Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Social Justice Studies. All lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not met before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units): Upper-division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in Social Justice Studies are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: Consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Urban Studies and Planning Major: 43-45 Units

  • Core Courses (23 units)
  • Elective Courses: (20-22 units)

University Electives: 2 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
USP 401GW Seminar in Urban Studies and Planning - GWAR (Major Core) 3
USP/PLSI 492 Research Methods (Major Core) 4
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take One or Two 1 4-6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 2
Second Semester
USP/PLSI 493 Data Analysis (Major Core) 4
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take Two or Three 1 8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
Select One (Major Core): 4
Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis
Land-Use Planning
USP 603
USP 604
Public Service Internships
and Internship Seminar (Major Core)
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
Fourth Semester
Select One (Major Core): 4
Senior Seminar
Senior Thesis
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take Two or Three 1 8
U.S. and California Government 3
or Unviersity Elective if met in transfer
 Total Units60

Electives (20-22 units)
GEOG 435 Geography of Global Transportation (4 units)
USP 400/HIST 489 Dynamics of the American City (3 units) (UD-D, SJ)
USP 402 Introduction to Planning History and Theory (3 units)
USP 432/GEOG 432 Urban Geography (4 units) (ES, GP)
USP 433/GEOG 433 Urban Transportation (4 units)
USP 456/S W 456 Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action (3 units)
USP 470/SOC 480 City in a Global Society (4 units)
USP 480/PLSI 480 Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis (4 units)
USP 485/PLSI 475 San Francisco Political Issues (4 units)
USP 512/PLSI 512 Urban Politics and Community Power (4 units)
USP 513/PLSI 513/GEOG 668 Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment (4 units)
USP 514 Sustainable Development in Cities (4 units) (ES, SJ)
USP 515/GEOG 667 Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (4 units) (ES, GP, SJ)
USP 530 Alternative Urban Futures (3 units)
USP 555/ANTH 555 Urban Anthropology (3 units)
USP 560/PLSI 560 Urban Poverty and Policy (4 units) (UD-D, SJ)
USP 570/LABR 570/PLSI 570 Urban Health Policy (3 units)
USP 580/PLSI 580 Housing Policy and Planning (3 units) (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)
USP 652/GEOG 652 Environmental Impact Analysis (4 units)
USP 658/GEOG 658 Land-Use Planning (4 units)
USP 685 Projects in the Teaching of Urban Studies (1-4 units)
USP 686 Field Work in Urban Studies (1-4 units)
USP 699 Independent Study (1-4 units)