CAD Faculty Advising Appointments

Drop-In Advising

CAD Advisors are hosting virtual Drop-In Advsing hours during the first two weeks of Spring 2021 Priority Registration for continuing students. If you have quick questions about advising (~5-10 minutes), please drop in using the links below. 

Days & Times:

  • December 2nd, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:00AM & 2:30-4:00PM
  • December 3rd, 2020 (Thursday) 9:00-10:00AM
  • December 9th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00-10:00AM & 2:30-4:00PM
  • December 10th, 2020 (Thursday) 9:00-10:00AM

Join via Zoom HERE

  • Meeting ID: 893 8190 6521
  • Passcode: 674080


Lower-Division CAD Group Advising Sessions

Group advising sessions are for CAD students who are freshmen or sophomores (lower-division students). A CAD Faculty Advisor will host the group advising session. In the session, students will learn about major requirements and about the department. We also encourage freshmen to meet with an advisor from the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), and second-year lower-division students to meet with an advisor from the CHSS Student Resource Center (SRC), to develop an educational plan to complete general education and other SF State graduation requirements.

Fall 2020 Schedule - CAD Lower-Division Group Advising Session:

  • Monday, November 16th from 2:00-3:30PM (via Zoom)
    To sign up for the CAD Lower-Division Group Advising session on November 16th, 2020, RSVP HERE. CAD will then email you information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

Upper-Division CAD Group Advising Sessions

  • Spring 2021 Course Planning Group Advising
    Wednesday, November 18th from 2:30-4:00PM (via Zoom)
    This is a virtual event for continuing CAD juniors and seniors who want to learn about tips & advice for planning their spring 2021 class schedule.
    To sign up for the Upper-Division CAD Group Advising session on November 18th, 2020, RSVP HERE. CAD will then email you information on how to join the Zoom meeting.


Upper-Division CAD Student Advising Appointments

One-on-one CAD advising appointments are for CAD students that have 60+ units completed or have finished the majority of their lower-division GE requirements and are ready to start developing their the CAD major educational plan.

Advising appointments are 30 minutes long and have to be scheduled at least one day in advance (they are not drop-in hours). If you need to cancel your appointment, please notify the CAD Office at least 24 hours in advance so that another student may have the time slot.

To sign up for a student advising session, call & leave a voicemail (415)-405-3564 or email

Faculty advisors are available for appointments during the spring and fall academic semesters. If you have questions or concerns over the summer or winter, please email and a staff member will be able to support you. 

Fall 2020 Schedule – CAD Faculty Advising Appointments:


Dr. Rachel Flynn 1:00PM - 1:30PM

Dr. Rachel Flynn 1:30PM - 2:00PM 

Dr. Rachel Flynn 2:00PM - 2:30PM







Dr. Rachel Flynn 10:00AM - 10:30AM

Dr. Rachel Flynn 10:30AM - 11:00AM

Dr. Rachel Flynn 11:00AM - 11:30AM


Dr. Linda Platas 1:00PM - 1:30PM

Dr. Linda Platas 1:30PM - 2:00PM

Dr. Linda Platas 2:00PM - 2:30PM

Dr. Linda Platas 2:30PM - 3:00PM

Dr. Linda Platas 3:00PM - 3:30PM

Dr. Linda Platas 3:30PM - 4:00PM


Dr. Molly McManus 1:00PM - 1:30PM 

Dr. Molly McManus 1:30PM - 2:00PM 

Dr. Molly McManus 2:00PM - 2:30PM 

Dr. Molly McManus 2:30PM - 3:00PM 

Dr. Molly McManus 3:00PM - 3:30PM 

Dr. Molly McManus 3:30PM - 4:00PM

CAD Major Planning Worksheets

Click on the link below for your specific CAD concentration and bullettin year. This document is a tool designed to support you with planning what courses to take and your progress to meet major requirements. 

2020 - 2021

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2017 - 2018

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 – 2014

2012 – 2013

General Education Advising

For advice on General Education and other University graduation requirements, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor at the Student Resource Center or Undergraduate Advising Center.

For PDF files, you'll need Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or above to view it. If you need Adobe Acrobat Reader it's available free from Adobe.

  1. How often should I see an advisor?
    We recommend once a semester to ensure steady progress through the major.
  2. Which advisor should I see?
    The CAD department does not assign students to a specific advisor.  You may sign up for an advisor whose schedule matches your availability or an advisor who specializes in your concentration.
  3. When is the best time to see an advisor?
    Any time you need guidance regarding courses in the major, your progress in the major, your grades, your career plans, or graduate school.  The most available time to get an appointment is during the middle of the semester.  The busiest times (and therefore the most difficult to get an appointment) are at the beginning and end of the semester after the new schedule of classes has come out.
  4. What if I have questions about General Education (G.E.) or other SF State graduation requirements?
    We highly recommend scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor at the Student Resource Center, or if you are a freshmen to meet with an advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Center during your first year.
  5. Can I meet with a CAD Faculty Advisor if I am interested in becoming a CAD major?
    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 meet with students accepted into the major.
  6. How do I know which courses to take for my major?
    You can view your Degree Progress Report or use our CAD Major Planning Worksheets listed above. Please be sure to select the document for your specific CAD concentration and bulletin year. If you do not know your concentration or bulletin year, you can view it on your Degree Progress Report.
  7. What should I prepare for my advising appointment?
    • List of questions
    • Copy of your advising worksheet
    • Note taking materials
    • Unofficial transcripts if you have courses or credits that are not populating on your Degree Progress Report (DPR). Examples include AP credits, military credits and college courses.
  8. Can I substitute courses in the major?
    Only with permission from the CAD Department. Please complete and turn in the CAD Course Substitution Petition Form to the CAD Office. The form is on our website on our Student Resources Web Page.
  9. Can I change my concentration?
    Yes, you can change your concentration. However, we strongly encourage students to meet with a CAD faculty advisor and have less than 96 units completed before changing their concentration.