Academic Courses

Academic Courses

Below is the list of subjects that SAS students may have the opportunity to enroll in. Course registration is based on space availability, instructor approval, department approval, and prerequisite verification on the first day of class. Please note that SAS students are considered "non-degree/visiting students," while degree-seeking students at SSU receive priority registration. If you need a detailed course description for approval from your home university, please email us at

PLEASE NOTE: Not all classes are offered every term.

Please check the Schedule of Classes for Spring or Fall semester offerings.  For Summer session, please check,  Summer Session / Winter Intersession.

  • Bachelor's courses (B): Lower (100-299), Upper (300-499)
  • ​Master's courses (M) Graduate (500-799)

Full-Time Status


Education Level Minimum Enrolment
Bachelor's 12 units
Master's 8 units

** In the California State University system, up to 24 units of academic credit may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree and 8 units may be applied toward a Master's degree (subject to departmental approval). 

Please consult with your home institution about how the SAS program, SSU Open University or Open Door academic units will apply to your degree.**

Course Suggestions

  • “Golden 4 Classes”- SSU Undergraduate requirements:  
    • A1: Oral Communication (Speech)
    • A2: Written Communication (English Composition)
    • A3: Critical Thinking
    • B4: General Education Math
  • Foundation Classes for Graduate programs (contact department advisors)


A prerequisite is a course that a student must pass before enrolling in the more advanced course. Some departments require that you need to complete prerequisites prior to registering for their courses. Prerequisites may be found under the course title in the SSU Catalog. 

Unless you are a first-time university student, please disregard any non-course number prerequisites (ex. GE Foundation, GE Composition, Exploration, placement tests etc.). 

Prerequisites taken at your home university must be noted and reviewed by a SAS international advisor before the first day of school.

Helpful Hints

  1. Complete and submit all required documentation
    • Make sure you have met the prerequisites to enroll in the course. This is needed to make sure you are well prepared and will do well in the course. Some instructors and/or departments require our office to review your transcripts for prerequisite verification.
    • Check seat availability and if the class is being offered your term via the schedule of classes.
  2. Submit your SAS Class Wishlist
    • Plan ahead and be flexible! Since you will not know which exact courses will have seats available until the first day of school, have back-up or alternative courses in mind.
    • Include any notes to the SAS international advisor
    • Email to SAS program
  3. If you need detailed SSU course descriptions to have approved for your home university, please email us at

Special Notes

Many of our most popular majors are impacted, meaning that there are more students than there are seats. Visit the Office of Admissions website for a list of these majors. When applying, you should only select one or two courses from any impacted major on your Preliminary Course Selection. Please be flexible as SSU cannot guarantee the availability of classes.