The California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE) pattern is one option that allows California community college transfer students to fulfill the lower-division general education requirements of any California State University (CSU) campus.
The curriculum consists of a 39-unit pattern with five areas of concentration described in the CSU GE pattern.
For assistance in determining the most appropriate general education program, consult a counselor.
California State University General Education Breadth Course List
A minimum of nine semester units in both oral and written communication in the English language, and in critical thinking and reasoning. AP credit may not be used for A.3.
A minimum of nine semester units including instruction in physical (B.1) and life science (B.2) and instruction in math/quantitative reasoning (B.4). One of the two science courses from B.1 or B.2 must include a lab. Courses with a lab are shown with an asterisk (*) and separate lab courses are listed in B.3.
A minimum of nine semester units among the arts, literature, philosophy and foreign languages. Every attempt should be made to include western and non-western cultures. At least one course must be taken from arts and one from humanities.
A minimum of nine semester units dealing with human social, political, and economic institutions and behavior and their historical background. Fulfillment of this requirement must include courses taken in at least two disciplines. Every effort should be made to include western or non-western cultures. See notes below for information concerning additional requirements.
A minimum of three semester units in study designed to equip human beings for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological and psychological entities. A maximum of one unit of credit is allowed for physical education activity courses in this area.
The California State University, before awarding a degree, requires students to complete courses or examinations that address:
This requirement may be fulfilled at a California Community College prior to transfer by completing a combination of courses that satisfies all three areas of the requirement. The requirement may also be completed at a CSU campus after transfer. Courses approved in two US areas may be used to satisfy both areas.
Although this requirement is not part of the General Education requirements for CSU, all students must complete course work in U.S. History, Constitution and Government before graduation from a CSU campus. The courses may also be used to partially fulfill Area D of the CSU General Education Breadth requirements.
Completion of these courses at Bakersfield College is recommended and is not required for Certification.
Students who wish to meet these requirements at Bakersfield College prior to transferring to a CSU campus may take up to six semester units from the combinations below.
POLS B1 and one of the following: HIST B17a, B17b, B20a, B20b, B30a B30b, B36, or HIST B17a and POLS B1 or POLS B12 or HIST B18.
Official notification from a California community college that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements occurs through a process of “certification.” Certification is a legal agreement between the CSU and California Community Colleges.
It is the policy of Bakersfield College to provide certification of general education breadth requirements when such service is requested by the student or whenever a student requests that a
transcript be sent to a CSU or UC if the student has completed all of 39 units for certification. Certification of general education courses is generally requested when the CSU GE pattern has been completed.
Additional CSU GE Information and Restrictions