Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), BA Degree


Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

FCS Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

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

General Information

When should I first meet with my major department?

We encourage first year students to meet with Academic Counselors from the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) in ADM 211, whereas continuing students students should meet with advisors at the CHSS Student Resource Center (SRC) during sophomore years.  Transfer students should meet with the department as soon as possible, preferably at the beginning of the semester.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

Meeting with a major advisor is typically mandatory for all students. Declared Family & Consumer Science (FCS) majors are assigned alphabetically to an advisor in their area. The best method of contact is to email to request an appointment or physically sign up for an appointment outside of the faculty office.

Where can I find information about major advising?

On our department website, under the "Advising" link on the Student Resources tab.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me to use as a guide?  Yes, our department has an internal major planning sheet.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

Before registering for classes, students should consult with an advisor, the SRC program handout, and/or roadmap, and follow the recommended course sequences.  First year students we ask to meet with Academic Counselors at the UAC in ADM 211 as they are knowledgeable regarding program prerequisties/requirements.

What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

If a course is full, the student should attend the first several days of the class as drops and adds will occur.

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?


Transfer Student Info

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

(1) FCS 312GW, and/or 

(2) FCS 321, and/or 

(3) FCS 325, and/or 

(4) an upper division general education (GE) course (UDB, UDC, or UDD with SF State Studies).

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

FCS 312GW Prerequisites:  Must be upper-division Family and Consumer Sciences majors; GE Area A2.

FCS 321 Prerequisite: Must be to upper-division.

FCS 325 Prerequisite: Must be to upper-division.

Upper division GE courses (UDB, UDC, UDD) Prerequisites: 60 units completed and successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 or consent of the instructor.

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?

Yes, prerequisites are enforced in the enrollment system. If prerequisites were taken at a school not listed on, students should meet with major advisor to determine course equivalency.

If prerequisite is indeed fulfilled, but a student is still having enrollment challenges, the student should contact the Professor and request an add code.  

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (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?

Lower division FCS majors are recommended to enroll into lower division GE classes, Areas A-D since the major requires upper division standing (60+ units) in order to take FCS major courses. 

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?




College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center

Services provided for: Undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740