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                        GE 2020



Cal Poly's General Education (GE) program has been designed to complement major courses and electives completed by each baccalaureate candidate and in compliance with state and CSU requirements.


The General Education program seeks to cultivate graduates who make noteworthy progress toward being well-rounded and informed persons. GE requirements are designed to provide CSU students with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives that will enable them to expand their capacities to take part in a wide range of human interests and activities; confront personal, cultural, moral, and social problems that are an inevitable part of human life; and develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Faculty are encouraged to assist students in making connections among disciplines to achieve coherence in the undergraduate educational experience.


Courses approved for the GE program should be responsive to the need for students to develop knowledge or ability in:

  • civic engagement

  • communication competence

  • environmental systems

  • ethical decision-making

  • global awareness and understanding of human diversity

  • information and technological literacy

  • intellectual inquiry

  • lifelong learning

  • physical and emotional health throughout a lifetime

  • quantitative reasoning

  • self-development

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