Prospective CAD Majors


The CAD Department accepts only upper division students into the major, which means junior status with a minimum of 60 units completed. 

Prerequisites for CAD

  • CAD 210 (or equivalent) – Grade of C or higher

  • CAD 260 (or equivalent) – Grade of C or higher

  • ENG 214 (or equivalent) – Grade of C- or higher

  • Junior Status – 60 units earned


How to Apply

Current SF State Students

  1. Complete the Declaration/Change of Undergraduate Primary Major form found on the SF State Registrar's Office website. Be sure to select the concentration for which you are applying.
  2. Print and attach unofficial transcripts to prove completion of prerequisites.
  3. Drop off completed forms with current transcripts at the CAD Department Office in SCI 394 during the application periods. Late applications are not accepted.


Change of Major Deadlines
Start Date of Major Dates to Submit Change of Major Request
Spring Term August 1st - October 1st
Fall Term January 1st - March 1st


Transfer Students

  1. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for current and detailed information on how to apply to SF State and to view important dates and deadlines.
  2. When applying to SF State, please select Child & Adolescent Development as your primary major. Also, please be sure to indicate which concentration of CAD you would like to purse.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I am a PRE-CAD Major, do I need to declare CAD as my major?
    Yes. Students that entered SF State their freshman year as PRE-CAD Majors will need to declare CAD as their major. Please follow the steps listed above on how to change your major to CAD.
  2. What are the requirements for SF State admissions?
    Please visit SF State’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on eligibility.
  3. Whom can I talk to about applying to SF State?
    Please contact Student Outreach Services.  Their contact information can be found here:
  4. Can I be currently enrolled in a prerequisite course when I apply for the CAD major?
    Yes. Please note, you will need to complete the course with the required letter grade to be eligible to enroll in upper division CAD courses.
  5. I am a current SF State student interested in the major and want to talk to an advisor, whom should I see?
    We highly recommend meeting with an advisor from the Student Resource Center. Due to the number of students in the major, CAD faculty advisors are only available to students accepted into the major. 
  6. What is the maximum number of units I can transfer to SF State?
    You may transfer no more than 70-semester units 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, you may transfer no more than 90 total units into the university from all sources.
  1. How can I double check to see which of my community college General Education (G.E.) courses will transfer to SF State?
    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