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CSU Long Beach: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and late January.
Calendar system​​:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions:Three summer sessions of six weeks each.

Academic Experience

Average freshman GPA:3.3 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for
soph​omore year:
90%
Student Faculty ratio:24:1
Total faculty:1,070 men, 1,079 women, 2,149 total
Full-time faculty:504 men, 437 women, 941 total
Part-time faculty:566 men, 642 women, 1,208 total
Graduation rate:65% 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, honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:Many minors offered.
Preprofessional programs offered:pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry
Education certifications:early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, vo-tech, adult education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Cooperative education programs:art, business, computer science, education, engineering, health professions, humanities, natural science, social/behavioral science, technologies, geography, ethnic studies, area studies
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:y​es
Army ROTC:offered on-campus
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Accountancy
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Audio Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
  • Black Studies
  • Botany
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano/Latino Studies
  • Child Development/Family Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Choral/Vocal Music
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Communication/Interpersonal
  • Communication/Organizational and Public
  • Communication/Rhetorical Studies
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Community Health Education
  • Comparative World Literature
  • Composition
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Corporate Training/Development
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Dietetics/Food Administration
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • English Education
  • English/Creative Writing
  • English/Spanish
  • Environmental Science/Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Exercise Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film/Electronic Arts
  • Film/Electronic Media
  • Film/Video Production
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Food Science
  • French
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Graphic Design​
  • Greek Civilization
  • Health Care Administration
  • History
  • Hospitality/Foodservice/Hotel Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Illustration
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Instrumental Music
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Kinesiotherapy
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematical Economics/Economic Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Music Composition
  • Music History/Literature
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Occupational Studies
  • Operations Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Athletic Training
  • Psychology
  • Recreation
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetorical Studies
  • Roman Civilization
  • School Health Education
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education/Mathematics
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Linguistics/Language Acquisition
  • Spanish Literature/Cultural Studies
  • Spanish Translation
  • Speech Communications
  • Studio Art
  • Technology/Engineering Education
  • Textiles/Clothing
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theme Park Engineering
  • Three-Dimensional Media
  • Transportation Policy/Planning
  • Women's Studies