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Open University

Explore something new – or enhance your career!

The Open University program at CSU Bakersfield allows anyone not admitted to the university to enroll in CSUB courses. Open University students enroll with a number of different goals, including:

  • Satisfying a prerequisite requirement for graduate school
  • Adding a new skill for a job search or career advancement
  • Completing a particular course not offered or full at their home university
  • Prepping for a professional exam, such as the CPA exam
  • Exploring a personal interest
  • Raising GPA to become eligible to re-enroll as a main campus student

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Most Popular Courses

Here is a listing of some of the most popular Open University courses:

  • ACCT 2200 – Introduction to Financial Reporting and Accounting (3)
  • BA 1008 – Perspectives in Business (3)
  • BA 2900 – Introduction to Business Professions (3)
  • BIOL 1009 – Perspectives in Biology (3)
  • COMM 1008 – Strategies of Public Communication (3)
  • CRJU 2210 – Issues, Values and Ethics in Crim Justice (3)
  • ENGL 1208 – Introduction to Literature (3)
  • GEOL 1009 - How the Earth Works (3)
  • HIST 2100 – Introduction to California History (3)
  • MATH 1209 – Statistics in the Modern World (3) 
  • PHIL 1019 – Critical Thinking (3)
  • SOC 1018 – Critical Thinking and Contemporary Social Problems (3)

If these courses won’t help you meet your goals, don’t worry! You can explore all course offerings for Spring 2023 by checking out the CSUB Class Search.

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Courses by Profession

We’ve curated groups of courses that might be of interest to those in various professions, those looking to enter a particular field, or those looking to satisfy prerequisites for a particular graduate program. Please note that these lists aren’t exhaustive and may not meet the requirements of your intended program or professional goals. These lists are meant to serve as a starting point. Please see the CSUB Class Search for all available courses.

Teacher Credential Prerequisites / Professional Development

  • EDTE 3000 – Introduction to Education (3)
  • EDTE 3308 – Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDTE 4100 – Teaching English Language and Special Populations (3)
  • EDTE 4200 – Technology for Educators (3)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Each MBA program has a slightly different set of prerequisites and we highly encourage you to review your MBA program’s requirements prior to enrolling. Typically, the courses below (and possibly more) will be required. 

  • ACCT 2200 – Introduction to Financial Reporting and Accounting (3)
  • BA 3010 – Data Analysis and Decision Making (3)
  • ECON 2018 – Essentials of Microeconomics (3)
  • FIN 3000 – Financial Management (3)
  • MGMT 3000 – Organizational Behavior (3)

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Becoming a CPA in California requires a Bachelor’s degree and 24 semester units of accounting subjects, 24 semester units of business-related subjects, and additional qualifications. We offer a number of accounting and business-related courses that can fulfill the requirements needed to be met prior to becoming a CPA. Each person’s situation is unique, and we highly encourage you to review the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) website for additional details. Then, see the CSUB Class Search to find applicable courses. 

Medical School

In order to be eligible to enter medical school to become a doctor or graduate school to become any number of allied health professionals, you will typically need to complete a number of physical and life science courses, a statistics course, and more. Each medical / graduate school has its own set of required courses and we highly encourage you to review those details and discuss with your program advisor prior to enrolling in any courses at CSUB. Once you know the courses you need, see the CSUB Class Search to find the courses you need.

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At A Glance

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    Cost$360 per credit (Undergraduate Fees)

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    Cost$410 per credit (Graduate Fees)

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    LocationCSUB Online

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    Admission CycleFall, Spring, and Summer

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Take the first step! Complete the form below to receive more information about the Open University program at CSUB.