The description which follows of General Education requirements applies to students entering SFSU as first-time freshmen in Bulletin years 1994-96 as well as to students entering their first term of continuous attendance in the California State University system. Transfer students receive an Advanced Standing Evaluation (ASE) which indicates their Bulletin year and evaluates courses taken elsewhere as they pertain to SFSU General Education requirements.

The 48-unit GE program was implemented in Bulletin year 1981-82, and through the years, the program has evolved. The Bulletin for each academic year describes the requirements in effect for that year. While students have the option of completing the requirements from their Bulletin year, they may also follow the requirements as stated in the current Bulletin. (Refer to the "Bulletin Rights" section of this Bulletin.) This means that as long as requirements have been fulfilled as described in a Bulletin to which the student is entitled (and not a mixed and matched version of instructions from one program and courses from another program), graduation requirements have been completed as designed. Consult an adviser for details.

Before selecting General Education courses, students should complete a copy of the Freshman or Transfer version of the Academic Progress Record (APR). The APR is a worksheet prepared by the undergraduate Advising Center that outlines SFSU graduation requirements and how they differ for students who enter as first-time freshmen (Native Pattern) and as transfer students (Transfer Pattern), and can be found in the Class Schedule.

NOTE: Some courses may not be offered every semester. A description of all courses is included in the "Announcement of Courses" section of this Bulletin. Unless otherwise stated, courses may not be repeated for additional units of credit. See section on "Explanation of Course Notations" in this Bulletin.


ALL STUDENTS must take a minimum of twelve units in Segment I: Basic Subjects. A three-unit semester course or equivalent must be completed in each of the following areas: Written Communications, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning. Students must also complete the GE Library Requirement or an approved equivalent.

Written Communications (3 units)
For test and course prerequisites, refer to the "Written English Requirements" section of this Bulletin. Courses that fulfill the Written Communication requirement are listed below. To see which courses are offered for a particular semester, consult the Class Schedule for that semester under the heading "English Composition Requirement, Second Year" at the end of the listing of English courses.

AIS 214		Second Year Written Composition: American Indian Studies
AAS 214		Second Year Written Composition: Asian American Studies
BL S 214	Second Year Written Composition: Black Studies
BUS 214		Second Year Written Composition: Business
ENG 214		Second Year Written Composition: English
ENG 310		English as a Second Language: Composition 2
HUM 214		Second Year Written Composition: Humanities
LARA 214	Second Year Written Composition: La Raza Studies
MUS 214		Second Year Written Composition: Music
NEXA 214	Second Year Written Composition: NEXA
WCL 214		Second Year Written Composition: World and Comparative Literature
Critical Thinking (3 units)
AIS/AAS/BL S/ETHS/LARA 110 Critical Thinking: The Third World Experience
ENG 200		Writing Logically
PHIL 110	Introduction to Critical Thinking I
PSY 111		The Logic and Psychology of Critical Thinking
SOC 100		Sociological Inquiry: Ideas and Data (6)
		[Fulfills both the Critical Thinking and the Quantitative Reasoning requirements]
SPCH 250	Argumentation and Advocacy (4)
Oral Communications (3 units)
ENG 210		English as a Second Language: Oral Communication
SPCH 150	Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning (3 units)
For test and course prerequisites to this Quantitative Reasoning Requirement, refer to the "Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination" section of this Bulletin.

Effective Fall 1992, all students who register for a General Education quantitative reasoning course at SFSU must (1) have passed the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination with a total score of 550 or above; or (2) have obtained one of the approved ELM exemptions; or (3) after taking the ELM, have passed intermediate algebra (MATH 70) at SFSU or an equivalent course elsewhere with a grade of credit (CR) or C or better may be eligible to enroll in an SFSU quantitative reasoning course. Students who have questions about course exemptions should contact the Testing Center, ADM 152.

BA 110		Mathematical Analysis for Business
GEOG 203	Geographical Measurement
ISED 160	Data Analysis in Education
MATH 110	Mathematics for Business Analysis
MATH/STAT 124	Elementary Statistics
MATH 220	Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
PSY 171		Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology
SOC 100		Sociological Inquiry: Ideas and Data (6)
		[Fulfills both the Critical Thinking and the Quantitative Reasoning requirements]

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