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Fresno State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and late January.
Calendar system:semester syste​m (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in June and July.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:liberal studies, business administration, criminology
Majors with the lowest enrollment:ethnic studies, women's studies, Chicano studies
Average freshman GPA​:2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:83%
Student Faculty ratio:22:1
Total faculty:656 men, 651 women, 1,307 total
Full-time faculty:365 men, 292 women, 657 total
Part-time faculty:291 men, 359 women, 650 total
Graduation rate:58% 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

Special programs offered:student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, hono​​rs program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Education certifications are offered:yes
Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Cooperative education programs:agriculture, engineering, health professions, public administration, family/consumer sciences, rehabilitation counseling, political science
Army ROTC:offered on-campus
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:offered on-campus

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • African-American Studies
  • Africana Studies
  • Agricultural Business​
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano Studies
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Family/Consumer Sciences
  • Food/Nutrition Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Individualized Program
  • Industrial Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Health Services
  • Interdisciplinary Science
  • Interior Design
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mass ​Communications/Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
  • Viticulture/Oenology
  • Women's Studies