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General Education

Mission Statement

The General Education Program is one of the primary sites for realizing Cal Poly's vision of a comprehensive polytechnic education. The program promotes an understanding and appreciation of the foundational disciplines that ground all intellectual inquiry. It enriches the specialized knowledge acquired in a major program with an understanding of its scientific, humanistic, artistic, and technological contexts. The program imparts knowledge and transferable skills, fosters critical thinking and ethical decision making, supports integrative learning, and prepares students for civic engagement and leadership.

Minimum General Education Requirements

Students must complete:

  • a minimum of 72 units as indicated by distribution areas for their specific major degree programs;
  • GE residency units (at least 12 units or three courses); and
  • GE upper division units (at least 12 units or three courses).

General Education Administrative Structure

Cal Poly’s general education program is the curricular responsibility of the Academic Senate General Education Governance Board (GEGB) as outlined in Academic Senate Resolution AS 713-10 (PDF) and amended in AS 740-12 (PDF).  GEGB should function like a department with a deep sense of interest and responsibility for overseeing and implementing the GE program. Administrative day to day responsibilities for the program including acting on petitions regarding GE requirements and managing articulation and transfer issues are handled by the Academic Programs office.  For more information about the GE Program, refer to the GE web site.



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Office Contact

Academic Programs and Planning 
1 Grand Avenue
Kennedy Library
  (Bldg. 35), Suite 319  
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 

Main Number 
(805) 756-2246

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