Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Engineering - BS Mechanical Engineering

San José State University -to- Cabrillo 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

In order to be successful in this major you must complete the following articulated courses prior to transfer, earning grades of "C" or better on the first attempt. Students who struggle to achieve this should strongly consider selecting a different major.

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 1B Composition and Literature
ENGL 1BH Honors Composition and Literature
Engl 1BMC Composition and Literature: Multicultural Emphasis

Preparation for the Major:

CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 1A General Chemistry I
General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
General chemistry for majors that require only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry, rather than a full year of general chemistry, and when articulation to SJSU's CHEM 1A course is not available.
Chem 1A General Chemistry I
Chem 1B General Chemistry II
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 5A Analytical Geometry & Calculus I
MATH 031 Calculus IIMath 5B Analytical Geometry & Calculus II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMATH 5C Analytical Geometry & Calculus III
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential Equations
Community College math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 133A will meet course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
MATH 7 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPhys 4A Physics for Scientists & Engineers I
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPhys 4B Physics for Scientists & Engineers II
PHYS 052 General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatPhys 4C Physics for Scientists & Engineers III
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must receive a grade of "C-" or better in courses required for the major. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least "C" (2.0) in each one of the following categories: all college work (overall average), all units attempted at SJSU, all units in the major.

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CE 095 Theory and Application of StaticsENGR 35 Statics
(course must be letter graded)
EE 098 Introduction to Circuit AnalysisEngr 15 Circuits
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringEngr 5 Engineering as a Profession
Engr 10 Engineering Communication
MATE 025 Introduction to MaterialsEngr 45 Engineering Materials
ME 020 Design and GraphicsENGR 25 Graphics and Design
Engr 26 Solid Modeling
ME 030 Computer ApplicationsCS 11 Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methodology, C++
ENGR 30 Computer Applications in Engineering
ME 041 Machine Shop SafetyENGR 12 Machining Processes


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

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 (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). 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. The lower division major courses for this major 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 may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. 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 Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU 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 U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.