Major Specific Declaration Requirements

Major Specific Declaration Requirements for Cal State LA Students

All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units. This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Have been admitted into a ‘pre-major’ and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major
While freshmen are admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major specific criteria. Except for Nursing, native Cal State LA students can ‘declare a major’ if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and complete the required lower division preparation courses.

The criteria listed below will be used for current term consideration and is subject to change for future terms. To review the detailed major specific declaration requirements, select the name of the appropriate major below. Be aware that these criteria are subject to change for future terms.

It is expected that students will complete study toward their baccalaureate degree in no more than 120% (144 units for a standard 120-unit program) of the units required by their primary degree program, including a second major or any minors. There may be additional limits on the ability to add a second major or to add/change degree objectives. See Making Sufficient Progress in the Major.

 

 

Biochemistry

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry; or MATH 1081 - Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1083 – Precalculus: Trigonometry; or MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1083 – Precalculus: Trigonometry
  • 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

Biology

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
  • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry; or MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences; or MATH 1081 - Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models; or MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Business Administration: Accounting

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

Business Administration: Finance

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics
  • ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Business Administration: All Options Except Accounting and Finance

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

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

Chemistry

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry; or MATH 1081 - Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1083 – Precalculus: Trigonometry; or MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1083 – Precalculus: Trigonometry
  • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
Required General Education calstatelaourses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Child Development

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)

Civil Engineering

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Required major preparation courses (grade of C or better required):
  • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
  • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or 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

Communication

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.3

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • COMM 1100 – Oral Communication
  • COMM 1200 – Argumentation
  • COMM 2890: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

Communicative Disorders

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; or EDFN 1090 Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation
  • COMD 1700 – Introduction to Communication Disorders
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Computer Information Systems

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • ACCT 2100 – Principles of 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

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 and Thermodynamics
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Criminal Justice

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

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.2

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • ECON 2010 – Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
  • ACCT 2100 – Principles of 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

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
  • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or 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

Exercise Science

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)

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. This program is only available to eligible transfer students.

Food Science and Technology

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • BIOL 1010 – General Biology
  • MATH/ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics or EDFN 1090 Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation
  • 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

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

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • MATH 2110 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2120 – Calculus II
  • CHEM 1040 – General Chemistry for Engineers; or CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 2100 – General Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Microbiology

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • BIOL 1100 – Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1200 – Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1110 – General Chemistry II
  • MATH 1040 – Precalculus: Functions and Trigonometry; or MATH 1050 – Precalculus for Life Sciences; or MATH 1081 - Precalculus: Functions and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models; or MATH 1082 – Precalculus: Functions with Lab and MATH 1085 – Discrete Mathematical Models
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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

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)

Psychology

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

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; or URBA 1800 – The Urban World
  • CHEM 1010 – Fundamentals of Chemistry; or CHEM 1100 – General Chemistry;
  • MATH/ECON 1090 – Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics; or EDFN 1090 – Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation; or HHS 4000 – Statistics in Health and Human Services
  • BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MICR 1010 – Introduction to Microbiology; or MICR 2010 – Microbiology for Health Related Sciences and 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

Rehabilitation Services

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
  • COUN 2010 – Human Development; or COUN 2250 – Diversity and Awareness of Self and Others
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 or AMTH/ECON 1090 Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics

Social Work

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 EDFN 1090 Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation; or SOC 2100 – Elementary Statistics; or HHS 4000 – Statistics in Health and Human Services
Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses listed above:
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Television, Film, and Media Studies

Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.8

Required major preparation courses (grade of "C" or better required):
  • TVF 1100 MEDIA WRITING
  • TVF 1200 INTRO TO AUDIO
  • TVF 2000 INTRO TO DIGITAL MEDIA
  • 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

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)