UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2020-2021

Policies and Procedures by Category: Undergraduate Policies And Procedures

Academic Internship Policy (Undergraduate)

Internships that allow students to earn academic credit must meet credit-hour and faculty-workload standards—see the Course Classification Guide (.pdf)—related to required hours and additional pedagogical and risk-management standards required by the California State University system and CSUN. Each college is responsible for maintaining data that will assure compliance with current academic standards, risk-management and audit policies. …

Academic Leave (Leave of Absence) for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students in good standing may take a leave of absence. Though no formal approval is required, it is suggested that students seek academic advisement. To encourage continuing students with satisfactory scholastic performance to return to CSUN following an absence, the University will automatically place qualified resident and nonresident students on a leave of absence if they: …

Academic Reinstatement to the University (Undergraduate)

Reinstatement for Undergraduates After a Third Disqualification Five years from the final day of the semester during which the student received a third disqualification, the student may reapply to the University during the appropriate application filing period. The student must provide evidence that demonstrates acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the …

Academic Renewal (Undergraduate)

The Trustees of the California State University system have established a program of Academic Renewal whereby students who are having difficulty meeting graduation requirements due to a GPA deficiency may petition to have up to two semesters or three quarters of previous college work discounted from all considerations associated with meeting requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Academic …

Academic Standing for Undergraduates (Good Standing, Probation and Disqualified Status)

Academic standing is defined by the student’s GPA. The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of grade points earned in courses that assign letter grades by the number of units attempted. Courses in which grades of CR, NC, I and W are assigned are not used in GPA calculation. A student’s academic status takes …

Administrative Action on Prerequisites

Although it is the responsibility of students to drop classes, the University may withdraw students within the first three weeks from a course if they fail to meet the prerequisite(s) or other requirements as indicated in this Catalog. These prerequisites may include: Completion of prior coursework. Passing of qualifying examinations. Class year standing. Admission to …

Administrative Graduation Policy (Undergraduate)

Upon review by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, students who accumulate more than 140 earned units may be graduated administratively if they have completed any major, whether or not they have declared that major. Enrollment beyond the 140 units will be restricted to courses required to graduate in the major for which the student has …

Applying for a Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma

Undergraduate Degree Services assists students who apply for their bachelor’s degree and diploma and verifies that all degree requirements have been met. The student’s Application for a Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma initiates the graduation evaluation process, participation in Commencement and receipt of the diploma. Students may apply for graduation once they have completed 90 units (including work …

Applying for a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Undergraduate Degree Services assists students who apply for their second bachelor’s degree and diploma and verifies that all degree requirements have been met. The Application for Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma initiates the graduation process, participation in Commencement and receipt of the diploma. Follow these steps: Download and complete the Application for Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma …

Attendance (Class Attendance)

Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Students who are absent from the first two meetings of a class that meets more than once a week, or from the first meeting of a class that meets once a week, lose the right to remain on the class roll and must formally withdraw from the class, …

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

To graduate from CSUN, students must complete all of the following requirements: The applicable General Education program, which includes requirements in American History and U.S. State and Local Government. The requirements for a major. Writing Skills Requirements as listed below. Lower Division Requirement The University requires of all students a 3-unit lower division course in composition. …

Basic Skills Policy (Undergraduate)

All four sections of GE Basic Skills coursework must be completed by students within their first 60 units. Students must earn a “C-” or better grade in all four courses in order to satisfy the GE Basic Skills requirement. All first-time freshmen will have mandatory advisement starting with their initial enrollment at the University and …

Categories of Disqualification (Undergraduate)

Disqualification of Undergraduate Students First Disqualification Any student whose cumulative GPA is below a 1.0 will be disqualified immediately without first being placed on probation. In addition, students who were on probation the previous semester are placed in disqualified status if at the end of the next semester either their cumulative total or CSUN GPA falls …

Class Levels (Class Standing)

Undergraduate students are classified according to the number of units completed, calculated as follows: Status Units Completed Freshman 0-29 Sophomore 30-59 Junior 60-89 Senior 90-plus  

Course Numbering System

001-099: Courses that carry no credit toward a degree or credential. Generally remedial or subcollegiate-level in content. 100-199: Lower division, introductory courses that constitute the beginning of college work in a major or in General Education and which require no previous college experience. Open to upper division students. 200-299: Lower division courses of freshman and sophomore level. …

Course Requisites: Definition of Terms

Prerequisite A course/condition* that must be completed/met prior to enrollment in another specified course. Enrollment in prerequisite course/condition* groupings is enforced by SOLAR. An unmet or non-completed prerequisite course/condition* will block a student’s enrollment in a course. Corequisite A course/condition* for which concurrent enrollment in another affiliated course is mandatory. Corequisite courses must always be offered in …

Dean’s List (Undergraduate)

Students who carry a minimum of 12 graded semester units (CR/NC courses do not apply) and who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or better are awarded Dean’s List standing for that semester. Students whose minimum unit load includes courses from The Tseng College may apply for Dean’s List standing if the Extension courses are required …

Enrolling in Courses with Prerequisites

Students must fulfill a course’s prerequisite(s) prior to enrollment in the course. For further information, see Course Requisites in this Catalog, Requirements—Course Requisites or Registration FAQs. Graduate students are not held to prerequisites listed for enrollment in undergraduate-level courses.

Final Examination Policy

In lecture courses, no final examination may be scheduled by an instructor prior to the regularly scheduled time. Any student who finds it impossible to take a final examination on the date scheduled must make arrangements in advance with the instructor either to take the examination at another time prior to the deadline for reporting …

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement/Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. At CSUN, all students who have met the lower division writing requirement, completed 56 units or more, and intend to graduate with a baccalaureate or master’s degree are required to demonstrate their writing proficiency in one of two ways. Students may pass …

Honors at Graduation (Undergraduate)

To receive honors at graduation, a student must: Complete a minimum of 30 units of work in letter-graded courses at CSUN. Earn a GPA of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUN. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above in all units attempted, including transfer units. The following are the categories of honors …

Majors and Minors (Policies)

Maximum Number of Majors and Minors A maximum of up to two majors and up to two minors is permitted, provided all work can be completed within 140 units*. A major and an honors major in the same program are considered to be a single major. Exceptions to the 140-unit completion rule can be made …

Missed Classes While Representing the University in Official Curriculum-Related, University-Approved Activities

When representing the University in official curriculum-related, University-approved activities requires a student to miss classes, faculty are expected to provide, within reason, opportunity to make up any work or exams that are missed. To be eligible for such accommodation, the student is obligated to provide the instructor of the class with written documentation signed by …

Petition/Appeal Process for Honors at Graduation Policy

All petitions for waiver of any of the established requirements for graduation with honors shall be sent to the department of the student’s major for recommendation, and then forwarded to the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies for final approval. No action will be taken by Undergraduate Studies without a positive recommendation from the chair …

Readmission of Previously Disqualified Students (Undergraduate)

Students in disqualified status who are interested in returning to the University for a subsequent semester must reapply to the University. Students in disqualified status seeking readmission must submit: A formal application for readmission through Cal State Apply, following the application instructions and deadlines at Returning to CSUN. Official transcript(s) of course(s) completed at another …

Repeating Courses (Grade Forgiveness) Undergraduate

The University recognizes that undergraduate students may need to repeat one or more courses in order to fulfill degree requirements and/or enhance previously acquired skills. However, students should seek academic advisement before deciding to repeat any course. Students should be aware that other institutions (e.g., medical schools, graduate programs, law schools) might not recognize this repeat …

Schedule Adjustments (Undergraduate)

Students are permitted to change their initial enrollment by following the University’s Schedule Adjustment procedure. Ordinarily, during the first four weeks of the Fall or Spring semester, students may add, drop or change the basis of grading online through myNorthridge Portal using the self-service registration system, or later by filing a Late Change in Academic …

Second Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

A post-baccalaureate student who holds a recognized bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may pursue a program leading to a second bachelor’s degree in approved majors. The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree. All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor’s degree …

Second Bachelor’s Honors at Graduation

To receive Honors at graduation, a second bachelor’s student must: Complete a minimum of 45 units of work in letter-graded courses at CSUN. Earn a GPA of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUN. Earn the following GPA in all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate courses, including transfer work. Honor GPA Summa Cum Laude GPA …

Simultaneous Enrollment in Classes (Time Conflict)

Students may not enroll simultaneously in two or more classes meeting during the same time period. Exceptions to this policy will be permitted only if one of the classes does not meet on a regular basis, such as an independent study or internship that permits independent lab work. Students who meet the acceptable criteria must submit …

Syllabus Policy

To better inform students about the requirements, content, and methodology of the university’s curricula, all faculty teaching classes will distribute a written syllabus to each student in the class and/or post it online no later than the first class meeting. The written syllabus must be readily printable as a single document, and must contain the …

Withdrawals (Undergraduate Policy)

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the Institution Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the university’s official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal university procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as …