Graduation Requirement - Academic
An overall average of "C" (2.0) or better, a "C" average or better earned in all units taken at the university, a "C" average or better in both the major and the minor (if applicable), and a "C" average or better in the twelve units of upper division GE (Areas R, S, V, and Z), are required for graduation with a baccalaureate degree. Candidates for teaching credentials must have a total average of better than "C" (see Approval of Candidacy for Teacher Education).
A minimum of 120 semester units of credit must be earned for graduation with the baccalaureate degree. Up to 140 units for engineering curricula and up to 132 units for all other Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degree programs may be required. Normally, no more than four units of Individual Studies (180) and/or Directed Reading (184) may count for the baccalaureate degree. Exceptions must have approval from the major department.
All requirements listed here may be met either by passing waiver examinations, where available, or by individual course challenge exams, or by course work. Students should note that success in a waiver examination satisfies a requirement but does not yield unit credit. For information about the examinations, see the Testing Office or call 408-924-5980. Courses which satisfy the requirements are listed in the General Education Requirements and Courses section, with the exception of Physical Education activity courses.
Note: Effective Fall 2013, many programs that previously required more than 120 units to graduate will be reduced to 120 units. Please check catalog or Academic Advisor for new requirements.