Fall 2014 or Beyond

In order to graduate, undergraduates must complete the following Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements, including the General Education program:

  • Area A-D
    Lower division GE courses that provide a foundation in the basic subjects and a breadth of knowledge in several disciplinary areas.
  • Area E
    Life-long Learning and Self-Development GE courses help students develop a sense of self and how they can become life-long learners.
  • Upper Division GE
    Upper division courses in Areas B-D that build on the foundation laid in the lower division coursework.
  • SF State Studies
    Students take at least one course in each of four areas of importance to the campus. These can be upper or lower, and in GE or the major.
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General Education Pattern for First-time Freshmen

Students must complete a minimum of 48 units of GE with at least one course approved in each area.

English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

  • Oral Communication (A1) - 3 Units
  • Written Communication I (A2) - 3 Units
  • Critical Thinking (A3) - 3 Units
  • Written Communication II (A4) - 3 Units

Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Physical Sciences (B1) - 3 Units
  • Life Sciences (B2) - 3 Units
  • Physical or Life Sciences Lab (B3) - 0-1 Units
  • Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) - 3 Units

Arts and Humanities

Students must complete at least one class each in C1 and C3 and a third course in either C1 or C2.

  • Creative Arts (C1) - 3 Units
  • Humanities (C2) - 3 Units
  • Humanities: Literature (C3) - 3 Units

Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences (D1) - 3 Units
  • US History (D2) - 3 Units
  • US/CA Government (D3) - 3 Units

Upper Division General Education

Prerequisites: upper division standing by the end of the semester the course is taken, and a C- or better in an Area A4 course.

  • Upper division Physical/Life Science (UD-B) - 3 Units
  • Upper division Arts/Humanities (UD-C) - 3 Units
  • Upper division Social Science (UD-D) - 3 Units

Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD/E) (0-3 Units)

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General Education Pattern for Transfer Students

Transfer students may complete the 39 units of lower division General Education requirements (Area A-E)

English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

  • Oral Communication (A1) - 3 Units
  • Written Communication I (A2) - 3 Units
  • Critical Thinking (A3) - 3 Units
  • Written Communication II (A4) - 3 Units

Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

  • Physical Sciences (B1) - 3 Units
  • Life Sciences (B2) - 3 Units
  • Physical or Life Sciences Lab (B3) - 0-3 Units
  • Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) - 3 Units

Arts and Humanities

  • Transfer students must complete 9-units of Area C coursework with at least one class each in C1 and C2.
  • Creative Arts (C1) - 3 Units
  • Humanities (C2) - 3 Units
  • Humanities: Literature (C3) - 3 Units

Social Sciences

Transfer students who have completed Area D without having satisfied the US History and US and CA Government requirements, may choose from the list of approved courses in the Bulletin. Transfer students who did not complete 9 units in Area D must take additional Area D courses, which may also satisfy the U.S. History and Government requirements (Areas D2 and D3).

Upper Division General Education

Prerequisites: upper division standing by the end of the semester the course is taken, and a C- or better in an Area A4 course.

  • Upper division Physical/Life Science (UD-B) - 3 Units
  • Upper division Arts/Humanities (UD-C) - 3 Units
  • Upper division Social Science (UD-D) - 3 Units

Transfer students are encouraged to meet this requirement while completing upper division General Education (UD-B, UD-C, and UD-D).

Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD/E) (0-3 Units)

Resources

 

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