BACCALAUREATE DEGREES AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Admission Procedures and Policies

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to "The California State University" or by credit card and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be indicated on the application. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted and/or closed campus may be re-routed to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Before applying for admission to California State University, Dominguez Hills, students should carefully study the list of academic majors and their descriptions.

Requirements for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at www.csumentor.edu/planning/.

Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible online at www.csumentor.edu. The CSU Mentor system allows students to browse through general information about CSU's twenty-three campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid.

Applying online via www.csumentor.edu is expected unless electronic submission is impossible. An acknowledgement will be sent when online applications have been submitted. Application in "hard copy" form may be obtained online via www.csumentor.edu as a portable data format (PDF). Application forms (in PDF) may also be downloaded from www.calstate.edu/sas/publications. [Paper applications should be mailed to the campus admission office(s).]

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Outreach and Information Services
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747

Pre-admission Advising

Pre-admission advisors are available to aid students in the application process. Questions about admission requirements, transfer of previous course work, application deadlines and related questions should be directed to the Outreach and Information Services Center located at WH D-245, (310) 243-3696. For additional information regarding advisement, see the section on "Academic Advisement."

Applying for Admission

  1. Applicants must submit the completed Application for Admission, showing social security number, evidence of residence as defined in the application booklet, and all supporting documents (official transcripts and test scores).
  2. An official transcript of record from the high school of graduation is required for new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units completed.
  3. An official transcript is required from each college or university attended, if any.
  4. ACT or SAT scores are required for new freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units completed, unless exempt (see "Eligibility Index").
  5. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not attended schools full time at the secondary level or above for at least three years where English is the principal language of instruction.
  6. Applicants must complete the admission file within the campus deadlines. Contact the University Outreach and Information Services Center for current deadlines. Late applicants will be charged a Late Application Processing fee. http://www3.csudh.edu/student-affairs/admissions-and-records/

Reservation

The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the University.

Application Filing Periods

(Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term.)

Terms in 2014/15Applications
First Accepted
Initial Filing Period
Fall Semester 2014October 1, 2013October 1-Nov 30, 2013
Spring Semester 2015August 1, 2014August 1-31, 2014
Summer Semester 2015February 1, 2015February 1-28, 2015

*Note: Some campuses do not admit students to Summer term.

Late Fee: A late admissions application fee of $15.00 will be charged after the Fall deadline of April 1st, the Spring deadline of November 1st and the Summer deadline of March 1st.

Filing Period Duration: Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, contact the University Outreach and Information Services Center for current information. Application status conveniently available at www.csumentor.edu/filing_status.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate and Authentic Application for Admission Documents

CSU Dominguez Hills advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus’ specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and programs impaction will be available at the following websites:

  • www.csumentor.edu
  • www.calstate.edu/impactioninfo.shtml
  • www.calstate.edu/sas/impaction-campus-info.shtml

Campuses will communicate its supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published at the CSU campus individual website and made available online at www.calstate.edu.

Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered in impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank–ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of AA-T or AS-T degree, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.

The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program. Details regarding the supplemental admission criteria are published at www.calstate.edu/impactioninfo.shtml.

Test Requirements

Freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt (see "Eligibility Index" on page 21), from either the ACT or the SAT of the College Board. Persons who apply to an impacted program may be required to submit test scores and should take the test no later than November or December. Test scores also are used for advising and placement purposes. Registration forms and dates for the SAT or ACT are available from school or college counselors or from the CSU Dominguez Hills Testing Office (310) 243-3909. Or students may write to or call:

The College Board (SAT)

Registration Unit, Box 6200

Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200

(609) 771-7588

www.collegeboard.com

ACT Registration Unit

P.O. Box 414

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

(319) 337-1270

www.act.org

The University code number for ACT is 0203; for SAT is 4098. For CSU Mentor applicants the CSU SAT code is 3594.

English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 500 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors may require a score higher than 500. A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP).

Each campus will posts the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU Minimum TOEFL Standards
InternetPaper
Undergraduate61500
Graduate80550

Official Transcript Requirements for Admission

  1. A transcript is official if it is sent directly from the school of origin to the Office of Admissions and Records at this University and bears the official seal of the school of origin and the signature of the Records Custodian.

    A transcript hand-carried by the applicant from the institution of origin in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution may be accepted as official. A transcript bearing a college seal is not official unless it meets the above guidelines.
  2. Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended, including extension and correspondence courses, even if withdrawal occurred prior to the completion of the course(s). The University reserves the right to determine whether a transcript will be accepted as official.

    An applicant disregarding this regulation is subject to disciplinary action and will have the application for admission cancelled.
  3. Schools and colleges will send transcripts only upon the request of the student. The responsibility for ensuring that official transcripts reach the Office of Admissions and Records rests with the applicant.
  4. When ordering transcripts, the request should be addressed to the Office of the Admissions and Records at the particular institution. Most institutions require a fee for sending transcripts.
  5. All transcripts submitted become the property of this University. Students are required to have their own personal set of transcripts from all institutions attended for advisement. The Office of Admissions and Records will not provide copies.
  6. Students admitted on a provisional basis must submit required final official transcripts by the established deadlines. See Provisional Admission.

First-time Freshmen Applicants

  1. Applicants enrolled in their last semester of high school must file a transcript showing all work completed to date (sophomore, junior and first semester of senior year). After high school graduation, a final transcript must be filed.
  2. Applicants who have graduated from high school but who have not attended a college or university must file an official transcript showing grades earned during the last three years of high school.

Transfer Applicants

  1. Official transcripts must include all college work completed to date. If currently enrolled, a work-in-progress report is required; a final official transcript is required upon completion of work-in-progress.
  2. Undergraduate applicants with less than 60 transferable semester (84 quarter) units completed must also file an official high school transcript showing grades earned during the last three years of high school and the date of high school graduation.
  3. Upper division undergraduate applicants (60 or more transferable credits) may be required to submit official transcripts showing completion of high school subject requirements.

Application Acknowledgment

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an admission program that recruits and admits first generation students who may not meet the standard admission requirements for the University, but who display the potential to succeed at the University. The EOP facilitates the enrollment and academic success for the educationally and economically disadvantaged. An application deadline exists for the fall semester of each academic year.

Acceptance in the program is based upon an evaluation of the student's past educational experience, completion of the EOP admission application (which may be used at all campuses within the CSU) and mandatory attendance at an informational session. Once admitted in the EOP, students are provided with support services (i.e., academic advisement, counseling and financial aid advisement) to maximize their potential for academic success.

Former EOP students at CSU Dominguez Hills must apply directly to the EOP Office for undergraduate readmission. This procedure is necessary to ensure that admission, as well as financial assistance is rendered to the student in a timely manner. The EOP Office is located in Welch Hall D-350. (310) 243-3632.

Early Start Program

Entering resident freshmen who are not proficient in math or English will need to start the remediation process before their first regular term.

The goals of Early Start Program are to: 

  • Better prepare students in math and English, before the fall semester of freshman year;
  • Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
  • Improve students’ chances of successful completion of a college degree.

Newly admitted freshman students who are required to complete Early Start will be notified of the requirement and options for completing the program as part of campus communications to newly admitted students.

Provisional Admission

CSU Dominguez Hills may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student's first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a diploma from high school, have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is twenty-five years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a C average or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Admission of International Students

California State University uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of international students. For these purposes, "international students" are residents of a country other than the United States or those who hold visas as students, exchange visitors, or who are in other non-immigrant classifications.

Verification of English proficiency (see the section on TOEFL Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are all important considerations. Academic records from international institutions must be on file at least eight weeks before registration for the first term and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is little likelihood of nonresident applicants, including students, being admitted either to impacted majors or to those with limited openings.

International visa applicants are required to comply with the following requirements and instructions.

  1. International applicants are encouraged to consult with an advisor in the Information Center before applying for admission to the University. Because the evaluation of international credentials may take considerable time, separate filing deadlines are in effect for applications from foreign students.
  2. Applicants must file part "A" of the application for admission accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee. An application is for a specific term and is not transferable to any other term.
  3. Applicants must show evidence of competence in the language. The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (or 173 on the computerized TOEFL) are required to show evidence of English competence. Applicants taking the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL must present a score of 61 or above.
  4. Applicants must submit a financial responsibility statement. The form is available from the Office of Admissions and Records.
  5. Freshmen applicants must be determined by the University to have academic preparation equivalent to U.S. high school graduates.
  6. Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. The course-by-course evaluation report or the detail report and the transcripts must be sent by the evaluation service directly to the Office of Admissions. All official documents submitted become the property of the University and the acceptability of any international work will be determined by the University. For more information visit the International Students website: www.csudh.edu/futurestudents/international_students.shtml.
    Admission of students who have not attended U.S. institutions is based upon demonstration of preparation equivalent to that required of California residents. The Office of Admissions and Records has the final authority for assessing the transferability of credit.
  7. Applicants who are transfer students must have completed 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter) with a grade point average of 2.0 at an accredited U.S. institution. Official transcripts from each institution attended are required.

Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is little likelihood of nonresident applicants, including international students, being admitted either to impacted majors or to those with limited openings.

Other Applicants

An applicant not admissible under one of the above provisions should enroll in a community college or other appropriate institution. Only under the most unusual circumstances will such applicants be granted admission to CSU Dominguez Hills. Permission is granted only by special action.

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the campus Admission Offices regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.

Insurance Requirement

Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or IAP form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Further information may be obtained at www.csudh.edu/isso.

 

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student should pay tuition on an in-state or out-of-state basis. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University (CSU) are California Education Code sections 68000-68085, 68120-68134, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900-41916. This material can be viewed on the Internet by accessing the CSU's website at www.calstate.edu/GC/resources.shtml.

Each campus's Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification will be classified as a nonresident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. An adult who, at least one full year prior to the residency determination date for the term in which enrollment is contemplated, can demonstrate both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A minor normally derives residency from the parent(s) they reside with or most recently resided with.

Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

Nonresident students seeking reclassification are required to complete a supplemental questionnaire that includes questions concerning their financial dependence on parents or others who do not meet University requirements for classification as residents for tuition purposes. Financial independence is required, along with physical presence and intent, to be eligible for reclassification.

Non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68085 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906-41906.6, and include, but are not limited to, members of the military and their dependents, certain credentialed employees of school districts and most students who have attended three years of high school in California and graduated or attained the equivalent. Whether an exception applies to a particular student cannot be determined before the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither campus nor Chancellor's Office staff may give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term.

Semester Term Campuses Residency Determination Dates
FallSeptember 20
SpringJanuary 25
SummerJune 1

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system.

CalState TEACH Trimester Residency Determination Dates
FallSeptember 20
SpringJanuary 5
SummerJune 1

Students classified as non-residents may appeal a final campus decision within 120 days of notification by the campus. A campus residency classification appeal must be in writing and submitted to:

The California State University

Office of General Counsel

401 Golden Shore, 4th Floor

Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

The Office of General Counsel can either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review. Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition are subject to reclassification as nonresidents and payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student is also subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Admissions Office. Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

Nonresident Tuition Exemption for California High School Students: AB 540

The nonresident tuition exemption for California high school students (AB540) took effect January 1, 2002. This exemption does not provide resident status to students meeting the requirements but rather exempts certain nonresident students from paying nonresident tuition if they meet all of the requirements in section 68130.50 of the California Education Code. The requirements are:

  1. The student must have attended a California high school full time for three or more years. The law does not require consecutive attendance. Qualifying attendance can be at multiple California high schools. The law does not distinguish between public and private high schools. The law does not distinguish between public and private high schools nor impose any time limit on how far in the past the student may have attended a high school.
  2. The student must have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent thereof (e.g. a High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the California Department of Education. A G.E.D. certificate alone does not qualify). There is no limit on how far in the past the student may have attained this status.
  3. Undocumented alien students must file an Affidavit with the college indicating the student has applied for legal immigration status or will do so as soon as the student is eligible to do so.
  4. Except for nonimmigrant aliens, nonresident students who meet the first two requirements (three years of California high school attendance and either graduation or the equivalent) shall be exempted from nonresident tuition even if the student is a U.S. Citizen or lawful immigrant.
  5. If the student has filed an application with INS to legalize his or her immigration status, the student may already be eligible for resident fee status under the residency laws if that student has resided in California for more than one year since the time of INS application.
  6. Students who are nonimmigrant aliens (temporary visa holders, the most common being the F student visa and b visitor visa, but including all nonimmigrant visa categories) are not eligible for this exemption, even if their valid nonimmigrant status subsequently lapses. (A full description of nonimmigrant alien classification is found in 8 United States Code section 1101(a)(15) and is summarized in The Residence Handbook on pages 2-4).

The CSU uses only the ACT score or the SAT mathematics and critical reading scores in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

This new law specifies that undocumented alien students must sign an Affidavit (developed by the Chancellor's Office) regarding their immigration status. The law requires that all information obtained in the implementation of AB540 be kept confidential.

A student seeking this tuition exemption has the burden of providing evidence of compliance with the requirements for this exemption.

Inquiries concerning AB540 may be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records at (310) 243-3645 or the Office of Admissions and Records website at: www.csudh.edu/csudh/ar2000. This information could also be viewed by accessing the California State University's website at: www.calstate.edu/Title5/index.html.

Notification of Eligibility

In order that students may be informed as early as possible about eligibility, they are urged to apply early in the application period. When notified by the University to do so, they should promptly request that supporting documents (transcripts and test scores) be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. The time between receipt of an application by the Office of Admissions and Records and notification of eligibility status to applicants will vary.

Early notification will be provided to those freshman applicants who can establish their eligibility prior to high school graduation. Other freshman applicants should not expect notification until at least four weeks after final transcripts and test scores reach the Office of Admissions and Records.

Transfer students applying for admission in advanced standing may expect notification approximately four weeks after final transcripts have been received. Transcripts must include all college work completed to date. If currently enrolled, a work-in-progress report is required, and a final transcript is required upon completion of work-in-progress.

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The University uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the University to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Taxpayers who claim Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit will be required to provide the campus with the name, address, and Taxpayer Identification Number.

Undergraduate Admissions

Freshman Requirements (Resident and Nonresident)

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination;
  2. Have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index (see section on Eligibility Index); and
  3. Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (see "Subject Requirements").

Eligibility Index

The eligibility index is the combination of the high school grade point average and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. Grade point averages (GPA) are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements, and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

A CSU Eligibility Index (EI) can be calculated by multiplying a grade point average by 800 and adding your total score on the mathematics and critical reading scores of the SAT. Students who took the ACT, multiply the grade point average by 200 and add ten times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU Eligibility Index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.

Subject Requirements

The California State University requires that first-time freshman applicants complete, with grades of C or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government.
  • 4 years of English.
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra).
  • 2 years of laboratory science (l biological & 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction).
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence).
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/theater, or music.
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list.

Foreign Language Subject Requirement - The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. For further information, students should consult a counselor or any advisor at a CSU campus admissions office.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities- Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements, if at all possible. If a student is judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of his or her disability, alternative college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by the student's academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with the director of a CSU disabled student services program. Students should be aware that failure to complete courses required for admission may limit their later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information and substitution forms, please call the director of disabled student services (310) 243-3660.

Additional College Preparatory Courses Recommended

Most academic advisors agree that preparation for university study includes preparation in subjects beyond four years of English and three years of mathematics. Please see the section on Subject Requirements found in this portion of the University Catalog. Bachelor's degree curricula build upon previous study in the natural sciences, social sciences, visual and performing arts, foreign languages and the humanities. Students planning to major in mathematics, the sciences (including computer science), engineering, pre-medicine, other science-related fields, business or economics should complete four years of college preparatory mathematics. Students in the social sciences and pre-professional fields of study should include at least three years of mathematics in the preparatory studies. Further, all students should include English and mathematics in the final year of high school.

High School Student Enrollment in University Courses

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses

Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency is accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at www.assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university’s 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90-semester (135-quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for CSU admission consideration as a lower-division transfer if they have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted.

  1. Will meet the freshman admission requirements (grade point average and subject requirements) in effect for the term to which they are applying (see “Freshman Requirements” section); or
  2. Were eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation except for missing college preparatory subject requirements, have been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation, and have made up the missing subject requirements with a 2.0 or better GPA.

Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the admission office to inquire about alternative admission programs.

Lower-division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:

  1. Complete appropriate courses with a C or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
  2. Complete appropriate college courses with a C or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
  3. Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.

Please consult with the CSU campus admission office, to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted;
  1. They are in good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  1. They have completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade C or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.

The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses, which meet CSU general education requirement including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) established by the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student a clear transfer preparation and admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

California Community College students who earn an associate degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T) degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus, or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given priority consideration to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units.  

Conditional Admission

First-Time Freshman Applicants

Applicants may be offered a Conditional Admission to the University if based on incomplete transcripts and/or self reported data that the applicant meets or exceeds the admission standards. First-Time Freshman required to take the ELM and/or EPT tests must do so before they are eligible to register. Based on the results of these tests applicants must register for the appropriate English and/or Math classes during their first term of enrollment. Official transcripts verifying compliance with the admission standards should be submitted prior to the beginning of classes. Failure to submit all required documents will result in not being eligible to register for subsequent semesters. Consult the class schedule for specific document deadlines.

Transfer Applicants

A Conditional Admission to the University may be made to those transfer students who as result of incomplete transcripts and self reported data appear to meet or exceed transfer admission requirements. However, all official documents that substantiate compliance with the admission standards must be received prior to the first day of classes for the semester admitted. Failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of Conditional Admission and if the applicant has registered, an administrative withdrawal from all classes. Consult the class schedule for specific document deadlines.

Readmission of Former Students

Continuing Student Status

Students may elect to be absent for one semester without losing catalog rights or eligibility for re-registration, subject to the following conditions:

  1. A registration appointment time will not be assigned to scholastically disqualified students following their most recent semester of attendance at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. Students who attend another college or university during an absence from CSU Dominguez Hills must file an application for admission as a returning student and must have official transcripts of work attempted sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. A nonrefundable application fee is required. Students who use the Intrasystem Visitor Program do not have to file a new application.
  3. Undergraduate students who graduate from CSU Dominguez Hills and wish to continue as graduate students must file a graduate application for admission. An application fee is required. Late applicants will be charged an additional late application processing fee.

Returning Students

Undergraduate students who have been absent for two semesters or more prior to the semester of return must apply for readmission, unless approved for and participating in the Planned Educational Leave program, as described later in this section of the catalog.

Students who attend another institution during any absence from CSU Dominguez Hills must file an application for admission as a returning student and are subject to the non-refundable application fee.

Returning students who have not maintained continuing student status or been approved for the Planned Educational Leave Program will lose their catalog rights and will be subject to all requirements and regulations in the catalog of the year they are readmitted.

Undergraduate students previously enrolled at the University are not required to file a new application for admission and pay an application fee unless they are absent from the University for two semesters or more or have attended another institution during their absence. Graduate students must reapply if they are absent for one term.

Former Students in Good Standing

A student who left the University in good standing will be readmitted provided any academic work attempted elsewhere does not change his/her scholastic status. Transcripts of any work attempted in the interim are required.

Former Students on Probation

A student on probation at the close of the last semester of enrollment may be readmitted on probation provided he/she is otherwise eligible. The student must have official transcripts of any college work attempted during their absence sent to the University.

Readmission of Disqualified Students

The readmission of a previously disqualified student is by special action only. The University normally will not consider a student for readmission until the student has not attended for one semester and until she/he has fulfilled all recommended conditions. In every instance, readmission action is based upon evidence that the causes of previous low achievement have been removed. The evidence includes transcripts of work completed elsewhere subsequent to disqualification and other objective evidence. A request for readmission must be filed in order for a student to be considered for readmission. Formerly disqualified undergraduate students who are interested in being reinstated should contact the University Advisement Center (310-243-3538) for information regarding the process to request readmission as an undergraduate student at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Cancellation of Admission

Admission to the University is for a specific semester. Students who do not register for that semester will have their admission cancelled. When seeking admission at a future date, students must file a new application form, follow the complete application procedure, and meet the current admission requirements. Transcripts on file will be retained for one year.

CSU Immunization Requirements

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment.

Measles and Rubella: All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment.

Hepatitis B: All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period. If you need further details or have special circumstances, please consult the Student Health Center at (310) 243-3629. Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination. These are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.

Meningococcal Disease Information: Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.

The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.  

Evaluation of Academic Records

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Previous college work will be evaluated in terms of its relationship to the requirements of CSU Dominguez Hills. Some undergraduate programs have established time limits for previously completed coursework in the major or minor. Please check the appropriate section of this catalog or consult with an advisor regarding departmental policy. The transfer credit evaluation is official and remains valid as long as the student enrolls in the semester specified and remains in continuous attendance. If the student is not in continuous attendance, and has not applied for and been granted a formal leave of absence, an evaluation issued upon readmission will specify any changes in requirements. Students who obtain a general education certification from a California Community College will be required to complete at least nine upper division units in General Education at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Allowance for Transfer Credit

The maximum credit allowed by the Administrative Code when transferring from a community college to a state college or university is 70 semester (105 quarter) units. Upper division credit is not allowed for courses completed at a community college. Transferability of courses is determined by the community college. Credit is granted for all transferable courses completed at regionally accredited institutions with the exception being the limit on community college credit. Transfer credit is not limited to those courses that precisely parallel the courses offered at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Credit for Supplemental Transfer Work

In order to receive credit toward a degree for work completed
at other colleges or universities subsequent to matriculation at this University, students must have official transcripts forwarded to the Office of Admissions and Records. After a student has completed 70 semester (105 quarter) units of transferable credit at a community college, no further community college units will be accepted for unit credit toward the total units required for the degree. However, course credit will be allowed for meeting course requirements.

Credit for Noncollegiate Instruction

CSU Dominguez Hills grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit for Extension and Correspondence Courses

The University allows transfer credit for appropriate courses completed in extension or by correspondence from accredited colleges or universities and from the United States Armed Forces Institute. A maximum of 24 semester (36 quarter) units earned through extension, correspondence and USAFI may be accepted toward a bachelor's degree.

Credit for Military Service

A total of six semester units of lower division elective credit will be granted for one or more years of active military duty with an honorable discharge. A photostatic copy of military separation, DD 214, should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the time of application for admission.

Credit for Prior Learning

CSU Dominguez Hills grants up to 12 units of credit for learning, knowledge, or skills-based experience that has been documented and evaluated according to campus policy. Students should be aware, however, that policies for earning credit for prior learning vary from campus to campus in the CSU.

Students who have acquired the equivalent of learning through prior life experience may apply for academic credit for this learning. Students must have completed 30 units in residence prior to evaluation of this prior learning. The Credit for Prior Learning program consists of two parts:

  1. preparation of a portfolio detailing the prior learning under the guidance of a faculty advisor using the course IDS 380 (1 unit, CR/NC grading).
  2. evaluation of the learning portfolio by appropriate faculty who will recommend the number of units of academic credit to be awarded. Students will then register for the approved number of units using the course IDS 382 (1-11 units, CR/NC grading).

Credit may be used as elective units, or on approval of the appropriate department chair, as part of the requirements for a major or minor.

For further information concerning this program, please contact your academic department.

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University.

Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted, and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website. http://www3.csudh.edu/student-affairs/admissions-and-records/admissions-criteria-and-appeals/

You may appeal your admission denial if you believe your academic or personal circumstances could not be considered adequately through the standard admission review process or that an error occurred in the application review. If you believe you have been denied admission in error, you must submit your appeal within 15 days of receipt of your denial letter (this timeline is based on Assembly Bill 670, Section 89030.7).

Your appeal packet should include your full Name, Student ID Number, and the following:

  • A written Statement from the applicant which clearly and concisely presents the basis of appeal.
  • If you are submitting additional academic records, your Statement should include an explanation of why the additional information was not available at the time of application.
  • Official academic records which were not available at the time of application.
  • Official documentation of extenuating circumstances (for example: doctors' records, death certificates, etc.).

All documents should be submitted together in one packet. If you submit a letter only, without supporting documentation or academic records, it will be assumed that your packet is complete, and your appeal will be reviewed based only on this information. Appeals will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

You may submit your Admission Appeal Packet to:
CSUDH Office of Admissions & Records
Attn. Admission Decision Appeal Committee
1000 E. Victoria Street, WH-C290
Carson, CA 90747

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The University presently is operating under the following CLEP credit policy. The minimum standards are as follows:

A. General Examinations

Student must achieve a minimum passing standard score of 50.

Credit granted for general examinations in humanities and natural science may be used to fulfill General Education requirements as applicable; if not applicable to General Education, elective credit will be granted.

B. Subject Examinations

Student must achieve a minimum passing standard score as determined by the University for each examination.

Credit will be given only for those examinations determined to be equivalent to CSU Dominguez Hills courses and may be used to fulfill General Education, major, minor or elective requirements.

A student shall not receive credit through CLEP for taking a test in a subject more elementary than those already passed.

A student shall not receive credit if an examination duplicates course work previously noted on a transcript.

Credit awarded through CLEP will not count as residence credit. A student may earn up to 30 semester units through CLEP. Unless otherwise indicated, three semester units of credit will be granted for each examination.


CLEP Examination
CLEP ExaminationCLEP ScoreCSUDH GE Area MetCSUDH GE Course EquivalentGE UnitsElective Course EquivalentElective UnitsTotal Units

American Government

50

D4

(US-2)

 3 03

American Literature

50C3ENG 2303 03

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

50C3ENG 2303 03

Biology

50B2BIO 1023 03

Calculus

50B4 3 03

Chemistry

50B1CHE 1023 03

College Algebra

50B4 3 03

College Algebra- Trigonometry

50B4 3 03

College Mathematics

50N/A 0 00

English Composition
(no essay)

50N/A 0 00

English Composition
(with essay)

50N/A 0 00

English Literature

50C3ENG 2303 03

Financial Accounting

50N/A 0 33

French Level I*

50N/A 0FRE 110 & FRE 11166

French Level II*

59C3FRE 2203FRE 111912

Freshman College Composition

50N/A 0 00

German Level I*

50N/A 0 66

German Level II*

60C3 3 912

History , United States I

50D3
(US-1)
HIS 1013 03

History , United States II

50D3
(US-1)
HIS 1013 03

Human Growth & Development

50E 3 03

Humanities

50C1HUM 2003 03

Info Systems & Computer Applications

50N/A 0CIS 27033

Intro to Educational Psychology

50N/A 0 33

Introductory Business Law

50N/A 0LAW 24033

Introductory Psychology

50D1PSY 1013 03

Introductory Sociology

50D1 3 03

Natural Sciences

50B1 or B2 3 03

Pre-calculus

50B4MAT 1533 03

Principles of Accounting

50N/A 0 33
Principles of Macroeconomics50D1 ECO 2103 03
Principles of Management50N/A 0MGT 35033
Principles of Marketing50N/A 0MKT 31033
Principles of Microeconomics50D1 ECO 2113 03
Social Sciences & History50N/A 0 00
Spanish Level I*50N/A 0SPA 110 &
SPA 111
66
Spanish Level II*63C3SPA 2213SPA 220912
Trigonometry50B4 3 03
Western Civilization I50D2 3 03
Western Civilization II50D2 3 03

 

* If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate. For each test in a language other than English, a passing score of 50 is considered "Level I" and earns six units of baccalaureate credit; the higher score listed for each test is considered "Level II" and earns additional units of credit and placement in Area C3 of GE Breadth, as noted.

 

Advanced Placement

CSU Dominguez Hills grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit can count for General Education (GE), lower division major/minor requirements or elective credit. Students must submit official Advanced Placement scores to the Office of Admissions before credit is awarded.

The following exams satisfy CSUDH General Education requirements or major/minor courses:

 

Advanced Placement Examination
AP ExaminationAP ScoreCSUDH GE Area MetCSUDH GE Course EquivalentGE UnitsCSUDH Elective Course EquivalentElective UnitsTotal Units

Art History

3C2 3 36

Biology

3B2 & B3BIO 102 & BIO 1034 26

Calculus AB *

3B4 3 03

Calculus AB *

4 or higherB4MAT 1913 03

Calculus BC *

3B4 3 36

Calculus BC *

4 or higherB4MAT 191 & MAT 1935 16

Chemistry

3B1 & B3CHE 102 & CHE 1034 26

Chinese Language & Culture

3C3 3 36

Comparative Government & Politics

3D2 3 03

Computer Science A*

3N/A 0CSC 12133

Computer Science AB*

3N/A 0 66

English Language

3A1ENG 110 & ENG 1116 06

English Literature

3A1 & C3ENG 110 & ENG 1116 06

Environmental
Sciences**

3B1 & B3 4 04

European History

3D2 3 36

French Language

3, 4C3 3FRE 110 & FRE 11136

French Language

5C3FRE 2203FRE 11136

German Language

3C3 3 36

Human Geography

3D2GEO 1003 03

Japanese Language & Culture

3C3 3 36

Latin: Vergil

3C3 3 03

Macroeconomics

3D1 ECO 2103 03

Microeconomics

3D1 ECO 2113 03

Physics B***

3B1 & B3 4 26

Physics C*** (electricity/magnetism)

3B1 & B3 4 04

Physics C*** (mechanics)

3B1 & B3 4 04

Psychology

3D1PSY 1013 03

Spanish Language

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3, 4C3 3SPA 110 & SPA 11136

Spanish Language

5C3 3SPA 111 & SPA 220****36

Spanish Literature

3C3 3SPA 220****36

Spanish Literature

4, 5C3SPA 2213SPA 220****36

Statistics

3B4 3 03

Studio Art- 2D

3N/A 0 33

Studio Art- 3D

3N/A 0 33

Studio Art- Drawing

3N/A 0 33

U.S. Government & Politics

3D4
(US-2)
POL 1013 03

U.S. History

3D3
(US-1)
HIS 1013 36

World History

3, 4D2HIS 1203 36

World History

5D2HIS 120 & HIS 1216 06

 

* If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

** Students who pass AP Environmental Science earn 4 units of credit. Tests prior to Fall 2009 may apply to either B1+B3 or B2+B3 of GE Breadth. Fall of 2009 or later, those credits may only apply to B1+B3.

*** If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.

**** SPA 220, effective Spring 2008; before Spring 2008, credit for SPA 151.

Baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to a certification in GE Breadth.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

California State University Dominguez Hills grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees to students with International Baccalaureate higher level (HL) Exam passing scores of 4 or 5. Students who wish to obtain credit for IB Examinations must have their official IB transcripts forwarded to the Office of Admissions and Records. The IB Table reflects exam area passing scores, General Education designation and course equivalency credit.

 

International Baccalaureate Examination

IB Examination

IB ScoreCSUDH GE Area MetCSUDH GE Course EquivalentGE UnitsCSUDH Elective Course EquivalentElective UnitsTotal Units

Biology HL

5B2BIO 1023 36

Chemistry HL

5

B1

 3 36
Economics HL5D1 ECO 210 & ECO 2113 36
Geography HL5D2GEO 1003 36
History (any region) HL5D2 3 36
Language A1 (English) HL4A1ENG 1103 36
Language A2 (English) HL4A1ENG 1103 36
Language B (English) HL*4A1ENG 1103 36
Language A1 (any language but English) HL4C3 3 36
Language A2 (any language but English) HL4C3 3 36
Mathematics HL4B4MAT 191 & MAT 1935 16
Physics HL5B1 3 36
Psychology HL5D1PSY 1013 03
Theatre HL4C2 3 36

* The IB curriculum offers language at various levels for native and non-native speakers. Language B courses are offered at the intermediate level for non-natives. Language A1 and A2 are advanced courses in literature for native and non-native speakers, respectively.

 

Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree

Students seeking a baccalaureate degree from the University must complete specific requirements as determined by the Trustees of the California State University; The California Administrative Code, Title 5; and, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Briefly summarized, the college-wide requirements include all of the following:

  1. completion of a minimum of 120 semester units of credit. Students earning a B.S. degree may be required to take up to 132 semester units.
  2. completion of a minimum of 40 upper division units.
  3. completion of General Education (54-60 semester units, area A-G) with a GPA of 2.0 or better. (Note: Courses used to satisfy Area "A" of General Education (Basic Skills) must be at the grade level of "C" or better to meet graduation requirements at CSU Dominguez Hills. Students who transferred in "D" grades in Basic Skills courses must repeat those courses to satisfy graduation requirements. Although these courses may have been used to determine eligibility for admission, unit credit will be granted only once for graduation purposes for the same course, regardless of the number of times the course has been repeated.)
  4. satisfaction of statutory requirements in U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals by completing courses HIS 101 or examination and POL 101 or examination.
  5. completion of one of the following: a major and a minor or thematic project; or a major in one of the designated single field majors; or a double major. This requirement also can be satisfied through the Areas of Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies combined with a thematic project, a minor or another major. Specifications for each of the above are outlined under their appropriate headings in the "Academic Programs" section of this catalog.
  6. completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements above) to reach the total of a minimum of 120 or, for some B.S. degrees, 132 semester units of credit.
  7. resident requirements, upper division unit requirements, and grade point average requirements must be satisfied.
  8. all students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation by satisfying the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Information on currently available ways to meet this graduation requirement may be obtained from the University Advisement Center. Students who do not meet this requirement within two semesters after completing the English Composition section of the Basic Skills requirements (or 72 semester units total, whichever comes last) will receive special advisement. In addition, they will be required to enroll in ENG 350 or another approved upper division course until they successfully complete the requirement.

Systemwide Placement Test Requirements

EPT/ELM Requirements for Freshmen and New Transfer Students

The CSU requires each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms.

Students register for the EPT (www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept) and/or ELM (www.csumathsuccess.org/elm_exam). Campus may establish deadlines by which new students must register for and/or take placement exams as a requirement for enrollment Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to:

CSU Dominguez Hills Testing Office

1000 E. Victoria St.

Carson, CA 90747

(310) 243-3909

www.csudh.edu/testing/EPT-ELM

English Placement Test (EPT)

The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University. The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level English courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken on grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, 1B English or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California “a-g” Doorways course list.
  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
English Placement Test (EPT) Course Placement
ScoreCourse
T = 120-140ENG 88 and then ENG 99
T = 141-146ENG 99
T = 147 (pass)ENG 110

Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU). The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.

Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level Mathematics courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam Course Placement

Before March 2002
T=100-470MAT 3
T=480-540MAT 95
T=550G.E. Level Math Course
March 2002 and after
T=0-40MAT 3
T=42-48MAT 9
T=50G.E. Level Math Course

EPT and ELM Test Dates

Registration materials are available from the Testing Office,
WH A-210, (310) 243-3909.

 

Test  DateRegistration DatesWeek Scores Available
Saturday, July 12, 2014June 2-28, 2014Monday, August 4, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014June 29-July 19, 2014September 1, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014June 29-July 26, 2014September 1, 2014
Saturday, January 10, 2015November 1-December 19, 2014February 2, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015December 20, 2014-Janurary 30, 2015March 9, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015January 3-Febrary 13, 2015April 13, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015January 10-February 20, 2015April 13, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015January 31-March 6, 2015April 13, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015February 14-March 20, 2015April 27, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015February 21-March 27, 2015May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015March 14-April 17, 2015May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015March 21-April 24, 2015July 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015April 25-May 29, 2015July 2015

Credit for Remediation

Undergraduate students may enroll in college preparatory course work (001-099) for credit, but the credit will not be counted as part of the 120-132 units required for graduation. Students will be allowed to enroll in college preparatory courses only if their performance on a screening test indicates pre-collegiate work is necessary. Students are not allowed to challenge college preparatory courses. Remedial courses will be offered on a "CR/NC" basis only. For further information regarding courses that may be considered as college preparatory, students should consult their advisor or the University Advisement Center (WH A-220).

Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP)

Students Admitted to CSUDH Fall 1998 and After

New students enrolled at the University Fall 1998 and after are subject to System wide Placement Test and remedial English and mathematics class requirements (E.O. 665). Non-exempt students must take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination before registering for classes. If test results show that remedial courses in English or mathematics are needed, students must:

  • Enroll in required remedial classes the first semester of attendance and thereafter;
  • Pass all remedial courses in two semesters.

After two semesters, students cannot register or continue to attend classes at CSU, Dominguez Hills if all required remedial classes (ENG 88/ENG 99 and MAT 3/MAT 9) are not passed.

Furthermore, students are subject to Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP) "probation" if they do not pass General Education level English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) in four semesters.

Finally, students are subject to ASAP "disqualification" from the University if they do not pass General Education level English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) classes in six semesters.

Students should contact the University Advisement Center for additional information at (310) 243-3538, email at uac@csudh.edu, or in person at WH A-220.

Students Admitted to CSUDH Before Fall 1998

Non-exempt students admitted and enrolled before Fall 1998 are subject to Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP) guidelines for completion of the English Placement Test (EPT), the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination, required remedial English and math classes, and General Education level English and math classes.

Students are subject to ASAP "probation" if they do not take the EPT and ELM and pass all required remedial English classes (ENG 88 and ENG 99) and mathematics classes (MAT 3 and MAT 9) within two semesters. Students may be ASAP "disqualified" from the University if they do not meet these requirements and classes in four semesters.

Additionally, students are subject to ASAP "probation" if they do not pass General Education level classes in English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) in four semesters. Students may be ASAP "disqualified" from the University if they do not pass the General Education level classes in six semesters.

Students should contact the University Advisement Center for additional information at (310) 243-3538, email at uac@csudh.edu, or in person at WH A-220.

 

Completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

California State University Executive Order 665 states that all students "must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for graduation." It further states that "certification of writing competency shall be made available to students as they enter their junior year [60 units]. Students should complete the requirement before the senior year [90 units]."

Undergraduate students must first complete their lower division English composition courses in Area A, General Education, before attempting to complete this upper division requirement. Fulfillment of GWAR should be undertaken at the beginning of the junior year (or 60 units), and satisfied by the time 72 units are completed.

The GWAR can be met through one of the following options:

1. Graduation Writing Examination (GWE).

The Graduation Writing Examination, a voluntary test for which a $35 fee is charged, is available to students five times per academic year, in September, November, February, April, and June or July. Students must earn a score of 8 or higher to satisfy the GWAR. Students may take the test a second time if necessary. The test may be taken only two times. After two attempts at the test, students must then take a certifying course. Information on test dates and registration procedures is available in each semester's Class Schedule, in the Testing Office, Welch Hall A-210, (310) 243-3909, testing@csudh.edu, or at the Testing website www.csudh.edu/testing/index.htm.

Provisions are made for students majoring in distance learning programs and other off-campus programs. Although students majoring in these programs can take the GWE on-campus, most students have the option of taking it via a proctor at a location of their choosing. There are three off-campus administrations per academic year, in the fall, spring, and summer. Students exercising this option must register directly with their Program Advisors, who will then provide them with any necessary information and materials

A provision is made for students who are not native speakers of English. The GWE registration form asks students to indicate whether or not they are native speakers of English. Students who declare themselves non-native speakers may elect to write their essay in two hours instead of one, though this choice must be made at the time of registration. The essays are scored along with those of native speakers with respect to overall considerations of focus, critical understanding, content, organization, and grammar.

Provisions are made for students who are disabled. Arrangements are made on an individual basis by the Office of Disabled Students, Welch Hall B-250, (310) 243-3660, in conjunction with the Testing Office. Students must contact the Office of Disabled Students at least 10 working days prior to the GWE test date and after registering for the GWE. Students should contact the Testing Office for details: (310) 243-3909, or <testing@csudh.edu>.

Provisions are made for students who, for religious or other compelling reasons, cannot be tested on Saturdays, the usual day of the test. If students can demonstrate a legitimate reason (e.g., religious belief or travel associated with CSUDH intercollegiate sports programs) for inability to take the GWE on Saturday, an alternative day will be found. They should contact the Testing Office, (310) 243-3909, or <testing@csudh.edu>.

2. Certifying Courses

A. Advanced Composition Course offered by the English Department. The English Department regularly offers an advanced composition course (ENG 350, 3 units, A-C/NC). A Composition Cooperative exam (a timed writing test similar to the GWE) is administered at the end of the course and counts for 25% of the grade. Students must earn a grade of C or higher (B or higher for graduate students) to satisfy the GWAR.

B. Upper Division Writing Adjunct offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Writing Adjunct (IDS 397, 2 units, and IDS 398, 2 units, CR/NC), provides individualized instruction in composition that is adjunctive to writing for other courses. Students must complete both IDS 397 and IDS 398. A Composition Cooperative exam (a timed writing test similar to the GWE) is administered at the end of IDS 398 and counts for 50% of the grade. Students must earn a credit in both IDS 397 and IDS 398 to satisfy the GWAR.

3. Transfer Certification

Students who have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) at another CSU campus in 1984 or later but prior to matriculation at CSU Dominguez Hills may petition for fulfillment of GWAR at CSUDH. Students must complete a Petition for Fulfillment of GWAR at the Testing Office, attaching a copy of the certifying test score or a copy of an official transcript and the catalog description of the pertinent coursework.

General Education

All students graduating from CSU Dominguez Hills are required to complete 55-62 semester units in General Education, distributed as follows: (a) 12-14 semester units of Basic Skills; (b) 34-36 semester units of lower division General Education divided among Natural Sciences (10-12), Humanities (9), Social Sciences (12), and The Whole Person (3); and (c) nine semester units of upper division Integrative Studies. In addition, all students must take one course (3 units) that addresses Cultural Pluralism (i.e. the impact of the integration of cultures) within their General Education requirements. At least nine semester units must be earned at CSU Dominguez Hills (see separate General Education section.)

Certification of General Education Lower Division Credit

Accredited postsecondary colleges and universities offering the B.A. or B.S., or the first two years of such degree programs, may certify completion of the lower division General Education requirements according to procedures specified in CSU Executive Order 342. An additional nine semester units of upper division General Education courses must be completed at CSU Dominguez Hills. (See "General Education" section of this catalog.)

Double Counting of General Education Courses

Lower division General Education courses may be double counted (in both the major and the minor). Upper division General Education courses may be double-counted in the following majors only: Liberal Studies, Clinical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Nursing Program. (Majors in these programs should consult their faculty advisors for details.) Upper division General Education courses may be double-counted in the minor if: (a) at least 12 semester units are taken in the minor exclusive of General Education courses; and (b) General Education courses used in the minor have the approval of the chair/coordinator responsible for the minor. Even though students may double-count certain General Education courses, they will not receive additional unit credit towards graduation by double-counting. For example, a double-counted course counts three units (not six) towards graduation.

Statutory Requirements: United States History, Constitution and American Ideals

To qualify for graduation, each student shall demonstrate knowledge of the Constitution of the United States and American history, including the study of American institutions and ideals, and the principles of state and local government established under the Constitution of the state of California.

These statutory requirements may be satisfied by completion of (POL 101) American Institutions, and (HIS 101) History of the United States, or by passing comprehensive examinations in each of these fields. Students who have fulfilled the American History and the United States Constitution and government section of the state requirements may fulfill the California state and local government section by successfully completing POL 312 or by passing a comprehensive examination. (Contact the Political Science Department, (310) 243-3434 for further information.) Students transferring from other colleges who have not already met one or more of these requirements may take examinations in those parts not met. Students transferring from other accredited institutions of collegiate grade, who have been certified by such institutions as meeting these requirements, shall not be required to take further courses or examinations therein.

Major and Minor

A student selecting the major/minor or thematic project program must satisfy the requirement for a major and a minor field as designated in the respective program sections of this catalog. In each major or minor field a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better is required.

No course may count in both the major and minor unless it is a prerequisite for both. If upper division course requirements overlap, additional courses may need to be taken to fulfill unit requirements of both the major and minor. A student should see his/her advisor to make substitutions.

Double Major or Minor

A student may complete an additional minor or second major. Units used to satisfy the requirements for an additional major or minor cannot have been used in the first major or minor. The student shall declare the second major or minor at the time the Application for Graduation is filed and have the appropriate advisement form submitted. Whenever a double major is used to satisfy graduation requirements, the upper division courses must not overlap. The completion of an additional major or minor will be noted on the official transcript. A student who completes requirements for two majors under a single degree, B.A. or B.S., may have both majors recorded on the diploma. A student who completes two majors leading to different degrees, for example, economics (B.A.) and public administration (B.S.), must declare one major as the degree major, in order to determine the appropriate degree to be awarded and notation for the diploma. A student will not be granted two diplomas and two degrees, as distinguished from two majors, at the same time. Note: If a student completes the double major, no minor is required toward completion of the degree. The residency requirement for a second major is the same as for the primary major: 12 upper division units at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Double Concentration

A student may complete a double concentration but only the primary concentration will be printed on the transcript and diploma.

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

A student may choose to pursue a major in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program in one of the designated Areas of Concentration. In addition, the student will have to complete a thematic project, a minor, or a second major.

Same Field Major and Minor

No student is permitted to declare a major and minor in the same field, except for the following:

  1. Any combination of major and minor in Art, such that the title of the major and minor are not the same (i.e., an Art History major and Studio Art minor would be permissible).
  2. A Microbiology minor can major in Biology with the general option, but not with the Microbiology option.
  3. An English major can minor in Language and Linguistics.
  4. A Recreation and Leisure Studies minor and a Physical Education major.
  5. A Music major with an option in Audio Recording or Electronic Music Synthesis and a minor in general Music.
  6. A Music major with an option in Performance and general Music may minor in Audio Recording and Music Synthesis.
  7. A Communications major and a minor in Advertising.
  8. A Theatre Arts major and a minor in Speech.
  9. A Business Administration major and a minor in Information Systems.

Single Field Major

Students who select a major in one of the single fields designated—Biology (B.S.), Business Administration, Chemistry (B.S.), Clinical Sciences, Computer Science, Geology (Geology and Physical Science options), Health Science, Human Services, Liberal Studies, Mathematics (Mathematics Education option), Mathematics (Professional Option), Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education (Dance Option), Physical Education (Teaching option), Physics, Public Administration, Quality Assurance (B.S.) or, Recreation & Leisure Studies (Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Administration Option)- are required to satisfy the requirements listed for that major or major option. A grade point average of "C" or better is required.

NOTE: If a student completes a major in a single field, no minor is required toward completion of the degree.

Special Major

The University offers a special major at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A student seeking this degree has the opportunity to engage in individualized courses of study when appropriate academic and professional goals are not accommodated by standard campus degree programs. For further information, see "Special Major" in the "Academic Programs" section of this catalog.

Substitutions and Waivers of Course Requirements

Any requests for substitutions or waivers of major/minor course requirements should be directed to the department chair or program coordinator. Requests for General Education substitutions or waivers should be directed to the University Advisement Center.

Grade Point Average Requirements

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for:

  1. all units attempted at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. all units attempted (combination of CSU Dominguez Hills units and transfer units);
  3. all units attempted for the major;
  4. all units attempted for the minor or thematic project;
  5. all units attempted for the major in a single field;
  6. all units attempted for the double major;
  7. all courses in General Education Area A must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher. In all other areas, a grade point average of 2.0 for all courses used in General Education, calculated at graduation, is required.

Unit Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester units is required for the bachelor's degree. Students earning a B.S. degree may be required to take up to 132 semester units. A maximum of 24 semester units earned through extension, correspondence and the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) may be accepted toward a bachelor's degree.

Upper Division Units

A minimum of 40 semester units of upper division credit must be completed.

Residence Units

  1. A minimum of 30 semester units must be completed in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills, of which 24 shall be earned in upper division courses and 12 upper division units shall be in the major. When a minor is declared, at least one-half of all upper division units earned for the minor must be completed in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. Credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residence requirement.
  3. Up to 24 units of coursework taken in non-matriculated status through Open University may be used to fulfill the minimum residency requirement.
  4. Credit received in summer session or January session at CSU Dominguez Hills may be counted as residence credit.
  5. At least nine units of General Education must be completed at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Electives

In addition to the General Education course requirements and the major-minor course requirements, additional courses as elective units may be required to complete the minimum 120 unit requirement for graduation.

Electives chosen by the student to complete the minimum requirements for graduation may be selected to broaden general education and vocational interests.

Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Good academic advising is a key to obtaining the best college education possible – an education that is intellectually stimulating, supportive of the student's career goals, and personally meaningful and rewarding. Good advising represents a partnership in which student and advisor use their respective expertise to facilitate the student's learning and decision-making. This section of the University Catalog will describe the major aspects of the advising system at CSU Dominguez Hills. Read the entire section to gain an understanding of the overall system and then concentrate on the particular subsections of greatest relevance to your advising needs.

For new students, the advising process should include participation in a New Student Orientation. This orientation will introduce key campus administrators and services and fellow students; provide an overview of graduation requirements; facilitate course selection by providing the opportunity to work with an academic advisor; answer any questions; and, perhaps most importantly, make it more likely to develop those campus bonds which lead to a rewarding and successful college education.

It is highly recommended that each student meet with an advisor at least once each semester and strive for comprehensive advising. Advising goals vary, but comprehensive advising will: 1) provide a context for students to formulate, develop and achieve their educational goals; 2) support integration of student learning experiences; and 3) encourage maximum attainment of individual student potential.

Undeclared majors must contact the University Advisement Center, WH A-220, (310) 243-3538. Transfer students should bring their Academic Requirement Report as well as previous transcripts with them when seeking advisement. The Academic Requirement Report is an easy tool which allows you to identify outstanding requirements for graduation. The Academic Requirement Report uses a simple color-coded system. Every student should access their Academic Requirement Report every semester.

Advisors will assist students in planning their academic programs, but students ultimately are responsible for meeting all prerequisites and requirements of the degree program.

Students are also urged to read the information under "Counseling Programs" and to avail themselves of the many types of personal and career guidance that are available at the University.

Pre-admission and Admissions Advising

New students wanting information about college life or to begin the application process, should contact the admissions advisors in the Information Center, WH C-245, (310) 243-3696. All questions about admissions requirements, transfer of previous course work, application deadlines, and other parts of the application process should be directed to this office.

Information concerning the academic programs, instructional facilities and faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills may be obtained from the Information Center or the appropriate academic department(s).

Required Advising Sessions

There are three times when a student is required to seek advisement and obtain an advisor's written approval prior to registration:

  1. upon first entering the University.
  2. at the beginning of the junior year (60 semester units).
  3. at the beginning of the senior year (90 semester units).

In addition to the above three times, many departments or programs require additional advising sessions. Use the following guidelines:

  • Declared majors - Students should check with their major department to determine policy.
  • Undeclared majors - Students must obtain advising from the University Advisement Center each semester.
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) - Such students must obtain advising from an EOP academic advisor.
  • Admission Exceptions (Special Admits) - For their first year on campus, Special Admits must obtain advising at the University Advisement Center. Failure to obtain the required advising will prevent the student from registering for classes.

Department Advisors

Faculty members in the academic departments usually serve as academic advisors for students with declared majors. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year, and students are urged to meet with an advisor at least once each semester in addition to any required advising sessions. Students should bring their Academic Requirement Report and transcripts of all college work when seeking advisement. In the advising sessions, the student and the advisor develop a proposed course of study for the student based on his/her interests, and educational and career objectives. Together they check the student's progress toward graduation and discuss matters relevant to the student's education.

To obtain an appointment with a departmental advisor, students should contact the appropriate department or college office. Business Administration and Public Administration majors/minors should contact the College of Business Administration and Public Policy Advising Center, SBS A-306, (310) 243-3561. College of Professional Studies majors/minors should contact the College Professional Studies Student Services Center, WH C-300, (800) 344-5484. University Advisement Center advisors serve as departmental advisors for undeclared majors.

University Advisement Center

The University Advisement Center, WH A-220, (310) 243-3538, provides primary advising services for undeclared majors, admission exceptions (special admits), and new freshmen who have not yet established advising ties with the department of their declared major/minor. Other services include: 1) General Education advising; 2) academic policy clarification; 3) review of graduation requirements; 4) placement test advising; and 5) visitor/concurrent/cross enrollment information. Specialized assistance is offered to students on academic probation or to those experiencing academic difficulty. Whenever a student needs one of these services, he/she should contact the Center; advisors will gladly provide necessary assistance.

General Education Advising

All General Education advising is through the University Advisement Center. In addition to General Education requirements, major requirements, and minor requirements (if needed), some students will need elective units to meet the minimum requirements for graduation. Questions concerning these elective units can be referred to both departmental advisors and the University Advisement Center.

Obtaining an Academic Advisor

Use the following guidelines for obtaining an academic advisor:

Declared Majors and Minors

Declared majors and minors should contact their major or minor department to obtain an advisor and establish a program of study. Business administration majors/minors should contact the College of Business Administration and Public Policy Student Advisement and Service Center, SBS A-306, (310) 243-3561. Students should bring their Academic Requirement Report to all meetings with an advisor.

Undeclared Majors

Undeclared majors must contact the University Advisement Center, WH A-220, (310) 243-3538. Transfer students should bring their Academic Requirement Report as well as previous transcripts with them when seeking advisement. Students should carefully check the lower division course requirements of any potential major and take these courses, so that a particular major will not be precluded or graduation delayed due to unmet lower division requirements.

Special Majors and Minors

Special Majors and Minors should contact the Office of Academic Programs, WH-440 (310) 243-3308.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Educational Opportunity Program students must contact the EOP Office, WH D-350, (310) 243-3632.

Undergraduate Enrollment Policies

Class Level

Undergraduate students are assigned a class level according to the following plan:

Lower Division
Freshman0 - 29 semester units
Sophomore30 - 59 semester units
Upper Division
Junior60 - 89 semester units
Senior90 or more semester units

Credit by Examination

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSU Dominguez Hills. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully.

General Conditions

  1. A registered student may receive credit by examination for courses in which he/she is eligible to enroll.
  2. The student should contact the office of the appropriate department to initiate the procedure.
  3. Each department will maintain a current listing of courses that may or may not be taken as credit by examination.
  4. The student will select a traditional letter grade or CR/NC option, in accordance with policies applicable to regular course enrollment.
  5. Credit by examination will not be given for course work that an academic department deems inappropriate or impossible to evaluate.
  6. The same course can be taken only once as credit by examination.
  7. Credit by examination will not be given for a course if the student has already received credit for a similar but more advanced course.
  8. Units earned by credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residence requirement.

Procedure for Courses Listed in the Class Schedule

  1. The student enrolls in the course by the end of the first week of the semester.
  2. The student completes a "Petition for Credit By Examination" form obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records and submits it to the department chair by the second week of classes.
  3. The department verifies the student's eligibility for credit by examination, approves or denies the petition, and notifies the student. If approved, an examination appointment is scheduled prior to the end of the second week of the semester.
  4. The student is notified by the instructor of the results of the examination during the third week of the semester. If the examination is passed, the grade is submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records by the end of the third week. The student's name will remain on the roster and the grade will appear on the semester grade report. If the examination is failed, the student has two options: (a) for baccalaureate students only, remain enrolled in the course with the permission of the instructor and complete it according to standard procedure, or (b) officially drop the course before the end of the third week.
  5. The course grade will appear on the student's permanent record with the other grades for the semester.
  6. The Vice President of Academic Affairs may waive any additional fees incurred by enrollment in the course taken for credit by examination if the student, through petition, can demonstrate that said fees create an unusual and significant hardship.

Procedure for Courses Not Listed in the Class Schedule

  1. The student completes a "Petition for Credit By Examination" form obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records and submits it to the department chair by the second week of classes.
  2. The department verifies the student's eligibility for credit by examination, approves or denies the petition, and notifies the student. If approved, the department will add the class to the schedule for the semester, write in the schedule number on the top of the form and schedule an examination appointment prior to the end of the second week.
  3. The student must officially add the class using the schedule number on a "Change of Program" form and pay any additional fees (unless waived by the appropriate dean, see #6 above) by the end of the third week.
  4. The student is notified by the instructor of the results of the examination during the third week of the semester. If the examination is passed, the grade is submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records by the end of the third week. The student's name will remain on the roster and the grade will appear on the semester grade report. If the examination is failed, the student must officially drop the course by the end of the third week.
  5. The course grade will appear on the student's permanent record with the other grades for the semester.

Enrollment in Graduate Courses by Seniors

Students in their senior year may petition to take two courses
that are not used to fulfill requirements for the bachelor's degree. Approval must be obtained from the appropriate graduate program coordinator prior to registration in order to receive graduate credit for courses taken in the senior year. Petitions are available in the Office of Admissions and Records and in the Office of Academic Programs.

Scholastic Probation and Disqualification

Undergraduate Academic Probation and Disqualification

For purposes of determining a student's eligibility to remain at CSU Dominguez Hills, both quality of performance and progress toward her/his objective shall be considered. Such eligibility is based upon a grade-point computation.

Administrative-Academic Probation

An undergraduate student may be placed on administrative academic probation for the following reasons:

  1. Withdrawal from all or a substantial portion of a program of study in two successive terms or in any three terms (Note: Students with chronic or recurring medical conditions may be exempt).
  2. Repeated failure to progress toward a degree or other program objective, when circumstances are within their control. This includes a student who receives 15 units of "No Credit" for course work attempted.
  3. After due notice, an academic requirement or regulation that is routine for all students is not met (e.g. failure to take placement tests, complete required practicum, comply with appropriate professional standards for the discipline, complete the specified number of units, make satisfactory progress as required for financial aid, etc).

If a student is placed on administrative academic probation, a written notification will be provided that describes the circumstances that led to the action, the requirements necessary to be removed from this status, and the conditions that may lead to disqualification.

Administrative-Academic Disqualification

A student who has been placed on administrative academic probation may be disqualified from further attendance if:

  1. The conditions for removal of administrative academic probation are not met within the period specified.
  2. The student becomes subject to academic probation while on administrative academic probation.
  3. The student becomes subject to administrative academic probation the second time for the same or similar reason(s).

When such action is taken, the student shall receive written notification including an explanation of the basis for the action.

In addition, the Provost may disqualify a student who at any time during enrollment demonstrates behavior unfit for the standards of the profession for which the student is preparing. In such cases, disqualification will occur immediately upon notice to the student, which shall include an explanation of the basis for the action. Furthermore, the campus may require the student to discontinue enrollment as of the date of the notification.

Academic Probation

An undergraduate student is subject to academic probation if at any time the cumulative grade point average in all college work attempted or the cumulative Dominguez Hills grade point average falls below 2.0. The student shall be advised of probation status promptly. A student shall be removed from academic probation when the cumulative grade point average in all college work attempted and the Dominguez Hills grade point average is 2.0 or higher.

Academic Disqualification

A student on academic probation is subject to academic disqualification when:

  1. As a freshman (fewer than 30 semester hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.50 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  2. As a sophomore (30 through 59 semester hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.70 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  3. As a junior (60 through 89 semester hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.85 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  4. As a senior (90 or more semester hours of college work completed) the student falls below a grade point average of 1.95 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

A student who is not on probation is subject to academic disqualification when:

  1. At the end of any term a student falls below a cumulative grade point of 1.0; and
  2. The University Provost determines that in view of the student's overall educational record, it seems unlikely that the deficiency will be removed within a reasonable period of time.

Notice of Disqualification – Undergraduate Students

Students who are disqualified at the end of any enrollment period should be notified before the beginning of the next consecutive enrollment term (spring or fall). Students disqualified at the beginning of a summer enrollment break should be notified at least one month before the start of the fall term. In a case where a student should be disqualified at the end of a term but timely notification is not possible, the student will be notified that the disqualification may be effective at the end of the next term. Such notification should include any condition(s) that will allow the student to continue in enrollment. Failure to notify students does not create the right of the student to continue enrollment.

Readmission of Disqualified Students

For information, refer to the section "Readmission of Former Students."

Satisfactory Academic Progress (Financial Aid)

In addition to maintaining "good academic standing" at all times to progress towards degree completion, students receiving financial and must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible to receive financial aid. Refer to the Financially Aid website for specific information required to maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes.

Academic Renewal

Students who desire the University to disregard up to three quarters or two semesters of previous undergraduate course work taken at any college or university from all considerations associated with requirements for the baccalaureate degree may submit a petition to the Student Academic Petitions and Appeals Committee. The petition is filed with the Office of Admissions and Records. The circumstances under which previous work might be removed would consist of ALL of the following:

  1. the student has presented evidence that work completed in the term(s) under consideration is substandard and not representative of present scholastic ability and level of performance; and
  2. the level of performance represented by the term(s) under consideration was due to extenuating circumstances; and
  3. there is every evidence that the student would find it necessary to complete additional units in order to raise his/her overall grade point average to a 2.0 level for graduation if the request was not approved; and
  4. none of the units removed through academic renewal may be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

The committee may provide approval if:

  1. five years have elapsed since the most recent work to be disregarded was completed; and
  2. the student has completed 15 semester units at CSU Dominguez Hills with at least a 3.0 grade point average, or 30 semester units with at least a 2.5 grade point average, or 45 semester units with at least a 2.0 grade point average (since the most recent work to be disregarded was completed).

In the case of admission from other colleges where removal of work from degree consideration has occurred such action shall be honored according to the previous college's policy. However, elimination of any work in a term shall reduce by one term the one-year maximum on work that may be disregarded at the college to which the applicant seeks admission.

Upon approval, the Office of Admissions and Records annotates the student's permanent record so that it is readily evident to all users of the record that no work taken during the disregarded quarter(s) or semester(s), even if satisfactory, may apply toward baccalaureate requirements.

Continuing Students

Catalog Rights — Requirements Under Which a Student Graduates

A student remaining in continuous attendance at CSU Dominguez Hills, at any California community college or any combination of California community colleges and campuses of The California State University, for purposes of meeting graduation requirements, may elect to meet the requirements in effect either:

  1. at the time such attendance began; or
  2. at the time of entrance to CSU Dominguez Hills; or
  3. at the time of graduation.

A student who changes his or her major or minor may be required to meet the requirements in effect at the time of the change.

Continuous attendance for students seeking an undergraduate degree or credentials is defined as matriculated enrollment in a regionally accredited college or university at least one semester (or two quarters) each calendar year. A student with a graduate degree objective must maintain continuous attendance defined as attendance in regular or special session each fall and spring semester of the academic year. Attendance in summer session is not required. Catalog rights may be maintained when you are absent through a planned educational leave. Even though degree requirements may remain constant due to catalog rights, students are required to meet the prerequisites of courses as stated in the current catalog.

Educational Leave (Planned)

A Planned Educational Leave is defined as a planned interruption or temporary cessation of a student's formal education in which the student voluntarily and temporarily ceases enrollment at CSU Dominguez Hills while pursuing other educationally related activities to enrich his/her academic program or to clarify educational goals. The leave may be used for any number of educationally related activities including travel, independent study, work study or attendance at another institution. The intent of the program is to make it possible for a student to suspend academic work, leave the campus and later resume studies with a minimum of procedural difficulty. Petitions are available at the Office of Admissions and Records.

Eligibility

Any registered undergraduate student, in good academic standing, is eligible for the Planned Educational Leave Program.

Application Procedures

  1. A registered student may request a Planned Educational Leave. The petition shall include an explanation of the student's reasons for seeking an educational leave and when he/she intends to resume academic work.
  2. The request shall be initiated by the student and be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and Records. If the request is approved, the registrar shall take steps to insure the student's reentry and retention of registration priority, and make the appropriate entry in the student's academic record.
  3. The request shall be approved only after contractual agreements (e.g., financial aid) have been satisfactorily terminated or renegotiated.
  4. A registered student may file a petition for a Planned Educational Leave at any time; however, the leave must commence at the beginning of the following semester.
  5. Permission for a Planned Educational Leave must be requested and approved in advance of the term the leave is to begin; a leave will not be granted retroactively.
  6. Students whose Planned Educational Leaves will take them out of California are advised to consult the Office of Admissions and Records regarding residency requirements.

Duration of Leave

The minimum leave shall be two full semesters; the maximum, two calendar years.

Fees

Students meeting all conditions of the approved leave shall be required to submit an application for readmission on returning from Planned Educational Leave, but shall not be required to pay another application fee.

Availability of Services

A student on Planned Educational Leave shall be expected to devote his/her leave period to off-campus activities. The student shall be classified as "on leave" and shall not be considered a regularly enrolled student. Therefore, the student is not entitled to the campus services normally provided to enrolled students, except that the student may confer with his/her academic advisor and others regarding leave activity and plans for re-enrollment.

Resumption of Formal Education

A student shall be guaranteed reentry and retention of registration priority if all conditions of the approved leave have been met at the conclusion of his/her Planned Educational Leave. Every effort shall be made to facilitate and simplify the return. For purposes of election of graduation requirements, the approved leave shall not constitute an interruption of attendance provided the student registers in the same major. Students who fail to resume studies at the prearranged time shall forfeit the advantages of the Planned Educational Leave Program.

Student Record Entry

Each student enrolled in the program will have an entry made on his/her permanent record indicating that the student is on leave. The dates of the beginning and conclusion of the leave also will be recorded.

Academic Credit

Students must obtain prior approval of the Office of Admissions and Records to enroll for credit at another institution of higher education. Any credit earned will be treated as transfer credit to be evaluated and entered in student records in the customary manner.

Compliance

Any student on Planned Educational Leave who does not comply with all provisions of this policy and the conditions of the leave is subject to forfeiture of the advantages of this program.

Continuing Student Status

Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students may elect to be absent for one semester without losing eligibility for re-registration, subject to the following conditions:

  1. registration access will not be provided to students who were scholastically disqualified following their most recent semester of attendance at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. students who attend another college or university during an absence from CSU Dominguez Hills must file an application for admission as a returning student and must have official transcripts of work attempted sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. The nonrefundable $55 application fee is required.
  3. undergraduate students who graduate from CSU Dominguez Hills and wish to continue as graduate students must file a new application for admission. An application fee of $55 is required.

Absence due to an approved Planned Educational Leave shall not be considered an interruption in attendance.

Students who have completed the maximum number of units required for the degree may maintain continuous attendance after completion of their course work requirement by enrolling in regular university courses.

* An academic year begins in the fall and consists of two consecutive semesters, fall and spring.

Full-Time Status

Undergraduates are considered to be full-time students during any semester when they are enrolled in 12 units or more. However, graduation in four years' time requires completion of 15 units each semester.

Study Load for Undergraduate Students

A student may enroll in 18 units without an advisor's written approval unless otherwise required. Students enrolling in 19-21 units are required to have an advisor's written approval. Students enrolling in more than 21 units must also obtain the approval of the dean of the school in which the student is majoring. Undeclared majors must obtain the approval of the director of the University Advisement Center.

Dean's List

Undergraduate students will qualify for the Dean's List in each semester in which they earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better in 12 or more units of letter grade courses. The designation "Honors" will appear on the official transcript.

Graduation with Honors for Students Completing the Baccalaureate Degree

An undergraduate student who has completed a minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills with a grade point average of 3.40 or better may be a candidate for graduation with honors.

The criteria for graduation with honors are:

  1. a minimum of 36 units in residence;
  2. a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on all units taken at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  3. a cumulative grade point average as outlined below on all acceptable undergraduate work:
Cumulative Grade Point Average on all Acceptable Undergraduate Work
3.40 - 3.59Cum Laude
3.60 - 3.79Magna Cum Laude
3.80 - 4.00Summa Cum Laude

Individual departments may also have departmental honors policies which are described in the program section.

Students who achieve the above honors will have the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas.

Application for Graduation - Undergraduate

Undergraduate students should file for graduation in accordance with the following schedule:

Schedule for Application for Graduation - Undergraduate
Graduation Term:Regular Deadline:Late Deadline:
Fall SemesterJuly 1September 15
Spring SemesterOctober 1Last day of fall semester
Summer SessionFebruary 1April 15

NOTE: If the above dates should fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be at the close of business on the previous working day.

All degree candidates must file an Application for Graduation and Advisement/Program of Study forms from each major and/or minor program, with the Office of Admissions and Records by the deadline date.

Completion of degree requirements is the student's responsibility, and therefore, each student should be familiar with the information and procedures regarding graduation. If a student does not complete all graduation requirements by the end of the term for which she/he files, the student must file a Request for Change of Graduation Date and pay the required fee.

The original graduation check is valid as long as the student remains in continuous attendance and completes the program under the originally stated catalog year. Most students will run a degree audit in myCSUDH.edu. Only students in majors that do not have a degree audit will receive a degree check.

Faculty Approval

Formal approval by the faculty of the University is required in order for a degree to be awarded.

Graduation in Absentia

Students who have completed their residency requirements may request approval to graduate from CSU Dominguez Hills upon completion of course work at another regionally accredited institution. Students who do not maintain continuing student status, as defined, but who plan to complete degree requirements at another institution must obtain approval to graduate in absentia in advance; individual courses must be approved by the appropriate program chair. All such work must be completed within two years of the last course taken at CSU Dominguez Hills. Students not fulfilling these conditions will be expected to meet all requirements in effect at the date of their graduation. Forms can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records.

Commencement Exercises

The Undergraduate commencement exercises are held annually at the end of the spring semester. Students who have completed degree requirements the previous summer and fall are eligible to participate in the ceremony along with those who plan to complete their work in the spring or summer. Degree candidates wishing to participate in the spring commencement exercise must file the "Commencement Participation Form" with the Office of Ceremonies and Events no Later than April 15 for the commencement exercises held in May. Dates are subject to change and will be updated on the commencement website www.csudh.edu/commencement/. The Office of Ceremonies and Events will mail an information packet to all eligible candidates in early spring.

Each student will receive a certificate of participation at the commencement exercise. The diploma will be mailed after verification of completed requirements.