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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BA - SJSU Online - Economics

San José State University -to- Cerritos 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

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is a fully online degree program offered by the Department of Economics. The mission of SJSU Online is to expand higher education access and degree attainment for learners requiring a fully online degree pathway. This online program is offered through a special session that requires a separate application process.

Admission Requirements:

Transfer students who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission to this program.
1. All applicants are required to complete at least 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter units) with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better.
2. Applicants must have completed the Core Lower Division General Education Requirements (39 units).
3. All four CSU approved basic skills courses must be completed with a C- grade or better:
(A1) Oral Communication/Speech
(A2) Written English Composition
(A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
(B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)
4. GE Area F - Ethnic Studies must be completed with a C- grade or better to meet the requirement at San Jose State University.
Completion of at least 12 units of the following Economics courses listed below.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 103 Critical & Argumentative Writing
ENGL 110 Critical Thinking Through Literature
PHIL 103 Philosophical Reasoning: Critical Thinking in Philosophy
PSYC 103 Critical Thinking in Psychology
COMM 103 Argumentation, Persuasion, and Critical Thinking
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 110 Critical Thinking Through Literature

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

ECON 001A Principles of Economics: MacroeconomicsECON 201M Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 001B Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsECON 202M Principles of Microeconomics
Select one course from the following:
MATH 071 Calculus for Business and AviationMATH 116 Calculus for Managerial, Biological, and Social Sciences
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 170 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I
Select one Statistics course from the following:
BUS2 090 Business StatisticsMATH 112 Elementary Statistics
PSYC 210 Elementary Statistics
SOCI 015 Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesPSYC 210 Elementary Statistics
MATH 112 Elementary Statistics
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMATH 112 Elementary Statistics
PSYC 210 Elementary Statistics


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: 08/09/2023)