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General Graduation Requirements

There are eight general requirements which all students must meet in order to earn the bachelor's degree from Cal Poly and participate in commencement.  The more students understand their progress toward meeting these requirements and relate them to the many programs available, the better the chance of creating an exciting educational experience and avoiding errors which may delay graduation.

Students must be formally admitted to the major in which they wish to graduate, and must matriculate, in order to earn a degree.

The specific requirements for each degree program are shown under the academic department offering the major and include a curriculum display with courses listed by Major, Support, General Education, and Electives. Each major has a degree flow chart, which shows the recommended sequence of courses leading to the degree; see the "Degree Flowcharts" link at the top of this page.

Students are responsible for meeting all requirements. Advice is available from faculty advisors, college advising centers, the Office of the Registrar, and students’ online Degree Progress Reports. Students should plan their degree programs carefully and review them frequently with their advisors. Students are strongly encouraged to access their Degree Progress Report after registering each quarter, to verify that courses in which they enrolled are fulfilling requirements as expected. They are also encouraged to address any unanticipated deficiencies in the information shown on their Degree Progress Report, while realizing that recently received substitutions, transfer credit, etc., may not yet be reflected in the Degree Progress Report.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

  1. Minimum Number of Units
    Baccalaureate degree programs ........... Minimum 180 units
    Individual baccalaureate degree programs may require more than 180 units. (Title 5, Sections 40500, 40501, 40505, 40507) A minimum of 60 units overall must be upper division (defined as any course completed by the student at the 300- or 400-level; this could include transfer work completed at the upper-division level at the transfer institution).
    Degree Minimum # of major units at 300-400 level
    Bachelor of Arts (BA)18
    Bachelor of Science (BS)27
    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)27
    Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)41
    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)41
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in: 1) all Higher Education units earned (all college-level work), 2) Cal Poly cumulative units earned, and 3) the major (the courses listed as major courses in the curriculum display). For a definition of GPA and quality points and hours, please refer to the Grading section of this catalog.
  3. U. S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP) Requirement
    Students must complete the USCP requirement. See the separate section on USCP.
  4. General Education (GE) Courses
    Students must complete the GE requirements as indicated in the degree program and shown in the GE section of this catalog. A CSU-mandated minimum of 72 units of GE overall must be completed.
  5. Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
    Students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as described below.
  6. Senior Project
    A senior project is a required for all Cal Poly students as described below.
  7. Academic Residence Requirements
    The minimum requirements for units taken in residence at Cal Poly are:
    • 50 quarter units
    • 36 of the 50 units in residence must be upper division
    • 18 of the 36 upper division units in residence must be in the major
    • 12 units of General Education
    • 30 units in residence of the last 40 units counted toward the degree 

      Extension credit or credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the residence requirements. However, a maximum of 36 quarter units of extension credit may be counted toward the bachelor's degree.
  8. Evaluation for Graduation
    Students should ideally request a graduation evaluation from the Office of the Registrar four quarters prior to their anticipated graduation date. The request serves three functions: it allows students to participate in the corresponding commencement ceremony (see Commencement section below); it alerts Evaluations to review the student's record for degree conferral after the final term of enrollment; and, if submitted four quarters prior, it affords the student an opportunity for a graduation evaluation. This evaluation, which in most cases is completed using the Degree Progress Report, confirms remaining requirements for graduation and is a formal statement on the expected quarter of graduation.  If a student does not receive a graduation evaluation, s/he can use the DPR to track progress-to-degree, in consultation with an advisor.

    Students are encouraged to submit any and all paperwork (substitutions, transcripts for requirements completed elsewhere, etc.) in a timely fashion in order to expedite conferral of degrees.

    If a student breaks enrollment prior to completion of degree requirements, she or he may be required to re-enroll and may be held to catalog requirements in effect at that time.

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Commencement and Final Degree Conferral

 For a student to participate in graduation ceremonies, the student must satisfy at least one of the following:

  • shall have completed all degree requirements and not have participated in a graduation ceremony previously;
  • shall currently be enrolled in classes that would complete all of that student's degree requirements;
  • shall be registered for classes for the following term that would allow the student to complete all of her/his degree requirements.

Commencement ceremonies are coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, in collaboration with the University’s Commencement Committee, and are held twice annually in June and December. The Commencement Office is located in the Student Services Building (124), Room 210. See www.commencement.calpoly.edu.

Students completing all degree requirements in the Winter, Spring or Summer term, who have indicated as such by filing a graduation evaluation request for one of these terms, are automatically eligible to participate in the Spring (June) Commencement. Students completing all degree requirements in the Fall term are eligible for Fall (December) Commencement.

The actual date of graduation is the end of the quarter in which all requirements have been met; this date may differ from the student’s last quarter of enrollment (an example is a student who completes the Graduation Requirement (GWR) after the last term of enrollment).

Graduating students receive one complimentary diploma. Additional diplomas may be ordered through El Corral Bookstore. The diploma is not ordered until all degree requirements have been completed. The diploma is mailed to the student’s mailing address approximately five to six weeks after the degree has been conferred by the Evaluations Unit in the Office of the Registrar. It is the student’s responsibility to update her/his mailing address on her/his my.calpoly.edu portal.

Concentrations and minors are not noted on the diploma; they are, however, noted on the transcript.

Once a degree has been awarded, subsequent revision and alteration of any transcript entry is permitted only for correction of proven error as certified by the appropriate academic dean and the Registrar. No changes are made to the academic record after 60 days following the awarding of the degree.

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Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. Information on currently available ways to meet this graduation requirement may be obtained from the Writing & Rhetoric Center Office, Agriculture Building (10) Room 130 (805-756-2067), or on the Writing & Rhetoric Center webpage, www.writingcenter.calpoly.edu.

The Board of Trustees of the California State University has mandated that all students earning undergraduate or graduate degrees in the CSU must be certified as proficient in writing at the upper-division level.

Students must earn proficiency after reaching 90 units and are strongly encouraged to attempt the GWR before their final quarter of enrollment. Students should review their program requirements to determine which option is appropriate. The GWR, if taken at another CSU campus, may be approved if the student is pursuing a Cal Poly degree.

At Cal Poly, students may meet the Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) through one of the following options:

  1. Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam.
  2. Pass an approved upper-division course with a grade of C or better (C- or below does not qualify) AND receive certification of proficiency in writing based on a 500-word in-class essay. The course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis, but the student must earn a minimum grade of C in order to satisfy the GWR component of the class.

The following courses are approved for GWR credit:

Non-GE writing courses:
Advanced Composition - ESL
Writing: Advanced Composition
Corporate Communication
Technical Editing
Literary Criticism
GE C4 literature courses:
British Literature in the Age of Belief: to 1485
British Literature in the Age of Discovery: 1485-1660
British Literature in the Age of Enlightenment: 1660-1798
British Literature in the Age of Romanticism: 1798-1832
British Literature in the Age of Industrialism: 1832-1914
British Literature in the Age of Modernism: 1914-Present
Introduction to Shakespeare
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1600-1865
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1865-1914
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1914-1956
Multiple Voices of Contemporary American Literature
Women Writers of the Twentieth Century
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature
Gender in Twentieth Century Literature
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Modern Drama
The Bible as Literature and in Literature and the Arts
World Cinema
Film Styles and Genres
Film Directors
Literary Themes
Diversity in Twentieth-Century American Literature
LGBT Literature and Media

 

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Senior Project

Definition: The senior project is a capstone experience required for all Cal Poly students receiving a baccalaureate degree. It integrates theory and application from across the student's undergraduate educational experiences.  The senior project consists of one or more of the following:

  1. a design or construction experience,
  2. an experiment,
  3. a self-guided study or research project,
  4. a presentation,
  5. a report based on internship, co-op, or service learning experience,
  6. a public portfolio display or performance.

Where the senior project does not consist primarily of a written document, departments, may, where they deem appropriate, require some written documentation (length to be determined by the department) to accompany the senior project. The precise nature or form of a senior project is to be determined by the department or program of the student's major. The senior project is normally related to the student's field of study, future employment, and/or scholastic goals, and is carried out under direct faculty supervision.

Expected Outcomes

At the discretion of the major department, students are expected to demonstrate some or all of the following abilities:

  • Reduce a topic to specific points of analysis.
  • Organize the points of analysis into a logical sequence.
  • Apply acquired competencies to the successful completion of a project.
  • Obtain, evaluate, synthesize, and apply project-related information.
  • Develop and follow a project plan.
  • Estimate hours of labor and/or cost of materials necessary to complete a project.
  • Organize, illustrate, and write clear and concise project documentation.
  • Accept supervision when needed.

Requirements

  1. The total number of senior project units must be 1 to 6 quarter units.
  2. Normally 30 hours of student work is required for each unit of credit granted.
  3. Projects requiring an excessive amount of time are discouraged.
  4. The number of students participating in a group senior project should not be so large as to unduly limit individual experience or responsibility and initiative.
  5. The student is responsible for identifying costs and potential funding sources for his or her senior project prior to initiation of the project. Costly projects are discouraged.
  6. It is the student's responsibility to become informed about the university's intellectual properties policy and human subject policy (where applicable).

Library Copy

Senior projects created by Cal Poly students are submitted to Kennedy Library and become part of the library's collection.  For more information and details on the process, please see the Library page on depositing senior projects.

 

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General Education Mission Statement

Strengthening intellectual, creative and professional lives

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.

California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth Requirements

Consistent with CSU Executive Order 1065, Cal Poly's General Education Program has been designed to complement the major program and electives completed by each baccalaureate candidate, to assure that graduates have made noteworthy progress toward being truly educated persons.  These requirements are designed to provide the knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives that will enable CSU students to expand their capacities to take part in a wide range of human interests and activities; to confront personal, cultural, moral, and social problems that are an inevitable part of human life; and to cultivate both the requisite skills and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Faculty are encouraged to assist students in making connections among disciplines to achieve coherence in the undergraduate educational experience

Courses approved for GE Breadth should be responsive to the need for students to have developed knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, technology, lifelong learning and self-development, and physical and emotional health throughout a lifetime.  Each CSU campus is required to define its GE student learning outcomes to fit within the framework of the  four Essential Learning Outcomes drawn from the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) campaign, an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities:

LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes Framework

  1. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
  2. Intellectual and Practical Skills
  3. Personal and Social Responsibility
  4. Integrative Learning

Within the LEAP framework, Cal Poly has expanded its focused learning objectives that students should achieve through the General Education Program:

  1. Aesthetic Appreciation/Creative Thinking
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Integrative Learning
  4. Physical-Psychological Health
  5. Scientific, Mathematical Understanding, Problem Solving
  6. Disciplinary Knowledge
  7. Writing Proficiency
  8. Cultural Diversity/Global Understanding
  9. Oral Communication
  10. Ethical Reasoning

GE Course Substitutions

Students are expected to complete the GE courses published for their degree program. Cal Poly GE courses must be selected from the approved GE list. Substitutions are not permitted except in extraordinary circumstances. Students requesting exceptions must follow petition procedures, outlined on the GE web site. This process may take several weeks.

GE Study Abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to submit a GE Study Abroad petition before going abroad in order to determine which courses will be granted GE credit. For assistance with GE Study Abroad petitions, contact the Cal Poly International Center office.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for GE courses is accepted from California institutions, as approved by the  Chancellor’s office. The GE Area letters and numbers at Cal Poly (e.g., GE A1, D4) may be different at other colleges.  For more information, use the  Need help figuring out assist flyer (PDF) located on the Office of the Registrar’s website.  Some Cal Poly programs specify particular GE courses for Major or Support; these courses must be met with articulated equivalencies. Refer to www.Assist.org for California Community College both CSU GE lists and specific articulation agreements.

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General Education (GE) Requirements

  • All Cal Poly students are required to take 72 quarter units of  General Education.
  • A minimum of 12  units is required in residence.
  • A minimum of 12 units is required at the upper-division level (8 units upper-division for Engineering Programs).
  • Double Counting Lower-Division:  Some majors indicate specific GE courses to fulfill both GE and major & support requirements ( These are listed in the major's curriculum display).  Students should consult their academic advisors during freshman year for clarification.
  • Double Counting Upper-Division:  Courses from a student's Major department may not be used to fulfill upper-division Arts & Humanities (C4) or upper-division Society and the Individual (D5).
  • All GE courses are 4 units unless otherwise indicated.
  • X = non-unit requirement

Abbreviations in Table Below

  • CAED = College of Architecture & Environmental Design (except ARCE majors)
  • CAFES = College of Agriculture, Food, & Environmental Sciences (except BRAE majors)
  • CLA = College of Liberal Arts
  • CSM = College of Science & Mathematics (except LS majors)
  • ENGR = Majors in: College of Engineering (CENG), BioResource Engineering (BRAE) and Architectural Engineering (ARCE)
  • LS = Liberal Studies Majors
  • LAES = Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies Majors
  • OCOB = Orfalea College of Business

GE FOUNDATIONAL LEARNING (Lower-Division Requirements)

Intellectual and Practical Skills, Knowledge of Human Cultures, and Personal and Social Responsibility

Students are encouraged to complete GE Communication (Area A) classes during their freshman year. The three-course Communication sequence provides instruction and practice in the kinds of skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking that students will need in their later courses. Completion of this  sequence is a prerequisite for many other GE classes. Students are also encouraged to complete their lower-division foundational GE classes in Science and Mathematics (Area B), Arts and Humanities (Area C), and Society and the Individual (Area D) by the end of their sophomore year to give them the skills and knowledge to succeed in all their upper-division classes

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
COMMUNICATION (AREA A)
Expository Writing (A1-Writing Intensive)444
Oral Communication (A2)444
Reasoning, Argumentation, Writing (A3-Writing Intensive)444
Communication Unit Sub-total121212

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (AREA B)
Mathematics/Statistics (B1)888
Life Science (B2)444
Physical Science (B3)444
Lab taken with either Life Science or Physical Science (B4)XXX
Science and Mathematics Elective (B1-B5)4
Upper-Division Science and Mathematics (B6)4
Designated Science and Mathematics Courses8
Science and Mathematics Unit Sub-total201628

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
ARTS AND HUMANITIES (AREA C)
Literature (C1-Writing Intensive)444
Philosophy (C2-Writing Intensive)444
Fine and Performing Arts (C3)444
Upper-Division Elective (C4)444
Arts and Humanities Elective (C1-C5)4
Arts and Humanities Unit Sub-total162016

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL (AREA D)
The American Experience (D1-40404)444
Political Economy (D2)444
Comparative Social Institutions (D3)444
Self Development (D4; CSU Area E)444
Society and the Individual Unit Sub-total161616

 

GE INTEGRATED AND APPLIED LEARNING (Upper-Division Requirements)

Synthesis and advanced inquiry across disciplines

Most majors are required to take an one upper-division Arts and Humanities (C4) course, one upper-division Society and the Individual (D5) course and and one upper-division Technology (F) course.  (Note: ENGR follows a slightly different pattern in upper-division.)  These GE courses are integrative in nature and require students to apply knowledge and understanding acquired in lower-division courses.  Courses in these areas achieve depth in an advanced study of a subject to new but related areas of inquiry.

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
UPPER-DIVISION
Arts and Humanities (C4-Writing Intensive)444
Society and the Individual (D5-Writing Intensive)44
Technology (Area F)44
Upper-division courses unit sub-total12124
GE TOTAL72 units72 units72 units

 

General Education Courses

COMMUNICATION (AREA A)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
COMMUNICATION (AREA A)121212
Expository Writing (A1)444


Writing & Rhetoric for English as a Second Language Students
Writing and Rhetoric


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Oral Communication (A2)444


Public Speaking
Principles of Oral Communication
Public Speaking


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing (A3)444


Argument and Advocacy
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
Reasoning, Argumentation and Professional Writing
Technical Writing for Engineers
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
Reasoning, Argumentation and Professional Writing
Technical Writing for Engineers
Logic and Argumentative Writing

 

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (AREA B)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS (AREA B)201628
Mathematics / Statistics (B1)888


Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Nature of Modern Math
Precalculus Algebra II
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus for the Life Sciences I
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management
Calculus for Business and Economics
Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I
Statistical Reasoning
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Statistical Inference for Management I
Statistical Inference for Management II (5)
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Life Science (B2) (B2&4=lab course) 444


Biological Anthropology
Principles of Animal Science
General Biology (B2 & B4)
Plant Diversity and Ecology (B2 & B4)
Biology of Sex
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B4)
Wildlife Conservation Biology
General Botany (B2 & B4)
Microbiology (B2 & B4)
General Microbiology I (B2 & B4) (5)
People, Pests and Plagues (B2 & B4)
For Engineering students only; concurrent enrollment required:
Life Science for Engineers
Bioengineering Fundamentals


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Physical Science (B3) (B3&4=lab course)444


Introduction to the Solar System
Introduction to the Stars and Galaxies
Introduction to the Stars and Galaxies (B3 & B4)
World of Chemistry (B3 & B4)
Survey of Chemistry (B3 & B4)
General Chemistry for the Engineering Disciplines I (B3 & B4)
General Chemistry for the Engineering Disciplines II (B3 & B4)
General Chemistry I (B3 & B4)
Introduction to Geology
Earthquakes
General Physics I (B3 & B4)
General Physics II (B3 & B4)
General Physics IA
Introductory Physics
Introduction to Meteorology
Contemporary Physics for Nonscientists
Physics of Sound and Music
College Physics I
College Physics II (B3 & B4)
General Physics I (B3 & B4)
General Physics II (B3 & B4)
General Physics III (B3 & B4)
General Physics IA
Matter and Energy (B3 & B4)


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
One lab B4 taken with B2 or B3 courses (B4)XXX


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
CLA, LS : LAES students select 1 course from B1-B4 or B5400


Area B5
CLA and LS students: Select one course from B1-B5.
Environmental Biology and Conservation
Human Genetics
Biology of Cancer
Plants, People and Civilization
Nutrition
Fossils and the History of Life
Natural Resource Ecology, Theories and Applications
Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues and Interrelationships
Mathematics and Visual Arts
Natural Resource Ecology, Theories and Applications
Physical Oceanography
Biopsychology
Introductory Soil Science


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Science and Mathematics Upper-Division Elective for ENGR only (B6)004


Numerical Engineering Analysis
Fundamentals of Seismology
Vector Analysis
Linear Analysis II
Complex Analysis I
Solid State Physics
   and Solid State Physics Laboratory
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
Statistical Methods for Engineers
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Probability and Random Processes for Engineers


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Additional Science and Mathematics for ENGR only008

 

ARTS AND HUMANITIES (AREA C)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
ARTS AND HUMANITIES (AREA C)162016
Literature (C1)444


Masterworks of British Literature through the Eighteenth Century
Masterworks of British Literature from the Late 18th Century to the Present
The American Tradition in Literature
Great Books I: Introduction to Classical Literature
Great Books II: Medieval to Enlightenment Literature
Great Books III: Romanticism to Modernism Literature
Critical Reading in French Literature
Critical Reading in German Literature
Masterworks of British Literature from the Late 18th Century to the Present
Great Books I: Introduction to Classical Literature
Introduction to Hispanic Readings


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Philosophy (C2)444


Philosophical Classics: Knowledge and Reality
Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy
Philosophical Classics: Knowledge and Reality
Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Fine and Performing Arts (C3)444


History of Structures
History of World Architecture: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of World Architecture: Middle Ages - 18th Century
History of World Architecture: 18th Century - Present
The Fundamentals of Drawing
Introduction to Art
Survey of Western Art
Basic Digital Photography
Beginning Sculpture
Performance of Literature
Dance Appreciation
History of Landscape Architecture: Ancient Civilizations through Colonial America
History of Modern and Contemporary Landscape Architecture
Introduction to Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Jazz Styles (USCP)
Popular Music of the USA (USCP)
Music of the 60's: War and Peace (USCP)
Introduction to Theatre
Theatre History I
Theatre History II


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Arts and Humanities Upper-Division Elective (C4)444


Courses from student's Major Dept do not receive C4 credit
Topics in Architectural History
Native American Architecture and Place (USCP)
Art History - Nineteenth Century Art
History of Photography
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
Michelangelo
Topics in Renaissance Art
Group Performance of Literature
Dance in American Musical Theatre
Cultural Influence on Dance in America (USCP)
British Literature in the Age of Belief: to 1485
British Literature in the Age of Discovery: 1485-1660
British Literature in the Age of Enlightenment: 1660-1798
British Literature in the Age of Romanticism: 1798-1832
British Literature in the Age of Industrialism: 1832-1914
British Literature in the Age of Modernism: 1914-Present
Introduction to Shakespeare-London Study
Introduction to Shakespeare
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1600-1865
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1865-1914
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1914-1956
Multiple Voices of Contemporary American Literature
Women Writers of the Twentieth Century (USCP)
Ethnic American Literature (USCP)
African American Literature (USCP)
Gender in Twentieth Century Literature (USCP)
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Modern Drama
Drama in London
The Bible as Literature and in Literature and the Arts
World Cinema
Film Styles and Genres
Film Directors
Literary Themes
Diversity in Twentieth-Century American Literature (USCP)
LGBT Literature and Media (USCP)
Creative Nonfiction
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature (USCP)
Native American Architecture and Place (USCP)
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
Ethnicity and the Land (USCP)
Significant Works in French
French Literature in English Translation
Significant Works in German
German Literature in English Translation
Values and Technology
Values, Media, and Culture
British Literature in the Age of Enlightenment: 1660-1798
British Literature in the Age of Romanticism: 1798-1832
The Literary Sources of the American Character: 1914-1956
Multiple Voices of Contemporary American Literature
Literary Themes
Values and Technology
Humanities in World Cultures
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture (USCP)
Values, Media, and Culture
Modernism
Music and Society (USCP)
Women in Music
Ethnicity and the Land (USCP)
Greek Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Rationalism
Early Modern Empiricism
Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
20th Century European Philosophy
History of Analytic Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Technology
Ethics
History of Ethics
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Social Ethics (USCP)
Feminist Ethics, Gender and Society (USCP)
Business Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Professional Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
Aesthetics
Religions of Asia
Monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Judaism
Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
Islam
Religion, Gender, and Society (USCP)
Spiritual Extremism: Asceticism, Mysticism, and Madness
Religion and Violence
Religion and Contemporary Values
Significant Works in Spanish
Spanish and Latin American Film
Chicano/a Authors (USCP)
Hispanic Literature in English Translation
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States (USCP)
Women's Theatre (USCP)
Black Theatre (USCP)
Theatre in the United States
Global Theatre and Performance
Modernism
Religion, Gender, and Society (USCP)

 

CAED, CAFES, CSM and OCOB students:  Select any course from C1 - C5

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Arts and Humanities Elective (C5)040


Area C5 Courses
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese III
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Intermediate French III
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Intermediate German III
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish III

 

SOCIETY & THE INDIVIDUAL (AREA D/E)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL202016
The American Experience (40404) (D1)444


Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (USCP)
United States History to 1865 (USCP)
United States History Since 1865 (USCP)
American Cultures (USCP)
Freedom and Equality in American History (USCP)
Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (USCP)
Freedom and Equality in American History (USCP)
American and California Government
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the United States (USCP)


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Political Economy (D2)444


Survey of Economics
Macroeconomics
Modern Political Economy
Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East
Survey of Economics
Modern Political Economy
International Political Economy


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Comparative Social Institutions (D3)444


Cultural Anthropology
World Prehistory
Global Origins of United States Cultures (USCP)
Survey of Indigenous Studies (USCP)
Survey of Africana Studies (USCP)
Survey of Latino/a Studies (USCP)
Survey of Asian American Studies (USCP)
Introduction to Cultural Geography
World History I
Comparative Social Movements
World History, Beginnings to 1000
World History, 1000 - 1800
Global Origins of United States Cultures (USCP)
World History, 1800 - Present
Comparative Social Movements
World History, 1800 - Present
Religion, Dialogue, and Society
Comparative Societies


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Self Development (D4, CSU Area E) 444


Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture (USCP)
Healthy Living
Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (USCP)
Women's Health Issues (USCP)
General Psychology
General Psychology


  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Society and the Individual Upper-Division Elective (D5)440


Courses from student's major do not receive D5 credit.
Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
Indigenous South Americans
Sex, Death, and Human Nature
Human Behavioral Ecology
Human Cultural Adaptations
Managing Technology in the International Legal Environment
Cities in a Global World
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (USCP)
Comparative Economic Systems
Economic History of the Advanced World
Fire and Society
Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (USCP)
African American Cultural Images (USCP)
Native American Cultural Images (USCP)
Asian American Cultural Images (USCP)
Mexican American Cultural Images (USCP)
The Chinese American Experience (USCP)
The Filipina/o American Experience (USCP)
Global Engineering: Gender, Race, Class, Nation
Critical Race Theory (USCP)
The Social Construction of Whiteness (USCP)
Geography of United States
Geography of Resource Utilization
Global Geography
Geography of Latin America
The Witch-Hunt in Europe, 1400-1800
European Thought 1800-2000
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Cultures of West Africa and the African Diaspora
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Modern East Asia
The Lure of the Sea
The City in the Modern World
Modern South and Southeast Asia
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Civil War America
Modern America
Versions of the Past: Novels, Comics and Movies
The Historical Novel in the United States, 1960s to the Present
Modern Europe, 1789-1914
Modern Europe, 1914-Present
Britain at War: The British, the Americans and the Struggle for Freedom, 1939-1945
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
The Scientific Revolution, c. 1500-1800
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (USCP)
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Modern America
The Historical Novel in the United States, 1960s to the Present
Modern Europe, 1789-1914
Sexuality Studies
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies
London: From Roman Colony to World Capital
Sport and Gender (USCP)
Sports, Media and American Popular Culture (USCP)
Fire and Society
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Global Political Issues
Critical Issues in American Politics
Authoritarian and Democratic Rule
Early American Political Thought
Contemporary American Political Thought
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Nonviolent
Approaches to Religion and Spirituality
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of the Life Cycle
Sociology of Religion
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (USCP)
Women in Global Perspective
Sexuality Studies
Global Engineering: Gender, Race, Class, Nation

 

TECHNOLOGY UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVE (AREA F)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
TECHNOLOGY UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVE (F)440


Air and Space
Organic Agriculture
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
The Global Environment
Holistic Management
Longitude, Navigation, and Timekeeping
World Aquaculture: Applications, Methodologies and Trends
Plants, Food, and Biotechnology
Irrigation Water Management
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Digital Cities
Disaster-Resistant Sustainable Communities
Computers and Society
Computers for Poets
The Global Environment
Transportation and Manufacturing in the Twenty-First Century
The Global Environment
Introduction to Air Pollution
Gender, Race, Science and Technology (USCP)
Food Technology for the Consumer
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Web and Print Publishing
Plants, Food, and Biotechnology
History of Network Technology
Living in a Material World
Air and Space
Computers for Poets
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Human Values in Agriculture
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
The Global Environment
Human Factors and Technology
Packaging Fundamentals
Packaging Polymers and Processing
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Living in a Material World
Consumer Energy Guide
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Water Systems Technology, Issues and Impacts
World Food Systems
Nuclear Weapons in the Post-9/11 World
Energy, Society and the Environment
Technology in London
Genetic Engineering Technology
Ocean Discovery through Technology
Nuclear Science and Society
The Global Environment
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
World Food Systems
The Global Environment
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Gender, Race, Science and Technology (USCP)

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United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) courses must focus on all of the following:

  • One or more diverse groups (defined as specifically inclusive of, but not limited to, an individual's race/ ethnicity, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, disability, and sexual orientation), whose contributions to contemporary American society have been impeded by cultural conflict or restricted opportunities, as stated in the Diversity Learning Objectives
  • Contemporary social issues resulting from cultural conflict or restricted opportunities, including , but not limited to, problems associated with discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, nationality, abilities, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or race
  • Critical thinking skills used by students to approach these contemporary social issues in a sensitive, responsible manner; examine their own attitudes; and consider the diverse perspectives of others
  • The contributions of people from diverse groups to contemporary American society

Students are required to complete one USCP course. This course also fulfills a requirement for Major, Support, General Education, or Free Elective category.

The following courses fulfill the United States Cultural Pluralism requirement. Consult the Schedule of Classes (PASS) or your academic advisor for an up-to-date list.

AGB 401Managing Cultural Diversity in Agricultural Labor Relations4
ANT 415Native American Cultures4
ARCH 326Native American Architecture and Place (C4) 14
COMS 416Intercultural Communication4
CRP 215Planning for and with Multiple Publics4
DANC 321Cultural Influence on Dance in America (C4) 14
ECON 303Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (D5) 14
ENGL 345Women Writers of the Twentieth Century (C4) 14
ENGL 346Ethnic American Literature (C4) 14
ENGL 347African American Literature (C4) 14
ENGL 349Gender in Twentieth Century Literature (C4) 14
ENGL 381Diversity in Twentieth-Century American Literature (C4) 14
ENGL 382LGBT Literature and Media (C4) 14
ES 112Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (D1) 14
ES 114Race in American Culture4
ES 212Global Origins of United States Cultures (D3) 14
ES 215Planning for and with Multiple Publics4
ES 241Survey of Indigenous Studies (D3) 14
ES 242Survey of Africana Studies (D3) 14
ES 243Survey of Latino/a Studies (D3) 14
ES 244Survey of Asian American Studies (D3) 14
ES 300Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature (C4) 14
ES 310Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (D5) 14
ES 320African American Cultural Images (D5) 14
ES 321Native American Cultural Images (D5) 14
ES 322Asian American Cultural Images (D5) 14
ES 323Mexican American Cultural Images (D5) 14
ES 325Sex and Gender in African American Communities4
ES 326Native American Architecture and Place (C4) 14
ES 330The Chinese American Experience (D5) 14
ES 335The Filipina/o American Experience (D5) 14
ES 350Gender, Race, Science and Technology (Area F) 14
ES 360Ethnicity and the Land (C4) 14
ES 380Critical Race Theory (D5)4
ES 381The Social Construction of Whiteness (D5) 14
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture (D4) 14
HIST 201United States History to 1865 (D1) 14
HIST 202United States History Since 1865 (D1) 14
HIST 206American Cultures (D1) 14
HIST 207Freedom and Equality in American History (D1) 14
HIST 208Survey of California History4
HIST 406African-American History from 18654
HIST 435American Women's History from 18704
HNRS 112Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (D1) 14
HNRS 207Freedom and Equality in American History (D1) 14
HNRS 212Global Origins of United States Cultures (D3) 14
HNRS 303Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (D3) 14
HUM 312Humanities in Chicano/a Culture (C4) 14
JOUR 219Multicultural Society and the Mass Media4
KINE 255Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (D4) 14
KINE 260Women's Health Issues (D4) 14
KINE 323Sport and Gender (D5) 14
KINE 324Sports, Media and American Popular Culture (D5) 14
MU 221Jazz Styles (C3) 14
MU 227Popular Music of the USA (C3) 14
MU 229Music of the 60's: War and Peace (C3) 14
MU 325America's Music4
MU 328Women in Music (C4) 14
NR 360Ethnicity and the Land (C4) 14
PHIL 335Social Ethics (C4) 14
PHIL 336Feminist Ethics, Gender and Society (C4) 14
POLS 310Politics of Ethnicity and Gender4
POLS 343Civil Rights in America4
PSY 260African American Psychology4
PSY 372Multicultural Psychology4
PSY 475The Social Psychology of Prejudice4
RELS 370Religion, Gender, and Society (C4) 14
SOC 316American Ethnic Minorities4
SPAN 111Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture4
SPAN 206Spanish for Heritage Speakers4
SPAN 340Chicano/a Authors (C4) 14
SPAN 351Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States (C4) 14
TH 300Topics in Diversity on the American Stage4
TH 310Women's Theatre (C4) 14
TH 320Black Theatre (C4) 14
WGS 201Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the United States (D1) 14
WGS 301Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (D5) 14
WGS 350Gender, Race, Science and Technology (Area F) 14
WGS 370Religion, Gender, and Society (C4) 14
WGS 435American Women's History from 18704
WGS 450Feminist Theory4

1

Course also satisfies GE requirement


Choice of Catalog/Catalog Rights

Cal Poly issues a new catalog every one or two years, and the requirements for degree programs may change from one catalog to the next. Students have the right to choose the catalog they will use, as described in Section 40401 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

An undergraduate student remaining in attendance in regular sessions at any California State University campus, at any California community college, or any combination of California community colleges and campuses of the California State University, may for purposes of meeting graduation requirements, elect to meet the catalog requirements in effect at the campus from which the student will graduate either:

  1. at the time the student began such attendance, or
  2. at the time of entrance to the campus granting the degree, or
  3. at the time of graduation, or
  4. as allowed by campus policy: Cal Poly also allows students to elect the requirements of any catalog in effect during their regular attendance.

Campus authorities may authorize or require substitutions for discontinued courses. A campus may require a student changing his or her major or any minor field of study to complete the major or minor requirements in effect at the time of the change.

For purposes of this section, “attendance” means attendance in at least one semester or two quarters each university year. Absence due to an approved educational leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher learning shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, if the absence does not exceed two years.

Choice of Catalog Older than 10 years for Returning Students

Returning students may request to complete their degrees on a catalog older than 10 years only if all remaining degree requirements at the time they left Cal Poly do not exceed 16 units. The decision to approve or disapprove a student's request is based on: (1) her/his willingness to commit to completing outstanding degree requirements within a specified timeframe, and (2) her/his ability to demonstrate, with written documentation, reasonable currency of knowledge and skills in her/his degree field to the satisfaction of the faculty in the applicable major, as certified by the department chair. Both the college dean and the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs must give approval.

Currency in the degree field may be demonstrated by additional coursework, in addition to the remaining degree requirements on the student's original catalog, and/or by relevant work experience, to be determined by the department chair. Because Cal Poly degrees are always granted for the term in which requirements are completed, additional requirements may vary, depending on the amount of time elapsed and on the major field, in order to reconcile the curriculum of an older catalog with current trends in the academic discipline.

The expiration of a catalog is determined by adding 10 years to the last term in which that catalog was in effect (e.g., the 2011-13 catalog will be “older than 10 years” after Spring Quarter 2023).

Students are not allowed to complete a degree that is no longer offered by the University.

Note: In addition to remaining degree requirements on the student’s catalog, s/he may also be required to complete the GWR. Check with the Evaluations Unit in the Office of the Registrar.