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Obtaining approval for your graduation application

Applying for Graduation

If you are applying for graduation, please meet with an undergraduate advisor at the Undergraduate Advising Center (ADM 211 or an advisor at the COSE Student Success Center (SCI 214 for review of your GE and University Graduation requirements.

The Undergraduate Advising Center has walk-in advising.
Check their calendar on their web page

The COSE Student Success Center has GRADUATION WORKSHOPS for Spring 2019!!
Check their web page!

Spring 2019 Biology Advising 

If you wish to meet with a Biology Advisor, please make sure that you

•stop at the Department of Biology Office HH534


•read the CHECKLIST

•bring ALL the required documents (Degree Progress Report, unofficial SF State transcripts, transcripts from transfer campus, forms) for your meeting with the Biology Advisor

Before the Department will approve the graduation application, all Biology Major graduation applicants for MUST complete an ONLINE SURVEY

Your input will help the Department improve its programs and courses for all Biology students.

Go to the Graduation Checklist web page to find out more about the survey. 

Click here to download the graduation application directions shown here as a PDF
Spring 2019 Graduation Information

University Exit Survery

NOTE:  SF State also requires completion of an Exit Survey, before the University will approve the graduation application.  The link to the University Exit Survey can be found on this web page:  This is a different survey from the Biology Department online survey.  Graduation applicants must complete BOTH the Biology Department and SF State surveys for approval of their graduation application.

To access the Baccalaureate Degree Application, click here to access the SF State Graduation Exit Survey: The graduation application form also has useful graduation FAQs. Please note that students should apply for graduation only if they believe they will have satisfied all degree requirements by the end of the term in which they have applied. 

Specify on the graduation application that the student is applying for
Spring 2019 graduation.

Registrar's Office links for graduation

Graduation & Diplomas


Graduation Application FAQs

Critical Deadlines:

  • submit advisor-approved graduation application to the Department of Biology (HH534) by FRIDAY, February 8, 2019 - 5pm.
  • submit department-approved graduation application with application fee ($100) receipt to the One Stop Center by FRIDAY, February 15, 2019

 The student should bring to the meeting with the Biology Advisor:

  • a Department of Biology Major-specific Graduation Checklist filled out prior to meeting with the advisor (See the Graduation Checklist web page to see how to fill out the Checklist)
  • the Graduation Application, with the Majors course work listed in the same order that the classes appear in the Major-specific Graduation Checklist

  • a copy of his/her unofficial SF State transcript

  • a copy of his/her Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Transfer Credit Report (TCR) are required.  An Advanced Standing Evaluation (ASE), if available, and Degree Audit Report (DARS), should be provided if no DPR or TCR is available - but the information on the ASE and DARS is NOT UPDATED beyond Summer 2014.

  • current course enrollment (required if courses are in progress for the major, and not listed on the SF State transcript)

  • Department of Biology Equivalency and Substitution Forms that have ALREADY BEEN APPROVED by the advisor and Department. For information on approval of transfer units and substitutions see:


  • Courses transferred into the major must be listed as they appear on the transcript from the transfer institution (both original course number and name).
  • Upper division GE courses are not generally allowed as upper division electives. In some cases, one course can be used if it is appropriate to the student's career/educational goals, with advisor approval on the substitution form.
  • All students should meet with an advisor at the University Undergraduate Advising Center (ADM211) or at the COSE Student Success Center (SCI 214) to confirm that all GE and University Graduation requirements have been completed.

After obtaining the Advisor's signature, the student drops off at the Department of Biology Office for review:

  • Completed Biology Major Graduation Checklist Completed and advisor-approved Baccalaureate Degree Application
  • Completed and approved Biology Equivalency Forms
  • Completed and approved Biology Substitution Forms
  • copy of Unofficial SF State Transcript

The student does not meet with the Chair of the Department. Note that the transcripts and Department forms must accompany the application. Typically, it is best to allow one week for review of your application before picking it up from the Biology Department Office. The graduation application will not be returned until the student completes the online survey.

After the petition has been reviewed and approved, the student is responsible for picking up the petition from the Department Office. The student pays the graduation application fee at the Bursar's Office in the Administration Building. After the student pays the fee, the student may submit the graduation application (and the accompanying forms) to the One Stop Student Services Center.

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