Jun 01, 2023  
2016-2018 Catalog 
2016-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Cal State San Marcos is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is the official accrediting body for institutions of higher learning in the West. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges may be reached at:

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100,
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797
E-mail: wascsr@wascsenior.org
Web site: www.wscuc.org

Changes in Rules and Policies

Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this catalog, students and others who use this catalog should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of statutes enacted by the Legislature or rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, by the Chancellor or designee of the California State University, or by the President or designee of the campus. It is not possible in a publication of this size to include all of the rules, policies, and other information that pertain to students, the institution, and the California State University. More current or complete information may be obtained from the appropriate department, school, or administrative office.

Nothing in this catalog shall be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgment or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the Chancellor of the California State University, or the President of the campus. The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies that apply to students. This catalog does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and the campus or the California State University. The relationship of students to the campus and the California State University is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the Chancellor, the Presidents and their duly authorized designees.

Catalog in Alternate Format

This catalog can be made available in alternate format upon request. Please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services for further information at (760) 750-4905 or TDD (760) 750-4909.


This catalog is prepared by the Office of Academic Programs.

Catalog and Curriculum Coordinator:
Lourdes Shahamiri

Catalog and Curriculum Coordinator Assistant:
Gayle Feallock

Catalog Updates

Because this catalog was published in the Spring of 2016, students are encouraged to consult with advisors and to visit the Cal State San Marcos web site www.csusm.edu for the most current information.

The Catalog Addenda will include: updated information about new and modified curricula, regulations, policies, procedures, dates, fees, and deadlines.

Catalog rights for 2016-2018 refer to the curricula, policies, and procedures as updated in the Catalog Addenda.

Campus Image and Student/Visitor Awareness Notice

Students attending California State University San Marcos may be filmed, videotaped, or photographed by university employees or contract service personnel. The resulting images may be used in printed or electronic form in publications or promotional materials produced for the campus or for the California State University system. Students grant permission for use of their image for noncommercial purposes by California State University San Marcos and the California State University system.