Academic Checklist

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This is a summary of the SF State graduation requirements and restrictions. Detailed explanations of each requirement are included in this section of the Bulletin. Use this list to check your progress.

Bulletin Year 2016 - 2017

Entry Level Requirements

  • Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
  • English Placement Test (EPT)
  • Composition for Multilingual Students Placement Test (CMSPT)

Unit Requirements

  • Minimum units required to graduate
    B.A. = 120 semester units minimum
    B.S. = 120-132 semester units minimum
  • Residence Requirement: 30 units minimum at SF State, including 24 units upper division, 12 units in major (lower or upper division), and 9 units of upper division General Education coursework.
  • Upper Division Requirement: 40 units minimum, including 24 at SF State, and 9 in General Education.

Maximum Unit Restrictions

  • Maximum Units for Community College Work: 70 units
  • Maximum Units by Examination or Evaluation: 30 units
  • Maximum Units CR/NC: 30% of total units earned at SF State. See major department for further restrictions.
  • Maximum Units in One Semester: 19 units (Written approval must be received to exceed the 19-unit limit).
  • Maximum Units for the course numbered '685' and titled "Projects in Teaching . . ." that may be applied to the baccalaureate degree: 4 units.

Grade Point Average

  • Minimum Grade Point Average: 2.0 in all college work, in SF State work, and in the major.

Major Requirements

Minor (optional except for Journalism majors)/Second Major

General Education Requirements [48 units minimum]

  • Special requirements apply to each Area of the GE Program. Transfer students are subject to different GE requirements than are students admitted to SF State as first-time freshmen. See the GE section of this Bulletin for specific policies and course requirements.

Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking [12 units minimum]

  • A1: Oral Communication - 3 units
  • A2: Written English Communication I - 3 units
  • A3: Critical Thinking - 3 units
  • A4: Written English Communication II - 3 units

Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning [9 units minimum]

  • B1: Physical Science - 3 units
  • B2: Life Science - 3 units
  • B3: Laboratory Science - 0 - 1 units
  • B4: Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units

Area C: Arts and Humanities [9 units minimum]

  • C1: Arts
  • C2: Humanities
  • C3: Humanities: Literature

Area D: Social Sciences [9 units minimum]

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • D2: Social Sciences: US History
  • D3: Social Sciences: US & CA Government

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development [0 - 3 units]

Upper Division General Education [9 units minimum]

  • The upper division general education requirement is satisfied by taking one 3-unit course in each of the three domains of knowledge: Physical/Life Sciences (UD-B), Arts/Humanities (UD-C), and Social Sciences (UD-D). The courses must be taken at SF State during or after the semester in which upper division standing is achieved (60 units). Students must also have earned a C- or better in an Area A4 course prior to beginning an upper division GE course.

SF State Studies Requirements [0 - 12 units]

  • All students must complete at least one course (in general education, a major, a minor, a certificate, complementary studies, or an elective) that is designated in each of four areas. The areas are American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM). Environmental Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP) and Social Justice (SJ). It is expected that most students will not have to take additional courses to meet these requirements, but that they will be met within the courses they take for their degree. Students studying abroad can petition to have the Global Perspectives area of the SF State Studies requirement met with a study aboard course.

Complementary Studies: Bachelor of Arts Degrees [12 units minimum]

  • Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of complementary studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the complementary studies requirement. Students earning Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science degrees do not have to complete the complementary studies requirement. Transfer students who have an earned and verified AA-T or AS-T degree and who are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill Complementary Studies for their major only if these courses are included in the minimum units required for the major. Details about Complementary Studies can be found in the Bulletin description for each B.A. degree. Students should consult with their major advisor.