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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.

Spring 2023 sections now posted!

Non-Metro specific 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

 

 

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.

Advisor Cheat Sheet for Spring 2023 B4 options

  • Spring 2023 Admits (new starts) should complete the fifteen-minute writing advising module at https://mathadvising.sfsu.edu.
  • CR (but not a C-) in a MATH course during a pandemic semester (SP 20, FA 20, SP 21, FA 21) will count as filling a prerequisite for the next MATH in a series.  In all other semesters, a C or higher is required.
  • Some math courses require the purchase of a platform used to turn in homework.  Depending on which platform is used, it can cost between ~$28 - ~$85 per student.  It is possible to start using the platform immediately and have the fee added to the students account balance through the bookstore.

 

Detailed Breakdown:

 

*Reminder, students’ intended major and math pathway play important roles in determining B4 choices. The math advising module will be asking those questions.

STEM B4 Offered

  • MATH 197
  • MATH 198 (B4)
  • MATH 199 (B4)
  • MATH 226 (B4) (Instructors will ask students to see their high school transcripts if using high school coursework to fulfill prereqs) 
    • Prerequisite: 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.

 

Business B4 Offered

  • MATH 107
  • MATH 108 (B4)
  • MATH 110 (B4)
  • DS 110 (B4)

 

Other B4 Offered**

  • MATH 124
  • MATH 124 with MATH 123 (ANY MATH 124 can be paired with ANY MATH 123)
  • ISED 160
  • ISED 160 with MATH 122 (ANY section of ISED 160 can go with any MATH 122)
  • PSY 171 (No support offered for this course this semester)
  • PHIL 111 (No support offered for this course this semester)
  • HIST/IR/PHIL/PLSI 112 (No support offered for this course this semester)

 

Not offered this Spring

  • GEOG 203
  • CSC 110
  • Support course for PSY 171
  • Support course for PHIL 111

 

**Metro students who are NOT STEM and NOT Business will take ETHS 116 or ETHS 117 as per their Ed plan.

Advisor Cheat Sheet for Spring 2023 A2 options

A2: Continuing Students from Fall 2022

  • ENG 114 (A2)
    • Students who did not sign up for any A2 in first semester should take this course, unless they are multilingual and want to be in a course (ENG 209) with other students who speak multiple languages.
    • Students who did not pass ENG 114 in fall should sign up again and take advantage of TASC, CAPS, and other support services.
  • ENG 105 (A2)
    • Students who passed 104 will receive permission numbers from their 104 instructors to get into the 105 section with same professor and classmates.
      • Some sections of 105 will need to be closed.  Students will work with Tara Lockhart (taralock@sfsu.edu) to get a new section.
  • ENG 202 (A2)
    • Students who passed 201 will receive permission numbers from their 201 instructors to get into the 202 section with the same professor and classmates.
  • ENG 106 (4-unit A2 course)
    • Fall 2022 start starts who do not pass ENG 104 should sign up for ENG 106, a supportive A2 course tailored to these students. It is for continuing students.
  • ENG 209 (A2)
    • Fall 2022 starts who are multilingual and have not yet completed A2.
  • ENG 212
    • Support course for ENG 209. They count toward graduation units but not A2.

 

 

A2: First Time Freshmen Spring 2023 Admits

  • Spring 2023 Admits (new starts) can* complete the fifteen-minute writing advising module at https://writingadvising.sfsu.edu/, but the only options available this semester are the one-semester English courses (ENG 114 or ENG 209).
    • Spring 2023 Admits who choose 104-105 stretch will need to take 114 on its own (and be encouraged to attend tutoring at TASC). 
    • Spring 2023 Admits who choose 201-202 stretch will need to take 209 but also have the option to take 212 either first or concurrently.

 

*Students with college credit for A2 do not need to complete the writing advising module. Students with college credit for B4 should complete the math advising module if in a major that requires math beyond B4.

The Math Department supports students taking their B4 for a third time here at SF State only if there is enough seats available after all first and second attempt students have registered.  If a student would like to appeal to take a specific B4 for a third time, they should follow this procedure:

  1. Students must wait until the start of the semester - the Chair will not review appeals before the first day of classes.
  2. Student start by completing the college waiver.  Please note that this form no longer requires a permission code.
  3. Once the semester has begun, the student should contact the Instructor of the section they would like to add, let them know it will be a third attempt, and ask if they can join the class.
  4. If the course has a matched course (such as a 4th hour for 199, 226, 227, and 228, or a required co-requisite like 123), please also write that course on the waiver form.  
  5. If the Instructor(s) approve, they will send the form to the Department on the students behalf.

The English Department is supportive of students taking their A2 for a third time here at SF State to help with continuity and stability.  Currently, it is expected that there will be enough seats available so students should follow this procedure:

  1. During registration, the student should contact the Instructor of the section they would like to add, let them know it will be a third attempt, and ask if they can join the class.  
  2. If the Instructor agrees, they will give them a permission code to add the class.
  3. The student will then complete the college waiver and email it to engdept@sfsu.edu for approval and processing. (They will accept the forwarded email from the Instructor as the Instructors signature).  Please note that form no longer requires a permission number.

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.