The undergraduate experience at SFSU is designed to equip you with the basic competencies necessary to be a fully functional and responsible participant in a rapidly shrinking world. It includes a broad exposure to the arts and sciences, in-depth study in a major field of interest and opportunities for personal growth and professional development.
These are exciting and challenging times in which we live. They offer many opportunities for positive change. You are the citizens of tomorrow. You have the ability to change despair to hope and conflict to cooperation. Your undergraduate experience can provide the foundation upon which together we can build a better tomorrow. Make the most of your time at SFSU. Use it to cherish and develop that most human of all gifts—intellectual curiosity.
Erwin Seibel, Dean
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE: OVERVIEW
After completing the undergraduate requirements described on the following pages, the
student will have earned a baccalaureate degree. SFSU awards four baccalaureate
degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Music
(B.M.), and the Bachelor of Vocational Education (B.V.E.). Requirements for all four
degrees are listed below. Consult your major department for specific degree
The undergraduate experience is divided into the following components which are aimed at educating the whole person—a person who is capable of making a sustained contribution as a participant to the betterment of the community, the state, the nation, and the world.
Choosing a Major/Minor
Completion of an academic major is a graduation requirement. SFSU offers many majors
from which to choose. A major is a focused area of study that requires the student to
take a specific set of courses, including all required prerequisites. At SFSU there are 78
undergraduate majors available to students. Choosing a major involves submitting a
"Change of Major" form to the department office of the intended major or declaring this
choice at the time of admission.
Some majors are identified as impacted, or high demand, majors. Generally, more students than can be accommodated have selected these areas of study as their majors. Most impacted majors include supplemental admission requirements. When declaring a major, be sure to determine whether or not there are special requirements to enter that major. Such majors require that students meet specific prerequisites before gaining admission.
Students may also elect to study a minor. A minor, like a major, is a focused area of study. However, a minor does not require as many units as does a major. There are 85 minors at SFSU. A minor is not required to earn a bachelor's degree.
For students undecided about what major they want to study, they can officially identify themselves as undeclared. Being undeclared provides the student the opportunity to explore a variety of courses in different areas of interest. Typically, students declare their major during their sophomore or junior year after completing most of their lower division General Education requirements.
In addition to the major area of study, the university requires that students fulfill 48-units of
General Education requirements (GE). This is the breadth component of the
baccalaureate degree. It is designed to complement the major area of study and to
introduce the student to the richness and diversity of the arts and sciences. Specifically,
GE involves enhancing knowledge and skills in the following areas: English language and
communications; the physical and biological sciences and mathematics; the behavioral
and social sciences; the humanities and creative arts; and the relationships of
knowledge between and among these broad domains of knowledge. One of the
overarching goals of this study is to integrate, facilitate, and increase students'
awareness, understanding, and interaction with a physical, social, economic, and
political environment that is changing at an ever accelerating rate.
Other Academic Programs
The university offers a variety of curricular options for students. Certificate programs
provide individuals the opportunity to develop specialized skills in areas that may
complement their chosen majors and/or minors. These programs focus on a narrow
spectrum of knowledge or skills and require fewer units than a major. SFSU's Extended
Learning Division also offers a broad array of certificate programs.
Students interested in pursuing a teaching credential after completing the baccalaureate degree may take preparatory course work as an undergraduate student.
Course work is also available to students who are interested in pursuing professional school studies after the baccalaureate degree. For example, preparatory course work can be taken for admission to law school, medical school, and dental school as well as other professional programs. In many cases, special advisers are available to assist students to prepare for professional study.
For information and referral, visit the Advising Center (ADM 212, 338-2101).
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