Student typing on laptop at table

What is a competitive major?

Competitive majors have additional admission requirements, such as a higher GPA or additional coursework. If you apply to a competitive major, we’ll review your application for university admission first, then we will assess whether you meet the additional requirements.

First-Year Freshman Students

First-year freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Space in the Biomedical Sciences major is limited, and not all qualified applicants are eligible for direct entry to the major. Applicants may be admitted to their alternate choice major and then reviewed for direct entry to Biomedical Sciences on a space-available basis over the course of the admission cycle.

Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a¬†cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale),
  • grades of B or better in
    • one semester of Biology/Lab (equivalent to LIFE 102, Attributes of Living Systems/Lab) and
    • one semester of Chemistry/Lab (equivalent to CHEM 111/112, General Chemistry 1/Lab).

Second- and Post-Bachelor Students

Second and post-bachelor candidates are not eligible for admission to Biomedical Sciences.

First-Year Freshman Students

First-year freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Transfer and Second Bachelor Students

To be admissible to the College of Business at the point of admission, transfer and second bachelor students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework AND
  • completion of at least 15 graded, college-level academic credits after high school graduation or the equivalent (transfers) or completion of a first undergraduate degree in a major other than Business* (second bachelors)
  • a grade of C- or better in college algebra, college trigonometry/precalculus, or calculus (at least three credits equivalent to CSU’s MATH 117-141 courses) AND
  • a grade of B- or better in one semester of Microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics, or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics).

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

*The College of Business offers only one degree: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with multiple concentration options. Applicants with a first undergraduate degree in Business Administration (any concentration) are not eligible for a second degree in Business Administration, even if the concentration is different. Second bachelor applicants with a first degree in Business should contact the College of Business to discuss their options.

First-Year Freshman Students

First-year freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Transfer Students

Domestic and international transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework AND
  • grades of C or better in
    • one semester of Calculus in Physical Sciences MATH 160* or Computer Science 2: Data Structures CS 165 AND
    • one semester of Computer Science 1: Programming CS 163 or 164*

*Calculus courses not equivalent to Math 160 and programming courses in Java, JavaScript, C, C#, or C++ not equivalent to CS 163 or CS 164 will satisfy the competitive entrance requirements but may not meet graduation requirements within the major.

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Second- and Post-Bachelor Students

Domestic and international students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher (4.0 scale) AND
  • grades of C or better in
    • one semester of Calculus in Physical Sciences MATH 160* or Computer Science 2: Data Structures CS 165 AND
    • one semester of Computer Science 1: Programming CS 163 or 164*

*Calculus courses not equivalent to Math 160 and programming courses in Java, JavaScript, C, C#, or C++ not equivalent to CS 163 or CS 164 will satisfy the competitive entrance requirements but may not meet graduation requirements within the major.

Course requirements can be satisfied with credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

First-Year Freshman Students

First-year freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Transfer Students

External transfers from ABET-EAC accredited engineering programs

Any student enrolled in an ABET-EAC accredited engineering program at another university will be admitted directly into any undergraduate engineering program within the College of Engineering as long as the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

External transfers from non ABET-EAC accredited programs

  1. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from all courses at their most recent college/university.
    AND
  2. Have completed Calculus 1 (MATH 160 or equivalent) or higher and earned a B- or better in their highest level math class taken.
    AND
  3. Have completed one of the following required classes and earned a C or better:
    For Computer Engineering:
    Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Computer Science (CS 163 or 164 or Equivalent)
    For all other College of Engineering majors:
    Physics (PH 141 or Equivalent) or Chemistry (CHEM 111 or Equivalent)

Second- and Post-Bachelor Students

Second-bachelor and post-bachelor candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in their first undergraduate degree and a grade of B- or better in Calculus 1 (equivalent to MATH 160 or higher). Students who earned a first degree in Engineering from an ABET-EAC accredited institution are not required to satisfy the calculus requirement.

First-year/freshman students

First-year/freshman students will be evaluated for their academic preparedness using factors that may include previous academic performance, courses and rigor relevant to the major, activities or experiences relevant to the major, and any other supporting documents submitted as part of the application.

Transfer, second-year and post-bachelor students

Transfer students must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) from all prior university coursework AND
  • at least 12 college-level, academic graded credits

Second Bachelor’s candidates must have:

  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale) in their first degree

All transfer and second bachelor’s applicants:

Completion of one semester of Mass Media (equivalent to JTC100, Media in Society), one semester of Newswriting (equivalent to JTC210, Newswriting), and College Composition (equivalent to CO 150) is encouraged but not required. Students cannot take additional courses in the major until these JTC courses (or equivalents) are complete.

What if you do not meet these requirements?

If you are not admitted into the competitive major of your choice, you will be considered for admission to the alternate major you selected or to an Exploratory Studies program, which means you do not yet have a major. If you are admitted into Exploratory Studies, you will be advised by a staff on our advising team.  Your advisor will:

  • guide you to courses that meet core curriculum requirements;
  • outline the CSU prerequisites you will need to complete after you enroll at CSU in order to earn entrance to the competitive major, and;
  • help you explore your interests and passions to discover other pathways to reach your goals.

Exploratory Studies students are welcome to change their program of study or select a major track. Students can also reapply for admission to a competitive major as a current student at CSU with additional coursework and grades.

What if your academic information changes?

To be reconsidered for your competitive major, submit your updated academic information as soon as possible and let your admissions counselor know.

We’re always here to help

Please contact us with any questions about admission requirements for competitive majors.