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Basic Skills & Placement

College-level skills in written communication (composition), mathematics (quantitative reasoning), oral communication, and critical thinking are basic to success at the university.

To determine the appropriate first-year General Education Composition and Mathematics courses, all new students should consider their appropriate category (determined by admission, using multiple measures including high school English and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses completed and grades earned; high school grade point averages (GPA); grades in collegiate courses; ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject test scores; Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores; or Smarter Balanced Assessment/Early Assessment Program (EAP) scores, recommendations from advisors and the English Department’s Directed Self-Placement (DSP) assessment for written communication and informed self-placement (ISP) for quantitative reasoning to determent the appropriate course sequence or pathway.

Basic Skills: Mathematics and English Requirements

To determine the appropriate first-year General Education Written Composition and Mathematics courses, all new students should consider their appropriate category (determined by admission, using multiple measures including high school English and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses completed and grades earned; high school grade point averages (GPA); grades in collegiate courses; ACT, SAT and/or SAT subject test scores; Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores; or Smarter Balanced Assessment/Early Assessment Program (EAP) scores, recommendations from advisors and the English Department’s Directed Self-Placement (DSP) assessment for written communication and informed self-placement (ISP) for quantitative reasoning to determent the appropriate course sequence or pathway.

Students should complete the first-year composition and mathematics courses during the first year of enrollment unless granted an exception. The academic year begins July 1 and ends June 30. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the ending of matriculation at CSUSB. Contact the office of Advising and Academic Services for special circumstances at (909) 537-5034 or (909) 537-5035.

Basic Skills: Mathematics Requirements

For quantitative reasoning/mathematics course(s), after consultation with an advisor may enroll in a General Education mathematics course (MATH 110, MATH 115, MATH 120, MATH 165, MATH 192, or MATH 211) or the appropriate stretch course option (MATH 111A - MATH 111B; MATH 112A - MATH 112B – MATH 112C; MATH 116A – MATH 116B; or MATH 117A – MATH 117B – MATH 117C). 

For placement in MATH 120, 192, and 211, an additional evaluation is required.  Students must remain enrolled in in their chosen option until their General Education requirement has been completed (MATH 110, MATH 111B, MATH 112C, MATH 115, MATH 116B, MATH 117C, MATH 120, MATH 165, MATH 192, or MATH 211.
 

Basic Skills: English Requirements

Students are also required to complete the English department’s Directed Self-Placement (DSP) self-assessment in order to select the appropriate English composition course. Students may choose to enroll in any of the four first-year composition options (ENG 107 or the appropriate stretch course option (ENG 105A - ENG 106A; ENG 105B - ENG 106B or ENG 102A - 103A - 104A; ENG 102B - 103B - 104B).

Students must remain enrolled in their chosen option until their General Education requirement has been completed (ENG 107, 106, or 104).