Freshmen Orientation Shortcuts & Resources

This page is to help support academic advising at New Student Orientation —  Tools and resources to assist you in planning your first-semester schedule at SF State.

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If you need any assistance with Orientation, Advising or navigating SF State Services before your classes begin, go to our New Student Help Desk

Virtual Workshops

☜ Virtual Academic Advising Workshop -  Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (Time-TBD)
This is the link to the workshop session for the Gator's Path to Success (GPS) presentation. 

☜ Virtual Academic Advising Workshop -  Thursday, June 27th, 2024 (Time-TBD)
This is the link to the workshop session for the Gator's Path to Success (GPS) presentation. 

☜ Virtual Academic Advising Workshop -  Friday, June 28th, 2024 (Time-TBD)
This is the link to the workshop session for the Gator's Path to Success (GPS) presentation. 

☜ Virtual Orientation Workshop Questions...
Please, submit your questions here during the virtual GPS (Academic Advising) presentation—there will be a Q/A break when questions will be addressed (time pending).

  • Your preferred name and SF State ID number are both OPTIONAL, but if your specific questions need a follow-up, it would be best to include that information.

 

☜ Freshman Orientation Advising Module (FOAM)
One of the items on your new-student Orientation Profile tasklist is the Academic Advising module tutorial which is designed to take you through the 5 Steps of Class Planning for your first semester—please complete this module, watch all the videos included, and fill out your Freshmen Class Planner worksheet. (link)

 

☜ Your Orientation Profile Portal
The portal that you used to sign up for orientation also has a new-student tasklist with items that you should complete before the beginning of the semester—some activities are best if done BEFORE your orientation program or workshop. 

 

Gator's Path to Success Presentation Resources

5 Steps of Class Planning at Orientation

Resources for the 5 steps outlined in the Freshmen Orientation Class Planner

Download the Freshmen Orientation Class Planner worksheet—Download and print this worksheet to follow the 5 steps in planning your first semester of classes. 

First-Year Writing Advising

Incoming freshmen will use this process to help determine which English class they should enroll in for their first semester at San Francisco State University. There are two steps you need to do to accomplish this:

  1. Check to see your English Pathway/Category status: 
    How to check your English Pathway/Category
    (Or, refer to your Orientation packet label)
     
  2. Complete the First Year Writing Advising module (~5 minutes)—link is below:

Open Classes for Fall 2024

Refer to the "Open Classes" section at the bottom of this page.

First-Year Math Advising

Incoming freshmen will use this process to help determine which math class they should enroll in for their first semester at San Francisco State University. There are two steps you need to do to accomplish this:

  1. Check to see your Math Pathway/Category status: 
    How to check your Math Pathway/Category
    (Or, refer to your Orientation packet label)
     
  2. Complete the First Year Math Advising module (~5 minutes)—link is below:

Open Classes for Fall 2024

Refer to the "Open Classes" section at the bottom of this page.

Open Classes for Fall 2024

Refer to the "Open Classes" section at the bottom of this page.

Click here to find classes that we recommend for your FIRST semester!

Full list of Degree Programs (A-Z) from the 2024-2025 Bulletin:

  • Academic Programs

  • Only select "Bachelor's Degree" programs
    (Do NOT select "Master's Degrees", Certificates, or Minors)

Open Classes for Fall 2024

Refer to the "Open Classes" section at the bottom of this page.

Met in Major

If you are in any of the following majors, some courses also meet certain General Education requirement areas that are not normally designated as "GE" courses—see the table below:

Met in Major Lower-Division GE Requirements*
 
Major Department GE Requirement Area
Biology B2
Biochemistry B1, B2, B3
Chemistry B1, B3
Dietetics/Nutrition B1, B2, B3
Engineering A3, E
Environmental Studies B1, B2, B3
Kinesiology B2
Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Preparation B4
Music C1

"Interest-in-Nursing" track

B2
  • *This table does NOT include any Upper-division Met in Major requirements
  • For details of which courses meet these GE requirement areas, click the "Met in Major" button below.

When in these majors, make sure to NOT take courses listed on the standard General Education list for a GE Area that will already be covered by your major—this will save you from taking a class that you don't need!

Advanced Placement Test Score Charts (by year taken):

Ask an academic counselor if...

  • you have taken an AP test before Fall 2020
  • have IB or CLEP test scores
  • have any transfer credit from another institution

 

Open Classes for Fall 2024

Refer to the "Open Classes" section at the bottom of this page.

Class Enrollment Tools

Learn how to navigate your Student Center portal and the general process of "how to enroll".

Learn how to find classes using the online Class Schedule search tool:

How To Look Up And Register For Classes Using Gator Scheduler

Other Supporting Offices

Veteran's Office
San Francisco State University is committed to assisting Active Duty, Veterans, and Dependents of the United States Armed Forces attain their educational goals.

  • Meet your Veteran Services Team
  • Go over Federal and State Veteran Benefits
  • Assistance using benefits 
  • Learn about work-study opportunities

 

The Division of International Education office provides advising on F-1 Visa regulations, employment workshops, and new student welcome events to assist degree-seeking F-1 international students in achieving their personal, professional, and academic goals. 

Metro is a campus-wide program that is based out of the College of Ethnic Studies. We offer learning communities ("Academies") in each of the colleges at SF State—Science & Engineering, Liberal & Creative Arts, Health & Social Sciences, Business, Education, and Ethnic Studies.

  • This table is best used in conjunction with the advice from an Academic Counselor during your Orientation session.
  • Click on the "Class" below to see the details for Days/Times of the class from the Class Schedule Search tool.

GE Area 

Class

BUS 1

BUS 2

EDU

ETHS

LCA 1

LCA 2

Health 1

Health 2

Health 3

STEM 1

STEM 2

STEM 3

STEM 4

ALL

A1

COMM 150

[05]

[13]

[33]

[34]

[28]

[24]

[11]

[35]

[36]

[10]

[01]

[29]

[25]

[15]

A2

ENG 104

[03]

[42]

[44]

[14]

[08]

[34]

[16]

[35]

[07]

[09]

[10]

[28]

[04]

-

A2

ENG 114

[36]

[35]

[37]

[32]

[23]

[25]

[53]

[41]

[26]

[39]

[46]

[24]

[50]

-

A2

ENG 201

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

[03]

A3

ETHS/RRS 110

[11]

[12]

[13]

[14]

[18]

[19]

[15]

[16]

[17]

[20]

[20]

[22]

[23]

-

B4

MATH 107

[31]

[32]

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

B4

MATH 110

[31]

[31]

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

B4

MATH 197

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

[31]

[32]

[33]

[34]

-

B4

MATH 199

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

[31] [32]

[31] [32]

[33] [34]

[33] [34]

-

B4

MATH 226

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

[31] [32]

[31] [32]

[33] [34]

[33] [34]

-

B4

ETHS 116

-

-

-

[01]

[03]

[03]

[01]

[02]

[02]

-

-

-

-

-

B4

ETHS 117

-

-

-

[01]

[03]

[03]

[01]

[02]

[02]

-

-

-

-

-

C2

COMM 120

-

-

-

-

[01]

[02]

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

C2

ETHS 120

[01]

[02]

[03]

[04]

-

-

[05]

[06]

[07]

[08]

[09]

[10]

[11]

-

Metro Course:

  • ETHS 120 (3 units) — Section 10 (10699 code to add)

Science/Genentech Courses:

  • CHEM 115 (5 units) — Sections [G1] LEC, [G2] SEM, and [G3] LAB (9854 code to add)
  • MATH 226 (4 units) — Sections [33] LEC, and [34] SEM (6279 code to add)
  • BIOL 881 (1 unit) — Section [01] SEM (1321 code to add - permission by instructor only)
  • ENG 104 (3 units) — Section [63] (10845 code to add) or [64] (10846 code to add)
    or
    ENG 114 (3 units) — (10911 code to add)

Potential Support Courses:

  • Chemistry support: SCI 115 (1 unit) — Section [01] ACT (6527 code to add) or Section [02] (6528 code to add)
  • Calculus Supportt: SCI 226 (1 unit) — Section [02] ACT (6592 code to add)

Total Units:

  • 16 total units without support classes
  • 17-18 with support class(es)

Post-Orientation Resources

☜ Orientation Profile Tasklist

Once your orientation is completed, you can return to the task list on your Orientation Profile page to complete any items that you haven't finished already—You will want to complete these tasks BEFORE the beginning of the semester.

 

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If you need any assistance with Orientation, Advising or navigating SF State Services before your classes begin, go to our New Student Help Desk

Open Classes (Live Update)

English for Native Speakers

The English Composition program track is designed for those whose primary language is English and who are more comfortable reading & writing in English.

ENG 104 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice Stretch I

The first course in a two-semester stretch sequence, recommended for English Pathway/Category 3 & 4 students.
ENG 105 taken in the second semester.

ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice

Single-semester course recommended for English Pathway/Category 2 students. (Pathway/Category 3 or 4 recommended to seek tutoring for this course)

GE Area E Life-Long Learning & Self-Development

English Pathway/Category 1 students are recommended to explore GE Area E options (if not already transferred from another institution.)

English for Non-Native Speakers

The Center for Multilingual Studies (CMS) program track is designed for those whose primary language is NOT English and who are more comfortable reading & writing in language(s) other than English.

ENG 201 Writing the First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers Stretch I

The first course in a two-semester stretch sequence, recommended for English Pathway/Category 3 & 4 CMS students.
ENG 202 taken in the second semester.

ENG 209 Writing the First Year: Global Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers

A single-semester course recommended for Multilingual (English language learner) English Pathway/Category 2 students.
(Not recommended for Pathway/Category 3 or 4 students)

ENG 212 Advanced Grammar for Writing - Multilingual

This course is for CMS students who want more development in English grammar and writing.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Majors

  • Astronomy/Astrophysics

  • Biology (All B.S. Concentrations)*

  • *(optional for B.A. Biology)

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Earth Sciences

  • Economics

  • Engineering (All emphasis)

  • Environmental Science

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Statistics

MATH 197 Prelude to Calculus I

Two-semester stretch course sequence recommended for Math Pathway/Category 3 & 4 students.
MATH 198 taken in the second semester.

MATH 199 Pre-Calculus

Single-semester course recommended for Math Pathway/Category 2 students. (Pathway/Category 3 or 4 recommended to seek tutoring for this course)

MATH 226 Calculus I

Single-semester course recommended for Math Pathway/Category 2 students who have met all prerequisites.

Business Administration (all concentrations)

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

MATH 107 Mathematics for Business Calculus I

Two-semester stretch course sequence recommended for Math Pathway/Category 3 & 4 students.
MATH 108 taken in the second semester.

DS 110 Calculus with Business Applications

Single-semester course recommended for Math Pathway/Category 2 students.

MATH 110 Business Calculus

Single-semester course recommended for Math Pathway/Category 2 students who have met all prerequisites.

Health Majors (Statistics-based)

Health Majors (Statistics based)

  • (Pre)Nursing
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Kinesiology
  • Public Health

MATH 124 Elementary Statistics

Single-semester stretch course sequence recommended for students in majors that require a more "standard" (basic) statistics course (recommended for future transfer and/or graduate school opportunities. Math Pathway/Category 3 & 4 students are recommended to also take the support class, MATH 123, concurrently for support. 

MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Statistics

2-unit support course for MATH 124 Elementary Statistics.

All Other Majors (that do not require a specific math)

If you find that all the math courses in this section are FULL for your first semester, and your intended major does not require a specific math course for GE Area B4, then you can opt to take this in your second semester. Or, if you are up to the challenge and feel you have the math background, you can choose to take math courses from any of the above sections—especially if you are contemplating declaring into a major that DOES require math.

Mathematics Support Courses

Open GE lists (by Area):

 

Do NOT take upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above) as a Freshman!

 

Refer to the online Class Schedule "Advanced Search" function and look for particular GE areas under "Course Attributes"—there are a LOT of open classes still available!

See instructions below...

 

Go to the online Class Schedule page:

SFSU Home > "Quick Links" tab > "Class Schedule" menu option

 

Use the "Advanced Search" option—select the following settings:

  • For "Term", select "Fall 2024"
  • For "Seat Availability" Select "Classes with seats available"
Advanced Search

 

Skip down to "Course Attribute"—you can choose up to TWO attributes for your search criteria:

  • Based on your preferences, you might also want to select "In-Person" classes or one of our online options

 

Course Attribute

 

Choose the GE Area category to find open classes within that requirement area:

Here are the GE areas you will want to search for:

  • Area B - Physical & Life Sciences
  • Area C - Arts & Humanities
  • Area D - Social Sciences
  • Note: US/CA Government will still be listed as "Area D3" even though it was removed from the GE program
  • Area E - Lifelong Learning & Self-Development (only if you have completed Area A2 already)
  • Area F - Ethnic Studies (only choose lower-division courses—Numbered 100-299!)
     
Course Attribute Menu

 

On the Search Results page:

  • Find a course you are interested in
  • Make sure that it fits your current class schedule
  • Note the "Instruction Mode" (In-Person vs. Online)
  • You will need the "Class Number" to add each course into the "Shopping Cart" on your Student Center
     
Class Number to add course to shopping cart

Repeat until you are enrolled into 12-16 units (your choice)!