Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BS - Engineering - BS Civil Engineering

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

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 102 Intermediate Composition, Literature & Critical Thinking
ENGL 102H Intermediate Composition, Literature & Critical Thinking - Honors

Preparation for the Major:

General Chemistry Equivalent Transfer Course
General chemistry for majors that accept only one semester (two quarters) of general chemistry in lieu of CHEM 1A taken at SJSU, rather than a full year of general chemistry.
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II
MATH 030 Calculus IMATH 211 Calculus I (*)
MATH 031 Calculus IIMATH 212 Calculus II
MATH 032 Calculus IIIMATH 213 Calculus III (*)
MATH 133A Ordinary Differential Equations
Community College Math courses articulated with SJSU's Math 133A will meet the course content requirements for the major but will not receive upper division credit.
MATH 215 Differential Equations
PHYS 050 General Physics/MechanicsPHYSIC 220 Physics for Scientists & Engineers: Mechanics of Solids & Fluids
PHYS 051 General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismPHYSIC 221 Physics for Scientists & Engineers: Electricity & Magnetism
GEOL 002 Introduction to Earth ScienceNo Current Equivalent

Lower Division Requirements of the Major (Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in all approved courses taken in the Civil Engineering Department):

CE 095 Theory and Application of StaticsENGR 152 Statics
ENGR 010 Introduction to EngineeringNo Current Equivalent
CE 008 Plane SurveyingNo Current Equivalent
CE 020 Engineering Graphics, CAD and ProgrammingNo Current Equivalent
ME 020 Design and GraphicsNo Current Equivalent
ME 030 Computer ApplicationsNo Current Equivalent
Note: Courses articulated to both ME 020 and ME 030 would be used to satisfy CE 20.

LDTP Approved Courses (*)

The following College of the Canyons courses are approved for the following LDTP course descriptors shown on the right.
MATH 211Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 213Multivariable Calculus
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.