Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

BS - Biological Science

Concentration in Systems Physiology

San José State University -to- Crafton Hills 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

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Biology department accepts the AS-T in Biology for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for this major at SJSU, as part of their AS-T in Biology. Students should take courses which clear the American Institutions requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AS-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).
Note: Students in this major must complete all lower division courses in the Requirements of the Major with a "C- or better" to graduate.
Prerequisite Requirements:
Any course that is prerequisite to any Chemistry Course must be passed with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingEngl 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking
ENGL 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
ENGL 152 Intermediate Composition and Literature
ENGL 152H Intermediate Composition and Literature - Honors
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 152 Intermediate Composition and Literature
ENGL 152H Intermediate Composition and Literature - Honors

Preparation for the Major:

BIOL 055 BiostatisticsPSYCH 120 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhysic 110 General Physics I
PHYS 002B Fundamentals of PhysicsPhysic 111 General Physics II
MATH 030 Calculus IMath 250 Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 060 Calculus for Biological SciencesNo Current Equivalent

Requirements for Minor (and Prerequisites for the Major):

CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 150 General Chemistry I
Chem 150H General Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 001B General ChemistryChem 151 General Chemistry II
Chem 151H General Chemistry II - Honors
CHEM 112A, 112B and 113A Organic Chemistry & LabCHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II
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.

Lower Divsion Requirements of the Major:

BIOL 030 Principles of Biology IBIOL 130 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 130H Cell and Molecular Biology - Honors
BIOL 031 Principles of Biology IIBIOL 131 Populations and Organisms
Biol 131H Populations and Organisms - 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.