Stanislaus State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in mid-August.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held June, July and January.
Number and length of summer sessions:Three summer sessions, one of four weeks, one of six weeks, and one of ten weeks.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:business administration, psychology, criminal justice
Majors with the lowest enrollment:physical science, geology/earth science, physics
Average freshman GPA:2.9 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:85%
Student:Faculty ratio:22:1
Total faculty:254 men, 267 women, 521 total
Full-time faculty:137 men, 126 women, 263 total
Part-time faculty:117 men, 141 women, 258 total
Graduation rate:54% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:required of some for graduation
Physical education is required:yes
There are religious requirements for graduation:no
Minimum GPA required to graduate:2.0

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, external degree program
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered: Minors in African-American studies, agricultural studies, anthropology, art, art history, Asian-American studies, biological sciences, business administration, chemistry, Chicano studies, cognitive studies, computer science, environmental studies, ethics, ethnic studies, exceptional children/youth, forensic science, French, gender studies, geography, geology, gerontology, history, journalism, kinesiology, Latin American studies, mathematics, microelectronics, music, permaculture, philosophy, physics, Portugese, psychology, sociology, Spanish, speech communication, theater arts, and world history.
Preprofessional programs offered: pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, chiropractic, clinical laboratory science, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications: elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Cooperative education programs: art, business, computer science, education, engineering, health professions, humanities, social/behavioral science
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Army ROTC:not offered
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Studies
  • Art
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Studies
  • Communications Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Major
  • Theatre Arts