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CSU Bakersfield: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in early September, early January, late March, and early June.
Calendar system:quarter system (four terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in September.
Number and length of summer sessions:Two summer sessions of four weeks each.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:business administration, liberal studies, psychology
Majors with the lowest enrollment:physics, theatre arts, religious studies
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:77%
Student Faculty Ratio:28:1
Total faculty:223 men, 250 women, 473 total
Full-time faculty:140 men, 132 women, 272 total
Part-time faculty:83 men, 118 women, 201 total
Graduation rate:41% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, external degree program

Education certifications:early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural

Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Army ROTC:not offered
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Associate's Degrees:
  • Biology
Associate's Degrees Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Geology
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education/Kinesiology
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts