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Unit & Enrollment Rules

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Students must meet certain unit requirements to graduate from CSULB. Students also must complete their degree within a certain amount of units depending on their major.

  • Students must declare a major by the time they earn 60 units.
  • A student can take an upper division (300 – 499) course once they have completed 30 units and have met any pre-requisites for the course.
  • All CSULB students must complete a minimum of 120 units to graduate. Of these 120 units:
    • A minimum of 30 units must be completed at CSULB
    • A minimum of 40 upper division units is required
    • A minimum of 24 upper division units must be completed at CSULB
  • A maximum of eight (8) activity units may be applied toward graduation. Activity units include, but are not limited to, Kinesiology activity courses, Dance activity courses, etc.
  • Transfer students may apply 70 units of transferrable coursework toward their bachelor’s degree. Additional transferrable coursework will receive subject credit only.
  • A maximum of 24 semester units of College of Continuing and Profession Education (CCPE) Credit may be accepted toward a baccalaureate degree.


Catalog Rights

Undergraduate students acquire “catalog rights” with respect to the requirements for a degree program by maintaining “attendance” continuously. This means that, if continuous attendance is maintained and the degree objective is not changed, students may choose to graduate under the requirements for the degree in effect 1) at the time they began the study in a California community college or another campus of The California State University, 2) at the time they entered CSULB, or 3) at the time of graduation from CSULB. Substitutions for discontinued courses may be authorized or required by the Dean of the cognizant College in which the major is housed. Students who change their major, including changing from “undeclared” status to a defined degree objective or from one option to another option under the same degree, are governed by the degree major requirements in effect at the time of the change or declaration of major. Students who change majors are advised that some courses counted for General Education or double counted for General Education and a major may become unacceptable for General Education in connection with a new major. These students should check with the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.


Continuous Attendance

The term “attendance” means, literally, attendance in a course for at least one semester (or quarter) unit credit in at least one semester (or two quarters) in a calendar year, culminating in a record of enrollment on the student’s official transcript. For the purpose of establishing catalog rights, the course must be at the baccalaureate or graduate level in a California community college, a California State University, or a University of California campus. Enrollment resulting in a withdrawal (the grading symbols W or WU) does not count as attendance in a course, and so does not preserve “catalog rights.”

Once “catalog rights” are established, absence related to an approved medical, military or academic leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher education will not be considered an interruption of attendance, provided that the absence does not exceed two years.

For all students, disqualification or a failure to remain in continuous attendance will mean that the student must meet the regulations current at the time of resuming the degree program or those applicable at the time of graduation. In addition, for graduate students, a failure to maintain continuous attendance means the automatic revocation of “candidacy” for the degree (advancement to candidacy) and of “catalog rights.”



The reactivation process is for students who previously filed to graduate and then broke continuous attendance without completing all degree requirements and now seek to complete their degree.

According to University policies, students who have not maintained continuous attendance must meet new University requirements in effect at the time of the student’s return or reactivation. In addition, if you plan to enroll in courses at the University, you must reapply and be readmitted to the University.

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