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2020-2021 Catalog 
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About the California State University System

The California State University

Welcome to the California State University (CSU) - the nation’s largest comprehensive universtiy system with 23 unique campuses serving aproximately 482,000 students and employing more than 53,000 faculty and staff. Each year, the university awards more than 127,000 degrees. CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and healthcare. Learn more at www.calstate.edu.


A Tradition of Excellence for More than Six Decades

Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible, and high-quality education to more than 3.8 million graduates throughout California. While each campus is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and campus culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All campuses are fully accredited, provide a high-quality broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in campus life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning. Through leading-edge programs, superior teaching and extensive workforce training opportunities, CSU students graduate with the critical thinking skills, industry knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for employment and career advancement.


  • Today, one of every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
  • 1 of every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
  • The CSU awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
  • The CSU awards 41% of California nursing degrees.
  • The CSU is the leading provider of teacher preparation programs in the state.
  •  In 2018-19, the CSU awarded nearly 20,000 business degrees and more than 6,700 engineering degrees.
  • The CSU offers more than 140 fully online and 120 hybrid degree programs and concentrations.
  • The CSU offers 4,750 online courses per term providing more educational options to students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
  • The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU.
  • Over a recent four year period, the CSU has issued nearly 50,000 professional development certificate programs in educational health services, business and technology, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, international trade, and many other industries.
  • CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Service Learning make available more than 3,100 service learning courses.
  • More than 67,000 students participate in service-learning, contributing more than 1.1 million hours of service each year.
  • For every $1 that the state invests in the CSU, the university generates $5.43 for California’s economy.

The Board of Trustees, most of who are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives, govern the system. The CSU Chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the Board. The campus presidents serve as the campus-level chief executive officers. The Trustees, Chancellor and Presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The Presidents, in consultation with the Academic Senate CSU and other campus stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions.

CSU Historical Milestones

The individual California State Colleges were established as a system with a Board of Trustees and a Chancellor in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. In 1972, the system was designated as the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest- California State University Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

In 1963, the CSU’s Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association-which was later renamed the California State Student Association, was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.

Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the university has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success - from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

To improve degree completion and accommodate students working full- or part-time, the educational paradigm was expanded to give students the ability to complete upper-division and graduate requirements through part-time, late afternoon, and evening study. The university also expanded its programs to include a variety of teaching and school service credential programs, specially designed for working professionals.

In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the CSU, in concert with the California Community Colleges (CCC), launched the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), which guarantees CCC transfer students with an ADT admission to the CSU with junior status. ADT has since proven to be the most effective path to a CSU for transfer students.

Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CourseMatch, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSU campuses expanding enrollment opportunities and providing more educational opportunities for students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.

The CSU marked a significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.

The CSU strives to continually develop innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. In 2016, the university launched Graduation Initiative 2025, a bold plan to support students, increase the number of California’s graduates earning high-quality degrees and eliminate achievement and equity gaps for all students. Through this initiative, the CSU is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their lives, families and communities.

By providing an accessible, hands-on education that prepares graduates for career success, the CSU has created a network of alumni that is so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. As of 2019-20, more than 3.8 million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.

Trustees of the California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento 95814
Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor of The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach 90802-4210

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom

Adam Day

Lillian Kimbell
Vice Chair

Steve Relyea

Andrew Jones

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.

Silas Abrego (2021)
Jane W. Carney (2022)
Adam Day (2023)
Rebecca Eisen (2020)
Douglas Faigin (2025)
Debra S. Farar (2022)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2018)
Wendy Fong (2024)
Juan Garcia (2020)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
Hugo N. Morales (2020)
Romey Sabalius (2019)
Lateefah Simon (2019)
Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Peter J. Taylor (2021)
Larry L. Adamson (2020)

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:  c/o Trustees Secretariat, The California State University, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, California 90802-4210

CSU A World of Information Is Just A Click Away.

Check out the website for the entire California State University: www.csumentor.edu. You will find helpful hints, frequently asked questions, campus tours, and general information about all 23 campuses. The phone number listed for each campus is for the Office of Admission.

S - Semester system
Q - Quarter system

  1. California State University, Bakersfield 
    9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
    Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
    (661) 654-2782 • www.csub.edu
  2. California State University Channel Islands 
    One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
    Dr. Erika D. Beck, President
    (805) 437-8400 • www.csuci.edu
  3. California State University, Chico 
    400 W. First Street, Chico, CA 95929
    Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
    (530) 898-4636 • www.csuchico.edu
  4. California State University, Dominguez Hills 
    1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
    Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
    (310) 243-3696 • www.csudh.edu
  5. California State University, East Bay 
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542-3035
    Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
    (510) 885-3000 • www.csueastbay.edu
  6. California State University, Fresno 
    5150 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740-0057
    Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President
    (559) 278-4240 • www.csufresno.edu
  7. California State University, Fullerton 
    800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834-9480
    Mr. Framroze Virjee, President
    (657) 278-2011 • www.fullerton.edu
  8. Humboldt State University
    One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-4957
    Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
    (707) 826-3011 • (866) 850-9556 • www.humboldt.edu
  9. California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0106
    Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
    (562) 985-4111 • www.csulb.edu
  10. California State University, Los Angeles
    5151 State University Drive,
    Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
    Dr. William A. Covino, President
    (323) 343-3000 • www.calstatela.edu
  11. California Maritime Academy 
    200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590
    Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
    (707) 654-1000 • www.csum.edu
  12. California State University, Monterey Bay 
    100 Campus Center Drive, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
    Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, President
    (831) 582-3000 • www.csumb.edu
  13. California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207
    Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President
    (818) 677-1200 • www.csun.edu
  14. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
    3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768-4003
    Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
    (909) 869-7659 • www.csupomona.edu
  15. California State University, Sacramento 
    6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6112
    Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
    (916) 278-6011 • www.csus.edu
  16. California State University, San Bernardino 
    5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
    Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
    (909) 537-5000 • www.csusb.edu
  17. San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7455
    Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
    (619) 594-5200 • www.sdsu.edu
  18. San Francisco State University 
    1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132-4001
    Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
    (415) 338-1111 • www.sfsu.edu
  19. San José State University 
    One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0009
    Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President
    (408) 283-1000 • www.sjsu.edu
  20. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    Dr. Jeffery D. Armstrong, President
    (805) 756-1111 • www.calpoly.edu
  21. California State University, San Marcos 
    333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
    Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
    (760) 750-4848 • www.csusm.edu
  22. Sonoma State University 
    1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, President
    (707) 664-2778 • www.sonoma.edu
  23. California State University, Stanislaus 
    One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
    Dr. Ellen N. Junn, President
    (209) 667-3122 • www.csustan.edu

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor 
Mr. Steve Relyea Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Loren J. Blanchard Executive Vice Chancellor and Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Andrew Jones Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Mr. Garrett P. Ashley Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Ms. Evelyn Nazario Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Larry Mandel Vice Chancellor and Chief University Auditor

The California State University International Programs

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or study center abroad. CSU IP serves the needs of students in more than 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries,CSU IP also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

Australia Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Western Sydney
Canada Concordia University
Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
China Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark Danish Institute for Study Abroad 
France Institut Catholique de Paris, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Université Aix-en-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Germany University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
Ghana University of Ghana
Israel University of Haifa
Italy CSU Florence Study Center, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Japan Waseda University, University of Tsukuba
Mexico Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
South Africa Nelson Mandela University
South Korea Yonsei University
Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén
Sweden Uppsala University
Taiwan National Taiwan University
United Kingdom University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, Swansea University

Students participating in CSU IP pay CSU tuition and program fees, and are responsible for airfare, accommodations, meals and other personal expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students and limited scholarship opportunities are also available. All programs require students to maintain good academic and disciplinary standing; many programs are open to sophomores or Graduate students.

California Community College transfer students admitted to a CSU campus are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges.

Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites.

Additional program information and application instructions can be found on our website at www.calstate.edu/ip.