School of Social Work

FAQ

Pre-SWRK/Pre SWRK DL Professional Sequence Frequently Asked Questions

The School of Social Work at California State University, Chico has declared our admissions status to 'impacted' for our BSW Program beginning Academic Year 2018-2019. Click here for more information on our impacted program.

What is the Professional Sequence?

Any student may declare Pre-Social Work or Pre-Social Work DL (Distributed Learning) as a major. To enroll in our Professional Sequence courses; however, students must apply through our application process and be accepted into the Program. Seats are limited. This is a competitive process.

What General Education requirements do I need to meet before I can transfer to CSU, Chico?

Upper-division applicants must meet the following requirements: Complete at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units). Complete at least 30 semester units of general education with a C or better. The 30 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication (oral communication, English composition, critical thinking), and one course in Statistics (course after intermediate algebra). Have a cumulative transferable grade point average of at least 2.5 (Traditional Students)/2.1 (Distributed Learning Students) or better in college course work. Be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.

PLEASE NOTE: If your general education Statistics, English, oral communication, and/or critical thinking courses are in progress at the time of application, you must provide verification of your grade in these courses before you will be allowed to register for classes at Chico.

What prerequisites or their articulated equivalent do I need to complete or be enrolled in, so I can apply for the Professional Sequence?

Social Work Prerequisite Courses (15-16 units)Units
Students must complete these five courses by the Summer semester, with a grade of C or better.
BIOL 103/104 human anatomy or human physiology or human biology3–4 Units
ECON 101/102/103 intro to economics, or microeconomics, or macroeconomics3 Units
MATH 105 Statistics3–4 Units
PSYC 101 Principles of Psychology3 Units
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology3 Units
Social Work Core Courses (9 units)Units
Students must complete these three courses by the Fall semester, with a grade of C or better, or be enrolled in these courses during the Fall semester.
SWRK 170 Social Welfare Institutions: A Response to Power and Scarcity3 Units
SWRK 200 Diversity and Social Justice3 Units
SWRK 202 Human Behavior across the Lifespan (formerly SWRK 302)3 Units

Do I need to complete the Social Work Core Course Prerequisites BEFORE starting the BSW Professional Sequence courses?

Yes, you must pass the 5 Social Work Prerequisite Courses by the Summer semester, with a of grade of C or better. You must pass the 3 Social Work Core Courses by the Fall semester, with a grade of C or better, or be currently enrolled in the 3 Social Work Courses during the Fall semester.

I have a specific question about a course I have taken, will my class count as a prerequisite?

Please send specific traditional program information to the BSW Director; Dr. Vincent Ornelas, or specific DL program information to the DL Coordinator; Dr. Seema Sehrawat. Please send a syllabus and/or a course description to clarify: vornelas@csuchico.edu or ssehrawat@csuchico.edu 

Do all classes and courses count for credit for the BSW Professional Sequence?

An articulated course is a course taken at one college or university that can be used to satisfy subject matter requirements for the major at another institution. Except for a handful of exceptions, all articulated courses must first be transferable. It is important to remember, however, that not all transferable courses are articulated.

Can I receive credit for my past volunteer or work experience?

Yes past paid or volunteer work experience with a secular or faith-based social services agency can be utilized to meet the 60 hours of volunteer or work experience required for the BSW Professional Sequence Application that is completed in the Fall semester of one's junior year. Please see the BSW Professional Sequence application that is posted in August for specifics.

When do I apply for the BSW Professional Sequence?

The BSW Professional Sequence application is available through our website every Fall: Click here to apply

How do I know if I am I ready to apply for the BSW Professional Sequence?

Click here for more information about the Professional Sequence application.

Can I apply to the BSW Professional Sequence if the CSU, Chico application process is closed?

The two applications are completely separate and are not linked. A student typically applies and is accepted to CSU, Chico first via Cal State Apply—either the Fall or Spring before they are anticipating to start classes at CSU, Chico. Students can only apply to the BSW Professional Sequence after they have already applied and been accepted to CSU, Chico.

After I am accepted, when can I register for classes?

Spring Professional Sequence courses may be locked until the Campus Open Enrollment Opens in January. If you were accepted into the Professional Sequence, you are guaranteed a spot in our courses. Please check the Important Dates & Deadlines PDF included in the Campus Schedule website.

How do I access my unofficial transcripts online for the Professional Sequence application?

Students can access their "Portal" account through their community colleges, colleges, and universities they have attended. Click here to access the CSU, Chico Portal.

What counts as volunteer experience for the Professional Sequence application?

Past paid or volunteer work experience with a secular or faith-based social services agency can be utilized to meet the 60 hours of volunteer or work experience required for the BSW Professional Sequence Application that is completed in the Fall semester of one’s junior year. Please see the BSW Professional Sequence application that is posted in September for specifics.

I have a criminal history, will this impact my ability to apply for the Professional Sequence?

No, any person can apply for the BSW Professional Sequence however be aware that the type of criminal behavior, what you have done to address this behavior and the length of time that has passed since you engaged in criminal activity will impact your required senior year internship. Be prepared to address this criminal conduct in writing and orally with the BSW Program Director and the Director of Field Education before you will be allowed to complete interviews for your required senior year internship. A student who cannot secure an internship will not complete the BSW program or earn their Social Work degree.

What do I do if I was not accepted into the BSW Professional Sequence?

You have options. You may want to take a Planned Educational Leave, so that you maintain your catalog rights, and are able to apply again during the next Fall. You may want to explore other majors. Please meet with the BSW Program Director to discuss all of your options.

Current Professional Sequence Student Questions & Answers:

I have been accepted into the BSW Professional Sequence. What courses do I sign up for?

Review the BSW Course Plans. You will also need to meet with your SWRK Advisor (assigned to you once you are accepted into the Program). Students will also need to be aware of other university requirements, including your required upper division pathway courses.

Who is my SWRK Advisor?

If you are admitted to the Professional Sequence, your advisor information will be sent to you by Jenny Funk. If you do not have this information, please contact Jenny Funk and she can let you know who your SWRK advisor is.

What about the field courses? What courses will the SWRK Department enroll me in?

During your last year of the program, you will be enrolled in field related courses by the SWRK Department. The Department will enroll you prior to the semester beginning, during the Open Enrollment Period.

Field Related Courses that we enroll you in:

Professional Sequence IIProfessional Sequence III
SWRK 489ASWRK 489B
SWRK 490ASWRK 490B

I have more questions, who can I contact?

Dr. Vincent Ornelas

BSW Program Director
BSW Program and General Advising
Available by e-mail only

Dr. Seema Sehrawat

Distributed Learning Coordinator
BSW & DL Program General Advising
Available by e-mail

Jenny Funk

Administrative Support Assistant II
General information about the program and process
Available by e-mail/phone/in-person

Meka Klungtvet-Morano

Title IV-E Coordinator
BSW Program General Advising
Available by e-mail

Chelsea Cornell

Title IV-E Coordinator
BSW Program General Advising
Available by e-mail

Melissa Cheatham

Administrative Support Assistant II
General information about the DL program and process
Available by e-mail/phone/in-person