Satisfactory Scholarship: An undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree
is expected to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all work at San
Francisco State University. To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree, a student must
have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) in: (1) all courses taken at San Francisco
State University, (2) all courses taken at the college or university level, and (3) all courses
in their major.
SEMESTER DEAN'S LIST
Each semester the university recognizes undergraduate students who have attained high
scholastic achievement. The following criteria are used:
- The students registered for and completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester units for
the semester. Only those courses where A-F grades were assigned are counted.
- The student attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher for the semester.
- Only resident courses are used in computing the grade point average (see Residence
- Only grades for the semester under consideration are used in computing the grade point
GRADUATION WITH HONORS
Honors are granted with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science,
and Bachelor of Vocational Education. The following conditions must be met by all
students to be considered for honors:
A preliminary honors list is compiled based on all work completed excluding the last
semester. Those meeting honors requirements on this basis are designated on the
commencement program as "candidates for honors." The final honors list is compiled at
the time of final clearance for graduation and is based on all course work completed.
PHI BETA KAPPA
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society in the United States, maintains a chapter at San
Francisco State University. Known as Omicron of California, the chapter grants
membership, by invitation only, to students in their senior year. Requirements for
membership as established by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C. and by
the campus chapter are:
An interested student who meets these minimum qualifications should contact his/her
adviser for possible nomination for membership in the society.
- A student must have completed at least 100 semester units towards graduation.
- At least 45 of those 100 semester units must have been earned at San Francisco State
- A student's grade point average must place him/her among the top students in the
graduating class. For the past several years, most initiates have earned a grade point
average above 3.7. None has been lower than 3.6. Courses taken on a credit/no credit
basis will not be counted, nor will courses with incompletes not yet cleared.
- A student must be majoring in one of the liberal subjects. That means the major normally
would be in some subject taught in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, or the
College of Ethnic Studies, or the College of Humanities, or the College of Science and
- A student must have earned at least 90 semester units of credit in liberal subjects as listed
- Applied, professional, or vocational courses cannot be considered as qualifying for Phi
Beta Kappa membership. Work in such courses as business, and practical experience in
the creative arts, education, engineering, and journalism are normally considered
- The program must include a broad spectrum of studies in the sciences, the humanities,
and the behavioral and social sciences. Evaluators are looking for some indication of
depth as well as breadth and will, consequently, expect to find that a student has taken
some courses beyond a mere introduction to a given subject.
- A student must have completed at least three units of mathematics beyond pre-
calculus. A partial list of mathematics courses includes MATH 110, Mathematics for
Business Analysis; MATH 124, Elementary Statistics; MATH 220, Calculus and Analytic
Geometry I; MATH 223, Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV; BA 110, Mathematical
Analysis for Business; CSC 330, Discrete Mathematical Structures; PHIL 205, Formal Logic I;
PSY 371, Introductory Statistics; ECON 310, Mathematics for Economists; ECON 311,
Statistical Method and Interpretation; or any course for which these are prerequisite.
Remedial courses and mathematics courses for elementary and secondary teachers will
not be counted.
- A student must have studied a foreign language and be able to demonstrate an ability
to read and write in that language. Evaluators will look for evidence that a student has
progressed at least through three semesters of a foreign language or equivalent at the
college level. Some students may have entered San Francisco State University with six
units of Advanced Placement credit in a language and could, therefore, go directly into
a third semester language course. Students who can demonstrate that their native
language was not English may count English competence as fulfilling the foreign
The selection process starts at the beginning of the fall semester of each year. Transcripts
are reviewed and a final vote on all candidates is made by the entire Chapter no later
than spring. Once this vote is taken, it is impossible to elect any more new members until
the following spring. New members who accept the invitation to membership are
initiated at a formal ceremony. Persons graduated at the end of fall semester may be
considered for election during the spring semester immediately following graduation.
Persons graduated earlier than one semester preceding the spring election process will
generally not be considered for membership.
Satisfactory Scholarship: Graduate students are expected to develop their full potential
as scholars and to maintain a grade point average (GPA) and continuity of effort that
indicates high scholastic ability and achievement. All courses completed by a student
after award of the baccalaureate degree count in the overall graduate grade point
average and are used in determining a student's academic standing.
GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT
This award is conferred on a few master's and doctoral students who have a
distinguished record of academic performance and service in the major field on this
campus which sets them apart in some special way from the norm. Selection for the
award is based on the criteria determined by the faculty in the respective graduate
program areas. Scholarship, service to the department, community activities, research,
and publications are examples of student accomplishment which may be taken into
consideration. Criteria utilized vary from discipline to discipline consistent with standards
of excellence. The selection of the awardees for the year is made each Spring.
Recipients are recognized at the Honors Convocation in May and are issued an award
Any questions regarding this award program should be directed to the Graduate Division
Office, ADM 254.