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Baccalaureate Programs

Degrees

Cal Poly is currently authorized to offer the following baccalaureate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)

A minimum of 180 quarter units is required for all baccalaureate degree programs.
(Title 5, Sections 40500, 40501, 40505, 40507; Amended 8-11-2000)

    Maximum number of units

    For baccalaureate degree programs in excess of 180 units, a statement justifying the excess units in terms of achieving learning objectives and (as applicable) accreditation requirements may be required. Program faculty are expected to make a good faith effort to limit total units to a number that is at, or as close as possible to, the minimum (180), subject to achieving the program's learning objectives and (as applicable) accreditation requirements. This is a policy of the CSU Board of Trustees.

    Suggestions and examples of justification statements:

    • Develop a matrix relating major/support courses to the learning objectives for your program.
    • Explain precisely why your learning objectives can't be met within 180-unit requirement.
    • Provide specific data, for example, on how your program's unit requirements compare to those of peer institutions.

    Major Program

    Definition: A major is defined as a program of study that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to pursue a specific career or advanced study and leads to a degree in that subject.

    Minimum Number of Units Required in the Major

    (Title 5, Sections 40500, 40501, 40505, 40507)

    BA: 36 units in major, of which at least 18 units are at the 300-400 level

    BS / BFA: 54 units in major, of which at least 27 units are at the 300-400 level

    BArch / BLA: 68 units in major, of which at least 41 units are at the 300-400 level

    Maximum Number of Units in the Major

    • determined by subtracting GE units and free electives from the total number of units.

    Major Courses

    • comprise the basic knowledge in the discipline and are required of all students in the major;
    • have the prefix of the major program and/or college; may be from any other prefix or discipline which are required in the major field of study;
    • count toward the Major GPA; include common core courses that are at least half of the required number of units in the major;
    • may be augmented by a concentration, minor or adviser approved electives;
    • which fulfill General Education requirements shall be listed in the major course category with a reference (as an asterisk) to the GE area;
    • should include 15 units designated at the 100-200 level.

    Support Courses

    • are any specified courses that are not listed in the major; do not carry the prefix of the home department, with the exception of advisor/technical/professional electives;
    • are optional depending on the nature of the degree program and the judgment of the program's faculty;
    • which fulfill General Education requirements shall be listed in the support course category with a reference (as an asterisk) to the GE area.

    Upper Division Unit Requirement

    • BA at least 60 units of the total bachelor's degree units shall be at the 300-400 level. (Title 5, 40500)
    • BS at least 60 units of the total bachelor's degree units shall be at the 300-400 level.

    Source: Academic Senate Resolution AS-388-92/CC (PDF) unless otherwise indicated

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