Transfer Pathways

Before you determine which pathway you are going to follow for admission, it is important to first select the major that you are going to pursue. When you are considering which major to choose, it's important to be aware of majors with special instructions. These majors require additional steps in the application process.

After you have selected a major, determine which pathway you will follow for admission. The following pathways are offered at SDSU:

Applicants who earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) in one of the SDSU-approved majors and apply to the appropriate Cal State Apply program/major will be given admission priority.

Applicants using the ADT pathway for admission may be within .1 of the grade point average (GPA) required by the major to which they are applying. However, a higher GPA may be required. Applicants must follow all required enrollment steps by the deadlines.

AA-T/AS-T Major Selection and Degree Verification

If you have completed or are in progress to complete an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) degree, you must complete the following steps in order to receive priority consideration.

Step 1: Apply to the SDSU Major Equivalent to your AA-T/AS-T Degree by November 30

  • Select appropriate ADT major on Cal State Apply.

Step 2: SDSU Supplemental Application by January 22, 2019

  • Indicate if you are on track to complete your AA-T or AS-T degree by the end of spring 2019.
  • Confirm the name of the California Community College that has awarded or will award your AA-T or AS-T degree.

Step 3: ADT Verification Submitted by your California Community College by March 15, 2019

ADT preliminary verifications can be sent to San Diego State University by using any of the following options:

  • eVerify – Your California community college confirms you earned or will earn your ADT by spring 2019 using the CSU Associate Degree for Transfer eVerification website.
  • Official Transcript – Your California community college sends an official transcript to SDSU with your awarded ADT degree information including degree type, major name and graduation date.
    • SDSU will accept only electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts page. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request.
    • For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school should send the transcripts (received no later than March 15, 2019) directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

  • Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form – Your California community college confirms you earned or will earn your ADT by spring 2019 using the Verification of Intent to Earn Associate of Arts/Science Degree-Transfer Form.
    • The college should mail the completed form (received no later than March 15, 2019) directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Step 4: Submit Final Verification of your AA-T or AS-T Degree by June 30, 2019

ADT final verifications must be in the form of an official transcript.

  • Official Transcript – Your California community college sends an official transcript to SDSU with your awarded ADT degree information including degree type, major name and graduation date.
    • SDSU will accept only electronic transcripts from the schools listed on the Transcripts page. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request.
    • For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school should send the transcripts (received no later than June 30, 2019) directly to:

      Office of Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Dr.
      San Diego, CA 92182-7455

Contact your California community college if you have any questions about the ADT verification process.

Note: For many California community colleges, graduation is not automatic upon the completion of all degree requirements. It is often the student's responsibility to submit a graduation application during published time periods. To avoid delays in the evaluation, degree verification and granting of your AA-T or AS-T degree, be sure to contact your community college for information on how and when to submit your graduation application.

Which SDSU-Approved AA-T/AS-T major matches your community college major?

Community College AA-T/AS-T Degree Major SDSU-Approved Cal State Apply Major Equivalent Degree Type
Administration of Justice Criminal Justice BS
Anthropology Anthropology BA
Art History Art (Art History Emphasis) BA
Biology Biology BS
Biology Biology (Biology Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Ecology Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Evolutionary Biology Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Marine Biology Emphasis) BS
Biology Biology (Zoology Emphasis) BS
Business Administration Business Administration (Financial Services) BS
Business Administration Business Administration (General) BS
Chemistry Chemistry BS
Communication Studies Communication (Applied) BA
Communication Studies Health Communication BS
Computer Science Computer Science BS
Economics Economics BA
Elementary Teacher Education Liberal Studies (Education - Generalist Emphasis) BA
English English (Applied) BA
Film, TV & Electronic Media Television, Film & New Media (Critical Studies Emphasis) BS
Geography Geography (Foundations of Geography Emphasis) BA
Geology Geological Sciences (Applied) BA
History History BA
Kinesiology Kinesiology (Exercise Science Generalist Emphasis) BS
Law, Public Policy, and Society Public Administration BA
Law, Public Policy, and Society Public Administration (City Planning Emphasis) BA
Mathematics Mathematics (Science Emphasis) BS
Music Music BA
Philosophy Philosophy BA
Physics Physics (General) BS
Physics Physics (Modern Optics Emphasis) BS
Political Science Political Science BA
Psychology Psychology (Applied) BA
Sociology Sociology BA
Spanish Spanish BA
Studio Arts Art (Studio Art Emphasis) BA
Theatre Arts Theatre Arts (Youth Theatre Emphasis) BA

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If you apply to a major in the TAG pathway, you may qualify for guaranteed admission if you are a local SDSU admissions-area applicant with the following:

  • Have not attempted any college course work from any college outside SDSU's local admission area community colleges and therefore have completed 100% of your transferable units at one or more of SDSU's local community colleges or from Palomar or MiraCosta community colleges and apply for a program that is not offered at CSU San Marcos.
  • Meet the following five admission eligibility requirements (for more information on how to meet the minimum requirements and the timeline refer to the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements):
    • 60 Units
    • General Education
    • Major Preparation
    • Grade Point Average
    • Prior SDSU Coursework

For more information about about SDSU's Transfer Admission Guarantee, refer to the TAG PDF.

All transfer applicants to SDSU are admitted on a space available basis and must meet the Transfer Admission Minimum Requirements to be eligible to gain admission to SDSU.

Find the Pathway for Your Major

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Major Degree Type ADT TAG General
Aerospace Engineering BS   X X
Africana Studies BA   X X
American Indian Studies BA   X X
Anthropology BA X   X
Art (Applied Design) BA     X
Art (Art History) BA X   X
Art (Graphic Design) BA     X
Art (Interior Architecture) BA     X
Art (Multimedia and Photography) BA     X
Art (Painting & Printmaking) BA     X
Art (Sculpture) BA     X
Art (Single Subject Teaching) BA     X
Art (Studio Arts) BA X   X
Asian Studies BA   X X
Asian Studies: Chinese Language BA   X X
Asian Studies: Chinese Studies BA   X X
Astronomy BA   X X
Astronomy BS   X X
Biology BA     X
Biology BS X   X
Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology) BS X   X
Biology (Ecology) BS X   X
Biology (Evolutionary Biology) BS X   X
Biology (Marine Biology) BS X   X
Biology (Zoology) BS X   X
Business Admin (Accounting) BS     X
Business Admin (Finance) BS     X
Business Admin (Financial Services) BS X   X
Business Admin (General) BS X   X
Business Admin (Information Systems) BS     X
Business Admin (Integrated Marketing Communications) BS     X
Business Admin (Management) BS     X
Business Admin (Management: Entrepreneurship) BS     X
Business Admin (Management: Human Resource Management) BS     X
Business Admin (Marketing) BS     X
Business Admin (Marketing: Professional Selling and Sales Management) BS     X
Business Admin (Real Estate) BS     X
Chemical Physics BS     X
Chemistry (ACS Certificate) BA     X
Chemistry (ACS Certificate) BS     X
Chemistry BA     X
Chemistry BS X   X
Chemistry (Biochemistry) BS     X
Chemistry (Single Subject Teaching) BA     X
Chicana and Chicano Studies BA   X X
Child Development BS   X X
Civil Engineering BS   X X
Classics (Classical Humanities) BA   X X
Classics (Classical Language) BA   X X
Classics (Classical Languages with Honors) BA   X X
Communication BA in Liberal Arts (Language Requirement) BA     X
Communication BA in Applied Arts (Math Requirement) BA X   X
Comparative International Studies BA   X X
Comparative Literature BA   X X
Computer Engineering BS   X X
Computer Science BS X   X
Construction Engineering BS   X X
Criminal Justice BS X   X
Dance* BFA     X
Economics BA X   X
Economics (International Economics) BA     X
Economics (Public Policy) BA     X
Economics (Quantitative Analysis) BA     X
Electrical Engineering BS   X X
English BA in Liberal Arts BA     X
English BA in Applied Arts (only open to ADT applicants) BA X    
English (Single Subject Teaching) BA     X
Environmental Engineering BS   X X
Environmental Sciences BS   X X
European Studies BA   X X
Foods and Nutrition BS   X X
French BA   X X
Geography (Environment and Society) BA     X
Geography (Environmental and Physical Geography) BS     X
Geography (Foundations of Geography) BA X   X
Geography (Geographic Information Science) BS     X
Geography (Human Geography and Global Studies) BA     X
Geography (Integrative Geography) BA     X
Geography (Methods of Geographical Analysis) BA     X
Geological Sciences (Engineering Geology) BS     X
Geological Sciences (Environmental Geosciences) BS     X
Geological Sciences (General) BA X   X
Geological Sciences (General) BS     X
Geological Sciences (Geophysics) BS     X
Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology) BS     X
Geological Sciences (Paleontology) BS     X
German BA   X X
German (German Studies) BA   X X
Gerontology BA   X X
Health Communication BS X   X
History BA X   X
Hospitality and Tourism Management (Hotel Operations and Management) BS   X X
Hospitality and Tourism Management (Meetings and Events Operations and Management) BS   X X
Hospitality and Tourism Management (Restaurant Operations and Management) BS   X X
Hospitality and Tourism Management (Tribal Gaming Operations and Management) BS   X X
Humanities BA   X X
Humanities (European Humanities) BA   X X
International Business/Arabic/Middle East and North Africa BA   X X
International Business/Chinese/Asia BA   X X
International Business/English/North America BA   X X
International Business/French/North America BA   X X
International Business/French/Western Europe BA   X X
International Business/German/Western Europe BA   X X
International Business/Italian/Western Europe BA   X X
International Business/Japanese/Asia BA   X X
International Business/Korean/Asia BA   X X
International Business/Portuguese/Latin America BA   X X
International Business/Portuguese/Western Europe BA   X X
International Business/Russian/Central Europe BA   X X
International Business/Spanish/Latin America BA   X X
International Business/Spanish/Western Europe BA   X X
International Security and Conflict Resolution (Cooperation, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution) BA   X X
International Security and Conflict Resolution (Environment and Security) BA   X X
International Security and Conflict Resolution (Justice in the Global System) BA   X X
Japanese BA   X X
Journalism BA   X X
Journalism: Advertising BA   X X
Journalism: Media Studies BA   X X
Journalism: Public Relations BA   X X
Kinesiology (Exercise Science Generalist) (only open to ADT applicants) BS X    
Kinesiology (Fitness Specialist) BS     X
Kinesiology (Prephysical Therapy) BS     X
Latin American Studies BA   X X
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Plus Studies BA   X X
Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) BA     X
Liberal Studies (Education-Generalist) (only open to ADT applicants) BA X    
Liberal Studies (Mathematics) BA     X
Liberal Studies (Science) BA     X
Linguistics BA   X X
Mathematics BA     X
Mathematics (Single Subject Teaching) BA     X
Mathematics: Applied BS     X
Mathematics: Computational Science BS     X
Mathematics: Science BS X   X
Mechanical Engineering BS   X X
Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering) BS   X X
Microbiology BA   X X
Microbiology BS   X X
Microbiology (Clinical Laboratory Science) BS   X X
Modern Jewish Studies BA   X X
Music* BA X   X
Music: Global Composition* BM     X
Music: Jazz Studies* BM     X
Music: Music Education* BM     X
Music: Performance* BM     X
Music: Professional Studies (Entrepreneurship and Business)* BM     X
Music: Professional Studies (General)* BM     X
Music: Professional Studies (Music Recording Technology and Audio Design)* BM     X
Nursing* BS     X
Philosophy BA X   X
Physical Science (Single Subject Teaching) BA   X X
Physics BA     X
Physics BS X   X
Physics Modern Optics BS X   X
Political Science BA X   X
Psychology BA in Liberal Arts BA     X
Psychology BA in Applied Arts (only open to ADT applicants) BA X    
Psychology: Industrial and Organizational Psychology BA     X
Public Administration BA X   X
Public Administration: City Planning BA X   X
Public Health BS   X X
Recreation Administration: Outdoor Resource Management BS   X X
Recreation Administration: Recreation Systems Management BS   X X
Recreation Administration: Sustainable Tourism Management BS   X X
Religious Studies BA   X X
Rhetoric and Writing Studies BA   X X
Russian BA   X X
Russian (Single-Subject Teaching) BA   X X
Russian and Central European Studies BA   X X
Social Science BA   X X
Social Science (Single Subject Teaching) BA   X X
Social Science: Islamic and Arabic Studies BA   X X
Social Work BA     X
Sociology BA X   X
Spanish BA X   X
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences BA   X X
Statistics BS   X X
Statistics: Actuarial Science BS   X X
Statistics: Data Science BS   X X
Sustainability BA   X X
Television, Film and New Media: Critical Studies BS X   X
Television, Film and New Media: Production* BS     X
Theatre Arts (General) BA     X
Theatre Arts (Design and Technology) BA     X
Theatre Arts (Design for Television/Film) BA     X
Theatre Arts (Performance*) BA     X
Theatre Arts (Youth Theatre) BA X   X
Urban Studies (Urban Cultures and Societies) BA   X X
Urban Studies (Urban Planning, Design and Management) BA   X X
Urban Studies (Urban Political Economy and Public Policy) BA   X X
Urban Studies (Urban Sustainability) BA   X X
Women's Studies BA   X X

*Majors with special instructions.