Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Environmental Studies

Preparation for Teaching: Multiple Subjects

San José State University -to- CSU, Bakersfield

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.

Also see Preparation for Teaching notes at the bottom of this page.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

Environmental Studies is one of six SJSU majors that are designed to prepare students for elementary school teaching. The Program of majors contains a Core Curriculum that is found in all majors. People interested in teaching should complete lower division Core Curriculum requirements prior to applying to pursue one of the six majors at SJSU.
(College of Social Sciences) The focus of the Environmental Studies Department is on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management and solution of environmental problems and issues. Most students who earn the BA for Teacher Preparation Degree pursues K-8 education positions. Contact: Dr. Will Russell, 408-924-5487; Location: Washington Square Hall room 115D.

Core Curriculum in the SJSU Elementary Subject Matter Program for Teachers:

General Education and Major Requirements - Courses listed below may satisfy both GE (in the area approved at the transfer institution) and major requirements.

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental IssuesNo Current Equivalent

Reading, Language, and Literature:

ENGL 001A First Year Writing
A "C" or better is required in English 1A (a "C-" is not acceptable).
Engl 110 Writing and Research
CSU GE Area A-2: Written Communication: Any certified CSU GE course approved for Written Communication (a grade of "C" or better is required).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 010 Great Works of LiteratureNo Current Equivalent
COMM 045 Media and CultureNo Current Equivalent

Human Development (3-6 semester units):

Take either:
CHAD 060 Child DevelopmentNo Current Equivalent
Or take both:
CHAD 070 Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyNo Current Equivalent
PSYC 082 Child and Adolescent PsychologyNo Current Equivalent

History and Social Science:

Area D American Institutions, 6 units from:

Area F: American Institutions US 1 & 2 & 3

Select any approved combination of community college courses certified to meet the CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement (US 1 & US 2 & US 3).
US 1, Historical development of American institutions and ideals.
US 2, U.S. Constitution and government.
US 3, California state and local government.
See courses approved for this area at your community college at:
Only if the combinations are certified to meet 6 units of Area D, and the US-1, US-2 and US-3 to clear the American Institution Requirement.


MATH 012 Number Systems
preferred if certified for Area B4, or a qualified Mathematics for Elementary Teachers course certified for CSU GE Area B4.
No Current Equivalent


CHEM 030A Introductory Chemistry
or a qualified Survey of Chemistry and Physics course certified for CSU GE Area B-1 and B-3, if the specified course above is not certified in these areas of GE.
No Current Equivalent
BIOL 021 Human Biology
or a qualified Introduction to Biology course certified for CSU GE Area B-2 and B-3, if the specified course above is not certified in these areas of GE.
No Current Equivalent

Visual and Performing Arts:

ART 039 Multicultural Arts for ChildrenNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 010B Introduction to MusicNo Current Equivalent

Preparation for Teaching

The preparation of teachers is an all-university activity at San José State University. The teacher preparation majors have special programs for future teachers. These programs are designed to meet the standards for "subject matter competency" for the Elementary Education (multiple subjects) teacher credential program at San José State University. Regardless of the undergraduate program you complete, you must take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).
In order to facilitate your transfer from community college to San José State University, please review the above list of courses offered at SJSU and the equivalents at the community college (go to or
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a community college counselor/advisor for program planning.


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.