Major-Specific Criteria

About Our New Admission Criteria Effective Fall 2018

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 recently 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 goal now is to improve on this by ensuring that our admission criteria align with our commitment to provide access and a timely graduation for students.  Our revised admissions criteria effective Fall 2018 was driven both by unprecedented growth in applications and an even more pressing need to align our admissions criteria with success in the major.  We believe our revised admissions criteria will contribute to Cal State LA's commitment to providing a quality education to diverse communities that we serve and increasing graduates.

Admission Consideration for Transfers Applying to Majors
without Major-Specific Admissions Requirements

Transfer students must declare a specific major on the application and may not be considered Undeclared.  CSU eligible upper division transfer applicants who apply to a major not listed below and who are considered 'local' based on their community college or military status will be offered admission.  Other CSU eligible upper division transfer applicants, including local transfer applicants who were not offered admission to a major with major-specific admissions requirements but listed an alternate major without major-specific degree requirements, will be ranked based on transfer GPA and offered admission based on space available in the College or Department. 

Admission Consideration for Transfers Applying to Majors with Major-Specific Criteria

The majors indicated below 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 2018 and Spring 2019 admission cycles.  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.

Transfer applicants must declare a specific major on the application, and may not be considered Undeclared.  Local area applicants may also list an alternate major which does not require major-specific admission requirements for consideration.  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.

Use of the Major-Specific Criteria in Determining Admission

Local area applicants

Except for Nursing, CSU eligible applicants who are considered local area applicants 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

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.

Students admitted to the major who have not completed all of the required or recommended courses must complete them in their first year at Cal State LA.

Majors with Major-Specific Criteria and Their Specific Criteria

Biochemistry

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 1040 – Precalculus; or MATH 1081 - Mathematical Analysis I 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):
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
    • MATH 1040 – Precalculus; or MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences; or MATH 1081 – Mathematical Analysis I and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models;
       
  • 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
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required)
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II (required beginning Fall 2019)

Business Administration: Accounting

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 – Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 2110 – Managerial Accounting
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication

Business Administration: All Options Except Accounting

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

  • Required ADT major: Business Administration
  • 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):
    • ECON 2010 – Microeconomics
    • ACCT 2100 – Financial Accounting
       
  • 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):
    • MATH 1040 – Precalculus; or MATH 1081 - Mathematical Analysis I 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

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)
       
  • 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 2000 – Techniques for the Study of Children (required beginning Fall 2019)

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
    • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I
       
  • 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)
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanical and Thermodynamics (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics
    • 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)

Communicative Disorders

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics; or 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: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ECON 2010 – Microeconomics
    • ACCT 2100 – Financial Accounting
       
  • 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
    • CS 2011 – Introduction to Programming I
       
  • 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)
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • CS 2012 – Introduction to Programming II
    • MATH 2550 – Introduction to Linear Algebra
    • PHYS 2200 – Electromagnetics and Optics

Criminal Justice

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)

Economics

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • ECON 2010 – Microeconomics
    • ACCT 2100 – Financial Accounting
       
  • 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
    • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
       
  • 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)
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanical and Thermodynamics (required beginning Fall 2019))
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

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
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology; or PSY 1500 – Introduction to Psychology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

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):
    • BIOL 1010 – General Biology
    • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
    • 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

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
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology; or PSY 1500 - Introduction to Psychology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

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
    • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
       
  • 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)
    • MATH 2120 – Calculus II (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • PHYS 2200 – General Physics II: General Physics and Optics
    • MATH 2130 – Calculus III

Microbiology

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
    • MATH 1040 – Precalculus; or MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences; or MATH 1081 – Mathematical Analysis I and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models;
       
  • 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
       
  • Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required)
    • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II (required beginning Fall 2019)

Nursing

Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures.  Please consult the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing for details.

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 – Introduction to Psychology
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

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:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology
    • PSY 1700 – Introductory Behavioral Neuroscience
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

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
    • SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology; or PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology; or
      ANTH 1500 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • CHEM 1000 – Molecules Matter; or CHEM 1010 – Fundamentals of Chemistry; or
      ​CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry
    • MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
       
  • 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)
    • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (required beginning Fall 2019)
    • MICR 1010 – Introduction to Microbiology; or 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 – Introduction to 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)

Social Work

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.75
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • PSY 1500 – Introductory Psychology; or SOC 2010 – Introduction to Sociology
    • ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics; or MATH 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics; or 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

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):
    • GE area B1 - Physical Science; or GE Area B2 – Life Science
    • Six units in GE area C - Arts & Humanities
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Urban Learning: Teacher Preparation in Elementary Education or Special Education

All transfer students:

  • Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.6
     
  • Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
    • HIST 2010 – United States History to 1877; or HIST 2020 – United States History 1877 to Present
    • BIOL 1010 – General Biology; or BIOL 1030 – Life Science
    • COMM 1100 – Oral Communication
       
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)