Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Chemistry

Concentration in Biochemistry

San José State University -to- Bakersfield College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

Undergraduate Advisement

Students wishing to major in chemistry should confer with one of the department advisors when entering the university. Students' goals will determine whether they opt for the BS or BA degree, with possible specialization in biochemistry, materials or preparation for teaching. Students who transfer into these programs should be aware that general chemistry and a number of supporting courses, especially the mathematics and physics requirements, should be started during their first two years. If students transfer at the junior level without most of these courses completed, more than four semesters at SJSU may be required to complete the degree.

All chemistry majors must meet with their advisors every semester.

This mandatory advising session is necessary to remove the advising hold preventing registration for the following semester. At least one semester prior to graduation, an approved major form must be signed by the advisor and submitted to the Chemistry Department Office.

Second Course in English Composition

(select a course approved in CSU GE Area C2 and articulates to the following course):
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL B1B Introduction to Types of Literature
ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature

Preparation for the Major:

MATH 030 Calculus IMATH B6A Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (*)
MATH 031 Calculus IIMATH B6B Analytic Geometry & Calculus II (*)
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPHYS B2a General Physics-Mechanics & Heat
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPHYS B2b General Physics-Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Modern Physics
BIOL 001A Foundations of BiodiversityBIOL B3A General Biology I (*)
BIOL B3B General Biology II (*)
BIOL 001B Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyBIOL B3A General Biology I (*)
BIOL B3B General Biology II (*)
BIOL 006 Biological SafetyNo Current Equivalent


Courses prerequisite to all chemistry courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent if not explicitly stated in the course description.

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B General Chemistry
(Sequence must be completed at the same transfer school)
CHEM B1a General Chemistry
CHEM B1b General Chemistry & Chemical Analysis
Equivalent only if sequence is complete
CHEM 55 and 55L Quantitative Analysis and Lab sequenceNo Current Equivalent
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & Lab
Note: Community college Chemistry courses articulated with SJSU's Chem 112A, 112B, and 113A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
No Current Equivalent

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following Bakersfield College courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
MATH B6ASingle Variable Calculus I
MATH B6BSingle Variable Calculus II
BIOL B3AGeneral Biology Sequence
BIOL B3BGeneral Biology Sequence
BIOL B3AGeneral Biology Sequence
BIOL B3BGeneral Biology Sequence
LDTP courses are acceptable "in lieu of" each other.
LDTP courses are not necessarily "equivalent" or "identical" in content.


Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility. Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. These requirements are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses can be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Semester English Composition highly recommended:
Complete the second semester English composition course (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST and 100W course at SJSU. Approved courses can be found above within the lower division major requirements. Be sure to select this course as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. Once this course is complete, students are encouraged to take the WST exam at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU required courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.