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2020/2021 University Catalog 
2020/2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The California State University

Welcome to the California State University (CSU) - the nation’s largest comprehensive university with 23 unique campuses serving approximately 482,000 students and employing more than 53,000 faculty and staff.

Each year, the university awards more than 127,000 degrees. CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality, and healthcare. Learn more at https://www.calstate.edu.

A Tradition of Excellence For More than Six Decades

Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible, and high-quality education to 3.8 million graduates throughout California. While each campus is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and campus culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All campuses are fully accredited, provide a high-quality broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in campus life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning. Through leading-edge programs, superior teaching and extensive workforce training opportunities, CSU students graduate with the critical thinking skills, industry knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for employment and career advancement.


  • Today, one of every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
  • One of every 10 employees in California is a CSU alumnus.
  • The CSU awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
  • The CSU awards 41% of California’s nursing degrees.
  • The CSU is the leading provider of teacher preparation programs in the state.
  • In 2018-19, the CSU awarded nearly 20,000 business degrees and more than 6,700 engineering degrees.
  • The CSU offers more than 140 fully online and 120 hybrid degree programs and concentrations.
  • The CSU offers over 4,750 online courses per term, providing more educational options to students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
  • The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU.
  • Over a recent four year period, the CSU has issued nearly 50,000 professional development certificates in education, health services, business and technology, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, international trade, and many other industries.
  • CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Service Learning make available more than 3,100 service learning courses.
  • More than 67,000 students participate in service-learning, contributing more than 1.1 million hours of service each year.
  • For every $1 that the state invests in the CSU, the university generates $5.43 for California’s economy.


The CSU is governed by the Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives. The CSU chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the board. The campus presidents serve as the campus-level chief executive officers. The trustees, chancellor, and presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The presidents, in consultation with the CSU Academic Senate and other campus stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions.

CSU Historical Milestones

The individual California State Colleges were established as a system with a Board of Trustees and a chancellor in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. In 1972, the system was designated as the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982, the system became the California State University. Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest-California State University Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

In 1963, the CSU Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university-wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association- which was later renamed the California State Student Association, was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.

Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the university has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success - from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

To improve degree completion and accommodate students working full- or part-time, the educational paradigm was expanded to give students the ability to complete upper-division and graduate requirements through part-time, late afternoon and evening study. The university also expanded its programs to include a variety of teaching and school service credential programs, specially designed for working professionals.

In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the CSU, in concert with the California Community Colleges (CCC), launched the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), which guarantees CCC transfer students with an ADT admission to the CSU with junior status. ADT has since proven to be the most effective path to a CSU for transfer students.

Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CourseMatch, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSU campuses, expanding enrollment opportunities and providing more educational opportunities for students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.

The CSU marked a significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.

The CSU strives to continually develop innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. In 2016, the university launched Graduation Initiative 2025, a bold plan to support students, increase the number of California’s graduates earning high-quality degrees and eliminate achievement and equity gaps for all students. Through this initiative, the CSU is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their lives, families and communities.

By providing an accessible, hands-on education that prepares graduates for career success, the CSU has created a network of alumni that is so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. As of 2019-20, more than 3.8 million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.

Average Support Cost Per Full-time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2019-20 budget amounts were $3,982,552,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $39.3 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,499,138,000 from gross tuition revenue and $656,748,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $7,138,439,000. The 2019-20 resident FTES target is 374,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,026 for a total of 398,157 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a fulltime student’s academic load).

The 2019-20 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $16,922 and when including all three sources as indicated below is $18,571, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average net tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,926.

The average CSU 2019-20 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,337 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,595 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.

2019-2020 Amount Average cost per FTES Percentage
State Appropriation (GF)1 $3,982,552,000 $10,645 57.3%
Gross Tuition Revenue2 $2,499,138,000 $6,277 33.8%
Other Fees Revenue 2 $656,748,000 $1,649 8.9%
Total Support Cost $7,138,439,000 $18,571 100%

1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2019-20; GF is divisible by resident students only (374,131 FTES).

2Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2019-20 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (398,157 FTES).

Trustees of The California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
   Governor of California

The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
   Lieutenant Governor of California

The Honorable Anthony Rendon
   Speaker of the Assembly

The Honorable Tony Thurmond
   State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Timothy P. White
   Chancellor of The California State University

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom

Mr. Adam Day

Ms. Lillian Kimbell
    Vice Chair

Mr. Andrew Jones

Mr. Steve Relyea

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.

Larry L. Adamson (2020) Maryana Khames (2021)
Silas Abrego (2021) Lillian Kimbell (2024)
Jane W. Carney (2022) Jeffrey Krinsk (2027)
Adam Day (2023) John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
Rebecca D. Eisen (2020) Hugo N. Morales (2020)
Douglas Faigin (2025) Romey Sabalius (2019)
Debra S. Farar (2022) Lateefah Simon (2019)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2018) Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Wendy Fong (2024) Peter J. Taylor (2021)
Juan Garcia (2020)  
Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:

c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
Telephone: 562-951-4000

Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor
Mr. Steve Relyea Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Loren J. Blanchard Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Andrew Jones Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel
Mr. Garrett P. Ashley Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Ms. Evelyn Nazario Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Larry Mandel Vice Chancellor and Chief University Auditor


The California State University Campuses

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
661-654-2782 • http://www.csub.edu

California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Erika D. Beck, President
805-437-8400 • http://www.csuci.edu

California State University, Chico
400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929
Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
530-898‑4636 • http://www.csuchico.edu

California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
310-243‑3696 • http://www.csudh.edu

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
510-885-3000 • http://www.csueastbay.edu

California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President
559-278‑4240 • http://www.csufresno.edu

California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Mr. Framroze Virjee, President
657-278‑2011 • http://www.fullerton.edu

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
707-826‑3011 • http://www.humboldt.edu

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
562-985-4111 • http://www.csulb.edu

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. William A. Covino, President
323-343-3000 • http://www.calstatela.edu

California State University, Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
707-654-1000 • http://www.csum.edu

California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, President
831-582-3000 • http://www.csumb.edu

California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President
818-677-1200 • http://www.csun.edu

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
909-869-7659 • http://www.cpp.edu

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
916-278-6011 • http://www.csus.edu

California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
909-537-5000 • http://www.csusb.edu

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
619-594-5200 • http://www.sdsu.edu

SDSU Imperial Valley
720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231
760-768-5500 • http://www.ivcampus.sdsu.edu

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
415-338-1111 • http://www.sfsu.edu

San José State University
One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President
408-924-1000 • http://www.sjsu.edu

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
805-756-1111 • http://www.calpoly.edu

California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
760-750‑4000 • http://www.csusm.edu

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, President
707-664-2880 • http://www.sonoma.edu

California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Ellen N. Junn, President
209-667-3122 • http://www.csustan.edu