirement may be satisfied by each Integrative Studies F4 courses.
G. Cultural Pluralism (0 – 3 units)
Within their General Education selections or within other requirements, all students must take one of the following courses that addresses cultural pluralism.
* Three total units are awarded for SBS 318 which satisfies both the Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences and Cultural Pluralism requirements.
Students must satisfy requirements in U.S. history and U.S. and California government by completing the following:
- HISTORY 101 or articulated course at a California Community
College or examination
- POLITICAL SCIENCE 101 or articulated course at a California Community College or examination.
Accredited community colleges and public four-year colleges may sanction (certify) that all or part of General Education requirements (post 1980), have been met. Transfer students with complete certification of California State University General Education breadth requirements or the CSU version of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements are not required to complete additional lower division courses in general education. Transfer students should request that their colleges “certify” their General Education. An additional nine semester units of upper division General Education courses must be completed at CSU Dominguez Hills.
Double Counting General Education Courses
Lower division General Education courses may be used to fulfill lower division major/minor requirements. Under certain conditions and within specific majors, upper division General Education courses may be used to fulfill major/minor requirements. Even though students may double count certain General Education courses, they will not receive additional unit credit towards graduation. Please consult the University Catalog and/or an academic advisor for more information.