Greetings! Please email the Articulation staff (link sends e-mail) to request assistance with matters related to transfer credit and articulation to course requirements in SF State's undergraduate majors.
The Articulation office works to ensure that prospective undergraduate transfer students have access to accurate information about approved SF State course equivalencies and transfer pathways. In support of this goal, we
- Identify potential course equivalencies and pathways, facilitate faculty review, and display approved course equivalencies for requirements in our undergraduate degree programs;
- Collaborate with other SF State offices working with transfer credit;
- Develop and deliver resources about articulation and transfer credit to the campus;
- Utilize technology to improve data accuracy and increase accessibility to information about transfer credit.
SF State Faculty determine how and whether transfer courses satisfy undergraduate major requirements. Current articulation agreements with California's community colleges and other CSU campuses are maintained in ASSIST, a public database that displays how lower division course units can be applied after transfer. SF State's faculty-approved course-to-course agreements are organized by department and by undergraduate major.
C-ID website : Information about the statewide Course Identification Numbering System, including data about CA community College courses with C-ID designations. Also, approved curriculum for the Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T).
In general, articulation is implemented for California community college courses carrying C-ID designations that align with SF State courses. View SF State's C-ID alignments on the Courses with a C-ID Designation search page.
Agreements outside of ASSIST
SF State maintains course and GE equivalencies with other institutions which are not displayed in the ASSIST system.
- Agreements with international partner institutions (located on the website of the Office of International Programs)
- Agreements with accredited institutions located in the U.S
ADT / STAR ACT / SB1440
The STAR Act (Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act/ SB 1440) guarantees that students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will receive admission to a CSU campus with junior status; furthermore, students who pursue a B.S. or B.A. in a program that is deemed "similar" to their transfer degree will be able to complete the degree by taking no more than 60 units at the CSU.
The STAR Act mandated the creation of two types of ADTs:
- Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
- Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
If a B.A. or B.S. degree or concentration is deemed "similar" to a specific ADT, it means that SF State faculty have reviewed the relevant ADT and determined that a student who earns that ADT can complete the "similar" major after transfer, including all graduation requirements, in no more than 60 units.
San Francisco State has developed guidelines to help students, faculty and staff understand how ADTs are verified, and to provide clarification about conditions associated with ADTs.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) Roadmaps
Sample pathways (roadmaps) are available for students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree in a similar major. The roadmaps display the 60 units required for graduation from SF State, including units for the major and any additional graduation requirements. For those majors, click on the degree title to access the roadmap. (Roadmaps are added to this chart on an ongoing basis.)
Visit the "ADT Pathways / Roadmaps" tab (above) to see the majors at SF State that correspond to similar AA-T/AS-T degrees.
- If you did not complete an AA-T or AS-T from a California community college in a major deemed "similar," consult with your major department about the required pathway to graduation.
- If you have questions about why a particular AA-T or AS-T is or is not "similar" to a particular SF State degree, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail).
- If you have questions about admission to the university with an AA-T or AS-T degree, contact email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
Learn more about California’s Associate Degrees for Transfer
STAR Act (Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act) - ADT Pathways and Roadmaps
Follow the link below to access a list of the SF State degrees that have been formally approved as "similar" -- which means that SF State faculty have reviewed the relevant ADT and determined that a student who earns that ADT can complete the "similar" major after transfer, including all graduation requirements, in no more than 60 units.
Each pathway includes a link to a sample roadmap for ADT students transferring into a similar B.A./B.S. degree program at SF State. The roadmaps illustrate how to complete the SF State degree in 60 units, how many units from the ADT apply to the major, and how the units apply to the major.