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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BS - Nursing

San José State University -to- Cuesta 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


SEE THE SCHOOL OF NURSING'S WEB SITE for regular nursing applicants (We have a separate RN-to-BSN application process): for detailed information and updates about minimal grades for the 8 prerequisites, which are a part of the impaction criteria for eligibility for applying to the nursing major. Passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) and minimum score on the TEAS test, are also required.
The minimum score for the TEAS test is 84 (on version 6 or 7 of the TEAS test) and regardless of the version of the TEAS exam, it can be taken a maximum of two times. Files are reviewed twice a year with specified posted deadlines. Monthly 2-hour group advising sessions are strongly recommended and dates/times are posted on the School's web site,, select "Future Student Advising".
All materials in the BS information packet should be reviewed from the web page prior to attending group advising. The TEAS test should be taken approximately 4-5 month prior to applying to the nursing major (see All students must be fully immunized and have a clear background check within 1 week, once accepted into the program. All 8 prerequisites must be completed and have a minimum of 3.3 GPA to apply to Nursing.

Please check with the School of Nursing's web site frequently regarding the anticipated changes. The student must apply to the university, as well as the School of Nursing for admission.

Students must maintain a minimum grade of "C" or better or "Credit" in all preparation/prerequisite courses for the nursing major.

Prerequisites (Preparation) for the Major:

1. Complete the following course:

COMM 020 Public SpeakingCOMM 201 Public Address

2. Complete one of the following courses:

ENGL 001A First Year WritingEngl 201A English Composition
CSU GE Area A-2: Written Communication: Any certified CSU GE course approved for Written Communication.

3. Complete one of the following courses:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 201B English Composition: Introduction to Literature
ENGL 201C English Composition: Critical Thinking
CSU GE Area A-3: Critical Thinking: Any certified CSU GE course approved for Critical Thinking.

4. Complete one of the following courses:

CHEM 030A Introductory ChemistryChem 200 Introductory Chemistry w/Facilitator Assisted Learning
Chemistry for Nursing Equivalent Transfer CourseNo Current Equivalent

5. Complete one of the following courses:

BIOL 065 Human AnatomyNo Current Equivalent
BIOL 065O Human Anatomy
(or approved equivalent transfer course)
Bio 205 Human Anatomy

6&7. Complete the following 2 courses:

BIOL 066 Human PhysiologyBio 206 General Human Physiology
MICR 020 General BacteriologyBio 204 Microbioloby

8. Complete one of the following courses:

STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsMATH 247 Introduction to Statistics
UNVS 015 Statway: Statistics-Concepts & MethodsNo Current Equivalent

9. Complete the following course:

NUFS 008 Nutrition for the Health ProfessionsNUTR 211 Intoduction to Nutrition for Health Professions

Other Nursing Admission Requirements:

A passing score on the WST (completed at least 4-5 months prior to application deadline).
A minimum passing score on the "TEAS" test.

Additional Support for the Major:

CHAD 070 Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyHDHS 212 Human Development: Life Span
PSYC 001 Introduction to PsychologyPsyc 201 Introductory Psychology


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)