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The General Education Program (48 units)

As part of our liberal arts Bachelor's degree, SF State requires a sizable portion of your studies to be dedicated to General Education, which is comprised of 48 units minimum. As a Freshmen and Sophomore, you will be working primarily on your GE requirements for the first two years in college. However, depending on your major (especially in the sciences), you may have to begin major intro and prerequisite courses as early as your first semester!


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General Education

GE is divided into three segments:

  1. Segment I (12 units)
  2. Segment II (27 units)
  3. Segment III (9 units)

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Segment I Basic Subjects (12 units)

Segment I represent requirements that explore fundamental skills that will build success in the rest of your college courses which consists of four requirements:

Advisors recommend that students complete as much of their Segment I during their first year in college (using Summer as an option to catch up if necessary!)

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Written Communications (WC)

Every Freshmen will complete something for English in their first year. If you have determined that you were exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) or scored a 147 or higher on the EPT, you qualify to take the following course:

  • ENG 114 First Year Composition (3 units) in either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 (write this on your Class Planner or note sheet).

If you completed the Early Start English course and/or the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) you may be directed to take the following sequence;

  • ENG 104 First Year Composition Stretch I (3 units) for Fall 2013 and;
  • ENG 105 First Year Composition Stretch II (3 units) for Spring 2014

During your second year at SF State, ENG 214 for 3 units will complete this Segment I requirement.

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Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Every Freshmen will complete something for math in their first year. If you have determined that you were exempt from the Entry Level Math test (ELM) or scored a 50 or higher on the ELM, you qualify to choose one the following courses appropriate to your major:

  • DS 110 Mathematical Analysis for Business (3 units) - primarily Business majors
  • ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education (3 units) - all majors that do not require math
  • MATH 110 Business Calculus (3 units) - primarily Business majors
  • MATH 124 Elementary Statistics (3 units) - any major, plus quite a few science and health majors, and Psychology
  • MATH 226 Calculus I (4 units) - most science, Economics majors and all Engineering majors

If you took the ELM and scored 48 or below, then you already have written in either:

  1. MATH 60 Beginning Algebra (3 units) for Fall 2013 then MATH 70 in Spring 2014 or;
  2. MATH 70 Intermediate Algebra (3 units) for Fall 2013 then choose an appropriate math course in Spring 2014.

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You will add ONE of these in Fall:

The other 2 requirements for Segment I, you do not need placement tests in order to add them. We want you to take one of these, either a Public Speaking or Critical Thinking in Fall. We will tell you which one you can register for at Orientation. So put one of each on your schedule for Fall.

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Oral Communication (Public Speaking) Courses:

COMM 150 (3 units)

  • Course Description: Introduction to communication in interpersonal relationships, group interactions, and formal speaking. Skill development in listening, speech preparation, and oral presentation.

You may take this class without a placement test.

Critical Thinking Courses:

PHIL 110 (3 units)

  • Course Description: Skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments--and providing foundation for further work not only in philosophy but in other fields as well.

You may take this class without a placement test.

Make sure to take your basic subjects in your 1st year of college: Written Communication first year composition, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

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