Developmental Coursework: First Year

Overview

Based on a variety of possible test scores (High School CAASPP, SAT, ACT, CSU ELM/EPT, AP and IB) and select high school senior year English and math courses, students may place into developmental courses, which they must start in the summer before their first fall semester (Early Start).

Developmental Math has two levels: Math 60 and Math 70.  Students may be required to take both or only Math 70.  These are pre-college level courses that lead to college-level math.

English courses are all college level and students are placed in them through the Directed Self Placement (dsp.sfsu.edu).  There is Eng 114 (one-semester accelerated), Eng 104 and 105 (two-semester stretch) and a series for multi-lingual speakers (Composition for Multilingual Speakers).

Students within developmental studies must finish their math and English developmental requirements within their first year. Students who entered Fall 2016 should contact our office to see updates to this policy.

English Pathways

 

Students required to fulfill developmental requirements can do so through college-level English courses: usually either with the stretch option (ENG 104-105)  or one of the multilingual pathways (often: ENG 201-202-209 [with additional grammar courses.]) 

Those who do not pass ENG 104 in the Fall semester should take one of the ENG 104-105 Spring combination sections and contact Andrew Brosnan at abrosnan@sfsu.edu to secure a spot.  Students who start SF State in a Spring semester who fail ENG 104-105 combinations must take ENG 114 in Fall.

Students who choose the multilingual pathway should contact the Composition for Multilingual Speakers Office for advising and to confirm each semester they are in the correct course.

Math Pathways

Pathways for first-year math

Students who took ESM 40 during summer Early Start may retake the August ELM test and, if scoring into a higher range, will fulfill Math 60 or both Math 60 and 70.

Policies/Requirements

  1. Students must complete all developmental requirements within their first two semesters (Fall, Spring).  Students who entered Fall 2016 should contact our office for additional information.
  2. Students who do not must contact develops@sfsu.edu for advising, which may include going through the appeals process
  3. Appeals for a one-semester extension past the first two semesters are only granted to students with extenuating circumstances and third-party documentation (medical, legal, etc.)

Resources

Our office helps students with the following:

  • Understanding requirements
  • Overcoming outside pressures and obstacles to success
  • Improving communication with professors, staff and peers
  • Strategies for time management, studying and test taking
  • Motivation and empowerment

See right bar for other departments that offer support.

If SF State Courses are Filled

  • Be sure to try to get into courses during open registration times, even if it means choosing a section that requires you to change your course schedule or work schedule
  • If courses are still filled, please see the quick reference below for information on taking pre-college math at a local community college. 
  • Be sure to contact our office to confirm your eligibility for completing your requirement elsewhere.

 

Course Equivalencies

 




SF State

Math 60

Math 70

CCSF

Math 40

Math 60

Skyline

Math 110 or 112

Math 120 or 123

Laney (Peralta)

Math 201

Math 203

 

City College San Francisco:

To enroll in CCSF Math 60, follow the steps below:

  1. Apply online to get a CCSF Student ID.

  2. Email Kendra Lockman, Math Advising Coordinator, at klockman@ccsf.edu with CCSF Student ID and SFSU transcript (Student Center > Academics > drop down menu > View Transcript: Unofficial) showing passing grade in Math 60.

  3. Enroll in Math 60 online through your CCSF Student Portal.  

  4. Last day to add a class is September 8.

  5. Reach out to tutoring services as needed!

https://www.ccsf.edu/Schedule/

 

 

To enroll in CCSF Math 40, follow the steps below:

  1. Apply online to get a CCSF Student ID.

  2. Walk in to take a placement test. No appointment necessary.

  3. Complete an in person or online orientation.

  4. Meet with a counselor to discuss your classes.

  5. Register for classes online through your CCSF Student Portal.

  6. Reach out to tutoring services as needed!

https://www.ccsf.edu/Schedule/

 

 

Skyline College:

  1. Apply online to get a Skyline Student ID.

  2. If you need Math 110, schedule a placement test. If you need Math 120, skip to Step 3.

  3. Walk in or schedule an appointment with a counselor. If you need Math 120, bring your SFSU transcript showing passing grade in Math 60.

  4. Register for your course online.

  5. Last day to add a class is August 29.

  6. Reach out to tutoring services as needed!

http://www.skylinecollege.edu/catalogschedule/

 

 

Laney College (Peralta)

  1. Apply online to get a Laney Student ID.

  2. Register for a mandatory Online Registration and print the Certificate of Completion.

  3. If you need Math 201, schedule a placement test. If you need Math 203, skip to Step 3.

  4. Walk in or schedule an appointment with a counselor. If you need Math 203, bring your SFSU transcript showing passing grade in Math 60.  

  5. Register for your math course online after or in person at the Welcome Center

  6. Last day to add a class is September 4th.

  7. Reach out to tutoring services as needed!

http://laney.edu/available-classes/