Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

BS - Environmental Studies

Concentration in Environmental Impact Assessment

San José State University -to- DeAnza 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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingEwrt 2 Critical Reading, Writing & Thinking
Ewrt 2H Critical Reading, Writing & Thinking - Honors
PHIL 3 Critical Thinking and Writing
SPCH 9 Argumentation: Analysis of Oral & Written Communication
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisEwrt 1B Reading, Writing and Research
Ewrt 1BH Reading, Writing and Research - Honors
ESL 6 Critical Reading and Research for Writing

Preparation for the Major:

BIOL 030 Principles of Biology IBIOL 6A Form and Functions in the Biological World
BIOL 6AH Form and Functions in the Biological World - Honors
BIOL 6B Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 6C Evolution and Ecology
BIOL 6CH Evolution and Ecology - Honors
CHEM 001A General ChemistryChem 1A General Chemistry
Chem 1B General Chemistry
ECON 001B Principles of Economics: MicroeconomicsEcon 2 Principles of Microeconomics
Econ 2H Principles of Microeconomics - Honors
ENVS 010 Life on a Changing PlanetNo Current Equivalent
MATH 019 PrecalculusMATH 41 Precalculus I: Theory of Functions
MATH 42 Precalculus II: Trigonometric Functions
PHYS 002A Fundamentals of PhysicsPhys 2A General Introductory Physics
Phys 2B General Introductory Physics
STAT 095 Elementary StatisticsPsyc 15 Basic Statistics and Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Soc 15 Basic Statistics and Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Math 10 Elementary Statistics and Probability
MATH 10H Elementary Statistics and Probability - Honors

Lower Division Requirement of the Major:

ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental IssuesES 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies


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.