Frequently Asked Questions for General Education

  1. Where can students go to keep track of their progress in General Education courses?
  2. What are the 1999-2000 to present General Education requirements?
  3. How can students determine which G.E. pattern to use?
  4. What stipulations accompany the 1999-2000 to present General Education pattern?
  5. Do students need to earn a "C" or better in all of their G.E. courses in order to receive credit?
  6. Can students take INTEGRATION and MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL courses that are from the major department?
  7. Can students use their G.E. courses to fulfill minor and second major requirements?
  8. Are there any majors who have different G.E. requirements?
  9. What does it mean for a transfer student to be "G.E. Certified"?
  10. Can students take any course required for G.E. as credit/non-credit grading?
  11. How many science labs are required to complete the G.E. pattern?
  12. Can students substitute non-general education classes for G.E. requirements?
  13. Can students use courses taken at another college to satisfy G.E. requirements?
  14. Do students have to complete all lower division G.E. courses before taking upper division G.E. courses?
  15. Do students need a physical activity (i.e., KAC.) course in order to complete their G.E.?
  16. Do students need to complete a foreign language course in order to complete their G.E.?

Where can students go to keep track of their progress in General Education courses?
The Office of Advising Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 224, 278-1787, can assist students with understanding their Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) Report for General Education and graduation requirements.  Note: Students who major in Engineering or Liberal Studies follow modified General Education patterns and should go to their respective majors for advising.

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What are the 1999-2000 to present General Education requirements?
Students are required to take 51 units of General Education courses: 

FOUNDATION (12 units)
BREADTH (27 units)
INTEGRATION (9 upper division units)
MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL (3 upper division units)

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How can students determine which G.E. pattern to use?
A student's catalog year will determine which G.E. pattern to use.  If students are confused about their catalog rights and feel they may be eligible to petition to use an older G.E. pattern, refer them to the Office of Advising Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 224, to meet with an academic counselor.

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What stipulations accompany the 1999-2000 to present General Education pattern?
Because the goal of General Education is to provide a solid foundation with a broad scope and the goal of the major is to provide depth in a specific discipline or program, the following stipulations apply: 

  • The FOUNDATION courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • A maximum of two General Education courses from one department or program may be applied to satisfy BREADTH, INTEGRATION, and MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL requirements.
  • A department or program may prohibit any General Education course from simultaneously satisfying its own departmental or programmatic requirements.
  • INTEGRATION and MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL courses used to satisfy this requirement must be taken outside the department of the student's major.

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Do students need to earn a "C" or better in all of their G.E. courses in order to receive credit?
No, in the 1999-present G.E. pattern students are only required to earn a "C" or better in the FOUNDATION courses:

  • Area A1-Oral Communication
  • Area A2-Written Communication (English 1)
  • Area A3-Critical Thinking
  • Area B4-Quantitative Reasoning

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Can students take INTEGRATION and ULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL courses that are from the major department?
No.  INTEGRATION and MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL courses used to satisfy this requirement must be taken outside the department of the student's major.

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Can students use their G.E. courses to fulfill minor and second major requirements?
Yes, courses fulfilling requirements for a minor and secondary major can usually be double counted toward General Education. Refer to the description of the specific minor or secondary major for exceptions.

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Are there any majors who have different G.E. requirements?
Yes. Liberal Studies Blended Program and Engineering programs follow modified G.E. patterns.  Refer students to those departments if they are interested in those majors.

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What does it mean for a transfer student to be "G.E. Certified"?
A G.E. Certification is a written notification from a California Community College that a student has completed all or a portion of the CSU lower division G.E.  A student whose G.E. pattern has been fully certified from a community college will not be required to complete any additional lower division G.E. courses at Fresno State.

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Can students take any course required for G.E. as credit/non-credit grading?
Yes, students can take any G.E. course "CR/NC" grading as long as the student does not need a letter grade in the course to satisfy major or other degree requirements. Keep in mind that students are allowed a maximum of 6 units of "CR/NC" grading per semester and a maximum of 24 semester units for "CR/NC" grading at California State University, Fresno.

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How many science labs are required to complete the G.E. pattern?
At least one science course (B1 or B2) with a lab is required to complete the G.E. pattern. However, all B1 and B2 courses taken at Fresno State must have labs with them in order to receive G.E. credit. No exceptions.

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Can students substitute non-general education classes for G.E. requirements?
Non-general education courses offered at California State University, Fresno cannot be substituted for general education courses.

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Can students use courses taken at another college to satisfy G.E. requirements?
The Evaluations Office interprets what courses taken from other institutions will satisfy General Education requirements and it will be recorded in the student's advising report. If students receive their evaluation and believe that a particular course should count for G.E. requirements, they can file a petition with an academic counselor in the Office of Advising Services, Joyal Administration Building, Room 224

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Do students have to complete all lower division G.E. courses before taking upper division G.E. courses?
Upper division G.E. courses must be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of college coursework are completed.

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Do students need a physical activity (i.e., KAC.) course in order to complete their G.E.?
No.  It is not mandatory for students to complete a physical activity (i.e., KAC) course in order to complete G.E.

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Do students need to complete a foreign language course in order to complete their G.E.?
It is not mandatory for students to take a foreign language in order to complete their G.E. pattern.  Under the 1999-present G.E. pattern, students are required to take a C2 Humanities course, an area in which many foreign languages are offered.  There are some majors, such as English, that require students to complete a foreign language requirement.

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