Staff Resources

Hello SF State colleagues.  If you don’t find answers to your questions about English/Written Composition courses and Math/Quantitative Reasoning courses below, be sure to contact us at gatorsmartstart@sfsu.edu.

Non-Metro sections:

For students who have chosen not to register in a support section: Statistics/Non-STEM B4 stand-alone sections

For students who have chosen to register in a support section: Statistics/Non-STEM B4 with support paired sections

To see all available non-Metro Non-STEM B4 sections: All classes grid

 

Metro paired sections:

For Metro students who have chosen to register in ISED 160 with a support section: https://gatorsmartstart.sfsu.edu/metro_supported

 

Executive Order 1110 addressed some of the historic inequities related college preparation by removing remedial math and English courses that didn’t count for credit and replaced them with a system of college-level math and English courses with support.  Student placement into these courses, instead of relying on a single, high-stakes test, are now determined by multiple measures (test scores, grades, high school course work, and supplemental advising exercises), giving students multiple ways to demonstrate their current skills and choose the best courses for their success. All courses now count toward the 120 units required to graduate.

  • Students are encouraged to complete the First-Year Math Advising (FYMA) exercise at mathadvising.sfs.edu to help them decide which version of the B4 is best for them.
    • Although advisors should communicate that students are expected to complete the FYMA exercise, you are not responsible for enforcing compliance.
    • Continuing students are also eligible to take the FYMA.
    • If a student chooses not to complete the FYMA exercise, they should follow their pathway when choosing their B4 course:
      • Pathway 1 - No B4 course needed (certain majors may require further math classes)
      • Pathway 2 – Single semester stand-alone B4 course appropriate for their major
      • Pathway 3 – Stretch course if on Calculus track, support section if on Statistics track depending on their major
      • Pathway 4 – Stretch course if on Calculus track, support section if on Statistics track depending on their major and Early Start (students must take Early Start whether or not they complete the FYMA exercise)
  • The prerequisites to go straight into Math 226 are: First-Year Math Advising Module AND one of the following: MATH 198 or MATH 199 or equivalent with a grade of C or better; or MATH 226 or equivalent with a grade of C- or lower; or high school pre-calculus with B or better; or high school calculus with a grade of C or better.
  • It is strongly encouraged for a student to complete their B4 by the end of their first year.  If they are unable to complete the requirement in fall or spring, some B4 courses are offered during the summer
  • Students are encouraged to complete the First-Year Writing Advising (FYWA) exercise at writingadvising.sfs.edu to help them decide which version of the A2 is best for them.
    • Although advisors should communicate that students are expected to complete the FYWA exercise, you are not responsible for enforcing compliance.
    • If a student chooses not to complete the FYWA exercise, they should follow their pathway when choosing their A2 course:
      • Pathway 1 - No A2 course needed
      • Pathway 2 – ENG 114 or ENG 209 (multi-lingual)
      • Pathway 3 – ENG 104 & ENG 105 or ENG 201 & ENG 202 (multi-lingual)
      • Pathway 4 – ENG 104 & ENG 105 or ENG 201 & ENG 202 (multi-lingual) and Early Start (students must take Early Start whether or not they complete the FYWA exercise)
  • The stretch versions of English (ENG 104/105 and ENG 201/202) are cohorted classes so the Instructor, students, day, and time will be consistent for the entire year.
    • For the full stretch experience, students must start in fall. 
      • There is no ENG 201 in spring.  Students who start in the spring may take ENG 212 to review grammar or ENG 204 to work on academic reading and then take ENG 209 in the fall.
      • There is sometimes a combined ENG104/105 class offered in spring for six units that provides more support.  Seats are limited.
    • Students who pass the first stretch class (ENG104 or ENG201) but do not pass the second (ENG105 or ENG202) cannot retake the second class.  It is recommended that they take ENG114 or ENG209 and sign up for tutoring support in the next possible semester.
  • It is strongly encouraged for a student to complete their A2 by the end of their first year.  If they are unable to complete the requirement in fall or spring, ENG114 is offered during the summer.

Problem solving, quantitative awareness, reading and writing are all skills that, when practiced regularly, give individuals more power by increasing their effectiveness in analyzing situations, evaluating options, and communicating through complexity to represent truth(s). More immediate, by taking math and writing courses early in your college journey, you will increase your success in all other classes, since they ask you to employ these skills.