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General Education Introduction

A baccalaureate degree from the CSU has a dual purpose: to provide a broad education, and to prepare you for specific professional and occupational goals. CSU stresses the importance of the arts and sciences as the foundation of the baccalaureate degree. For this reason, the CSU requires all students, regardless of major, to complete a program of general education as part of the baccalaureate.

The general education program consists of lower division and upper division coursework.

California Community College catalogs identify which courses are acceptable to meet CSU lower division general education requirements. While completion of all of the general education requirements is not required for admission, it is important to complete as many of the lower division general education requirements as possible prior to transfer.

Some students have majors that require extensive lower division requirements prior to transfer. See the Lower Division Pre-major section for more information. If you enroll at a CSU campus with 60 or more transferable semester units but have completed few general education units, completion of your baccalaureate program may take longer than expected. Good planning is essential!

The CSU provides California Community College transfers with two systemwide options for fulfilling CSU lower division general education requirements: GE-Breadth and IGETC. You should review the two programs and discuss with your college counselor which program is best for you.

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