May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

The California State University

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The California State University

The California State University (CSU) is the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year public university. With 23 unique universities and seven off-campus centers, the CSU serves more than 450,000 students and employs more than 63,000 faculty and staff.

Each year, the university awards nearly 127,000 degrees, changing the trajectory of students’ lives by opening doors to opportunities for upward mobility. Nearly one-third of CSU students are the first in their families to attend college and more than half of CSU students are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

For one of the most affordable tuitions in the country, students learn from world-class faculty, gain valuable hands-on experiences and receive strong career advising, empowering them to become leaders in the changing workforce.

CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and health care. To learn more, visit the California State University website.

A Tradition of Excellence for More than Six Decades

Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible and high-quality education to millions of Californians. While each university is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All CSUs are fully accredited, provide a high-quality, broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in university life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning.


  • Today, one in every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
  • 1 in every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
  • The CSU’s network of more than 4 million alumni is larger than the population of 23 U.S. states.
  • The CSU awards nearly half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
  • The CSU awards more than one-quarter of California’s baccalaureate nursing degrees.
  • Between 2017 and 2022, the CSU prepared more of California’s teachers than any other state institution.
  • About 4% percent of the nation’s teachers graduate from the CSU.
  • In 2022-23, CSU students earned nearly 20,000 undergraduate business degrees and more than 7,300 engineering degrees.
  • The CSU offers more than 4,000 degree programs that align with the state’s workforce demands.
  • The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other universities in the CSU system.
  • Through CSU community engagement centers, 33,765 students participated in service-learning, contributing more than 656,000 hours of service in 2022-23.


The CSU is governed by the Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives. The CSU chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the board. The presidents serve as the university-level chief executive officers. The trustees, chancellor and presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The presidents, in consultation with the CSU Academic Senate and other university 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 (CSU). Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 member universities, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized university.

The oldest university - 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. And in 2022, the CSU in Humboldt became California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, joining San Luis Obispo and Pomona as the state’s third public polytechnic university.

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 (CSSA), was founded to represent each university 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.

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. The ADT has since proven to be one of the most effective paths to a CSU for community college transfer students. In 2023, the CSU launched the Transfer Success Pathway program to guarantee future CSU admission to high school graduates who are entering a California community college and who commit to transferring within three years.

Always adapting to changes in technology to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CSU Fully Online, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSUs, 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 professional doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). 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 2015, the CSU system 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 so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. More than 4 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
The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California
The Honorable Robert Rivas
Speaker of the Assembly
The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Mildred García
Chancellor of The California State University

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Wenda Fong
Jack B. Clarke Jr.
Vice Chair
Andrew Jones
Steve Relyea

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.

Larry L. Adamson (2026) Diana Aguilar-Cruz (2024)
Diego Arambula (2028) Raji Brar (2029)
Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027) Douglas Faigin (2025)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2026) Wenda Fong (2024)
Mark Ghilarducci (2031) Leslie Gilbert-Lurie (2030)
Lillian Kimbell (2024) Julia I. Lopez (2028)
Jonathan Molino Mancio (2025) John “Jack” McGrory (2031)
Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025) Yammilette Rodriguez (2029)
Lateefah Simon (2027) Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Jose Antonio Vargas (2030) Darlene Yee-Melichar (2025)

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

Office of the Chancellor

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

Dr. Mildred García Chancellor
Mr. Steve Relyea Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Andrew Jones

Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Ms. Leora D. Freedman Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Vlad Marinescu Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer
Mr. Greg Saks Vice Chancellor, External Relations and Communications
Dr. Nathan Evans Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Dilcie Perez Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officer
Ms. Danielle Garcia Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Executive Office
Ms. Michelle Kiss Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Board of Trustees
Ms. Jessica Darin Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Executive Initiatives

CSU Campuses

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Dr. Vernon B. Harper, Jr., Interim President
(661) 654-2782
CSU Bakersfield Website

California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard Yao, President
(805) 437-8400
CSU Channel Islands Website

California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929
Dr. Stephen Perez, President
(530) 898-4636
Chico State Website

California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
(310) 243-3696
CSU Dominguez Hills Website

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, President
(510) 885-3000
Cal State East Bay Website

California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. Saúl Jiménmez-Sandoval, President
(559) 278-4240
CSU Fresno State Website

California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Mr. Framroze Virjee, President
(657) 278-2011
Cal State Fullerton Website

California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
One Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
(707) 826-3011
Humboldt State Website

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
(562) 985-4111
Cal State Long Beach Website

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President
(323) 343-3000
Cal State LA Website

California Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
(707) 654-1000
Cal Maritime Website

California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Dr. Vanya Quiñones, President
(831) 582-3000
CSU Monterey Bay Website

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Erika D. Beck, President
(818) 677-1200
CSUN Website

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
(909) 869-7659
Cal Poly Pomona Website

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Like Wood, President
(916) 278-6011
Sacramento State Website

California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
(909) 537-5000
Cal State San Bernardino Website

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
(619) 594-5000
San Diego State Website

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
(415) 338-1111
San Francisco State Website

San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson President
(408) 924-1000
San José State Website

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
(805) 756-1111
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Website

California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
(760) 750-4000
CSU San Marcos Website

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Dr. Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, Interim President
(707) 664-2880
Sonoma State Website

California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Susan E. Borrego, Interim President
(209) 667-3122
Stanislaus State Website




Map of All CSU Campuses

A map of all CSU campuses is available online.

The California State University International Programs

Developing inter-cultural 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 in all programs and a semester option in some countries and programs.

More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option. Also, through the CSU IP exchange partnerships, more than 5,000 international students have come to study at the CSU.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their home university 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 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
  Western Sydney University
Canada Concordia University
Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
China Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark Danish Institute for Study Abroad (This exchange is currently inactive.)
France Aix-Marseille Université
  CY Cergy Paris Université
  École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS)
  ESSCA, Aix-en-Provence Campus (effective Spring 2024)
  Institut Catholique de Paris
  Institut Polytechniques des Sciences Avancées (IPSA)
  Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris (ISEP)
  Science Politiques Saint-Germain-En-Laye
  Sorbonne Université
  Université d’Evry Val-d’Essonne (UEVE)
  Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ)
  Université Paris Cité
  Université Gustave Eiffel
  Université Panthéon-Assas
  Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
  Université Paris Nanterre
  Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne (UPEC)
  Université Paris-Saclay
  Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (formerly Paris 3)
  Université Sorbonne Paris Nord
Germany Hochschule Biberach
  Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart
  Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft Rottenburg
  Hochschule Furtwangen
  Hochschule Konstanz
  Hochschule Mannheim
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
  Hochschule Reutlingen
  Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
  Hochschule Ulm
  Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
  Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
  Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
  Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
  Universität Freiburg
  Universität Heidelberg
  Universität Hohenheim
  Universität Konstanz
  Universität Mannheim
  Universität Stuttgart
  Universität Tübingen
  Universität Ulm
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
  Korea University
Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  Universidad de Granada
Sweden Uppsala University
Taiwan National Taiwan University
United Kingdom University of Bradford
  University of Bristol
  University of Hull
  Kingston University
  Swansea University
  University of Birmingham

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 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 the International Programs Website.