Computer Science

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
  1. Follow prerequisites:
  2. Try to take one course per semester in the core programming sequence: 210->220->340->413 (otherwise course choices can be quite constrained)
  3. Each semester, take a mix of major courses and GEs. Do not finish all GEs first! Major courses take more time/effort.
When should I first meet with my major department?

Transfer students with transfer units not listed on should see the transfer advisor, Dr. Wong (

New students should seek advising on Advising Day; see for schedule.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Advisor assignments are based on (approximate) class level. Freshmen see the freshman advisor, sophomores the sophomore advisor, etc
Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

No, but new students are highly encouraged to see advisors on Advising Day, usually right before the start of the semester.

See for details.

What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Talk to instructors, get their names on the waiting list.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

CSC 340

CSC 412

MATH 324

MATH 325

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

CSC 220

CSC 230

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Not Applicable.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

MATH 226

CSC 210

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Not Applicable.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
AP Computer Science can replace CSC 210

College of Science & Engineering Success Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students with College of Science and Engineering majors and minors

Services offered: academic planning, general education advising, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities, discovering campus resources

Phone: (415) 338-2816
Location: SCI 381