Prospective Majors

Applying to Major



All current SFSU students planning on declaring CAD as a major for Spring 2015 must submit a change of major form to the CAD office by Friday, August 1st to no later than Friday, August 29th, 2014, by 4 p.m. This deadline includes students who  are "Undeclared with an Interest of CAD".  Late applications will not be accepted.


For Transfer students please see Undergraduate Admissions for SFSU application dates and deadlines.


In addition, please keep in mind, in order to enroll in the core CAD major courses, students must have taken ENG 214, CAD 210 and 260 (or their equivalents).  We recommend students enroll in these courses while completing their lower division general education sequences.


NOTE:   We will be accepting applications for the CAD major FALL 2015.  The application period is OCTOBER 1st to NOVEMBER 28th, 2014.


For Current SFSU students: 

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development accepts Declaration/Change of Major forms from current SFSU students during the university’s application period, from October 1 through November 30 (for the fall semester following) and from August 1st through August 31st (for the spring semester following .  The completed form can be brought to the CAD office in SCI 394 only during this application period.  The form can be accessed with the following link: 

(NOTE:  There are no secondary applications for the CAD department).


For Transfer Students: 

When you apply for admission to the university during the fall application period, from October 1 through November 30, indicate that you wish to be a CAD major.  When the application period is closed, the Admissions Office will process applications to determine that university admissions requirements have been met. Once that process is complete, the CAD department will receive a list of qualified transfer applicants, who will be evaluated by the CAD department.  The department considers such criteria as grade point average, geographic location, first in family to attend college, and financial need.  In addition, we give consideration to applicants who have attended a feeder college or CCSF’s Metro Academy Program.  Once the department screening process is complete, applicants are notified if they are admitted, not admitted, or placed on the wait list.


For Freshmen: 

When you apply for admission to the university during the fall application period, from October 1 through November 30, indicate that you wish to be a CAD major.  If you are admitted to the university, you will be admitted as “Undeclared with Interest in CAD,” because CAD accepts only upper division students.  In the fall of your sophomore year, apply for admission to the CAD major, following the instructions above for “current SFSU students.”

Please note:   If you are already a CAD major and wish to change your concentration, submit a Declaration/Change of Major form to the CAD office at any time. he Change/Declaration of Major form is on the Registrar's website. (Click here.)


Transfer Students

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ  - Transfer Students

1. When should I apply to the CAD Department  as a transfer student?

Both the SF State and the CAD Department accept applications only for fall semester.   This means that you must apply to the university  between Oct. 1- Nov. 30 of the previous year.  In other words, if you want to start at SF State as a junior in Fall 2012, then you must apply between  Oct. 1- Nov. 30, 2011.   No late applications are accepted.

NOTE: Applications to the CAD major for fall, 2012, are closed. We are accepting no new applications until next fall.


2. What are the requirements for admission to SF State as a transfer student?

Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) at the time of entrance are considered upper division transfer students. Generally, applicants qualify for admission as upper division transfer students if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted. Nonresidents must have a 2.4 grade point average or better. Note: Applicants from outside of SF State’s six county service area may be held to different requirements.
  2. Are in good standing at the last college or university attended and have completed at least 60 transferable semester units of college course work with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade of C or better in each course used to meet CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics. The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses, which meet CSU general education requirement including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language consisting of one course in written communication, one course in oral communication, and one course in critical thinking; and one course in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.


3. Can I transfer to SF State before I earn upper division status? 

No.  SF State is not accepting lower division transfer students. Students who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) at the time of entrance are considered lower division transfer students.


4. What is the maximum number of units I can transfer to SFSU?

No more than 70 semester units may be transferred to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, e.g., community colleges. Given the university’s 30-unit residency requirement, no more than 90 total units may be transferred into the university from all sources.


5. How can I double check to see which of my community college General Education courses will transfer to SF State?

General Education:  General education requirements are the same for all CSU campuses, so California community college articulations of general education courses (about one third of degree requirements) are handled centrally and may be accessed at


6. What is articulation?

Articulation:  Campuses may enter into articulation agreements on either a course for course or program to program basis. Such articulations are common between CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, but may exist between CSU campuses and other institutions. Established CSU/CCC articulations may be found on


7. Will my math and English courses from community college count?

Upper-division transfer students who have completed transferable English composition and college-level math courses with a grade of C or better are exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM). Upper-division transfer students must complete both English composition and college level mathematics prior to enrolling at a CSU campus.


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