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Four Steps to Graduation

To assure that your mathematics/quantitative reasoning and writing skills are adequate for success in college and in the career you eventually pursue, the following is required of all undergraduates. If you have questions, please inquire in Academic Advising Programs, SSC 220.

Step 1. Understand your Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Written Communication Placement

Placement in courses that satisfy CSU General Education (GE) Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Written Communication requirements will be based on four categories described below (Coded Memorandum ASA-2017-27). See the Admissions (Undergraduate) for more information on the assessment of academic preparation and placement.

  • Category I: Has fulfilled the GE Written Communication (A2) or Quantitative Reasoning (A4) requirement
    • Student has met the CSU GE Breadth Subarea A2 and/or B4 requirement via Advanced Placement (AP) examination, International Baccalaureate (IB) examination or transferable course
  • Category II: Placement in a GE Written Communication (A2) or Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course
    • Student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards
  • Category III: Recommend placement in a supported GE Written Communication (A2) or Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course
    • Based on multiple measures, student needs additional academic support
    • Participation in the Early Start program is recommended and may be highly advisable for some students, particularly STEM majors
  • Category IV: Require placement in a supported GE Written Communication (A2) or Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course or the first term of an applicable stretch course
    • Based on new multiple measures, student needs additional academic support
    • Participation in the Early Start Program is required.

If you think you are exempt, please check The Guide to Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements, below, or consult Academic Advising Programs.

Early Start Program

Early Start Program participation is required for students needing skills development, as determined by systemwide placement standards. Students needing skills development in both general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be required to enroll in a written communication or mathematics/quantitative reasoning course but not both during the Early Start Program. However you may elect to enroll in both.

You will be notified throughout the process of application, admission, and registration about this requirement. Once you have applied, you can find your most current status via your CSU, Chico Portal.

Visit the Office of Admissions Early Start website for more information about the Early Start Program.

Step 2. Enroll in a GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course

First-time freshman are required to enroll in a General Education Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course within their first academic year. When you pass GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) with a C- or higher, you will have met the requirement for graduation. Check The Guide to Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements, below, for exemptions, or consult Academic Advising Programs.

If you place in category III you will enroll in a designated GE Quantitative reasoning (A4) course paired with a preparatory mathematics course your first term.

If you place in category IV you will enroll in your GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course in your second term. To prepare for that course, in your first term you will enroll in a designated science course (GE B1 or B2) paired with a preparatory mathematics course that will develop your quantitative reasoning skills.

Important Information

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Entry Level Mathematics Placement Category IV.
Foundational level California Common Core State Standards mathematics topics. Satisfactory completions of this course fulfills the prerequisite for enrollment in Math 051. This course is a supplemental requirement for ELM placement category IV students required to enroll in designated general education courses. This course does not count toward the bachelors' degree although the unit may be applied to financial aid minimum requirements. 3 hours laboratory. This course is designated remedial and does not count as credit toward the bachelor's degree, although the units may be applied to financial aid minimum requirements. Credit/no credit grading. (005493)
Prerequisites: Credit in Math 031; or Entry Level Mathematics Placement Category III.
Foundational level California Common Core State Standards mathematics topics in support of general education mathematics. This course is a supplemental requirement for ELM placement category III students required to enroll in designated general education courses. This course does not count toward the bachelor's degree although the unit may be applied to financial aid minimum requirements. 3 hours laboratory. This course is designated remedial and does not count as credit toward the bachelor's degree, although the units may be applied to financial aid minimum requirements. ABC/no credit grading. (005498)

These are non-baccalaureate courses and are therefore not figured into your GPA or units completed. They do, however, count for financial aid credit.

Step 3. Enroll in a GE Written Communication (A2) course

First-time freshman are required to enroll in a GE Written Communication (A2) course within their first academic year. Check The Guide to Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements, below, for exemptions, or consult Academic Advising Programs.

Important Information

Category III and IV students are also required to enroll in ENGL 030: Writing Workshop, a one-unit preparatory course, where you will receive supplemental help with your writing skills. It is graded Credit/No Credit and may be repeated as needed. It is non-baccalaureate and is therefore not figured in your GPA or units completed. It does, however, count for financial aid credit.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: EPT Score: 146 or lower.
Corequisite: ENGL 130.
The Writing Workshop is a series of small-group activities focused on understanding and strengthening writing processes. Workshop topics include literacy practices, writing tools, and portfolio preparation. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units. This course is designated remedial and does not count as credit toward the bachelor's degree, although the units may be applied to financial aid minimum requirements. (003384)

Step 4. Complete four Writing (W) courses

Writing Across the Curriculum (Executive Memorandum 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses listed below.

  1. A GE Written Communication course (see Step 1 above)
  2. A lower- or upper-division Writing (W) course
  3. An upper-division Writing (W) course in or specified by the department of the major
  4. The upper-division Writing (W) course serving as the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) course in your major (see Step 5 below)

Step 5. Take and pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) course in your major

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. Information on currently available ways to meet this graduation requirement may be obtained from Academic Advising Programs.

You are required to take and pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) course in your major with a grade of C- or higher in order to graduate, so it is important to talk with your advisor every semester and plan your schedule carefully.

You will not be allowed to enroll in the GW course in your major until you have met the GE Written Communication (A2) requirement. Faculty teaching GW courses will not allow you to sit in, audit, or enroll later in the semester.

Some departments change their GW course from time to time, and your GW requirement is determined by the semester in which you take the course, not by catalog rights. If you are not sure what the GW course in your major is or when it is offered, see your major advisor immediately.




The Guide to Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements


The Guide to Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements Chart
  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Writing
Requirement GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course with a grade of C- or higher. GE Written Communication (A2) with a grade of C- or higher. Lower- or upper-division Writing (W) course. Major-designated upper-division Writing (W) course. GWAR: GWAR course in the major with a grade of C- or higher.
Who All undergraduates unless exempt (see below). All undergraduates unless exempt (see below). All undergraduates unless exempt (see below). All undergraduates. All upper-division undergraduates (must have completed GE Written Communication (A2) with a grade of C or higher).
What GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course. GE Written Communication (A2) course. Lower- or upper-division Writing (W) course. Major designated upper-division Writing (W) course. Upper-division course: practical applications of writing in major.
When Enroll in a GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course within first academic year. Enroll in a GE Written Communication (A2) course within first academic year. Enroll in a lower- or upper-division Writing (W) course sophomore or junior year. Enroll in the major-designated upper-division Writing (W) course junior or senior year. In most majors, junior or senior year after passing GE Written Communication (A2) with a grade of C- or higher.
Where Any college or university; an equivalent transfer course will meet this requirement. Any college or university; an equivalent transfer course will meet this requirement. CSU, Chico CSU, Chico CSU, Chico
Why Minimum verification of math literacy. Preparation for academic writing. Development of academic writing. Preparation for academic writing in the major. Verification of writing proficiency appropriate for major.
Compliance No graduation without passing grade (C- or higher) in GE Quantitative Reasoning (A4) course. No admittance to upper-division writing requirement (GWAR course) and no graduation if no passing grade (C- or higher) in GE Written Communication (A2). Must pass to certify completion of University Writing Requirement. Must pass to certify completion of University Writing Requirement. Must pass GWAR course in each major with C- or higher to graduate. The satisfactory grade certifies writing proficiency and satisfies the graduation writing assessment requirement (GWAR).
Exemptions -Transfer of college GE math course (C- or higher)
-CLEP Calculus: 50
-CLEP College Algebra: 50
-CLEP College Algebra/Trigonometry: 50
-CLEP Trigonometry: 50
-International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics HL: 4
-AP Math (any exam): 3
-Transfer of college written communication course (C- or higher)
-AP Comp. & Lit. or Lang.: 3 or higher
-Transfer students -None -None

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