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CSU San Marcos: 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 June, July, August, and December.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:liberal studies, business administration, psychology
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:83%
Student:Faculty ratio:27:1
Total faculty:687 total
Full-time faculty:233 total
Part-time faculty:454 total
Graduation rate:47% 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

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Special programs offered: student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, internships, weekend college, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered: Minors offered in: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Arts and Technology, Border Studies, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminology and Justice Studies, Economics, Electronics, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, Global Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature and Writing studies, Music, Music Technology, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts, Quantitative Biology and Biostatistics, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies.
Preprofessional programs offered: pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications: elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:no
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Army ROTC:offered off-campus San Diego State University
Navy ROTC:offered off-campus San Diego State University
Air Force ROTC:offered off-campus San Diego State University

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration/Accounting
  • Business Administration/Finance
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Business Administration/Management Information Systems
  • Business Administration/Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education/Multiple Subject
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Kinesiological Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Kinesiology/Health Science
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Liberal Studies
  • Liberal Studies/Elementary Education
  • Liberal Studies/Teacher Education
  • Literature/Writing Studies
  • Mass Media
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing/Basic BSN
  • Political Science
  • Political Science/General
  • Psychology
  • RN to BSN
  • Secondary Education/Single Subject
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Special Major
  • Visual/Performing Arts
  • Women's Studies