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Degree Evaluation Concepts

  1. Freshmen Competency Requirement:All students are required to demonstrate basic competency in mathematics and written English. Your SAT, ACT, ELM, or EPT scores may have cleared these competencies.
  2. Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR):All students are required to demonstrate basic competency in mathematics and written English. Your SAT, ACT, ELM, or EPT scores may have cleared these competencies.
  3. American Institutions Requirement:All students are required to demonstrate competency in American History, United States Constitution, and California State and Local Government.
  4. Language Requirement:Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts and science, the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Fine Arts, must complete a specific number of units in a language other than English.
  5. Unit Requirement:The minimum number of units required for a bachelorís degree ranges from 120 to 138. The exact number depends on your major.
  6. Residence Requirement:The minimum number of units needed to complete at SDSU to qualify for a bachelorís degree.
  7. SDSU GPA:An average based on all courses attempted at SDSU.
  8. Cumulative GPA:An average based on all courses attempted at SDSU and transferable courses at other universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges.
  9. Major GPA:An average based on all upper division courses attempted in the major department and upper division courses required for the major but taught outside the major department.
  10. Minor GPA:An average based on all units applicable to a minor.
  11. General Education (GE):General Education provides you with multiple sets of skills, perspectives and knowledge. GE will give you a breadth of understanding that will help you make an effective contribution to society. GE consists of 49 units divided into four sections. See the colored pages of your General Catalog.
  12. Impacted Major:Some majors at SDSU have more students wanting to declare that major than can be accommodated. Those majors are designated as impacted majors. Freshmen and transfers admitted to impacted majors are placed in a premajor. See the General Catalog and your major department for impacted major requirements.
  13. Preparation for the Major:Major preparation courses are lower division courses intended to prepare you for the upper division courses required in your major. You will take these courses during the first two years of your studies as you complete your General Education. Some major preparation courses can also count toward GE requirements.
  14. Major:An area of specialized study comprised of upper division courses. Upper division courses in your major department cannot be used towards General Education requirements.

Academic Advising Concepts

  1. Academic Advising Center Advisers:Advisers in the Academic Advising Center are available to help you understand SDSU graduation requirements, including General Education requirements and institutional policies and procedures.
  2. Major Advisers:Advisers are available to help you plan your major courses and provide you with advice about career options and graduate school. A directory of major advisers is available at www.sdsu.edu/majoradvisers.