Major and Minor Requirements
A major is an area of specialized intensive study (as opposed
to General Education - a broad area of study). You cannot graduate
without fulfilling the requirements for a major. Students must
meet the major requirements that are in effect at the time they
declare the major, assuming continuous
enrollment at SDSU.
Based on your specific major and the type of degree you are earning,
there are several specific requirements you must follow. There are
rules about the number of upper division units that must be taken
at SDSU, preparation for the major courses that can be used to satisfy
General Education requirements, courses taken to satisfy major requirements
vs. General Education, SDSU extension courses, and more. You are
encouraged to read the General Catalog thoroughly and meet with your
major adviser to ensure that you are taking the right courses.
Number of upper division units required for your degree type:
Bachelor of Arts: 24
Bachelor of Music: 24
Bachelor of Science: 36
Note: Some majors require that specific academic requirements be
met within seven years of granting an undergraduate degree.
Some students may wish to complete two majors. In such a case,
each major must be declared with the Office of the Registrar, and
all requirements for each major must be fulfilled.
In the case where the same class is required for each major, the requirement for
each major will be fulfilled, but the units can
only be counted once. Therefore, you must substitute another class
for one of your majors, as approved by your major adviser.
Like the major, the minor is a cohesive and integrated pattern
of coursework focused on a single discipline. It most often consists
of 15-24 units, and usually 12 of those units are upper division
units. A minimum of 6 upper division units in the minor must be completed
Please note that some majors require a minor.
- You must have a grade point average of 2.0 in the classes required
for your minor (including transfer classes) in order to be awarded
the minor at graduation.
- Courses in the minor may not be used for the major. However,
courses in the minor can be used to satisfy preparation for the
major and General Education requirements.
- Credit/No Credit classes may not be used for upper division
minor classes unless they are only offered as Credit/No Credit.
- Classes numbered 296, 496, or 596 may not be used for the minor
without permission from the department chair.