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Upper-Division GE and Graduation Requirements

Overview

All undergraduate students must fulfill a number of general education (GE) and other graduation requirements to earn their bachelor’s degree. These requirements are in addition to major requirements.

If you started at CSUEB as a first-year student, you worked with your FASST advisor to find classes that fulfilled your lower-division GE, American Institutions/CODE, and second composition requirements. If you transferred to CSUEB, you fulfilled all or most of these lower-division requirements at your transfer institutions. 

Here is a brief summary of the upper-division GE and graduation requirements for all bachelor’s degree students.

Upper-Division General Education (GE) Requirements

All CSUEB students must take a minimum of nine upper-division GE units.

1 class (3 units min.) at the 300 or 400 level in the social sciences, also called D-4

1 class (3 units min) at the 300 or 400 level in the arts & humanities, also called C-4

1 class (3 units min) at the 300 or 400 level in the sciences, also called B-6

NOTE:

  • Some major classes also count for G.E.
  • Classes certified for GE will have a notation in the schedule, the catalog, and MyCSUEB.

More detailed information on G.E. can be found here.

Overlay Requirements

All CSUEB students must meet three overlay requirements to graduate.

  1. Diversity
  2. Social Justice
  3. Sustainability

NOTE:

  • Both major classes and GE classes can meet the overlay requirements.
  • In fact, someone might have a course that counts for major, GE, and overlay requirements. That's triple counting!
  • Classes that meet an overlay requirement will have a notation in the schedule, the catalog, and MyCSUEB.

More detailed info on overlays can be found here.

University Writing Skills Requirement

This requirement is suspended for students who began at Cal State East Bay in the 2020-2021 academic year and before.

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