Dec 05, 2021  
2020/2021 University Catalog 
    
2020/2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Advising



Importance of Academic Advising

Completing the requirements for your degree in a timely manner requires planning. Academic advisers can help you develop your academic plan. Don’t wait until you have a problem to see an adviser. Let the adviser help you prevent any problems. The sooner you make the decision about what your major will be, the better you can plan your academic program. There are many program choices available at SDSU. An adviser can assist you with this decision process. Choosing the major that is right for you and compatible with your life goals will enhance your academic success. Requirements, policies, and procedures may change from year to year. Advisers can clarify which changes may affect you and which will not.

Advising Services

  • Understand advising tools and graduation requirements
  • Develop an academic plan
  • Evaluate transfer credit
  • Choose or change a major
  • Clear mathematics and writing requirements
  • Remove probationary status to avoid disqualification
  • File for graduation
  • Prepare to enter a professional school (medical, dental, legal, etc.)
  • Plan your next semester’s schedule

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

The MAPs website located at http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Students may also access their Personal MAP at http://www.sdsu.edu/portal. The Major Academic Plans (MAPs) created for each major are not meant to encompass every major-specific requirement or a required sequencing of courses. Refer to this catalog for a complete description of requirements, including: course prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, unit limitations, and General Education approved courses and distribution requirements.

The MAPs will help you identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement. They will also suggest sequencing to ensure you complete prerequisites prior to taking the higher-level course.

Questions about graduation requirements and General Education should be directed to the Academic Advising Center at 619-594-6668. The Academic Advising Center is located in Student Services West, Room 1551 (north of Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union) and online at http://www.sdsu.edu/advising.

Student Responsibilities Regarding Advising

General Catalog. Know your catalog year (or years) for your General Education requirements and for your major requirements and be sure to access the online SDSU General Catalog. Provided you maintain your enrollment at SDSU, this catalog or these catalogs establish the requirements you must complete for graduation. Details regarding catalog rights are listed under Graduation Requirements.

Use your degree evaluation. Your online degree evaluation, available at http://www.sdsu.edu/portal, is a personalized document that provides a status report on your progress toward completing your graduation requirements. The degree evaluation outlines how your courses fulfill your General Education, major preparation, major, and other graduation requirements and shows which classes you can select to fulfill these requirements. Once you reach 90 units and apply for graduation, you will be sent an official graduation evaluation describing your remaining degree requirements. You can review your unofficial degree evaluation in the WebPortal to ensure that you are on track to graduate within your desired time frame. Don’t risk a delay in graduation due to a missing graduation requirement.

See your adviser regularly. Don’t wait until you encounter a problem before seeing an adviser. Check your degree progress regularly.

Keep an advising file. Keep a personal copy of transcripts (official or unofficial) from each college or university you have attended in a file and bring it to your advising session. SDSU does not release copies of other schools’ records. Evaluations, test scores, and other important academic information should also be kept in your personal advising file.

Plan your advising sessions during non-peak times. Advisers and advising centers are busiest during registration periods and the first weeks of classes. Avoid these busy advising times with a little planning. Faculty advisers (major advisers) are not always available during the summer months or between semesters.

File for graduation. Graduation is not automatic; you must apply to graduate during the stated graduation application periods. Filing early will assure a final graduation evaluation before your last semester of enrollment. It is recommended you file for graduation once you have passed 90 units. Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/applytograduate.

Seeing an Adviser

There are many types of advisers at SDSU. For general undergraduate advising regarding graduation requirements, General Education, competency requirements, probation and disqualification, and major selection, go to the Academic Advising Center, Student Services West, Room 1551, 619-594-6668.

Major/faculty advisers for each major are available to help you plan your upper division course schedule, and provide you with advice about career options and graduate school. For advising in your undergraduate or graduate major, contact the adviser or advising center assigned to your major and class level. A more detailed listing follows. A directory of SDSU academic advisers is available at http://www.sdsu.edu/majoradvisers.

Students in the Educational Opportunity Program needing advising should go to the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs/Ethnic Affairs, Student Services East, Room 2109, 619-594-6298.

For general requirements for master’s or doctoral degrees (except for the major), contact the Division of Graduate Affairs, Student Services East, Room 1410, 619-594-5213.

For teaching credential advising, contact the College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA-259). Teachers holding preliminary California credentials issued on the basis of programs completed at other universities or in other states, may secure program advising from the Office of Student Services, Education and Business Administration, Room 259, 619-594-6320.

For specialized advising such as preprofessional advising (premedical, prelaw, etc.), contact the adviser assigned to your preprofessional area. A detailed listing follows and can also be found at http://www.sdsu.edu/preprof.

New Student Orientation is conducted by the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, 619-594-1509, for new students (freshmen and transfers) and provides important pre-registration advising. Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/orientation.

Advising Centers

Academic Advising Center

Student Services West, Room 1551, 619-594-6668, FAX 619-594-4902, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Academic Advising Center works with the university community to encourage and promote student learning in a welcoming and supportive environment. We clarify university policies, procedures, and requirements to ensure student retention and timely graduation. The center staff facilitates academic responsibility and competence by educating students to use resources effectively.

Advisers in the Academic Advising Center are available to help you understand SDSU graduation requirements, including General Education requirements and institutional policies and procedures. If you are undecided about a major, an adviser can help you develop an educational plan consistent with your life goals and objectives. Advisers can also connect you with important campus resources and services.

  • Graduation Requirements
  • General Education
  • Undeclared Students
  • University Academic Policies and Regulations
  • Unofficial Evaluations
  • Probation/Disqualification Advising

Educational Opportunity/Ethnic Affairs
Student Services East, Room 2109, 619-594-6298
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Preprofessional Advising

It is recommended that students contact their preprofessional adviser in their first semester at SDSU. Advisement for students planning to attend professional schools is available for the following programs:

Predental  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Prelaw*  
  Adams Humanities, Room 4142 619-594-5050
Premedical  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Preoccupational Therapy  
  Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Room 331 619-594-5161
Preoptometry  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Prepharmacy  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Prephysical Therapy  
  Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Room 359 619-594-5161
Prephysician Assistant  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Prepodiatric Medicine  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
Presocial Work  
  Hepner Hall, Room 109 619-594-0780
Preveterinary Medicine  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030

* Advisers in prelaw are not available during the summer months.

College of Arts and Letters

Assistant Dean  
  Arts and Letters, Room 202 619-594-6270
Africana Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 373 619-594-6531
American Indian Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 331 619-594-6991
Anthropology  
  Arts and Letters, Room 448 619-594-5527
Arabic  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Asia Pacific Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 473 619-594-0931
Chicana and Chicano Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 348 619-594-6452
Chinese  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Classics and Humanities  
  Arts and Letters, Room 662 619-594-5186
Comparative International Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 536 619-594-1654
Economics  
  Nasatir Hall, Room 329 619-594-1675
English and Comparative Literature  
  Arts and Letters, Room 226 619-594-5307
Filipino  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
European Studies (Minor)  
  Storm Hall, Room 224A 619-594-5111
French and Italian (Minor)  
  Storm Hall, Room 224A 619-594-5111
Geography  
  Storm Hall, Room 314 619-594-5437
German  
  Storm Hall, Room 224A 619-594-5111
Hebrew  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
History  
  Arts and Letters, Room 588 619-594-5262
International Business  
  Arts and Letters, Room 208 619-594-4505
International Security and Conflict Resolution  
  Storm Hall, Room 223B 619-594-3768
Japanese  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Jewish Studies (Minor)  
  Arts and Letters, Room 662A 619-594-5338
Korean  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Latin American Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 377 619-594-1103
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 317 619-594-6924
Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Persian  
  Storm Hall West, Room 214 619-594-5268
Philosophy  
  Arts and Letters, Room 446 619-594-5263
Political Science  
  Nasatir Hall, Room 126 619-594-6244
Religious Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 662 619-594-5185
Rhetoric and Writing Studies  
  Storm Hall West, Room 141 619-594-6515
Russian and Central European Studies  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 304 619-594-5111
Social Science  
  Nasatir Hall, Room 126 619-594-6244
Sociology  
  Nasatir Hall, Room 224 619-594-4826
Spanish and Portuguese  
  Arts and Letters, Room 134 619-594-6588
Sustainability  
  Arts and Letters, Room 417 619-594-0978
Urban Studies  
  Storm Hall, Room 314 619-594-5437
Women’s Studies  
  Arts and Letters, Room 346 619-594-6524

Fowler College of Business

Assistant Dean  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 448 619-594-5828
Fowler Center for Student Success  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 448 619-594-5828
Undergraduate: https://business.sdsu.edu/undergrad
  Accountancy
  Finance
  Financial Services
  General Business
  Information Systems
  International Business (See College of Arts and Letters)
  Management
  Marketing
  Real Estate
Graduate Business Advising Office  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 448 619-594-8073
Graduate website: https://business.sdsu.edu/grad/office
  MBA (various specializations)
  MS in Accountancy
  MS in Business Administration (various concentrations)
  MS in Information Systems
  MBA/MA in Latin American Studies
  MBA/Juris Doctorate

College of Education

(Degrees, Credentials, and Certificate Programs)

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 346L 619-594-1426
Office for Student Success  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 259 619-594-6320
Administrative, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 246 619-594-6115
Certificate Programs
  Cognitive Disabilities
  Community College Teaching
  Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
  Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  Rehabilitation Administration
  Rehabilitation Counseling
  Rehabilitation Technology
  Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning
  Supported Employment and Transition Specialist
*Child and Family Development  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 259F (Undergraduate) 619-594-7035
  Education and Business Administration, Room 403 (Graduate) 619-594-5380
Certificate Program  
  Early Childhood - Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH)  
Counseling and School Psychology  
  North Education, Room 187 619-594-6109
Service Credentials  
Pupil Personnel Services  
  School Counseling  
  School Psychology  
Dual Language and English Learner Education  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 248 619-594-5155
  *Bilingual Multiple and Single Subject credentials  
  Bilingual (Spanish) Special Education  
Educational Leadership  
  North Education, Room 166 619-594-4063
     Administrative Services Credential  
*Liberal Studies  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 255 619-594-6131
Master’s Programs  
  See individual department listings  
Doctoral Programs  
  See individual department listings  
Nursing (Health Services - School Nurse)  
  Adams Humanities, Room 3133 619-594-5117
Social Work  
  Hepner Hall, Room 119 619-594-0780
Pupil Personnel Services  
  Child Welfare and Attendance  
  School Social Work  
Special Education  
  North Education, Room 70 619-594-6665
  *Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization  
Specialist Credentials  
  *Early Childhood Special Education  
  *Mild/Moderate Disabilities  
  *Moderate/Severe Disabilities  
Certificate Programs  
  Behavior Analysis  
  Developing Gifted Potential  
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences  
  Speech, Language, and Hearing, Room 244 619-594-4787
  Bilingual (Spanish) Special Education Clinical-Rehabilitative Services  
Teacher Education  
  Education and Business Administration, Room 255 619-594-6131
  Reading and Literacy Added Authorization  
  *Multiple Subject and Single Subject  
  Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist  

* Advising in Education and Business Administration, Room 259, 619-594-6320

College of Engineering

Assistant Dean  
  Engineering, Room 200B 619-594-5807
Aerospace Engineering  
  Engineering, Room 308 619-594-6074
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering  
  Engineering, Room 424 619-594-6071
Electrical and Computer Engin  
  Engineering, Room 426 619-594-0967
Mechanical Engineering  
  Engineering, Room 326 619-594-6067

College of Health and Human Services

Assistant Dean  
  Education, Room 154 619-594-6151
Gerontology  
  Hepner Hall, Room 133 619-594-3870
Exercise and Nutritional Sciences  
  (Athletic Training, Foods and Nutrition, Kinesiology)  
  Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Room 359 619-594-5161
Nursing  
  Adams Humanities, Room 3133 619-594-5117
Public Health  
  Hardy Tower, Room 109 619-594-5803
Social Work  
  Hepner Hall, Room 133 619-594-3870
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences  
  Speech, Language, and Hearing, Room 244 619-594-2714

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Assistant Dean*  
  Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Room 212 619-594-2111
Aerospace Studies (Minor)  
  Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Room 385 619-594-5550
Art and Design  
  Art, Room 509 619-594-2850
Communication and Health Communication  
  Communication, Room 240 619-594-3444
Dance  
Music 112 jalter@sdsu.edu
Hospitality and Tourism Management  
  (Hospitality and Recreation)*  
  Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Room 436B 619-594-5110
International Studies (Minor)*  
  Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Room 231 619-594-4633
International Security and Conflict Resolution  
  Storm Hall, Room 223B 619-594-3768
Journalism and Media Studies* 619-594-5145
Learning Design and Technology* ldt@sdsu.edu
  Distance Education Certificate  
  Instructional Design Certificate  
  Instructional Technology Certificate  
  Military Science (Minor)  
  Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, Room 451 619-594-4943
Music  
  Music, Room 111 619-594-1779
    Bachelor of Arts in Music  
    Minors  
    Music Education  
    Professional Studies  
  Music, Room 241 619-594-6031
    Entrepreneurship and Business  
    Global Composition  
    Jazz Studies  
    Music Recording Technology and Audio Design  
    Performance  
  Music (Graduate), Music, Room 219 619-594-6045
Naval Science (Minor)  
  Communication, Room 130 619-594-1134
Public Affairs (Criminal Justice, Public Administration)*  
  Professional Studies and Fine Arts, Room 100 619-594-6084
Theatre, Television, and Film  
  Dramatic Arts, Room 204 619-594-4936
   
*Office locations are subject to change due to construction. Check the website at http://psfa.sdsu.edu for current office locations.  

College of Sciences

Assistant Dean  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 321 619-594-5350
Director of Advising  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 604 619-594-5142
Astronomy  
  Physics, Room 131 619-594-6240
Biology  
  Life Sciences, Room 135 619-594-6442
  Cellular and Molecular  
  Clinical Laboratory Science  
  Ecology  
  Evolutionary Biology  
  Marine Biology  
  Microbiology  
  Zoology  
Chemistry and Biochemistry (Chemical Physics)  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 209 619-594-5595
Computer Science  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 413 619-594-6191
Environmental Sciences  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 237 619-594-5587
Geological Sciences  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 237 619-594-5586
  General Geology  
  Engineering Geology  
  Environmental Geosciences  
  Geophysics  
  Hydrogeology  
  Paleontology  
  Oceanography (Minor)  
Health Professions Advising  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 323 619-594-3030
International Security and Conflict Resolution  
  Storm Hall, Room 223B 619-594-3768
Mathematics and Statistics  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 413 619-594-6191
Oceanography (Minor),  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 237 619-594-5586
Physics (Chemical Physics)  
  Physics, Room 131 619-594-6240
Psychology Advising Center  
  Life Sciences, Room 105 619-594-5412
Student Success Center  
  Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science, Room 429 619-594-1116

Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Assistant Dean, Administration, Room 220 619-594-5842
Also advising in:  
  Compact Scholars Program 619-594-3810
  Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments 619-594-7715
  Undeclared Students 619-594-7715
  Weber Honors College 619-594-8071

Division of Graduate Affairs

Assistant Dean  
  Student Services East, Room 1410 619-594-5213
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Advisement concerning general requirements (except for the major) and administers the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degree. A departmental graduate adviser is available in all programs offering graduate degrees.

SDSU Imperial Valley

It is recommended that SDSU Imperial Valley students see an adviser prior to registration each semester. Call 760-768-5512 to schedule appointments with the advisers listed below.

The following advisers correspond to the various majors and programs.

Undergraduate Division of Student Affairs

Criminal Justice, English, Student Ability Success Center  
  Norma Aguilar 760-768-5637
History, Liberal Studies, Social Science  
  Americo Yacopi 760-768-5503
International Business, Public Administration, Spanish  
  Aracely Bojorquez 760-768-5506
Latin American Studies, Mathematics  
  Miguel Rahiotis 760-768-5598
Nursing  
  Helina H. Hoyt 760-768-5680
Psychology, Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP),  
  Student Ability Success Center  
  Barbara B. Romero 760-768-5509

Graduate

M.A. in Education  
  Beatriz Wong 760-768-5551
M.S. in Nursing - Concentration in  
  Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems  
  Beverly A. Carlson 619-594-2766
Teacher Education, Division of Education  
  Beatriz Wong 760-768-5551