The CSU GE Requirements
Students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) should follow the CSU GE pattern. Keep in mind that you do not need to complete the entire pattern before transfer. CSU transfer students must complete 45 units of GE.
The Golden Four Classes
Students must also complete the 'Golden Four' classes - Area A (Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Critical Thinking) and Area B4 (Math) before transfer.
These Golden Four classes are so important that they must be completed with a grade 'C' or better. In fact, there is an area on the CSU application that asks you to list these classes, where you took them, when, and the grade you received.
Complete the Golden Four within a Specific Time Before Transferring
These Golden Four classes must also be completed within a specific time before transfer. For students planning on a fall transfer, they must be completed no later than the previous spring quarter. For students planning on a winter or spring transfer, these classes should be completed no later than the previous summer quarter. Students who complete these courses during the Fall quarter may still be admitted but will be accepted only upon proof of course completion. The result is these students would have the last priority to register for classes upon transfer.
Note: at this time the CSU is only accepting fall transfer students.
Look at a Copy of the CSU GE RequirementsOpen an online version of the CSU GE requirements in a new browser window.Read more about GE at the Transfer Planning web site.