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San Diego State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and mid-January.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in July and August.
Number and length of summer sessions:Three summer sessions, one of 12 weeks and two of six weeks each.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:psychology, criminal justice administration, management
Majors with the lowest enrollment:comparative literature, rhetoric/writing studies, European studies
Average freshman GPA:3 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:90%
Student:Faculty ratio:28:1
Total faculty:833 men, 869 women, 1,702 total
Full-time faculty:429 men, 380 women, 809 total
Part-time faculty:404 men, 489 women, 893 total
Graduation rate:69% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:required of some for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

Special programs offered: student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, external degree program
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered: Minors offered in accounting, aerospace studies, African studies, Africana studies, air force leadership studies, American Indian studies, anthropology, art, art history, Asian studies, astronomy, biology, business administration, chemistry, Chicana/Chicano studies, child/family development, Chinese, classics, communications, comparative literature, computer science, counseling/social change, dance, economics, educational leadership, engineering, English, English composition, environment/society, environmental studies, European studies, finance, French, geography, geological sciences, German, gerontology, health science, history, humanities, information systems, interdisciplinary studies - honors, international security/conflict resolution, international studies, Islamic/Arabic studies, Italian, Japanese, Jewish studies, journalism, Latin American studies, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies, linguistics, management, marketing, mathematics, media arts/technology, military science, music, naval science, oceanography, philosophy, physical science, physics, political science, Portuguese, psychology, public administration, radio/TV/film/telecommunication, real estate, recreation, religious studies, Russian, social work, sociology, Spanish, statistics, STEM education, theatre arts, and women's studies.
Preprofessional programs offered: pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, allied health, chiropractic, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, social work.
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications: early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, vo-tech, adult education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:no
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs:UN Semester
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Macau, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Army ROTC:offered on-campus
Navy ROTC:offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC:offered on-campus

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African-American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Art/Studio Performance
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biological Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana/Chicano Studies
  • Child Development/Early Childhood Education
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • English
  • English Composition
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Food/Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Communication
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Hotel/Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Security/Conflict Resolution
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Management
  • Microbiology
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Production Operations Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/TV/Film/Telecommunication
  • Real Estate
  • Recreation Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian/Central European Studies
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Statistics
  • Undeclared
  • Urban Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Zoology