Jun 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2024-2025 Cal State East Bay Catalog

Catalog Policies


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, 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 university. 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 university. 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 university or the California State University. The relationship of students to the university 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 Production

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The online University Catalog is produced under the direction of the Associate Dean, Mitch Watnik. Department chairs, administrators, and staff also contributed to this team effort.

Editor and Project Supervisor: Rick Rader, Strategic Curriculum Initiatives Project Coordinator​, Academic Programs and Services

Editor: Julie Mielke, Catalog Process Coordinator and Curriculum Analyst, Academic Programs and Services

Roadmaps Editor: Clarissa Hernandez, Degree Planner Analyst, Academic Programs and Services



Catalog Rights

Title 5 (Section 40401) of the California Code of Regulations reads as follows:

An undergraduate student remaining in attendance in regular sessions at any California State University campus, at any California community college, or any combination of California community colleges and campuses of The California State University may for purposes of meeting graduation requirements elect to meet the requirements in effect at the campus from which the student will graduate either

(1) at the time the student began such attendance or

(2) at the time of entrance to the campus, or

(3) at the time of graduation.

Campus authorities may authorize or require substitutions for discontinued courses. A campus may require a student changing his or her major or any minor field of study to complete the major or minor requirements in effect at the time of the change.

For purposes of this section “attendance” means attendance in at least one semester or two quarters each calendar year. Absence due to an approved educational leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher learning shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, if the absence does not exceed two years.

A campus may prescribe that particular requirements be met within as few as seven years of the date of award of the degree.

Cal State East Bay does require that students use the major or minor Catalog at the time of the change or the major or minor at the time of graduation.  However, a change of major or minor does not change the student’s graduation requirements Catalog.  That is, students may have different catalogs for their major and graduation requirements.  For undergraduates, “graduation requirements” includes general education.  See the Undergrad Baccalaureate & Program Requirements  Chapter for the complete list of requirements for undergraduates.


Curriculum Proposal Process

Image of old typewriter keys.There are different approval processes for different types of curriculum proposals. Please refer to the Curricular Procedures Manual and/or consult with the Rick Rader, Strategic Curriculum Initiatives Project Coordinator, at catalog@csueastbay.edu.

Why can’t courses and programs be modified mid-year?

Student catalog rights are governed by the catalog in effect at the time they declare their undergraduate major/minor or are admitted to a graduate degree program. To avoid confusion, and to honor CSUEB’s agreement with the student, degree requirements and courses cannot be revised mid-year.

Why can’t updates be made to the faculty list in the departmental chapters as changes occur?

All faculty changes (including the appointment of departmental Chairs) need to be verified by the Provost’s Office as effective beginning the fall semester that the catalog is effective. Updating the faculty lists each year requires more time than is currently available for the staff in the Provost’s Office and the staff in the Office of Academic Programs and Services. For an updated and comprehensive list of all university faculty, emeriti faculty, and lecturers with 3-year contracts, visit the Office of Academic Affairs website.

Why don’t all the department’s emeriti faculty appear in the departmental chapter’s faculty list?

Only the names of emeriti faculty who are currently teaching in the department appear in the departmental chapter. All emeriti faculty, however, appear in the comprehensive faculty list maintained by the Office of Academic Affairs (see above), with the exception of those who are deceased.

Regarding additional questions, who should be contacted?

For questions concerning the catalog production process: contact catalog@csueastbay.edu, Office of Academic Programs and Services (4th Floor, Student Services and Administration Building).

For questions concerning the status of a curriculum proposal please check the proposal status in Curriculog or contact catalog@csueastbay.edu.



Beginning Catalog 2015-2016, the e-catalog has been published via Acalog ACMS™ Publisher.  The e-catalog is also now available through most mobile devices. Questions and concerns regarding the content, layout, or our mobile application should be directed to catalog@csueastbay.edu.  The current online University Catalog includes all approved curricular updates effective for Fall - Summer of the current year.  Archived catalogs can be found in the Archived Catalogs  section of this catalog.

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Revisions of General & Curricular Information

Image of an editor's red pen.General Information

General information includes all narrative text in the general information chapters, the program description narratives, and college/department chapters of the catalog. Most general information revisions do not require Curriculog approvals (program admission requirements are the exception).  These revisions will be done through the editing process in Acalog by assigned editors*. All general information is to be reviewed and revised, if needed, every year prior to publication on July 1st.  All faculty lists are revised by the Provosts office.

*Fall Semester: 

The general information, program description narrative, and college/department pages are made available by the Catalog Editor via Acalog for all designated “Editors” of the appropriate administrative & department offices.  Email instructions will be sent to “Editors” that will include specified deadlines for completing any necessary editing.

Curricular Information

Only curricular changes approved via Curriculog’s approval process will appear in Acalog. The Office of Academic Programs and Services will determine deadlines for each academic year’s curricular changes and will contact departments via email, which will include necessary instructions.  Contact the Catalog for more information.  The APS website has additional information that can help with the Curriculog processes.  Beginning fall 2020 curricular revision instuctions will also be available through Blackboard.