Major-Specific Criteria

Cal State LA serves as a model of access and attainment—the success and graduation of our diverse student body remains our number one priority. Our success as an engine of social mobility was confirmed in a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project that ranked Cal State LA number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students. Our transfer admission criteria align with our commitment to provide access and timely graduation for students.

All Cal State LA majors have "major-specific admission requirements" which are focused on transfer student preparation that predicts success in the major and promotes timely degree completion. The criteria below will be used for the Fall 2020 admission cycle. The criteria listed will be reviewed annually for future admission cycles. For Fall term admission, coursework must be completed no later than the prior Spring term. For Spring term admission, coursework must be completed no later than the prior Summer term. Be Aware: Cal State LA currently only considers transfer students for Fall admission. Should additional space be available, Spring term applications may be considered in the future.

Transfer applicants must declare a specific major on the application, and may not be considered Undeclared. Applicants cannot select an alternate major. Transfer applicants must meet minimum CSU Upper Division Transfer eligibility requirements to be considered. Admission determination is then based on the major-specific criteria listed below.

How Major-Specific Criteria Are Used In Determining Admission

Local applicants

Except for Nursing, CSU eligible applicants who are considered local based on their community college, or their military veteran status, will be offered admission if they meet the required minimum cumulative GPA, required major preparation, and the required general education courses listed. We encourage local area applicants to also complete any recommended courses to promote timely graduation even though they will not be used in the admission determination.

Non-local applicants

CSU eligible non-local applicants who meet the required minimum cumulative GPA, required major preparation, and the required general education courses listed will be admitted on a space-available basis based on their cumulative GPA and any recommended courses specified in the criteria.

Transfer AA/AS degree recipients

While the ADT is not required for admission except for Psychology, priority consideration is granted to applicants who are on track for completing the specific Transfer AA/AS degree listed by the end of spring for Fall admission, or the end of summer for Spring admission. In this case, the Transfer AA/AS curriculum is used in lieu of the specific required and recommended courses listed. Under CSU guidelines, the minimum required cumulative GPA has been adjusted as indicated. Non-local applicants will also benefit from a 0.1 GPA bonus used in the ranking of non-local applicants.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements

If space is available after all students meeting the required minimum major GPA and required major and general education preparation or the indicated Transfer AA/AS degree have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum requirements will be considered based on a ranking of the criteria completed with local applicants receiving a 0.25 GPA bump.

MAJOR-SPECIFIC CRITERIA

Anthropology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Anthropology
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following four anthropology courses:
      • ANTH 1500 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
      • ANTH 1700 – Introduction to Archaeology
      • ANTH 2300 – Language and Society
      • ANTH 2600 – Biological Anthropology
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Art

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Art History or Studio Arts
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One Art course which meets the GE Arts and Humanities (Area C) requirement
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • ART 1011 – World Art: Ancient to Early Medieval
    • ART 1013 – World Art: Baroque to Contemporary
    • ART 1030 – Two-Dimensional Art Fundamentals
    • ART 1090 – Three-Dimensional Art Fundamentals
    • ART 1590 – Survey and Studio: Introduction to Drawing

Asian and Asian American Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Aviation Administration

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
    • ECON 2090 – Applied Business and Economic Statistics I
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Biochemistry

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following three mathematics options:
      • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
      • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1083 – Mathematical Analysis II
      • MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1083 – Mathematical Analysis II
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning if not satisfied by required math course above

Biology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Biology
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.4

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following four mathematics options:
      • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
      • MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences
      • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
      • MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
    • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math) if not satisfied by required math course above

Business Administration: All Options

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Business Administration
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.4

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 2110 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
    • ECON 2010 – Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
    • ECON 2020 – Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Chemistry

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Chemistry
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.1

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following three mathematics options:
      • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
      • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1083 – Mathematical Analysis II
      • MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1083 – Mathematical Analysis II
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning if not satisfied by required math course above

Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Child Development

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Early Childhood Education or Child and Adolescent Development
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.1

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • CHDV 1400 – Development Across the Lifespan (Conception to Adolescence)
    • CHDV 2000 – Techniques for the Study of Children
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • CHDV 2250 – Ethnic Identity and Awareness in Children and Families

Chinese

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • CHIN 1001 – Elementary Mandarin I

Civil Engineering

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of C or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • One of the following two chemistry courses:
      • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers
      • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Circuits
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

Communication

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Communication Studies
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.3
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • COMM 1100 – Oral Communication
    • COMM 1200 – Argumentation
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • COMM 2300 – Interpersonal Communication

Communicative Disorders

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two quantitative reasoning courses:
      • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
      • ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Computer Information Systems

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
    • ECON 2010 – Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
    • CIS 1200 – Information and Technology Literacy
    • CIS 2830 – Introduction to Application Programming
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Computer Science

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • CS 2011 – Introduction to Programming I
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • CS 2012 – Introduction to Programming II
    • MATH 2550 – Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Circuits

Criminal Justice

Be aware: The Criminal Justice major prepares students for careers related to the administration of criminal justice. It is not for careers in criminalistics/forensic science. If you are interested in Criminalistics/Forensic Science, we encourage you to major in one of the Natural or Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Natural Science, or Physics.

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Administration of Justice
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.65

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.75
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • CRIM 1010 – Introduction to Administration of Justice
    • CRIM 1260 – Concepts of Criminal Law
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • CRIM 2010 – Correctional Systems

Economics

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Economics
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.1

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
    • ECON 2010 – Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
    • ECON 2020 – Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Electrical Engineering

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • One of the following two chemistry courses:
      • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers
      • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Circuits
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

English

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: English
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One English course which meets the GE Arts and Humanities (Area C) requirement
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Exercise Science

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I

Fire Protection Administration and Technology

Fire Protection Administration is a degree completion program and therefore requires the completion of an appropriate curriculum at a Community College. The required courses listed below are not offered at Cal State LA.

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • Fire Protection Systems; or equivalent
    • Principles of Emergency Services; or equivalent
    • Fire Prevention; or equivalent
    • Building Construction for Fire Protection; or equivalent
    • Fire Behavior & Combustion; or equivalent
    • Principles of Fire & EMS Safety and Survival; or equivalent
    • An additional six units of Fire Protection and Administration Technology related courses
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Food Science and Technology

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MICR 1010 – Introduction to Microbiology
    • PHYS 1560 – Physics for the Twenty-first Century and PHYS 1570 – Physics for the Twenty-first Century Laboratory
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math): Precalculus or Calculus I Recommended
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I

French

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • FREN 1001 – Elementary French I
    • FREN 1002 – Elementary French II
    • FREN 2001 – Intermediate French I

Geography

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Geography
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • GEOG 1550 – Cultural Geography
    • GEOG 1600 – Physical Geography
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Geology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Geology
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • GEOL 1500 – Earth Revealed
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Graphic Communications

Be aware: The Graphic Communications major, offered by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, prepares students for technical management careers in graphic communications, digital media and the entertainment industry. It does not provide training in Art-Graphic Design. If you are interested Graphic Design/Visual Communication, we encourage you to major in Art.

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

History

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One History course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • American Institutions
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • HIST 1010 – World History to 1500 CE
    • HIST 1020 – World History since 1500 CE
    • HIST 2010 – United States History to 1877
    • HIST 2020 – United States History, 1877 to Present

Industrial Technology

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ACCT 2100 – Financial Accounting
    • ECON 2090 – Applied Business and Economic Statistics I
    • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Japanese

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • JAPN 1001 – Elementary Japanese I

Kinesiology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Kinesiology
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.4

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • One of the following two courses:
      • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
      • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Latin American Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Liberal Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Mathematics

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III
    • MATH 2150 – Differential Equations
    • MATH 2550 – Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • One of the following two courses:
      • CS 2011 – Introduction to Programming I
      • MATH 2170 – Introduction to Computer Algebra Systems

Mechanical Engineering

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • One of the following two chemistry courses:
      • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers
      • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Circuits
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

Microbiology

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following four mathematics options:
      • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
      • MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences
      • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
      • MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
    • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math) if not satisfied by required math course above

Music (BA and BM)

Applicants to the BA and BM in Music will be considered based on the following academic criteria. Applicants to the BM will also be evaluated by the faculty based on an audition and considered for the BM or BA program as appropriate. Information on the audition process is available from the Music Department.

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Music
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following five music courses:
      • MUS 1031 – Class Piano Instruction I
      • MUS 1500 – Music in World Culture
      • MUS 1510 – Classical Music in Western Culture
      • MUS 1520 – The Roots of Rock and Pop Music in American Culture
      • MUS 1560 – Jazz in American Culture
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Natural Science

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II
    • One of the following four mathematics options:
      • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry
      • MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences
      • MATH 1081 – Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
      • MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models

Nursing

Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures. In addition to applying to the University via Cal State Apply, applicants must also submit a separate program application to the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing. To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must meet the minimum requirements indicated below. Applicants meeting this minimum criteria will be ranked for admission based on a rubric which includes their cumulative GPA, their GPA in Prerequisite courses, the results of the TEAS, their Military status, Cal State LA Local Preference status, and health-care employment or volunteer experience. The number of applicants who can be admitted is severely limited by space availability. Please consult the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing for additional information.

Be Aware: Students can only apply once to the Cal State LA nursing program and must either be a Cal State LA Pre-Nursing student or a new transfer applicant. Students admitted to a major other than Nursing, will not be able to change their major to Nursing during their tenure at Cal State LA.

Minimum requirements for transfer student consideration:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.25
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "B" or better required in first attempt):
    • One of the following three statistics courses:
      • MATH 1090 – Reasoning with Statistics
      • ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
      • EDFN 1090 – Introduction to Statistics with Data Interpretation
    • CHEM 1010 – Fundamentals of Chemistry
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • MICR 2010 – Microbiology for Health Related Sciences
    • MICR 2020 – Microbiology Laboratory for Health Related Sciences
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
       
  • Required assessment:
    • TEAS score at or above the 40th percentile in all content areas
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
    • NTRS 2500 – Human Nutrition

Nutritional Science

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • MICR 1010 – Introduction to Microbiology

Pan-African Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Philosophy

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Philosophy
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two philosophy courses:
      • PHIL 1510 – Introduction to Philosophy
      • PHIL 2500 – Introduction to Symbolic Logic
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking: PHIL 1600 – Critical Thinking and Composition Recommended
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Physics (BA and BS)

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Circuits
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

Political Science

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Political Science
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.1
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • POLS 1000 – Government and American Society
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math): MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics Recommended

Psychology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Psychology
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.9

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

Due to the popularity of this major, only students who are completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer in Psychology will be considered.

Public Health

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • PH 1500 – Health and Wellness
    • One of the following three courses:
      • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
      • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
      • ANTH 1500 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • One of the following two chemistry courses:
      • CHEM 1010 – Fundamentals of Chemistry
      • ​CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • One of the following two microbiology options:
      • MICR 1010 – Introduction to Microbiology
      • MICR 2010 – Microbiology for Health Related Sciences and MICR 2020 – Microbiology Laboratory for Health Related Sciences

Rehabilitation Services

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math): EDFN 1090 – Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation Recommended

Social Work

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.75
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two courses:
      • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
      • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
    • One of the following three courses:
      • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
      • ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
      • SOC 2100 – Elementary Statistics
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math) if not satisfied by required statistics course above

Sociology

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Sociology or Social Justice Studies
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 2100 – Elementary Statistics
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Spanish

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Spanish
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • SPAN 1002 – Elementary Spanish 2 (heritage or non-heritage acceptable)
    • SPAN 2001 – Intermediate Spanish 1 (heritage or non-heritage acceptable)

Television, Film, and Media Studies

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Film, Television, and Electronic Media
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.7

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.8
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE science requirements:
      • Physical Science (GE Area B1)
      • Life Science (GE Area B2)
    • Six units in Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Theatre

Transfer students completing an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in major deemed similar:

  • Required ADT major: Theatre Arts
  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Transfer students not completing the ADT:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two theatre courses:
      • TA 1410 – Acting I
      • TA 1310 – Stagecraft: Scenery and Properties
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • One of the following two theatre courses:
      • TA 1500 – Theatre Analysis
      • TA 1520 – Analysis of Drama and Theatre
    • One of the following two dance courses:
      • DANC 1000 – Ballet I
      • DANC 1400 – Contemporary Dance

Urban Learning: Teacher Preparation in Elementary Education or Special Education

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.4
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two history courses:
      • HIST 1010 – World History since 1500
      • HIST 2010 – United States History to 1877
    • BIOL 1010 – General Biology
    • COMM 1100 – Oral Communication
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • ENG 2700 – Why Literature Matters
    • CHDV 1400 – Development Across the Lifespan (Conception to Adolescence)
    • HIST 2010 – United States History to 1877

Urban Learning: Teaching and Learning

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One of the following two history courses:
      • HIST 1010 – World History to 1500 CE
      • HIST 2010 – United States History to 1877
    • COMM 1100 – Oral Communication
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of "C" or better required)
    • BIOL 1010 – General Biology
    • CHDV 1400 – Development Across the Lifespan (Conception to Adolescence)
    • ENG 2700 – Why Literature Matters

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • One course which meets either of the following two GE requirements:
      • Arts and Humanities (GE Area C)
      • Social Sciences (GE Area D)
         
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)