Social Work and Gerontology SF Scholars Roadmap

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Spring Semester
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis (Major Prerequisite, D1) 3
PSY 200 General Psychology (Major Prerequisite, D1) 3
GE Area A 3
GE Area E 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 100 Human Biology (Major Prerequisite, B2) 3
SOC 105 Sociological Perspectives (Major Prerequisite, D1) 3
GE Area C - Take Two 6
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Spring Semester
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
S W 300 U.S. Social Welfare: Past, Present, and Future (Major Core) 3
S W 302 Introduction to Social Service Organizations (Major Core) 3
S W 352 Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare (Major Core) 3
S W 410 Human Development and the Social Services (Major Core) 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Spring Semester
S W 301GW U.S. Social Welfare II: Problems, Policies, and Programs - GWAR (Major Core) 3
S W 400 Social Work Practice I (Major Core) 3
S W 402 Interviewing Skills in Social Work (Major Core) 3
S W 470 Social Differences and Social Work Practice (Major Core) 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
Fall Semester
S W 350 Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families (Major Core) 3
S W 401 Social Work Practice II (Major Core) 3
S W 456 Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action (Major Core) 3
S W 502 Seminar on Internship Experience I (Major Core) 1
S W 503 Field Experience in the Social Services I (Major Core) 2
GRN 710 Aging Processes: Health and Human Services (Master's Core) 3
Spring Semester
S W 450 Introduction to Research in Social Work (Major Core) 3
S W 504 Seminar on Field Experience II (Major Core) 1
S W 505 Field Experience in the Social Services II (Major Core) 2
GRN 725 Aging and Diversity (Master's Core) 3
GRN 735 Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging and Social Services (Master's Core) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
GRN 705 Aging in a Multidimensional Context (Master's Core) 3
GRN 715 Age and Social Policy Analysis (Master's Core) 3
GRN 760 Research Methods in Gerontology (Master's Core) 3
GRN 838 Gerontology Seminar (Master's Core) 3
Spring Semester
GRN 765 Aging and Continuum of Care (Master's Core) 3
GRN 839 Gerontology Internship (Master's Core) 3
GRN 890 Integrative Seminar (Master's Core) 3
Graduate Elective 6 3
 Total Units150-151

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


Complementary Studies
Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) degree must complete 12 units in Complementary Studies in courses bearing a prefix other than Social Work (S W), and not cross-listed with Social Work. The courses required of all students who are admitted to the BASW program will also satisfy the CS requirement: Introductory Sociology (SOC 105 or equivalent); Introductory Psychology (PSY 200 or equivalent); Macroeconomics (ECON 102 or equivalent); and an introductory-level course in Human Biology (BIOL 100 or equivalent, Lab not required).


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Graduate Elective (3 units)

An elective course may be chosen from various graduate programs, including Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics; Counseling; Criminal Justice; Environmental Studies; Health Education; Kinesiology; Nursing; Recreation, Parks, and Tourism; Management; Public Administration; Social Work; and Urban Studies and Planning.


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.