Course Registration Restrictions

  1. All first year students must register for the four foundational General Education courses in Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning during their first year at SDSU. The registration system will enforce enrollment in these courses before allowing you to enroll in any other courses for the semester. This enforcement of classes will happen every semester until you have successfully completed all four courses.
  2. Demonstrated competency in basic mathematics and standard written English is based on multiple measures outlined in the University Catalog. If these measures are not met upon admission, additional support courses or assessments may be required. Please review the University Catalog for further information on these multiple measures.

You may not enroll in more than one section of a course that does not allow multiple enrollment.

You may not register in courses that overlap in time no matter what that time frame is. Consent of the instructor and/or department cannot override this campus policy.

Students must satisfy course prerequisites listed in the current University Catalog (or their equivalent) prior to beginning a course.

Course prerequisites may be enforced by:

  • The system at registration.
  • The Department: Many departments routinely enforce prerequisites listed in the current University Catalog. Students enrolled in these courses should bring proof of completion of prerequisites with them to the first day of class. If you need to verify a course taken at another college or university, you should obtain an official transcript from your previous school.
  • The Faculty Member Teaching the Class: Faculty members have the authority to enforce prerequisites listed in the current University Catalog, to evaluate equivalent preparation, and to require proof that such prerequisites/preparation have been completed. During the first eight days of classes, faculty may drop students who do not have the prerequisites or equivalent preparation for the course.
  • Major Codes: The registration system will also check for the appropriate major code for those classes with major codes specified in the footnotes. You can find your major code in the University Catalog.

Students with questions on course prerequisites should consult the University Catalog or the appropriate department chair.

Courses with proof of prerequisite required are identified by an S footnote in the class listing. Courses with computer-enforced prerequisites are identified by a Y footnote in the class listing. The registration system will check for the satisfactory completion of the prerequisite.

Test Requirements: Completion of these prerequisite tests (or exemptions verified with the Office of the Registrar) is necessary for you to receive any of the courses for which they are a prerequisite.

  • EPT (English Placement Test)
  • ELM (Entry-Level Mathematics Examination)
  • GSP (Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test)
  • WPA (Writing Placement Assessment) requirement

Review the Testing Services website for methods of satisfying writing and mathematics competency requirements.

During initial registration for fall or spring terms, undergraduate students can enroll in a maximum of 18 units. One week before the start of each semester, the credit limit will be raised to 21 credits.

Students can enroll in a maximum of 18 units during the summer term, with no more than 9 units in each six-week summer session (S1 and S2) or 18 units in the thirteen-week session (T1).

All undergraduates wishing to exceed these maximums will be required to have the approval of the academic department that houses their first major, or a delegated advisor, Assistant Dean or department designee.

Additional Information

Review the Class Schedule carefully, paying attention to all footnotes. Many courses are restricted by class level or major/minor. Please contact the department regarding numeric footnotes. This image is an example of a section that only allows certain student levels and majors to enroll in the class.

Class section displays footnote ZL and ZM which only allow for sophomore, junior and senior as well as specific majors.