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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BA - Communicative Disorders and Sciences

San José State University -to- College of the Canyons

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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 103 Critical Reading, Writing & Thinking
ENGL 103H Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking - Honors
COMS 227 Introduction to Rhetorical Thinking
ENGL 112 Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking
ENGL 112H Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking - Honors
PHILOS 206 Critical Reasoning and Analytical Writing
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 112 Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking
ENGL 112H Intermediate Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking - Honors

Preparation for the Major:

STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMATH 140 Introductory Statistics
MATH 140H Introductory Statistics - Honors
PSYCH 104 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Complete one course from:

BIOL 010 The Living WorldBIOSCI 100 General Biology
BIOSCI 100H General Biology - Honors
BIOL 021 Human BiologyNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 030 Principles of Biology IBIOSCI 106 Organismal and Environmental Biology
BIOSCI 107 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOSCI 107H Molecular and Cellular Biology - Honors

Complete one course from:

CHEM 001A General ChemistryCHEM 201 General Chemistry I
CHEM 201H General Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryCHEM 110 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 151 Preparatory General Chemistry
CHEM 151H Preparatory General Chemistry
PHYS 001 Elementary PhysicsPHYSIC 101 Introduction to Physics

Complete one of the following:

ANTH 011 Cultural AnthropologyANTHRO 103 Cultural Anthropology
ANTHRO 103H Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
PSYC 001 Introduction to PsychologyPSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors
PSYC 082 Foundations of Developmental PsychologyNo Current Equivalent
SOCI 057 Community Involvement and Personal GrowthNo Current Equivalent
SOCI 080 Social ProblemsSOCI 207 Social Problems

Complete one of the following:

CHAD 060 Child DevelopmentCHLDEV 120 Child Growth & Development
PH 015 Human Life SpanECE 101 Child Growth and Development
PSYCH 172 Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 172H Developmental Psychology - Honors


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.

(page last modified: 10/30/2022)