General Education Online Courses

Prepare to complete your bachelor’s degree. Now you can take your General Education (GE) requirements, including the Golden Four courses (A1, A2, A3, B4), 100% online. These courses are aimed at adult learners who plan to complete a bachelor's degree at a California State University. Students must have a high school diploma or GED to enroll.


Current and future offerings are on hold. If you would like to be notified when courses are available, please send us an email.

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About the GE Online Courses

Cost: $395 per unit ($1,185 per 3-unit course)
Length: 8 - 16 weeks per course
When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

Financial aid is not applicable for the online courses

San Francisco State University is a doctoral public university serving students from the San Francisco Bay Area, across California and beyond, with nationally acclaimed programs that span a broad range of disciplines. More than 27,000 students enroll at the University each year, and its more than 275,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond. Through them — and more than 1,800 world-class faculty members — SF State proudly embraces its legacy of academic excellence, community engagement and commitment to social justice.

What GE Courses Will You Take?

General Education Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

A1 - Oral Communication
COMM 150: Fundamentals of Oral Communication*

A2 - Written English Communication
ENG 114: Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice*

A3 - Critical Thinking
PHIL 110: Introduction to Critical Thinking I*

*Fulfills Golden Four Requirement

General Education Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

B4 - Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 124: Elementary Statistics*

*Fulfills Golden Four Requirement

General Education Area C: Arts and Humanities

Area C - Arts and Humanities

Courses to be developed

General Education Area D: Social Sciences

Area D - Social Sciences

D1 - Social Sciences
ETHS 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies

D3 - Social Sciences: US CA Gov*
PLSI 200: Introduction to American Politics

*D3 is only required for continuing students who entered prior to 2022 - 2023.

General Education Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD)

Courses to be developed

General Education Area F: Ethnic Studies

Area F - Ethnic Studies

Courses to be developed



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