Step 1: Gather Documents
Your degree evaluation and Personal Information Sheet are included in your New Student Orientation packet (if you live outside of California and weren't able to attend orientation, these documents have been or will be mailed to you).
To follow along with the steps in this Advising Toolbox, you will need to have the following personalized documents:
Your degree evaluation provides a status report on your progress toward completing the graduation requirements. Coursework taken at SDSU and other colleges and universities will be included in the degree evaluation. This is a "living document" that updates continuously as you satisfy requirements. After you begin classes this fall, the degree evaluation will be available to you in your SDSU WebPortal account.
Open the General Catalog in your web browser, but don't worry about printing, it's hundreds of pages! We'll let you know which parts to read later in this process. The General Catalog contains important information about university policies and procedures, graduation requirements, major requirements, and course descriptions. Incoming students follow the graduation and General Education requirements in effect during the academic year in which they enter SDSU. Students who declare or change their major in subsequent years must adopt the major and minor requirements in the General Catalog at the time of such change or declaration.
The Major Academic Plan (MAP) is a guide that lays out a recommended sequence of courses to follow in order to complete your degree in four years. It is designed to take into account General Education courses and major preparation courses that will satisfy multiple requirements with one course. The MAP also suggests sequencing to ensure that you complete prerequisite courses prior to taking higher-level courses. View the MAP for your major in your SDSU WebPortal or on the Major Academic Plan website (make sure to choose catalog year 2019).
Your Personal Information Sheet provides information about required registration. Incoming freshmen are required to complete coursework in written communication, mathematics, oral communication, and critical thinking in a specific order. These enrollment requirements are enforced by the registration system. Your Personal Information Sheet details the sequence of courses you are required to take in your first year at SDSU. You must be registered in these courses before you enroll in any other courses. You will not be able to drop these courses.