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CSU Creates Unified General Education Pathway for All Students


New, simplified lower-division GE requirements will take effect in fall 2025.

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The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has approved an amendment to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations that will create a singular general education (GE) pattern for all CSU undergraduates. This change—voted on in March and effective in fall 2025—will create a clear and consistent set of requirements for all future CSU students pursuing a bachelor's degree.

The updated CSU GE aligns with the units and learning areas of the new Cal-GETC (California General Education Transfer Curriculum). Cal-GETC will be the singular GE pattern offered at California Community Colleges (CCC) and becomes the single pattern for transfer to either the CSU or University of California (UC). The change to CSU GE was necessary to ensure that all undergraduate students, regardless of how they enter the CSU, whether as first-time, first-year students or as transfers, have the same lower-division GE requirements. Starting in fall 2025, students who complete the CSU GE or Cal-GETC curriculum will satisfy their lower-division GE requirements at any CSU campus.

“Aligning general education for all students provides an equitable set of degree requirements and will provide a clear roadmap for all undergraduates who pursue a CSU baccalaureate degree," said Nathan Evans, deputy vice chancellor of CSU Academic and Student Affairs. “These changes also meet the objective of California's Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act of 2021 by simplifying what can be often a challenging process for students crafting their degree plan and transferring credit."

Recognizing that more than half of first-time, first-year students arrive to the CSU with college credit through dual enrollment programs at California Community Colleges or through examinations, the Chancellor's Office recommended that the Board of Trustees approve the creation of a unified GE pattern for all CSU students.

The new CSU GE mirrors the five-fewer unit requirements of Cal-GETC but neither CSU GE nor Cal-GETC affects the total 120 units required to earn a CSU bachelor's degree.

The CSU Chancellor's Office will continue to work closely with the 23 universities to ensure implementation of the updates to CSU GE by fall 2025. More than $4 million has been committed to support campus implementation of the policy changes.  

Learn more by visiting the CSU's Unified General Education Pathway website.

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