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Multiple Measures for Placement in GE B4 (Math-STEM)

All first-time freshmen are required to complete 39 lower division and 9 upper division semester units (or quarter unit equivalent) of General Education (GE) coursework to complete a bachelor’s degree. GE Area B4 (math/quantitative reasoning) is one of the GE requirements students take in their first year of college. The diagram below displays the criteria used to place students in their first year GE math/quantitative reasoning course.

Please Note:

  • The California State University no longer uses ACT or SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses.
  • If accepted to a CSU campus, ACT or SAT test scores can be used as one of the measures to place students in the appropriate mathematics course.  
  • For more information on admission criteria, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions​​ pages. ​


Multiple Measures

*Assessment Tests
IB, and CLEP)

High school grades
and coursework

GE Math/QR: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math-Intensive Majors

*CSU campuses will use high school and college coursework to evaluate a student's placement in GE math/QR courses when assessment test scores are not available.


Explore the four criteria's the CSU utilizes to place students in their first-year GE math course.

Links to: Multiple Measures for English • Multiple Measures for Math Non-STEM • Multiple Measures for Math STEM